We recommend around 20 day time nappies for full time use. This will give you enough to wash
every other day, and allow for drying time. We also recommend 5-6 night time nappies with wraps.
See our ‘wash guide’ section for a full breakdown, but in short we recommend you run a short
wash with a half dose of detergent to rinse out the majority of urine and faeces, and then a full 60
degree cotton wash with a full dose of detergent. You can add baby clothes and small items such as
hand towels to the main wash, so many people find the nappy wash isn’t actually an extra load of
washing to do!
They do fit differently to disposable nappies - many brands need tucking into the knicker line,
but once you get the hang of it they’re really just as easy to fit as disposables. To quote my husband
‘They’re a lot less hassle than I thought they’d be!’
Nappies come in different types to suit different families circumstances. For example, pocket
nappies come with inserts that you put in yourself, for quicker drying time than all in one nappies,
which are similar to a disposable with nothing to stuff in. Boosters boost the absorption of your
nappies, and liners are personal preference whether you want to use them to protect the inside of
your nappies and help keep baby’s bottom dry. Please see our help page for a more detailed
explanation on the different types of nappies.
To give you a comparison, the NHS recommends you change your babies nappy 10-12 times a
day, and older babies around 6 times a day. A rough figure for full time disposables until baby is 2.5
years old is 6360 nappies in total! Taking an average cost of disposables that works out around
£1000 over the time your child is in nappies. Reusable nappies cost anywhere from £10-£25 per
nappy, so with 20 nappies you’re looking at £200-£500 and these can be sold on for around 60-80%
of their cost price when you’re done with them or used for future babies, saving you even more
Absolutely not! Wet and soiled nappies go into a nappy bin or wet bag, and every 2-3 days
they’re washed. There should be no smell coming from your nappy bucket or wet bag – if there is
please contact us and we’d be more than happy to troubleshoot for you! Modern cloth nappies do
not need to be soaked in any kind of cleaning solution, its recommended to dry pail them (put them
in as they come off baby’s bum!)
Birth to potty nappies (BTP) should last around 2-4 years, which should be enough for more than
one child. This is with correct care and storage in between children.
Yes! Some types of reusable nappies come in size 1, 2 and 3, each brand will specify what weight
range their sizes fit. Other types come in ‘newborn’ (up to around 10-12lb), and ‘birth to potty’ (BTP)
which usually fit from around 8 weeks old until your little one is ready to potty train.
Actually, it’s quite the opposite. Due to the natural fibres used to make cloth nappies they are
actually more breathable than disposables are.