When I first started out using cloth nappies I was pretty gung ho. To be honest not much has changed. I was determined to never use a disposable nappy again. So when we set off on a trip to visit family with the two kids I was determined to travel with cloth nappies. I learned some lessons along the way and now you get to learn from my mistakes and make travelling with cloth nappies an enjoyable experience and just as easy as if you were at home.
Firstly, you do need to consider if you have space to take your cloth nappies with you and if you will have access to laundry facilities at your destination. Even I am not gung ho enough to wash cloth nappies by hand!
We were staying with family so I checked in if it was ok to use their washing machine to wash our nappies and also asked if they had a nappy bucket I could use to put the dirty nappies in. I was assured all was ok and yes they had a bucket. Little did I know that the bucket was just a normal household bucket with no lid. We were in Queensland and the laundry was in the garage where the temperature was about 35 degrees. Needless to say I had my concerns about how this was going to work out.
The good news is you can actually leave the lid off the nappy bucket and put it in a stinking hot garage and it does not smell. I don’t know the science of how this works but it does. Note that I was drypailing and I would not suggest doing this with water in the bucket. I also recommend taking some of your usual washing detergent to ensure problem free washing.
Really all I needed to be doing to make this so much easier was to have a cloth nappy wetbag. Wetbags come in all different sizes and really make travelling with cloth so easy. Leslie’s Boutique Hanging Wetbags are a great option for longer trips or if you need a day trip wetbag, Leslie’s Boutique Grab n Go wetbags are my go to with a section for clean nappies and a separate section for the dirty ones.
I travelled with a mix of all in ones and some fitted nappies and covers with some extra boosters for flexibility. I would always suggest sticking to your usual cloth nappy system where possible, you don’t want to be dealing with leaking nappies or to discover something doesn’t work for you while you are travelling.
It really is quite simple to travel with cloth nappies - my final tip is if you are flying, is to take more than you expect to use in your carry on luggage. You don't want to be caught short!
If you have any other questions about travelling with cloth nappies let me know.
Once you have made the switch from disposable nappies to cloth nappies or if your baby is reaching the stage where they are sleeping for longer, then it is time to start thinking about night nappies.
Choosing cloth nappies to use at night can seem like a daunting task. For some it is as simple as adding some extra boosters and absorbency to their current cloth nappies. During the day you can change your baby’s nappy as required, at night you want the nappies to absorb everything for up to 12-13 hours.
Every baby and situation is different so I have put together a few things I think are important to consider when you are choosing your night nappies.
- A good cloth nappy cover
Wool is an amazing natural fibre, it has insulating and absorbing properties that make it the perfect for over cloth nappies. This insulation means that wool can absorb up to 30% of its own weight before feeling damp. As moisture is absorbed, heat is generated and keeps baby feeling warm rather than cold and clammy from a cloth nappy.
Wool is a little bit more work – see my washing instructions for wool covers – but the benefits far outweigh the extra work. Often a wool nappy cover with a fitted nappy are the only thing that will work at night time. We love using wool longies in winter or wool shorties in summer. No need for pyjama pants over the top! Wool is a natural breathing fibre so is better for preventing nappy rash.
The other great thing is they do not need to be washed after every use. You will need to wash if they are soiled or when they start to get a bit smelly.
I love wool nappy covers and will do a full write up of the pros and cons of wool in a later post.
Our favourite wool covers for night nappies are Sloomb Sustainablebabyish Knit Wool Covers, Sloomb Sustainablebabyish Interlock Covers or Loveybums Interlock Wool Covers. Or check out our range of handmade knit wool soakers, wool longies and wool shorties.
- An absorbent fitted cloth nappy
The cloth nappy you choose to use as a night nappy is going to depend on how heavy a wetter your baby or toddler is. Many people are able to boost their existing day time nappies.
To boost a pocket nappy it is important to consider how you layer your absorbent layers. Microfibre absorbs like a sponge, so if you press on a wet microfiber insert the moisture will come back out. In cloth nappy terms this is called a compression leak. To avoid these make sure you use a bamboo booster or hemp booster between the microfiber and the outer layer of PUL in the pocket nappy. Bamboo, cotton and hemp will absorb moisture but will only release when it is wrung out.
If you are not using fitted nappies during the day there are some good night time cloth nappy options available. The Sloomb Sustainablebabyish Overnight Bamboo Fleece Fitted Nappy is a great trim option, they include a 3 layer bamboo booster which you can fold to suit your requirements. They are also available in some pretty cute print nappies.
For the heaviest of wetters I would recommend Baby Beehinds Night Nappy. There are 23 layers of bamboo fleece in these night nappies so while they are super absorbent and not as trim through the crotch as Sloomb fitted nappies. Just remember, a bulky nappy doesn’t bother your baby, mostly it is just friends and family who will comment on a bulky cloth nappy butt.
If you are having any troubles making the switch to cloth nappies at night please get in touch, I am happy to help work through your issues.
I love Spring. It is my favourite season of the year. The flowers are in bloom, beautiful sunny days and of course the temperature is increasing.
I am feeling so happy I am passing my happiness on to you with a Spring Sale. Use the discount code SPRING to receive 10% off storewide including packages. Start shopping for cloth nappies here.
How many cloth nappies do I need? This would be the most frequently asked question by parents venturing into the world of modern cloth nappies.
For those of us who have developed an addiction for cute patterns and soft and cuddly fabrics the question becomes not how many do I need but how many is too many!
If you are just starting out then this is a rough guide to how many cloth nappies you need. Keep in mind it all depends on how often you want to wash nappies and whether you have access to a dryer in wet & cold weather.
For a newborn you are going to be doing more nappy changes in the early days and will need 8-10 cloth nappies per day. After a couple of months this will go down to 6-8 cloth nappies per day.
Say you want to wash every second day, you are going to use an average of 16 cloth nappies with 8 nappies to use on wash day. I usually recommend a starting cloth nappy stash of 24, you will use more in the early days but this will settle down.
One-Size Nappies are a great way to build your early cloth nappy stash as they will fit your baby from birth to toddler.
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It has been quite awhile since I have had any spare time to pull out the knitting needles. This weekend however I decided it was time.
Every now and then I go through my large stash of wool and by the time I pull it all out, touch and feel the woolly goodness, my time is gone and I have to pack up. It is always a little more organised afterwards though, so I don't feel like my time is entirely wasted.
Yesterday when I started to look through the wool I found I had put a couple of unfinished items on top. (Wasn't that organised of me!) The good news is I finally finished them off and even started something new.
This is just a quick preview as the light is not good for photos now and I need to give them a wash and measure up.
We have a small pair of wool shorties in a watermelon colourway:
And a pair of Large Wool Longies in the beautiful Enchanted Eggplant.
I'll get some better pictures tomorrow and they will be up for sale later in the week.
Hope you have also had a productive weekend.
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