As if the mums at Bam+Boo hadn't already given us the cutest nappies of all time, with prints to make even the grumpiest scrooge heart melt. The Newborn All-in-One Cloth Nappy has landed and these super cute, uber-trim nappies are sure to add spice to the 'should-we, or shouldn't we' have one more - family debate!
The Bam+Boo Newborn AiO Cloth Nappy shares traits with its larger sibling, but aside from being trimmer and smaller the Newborn All-in-One also includes an umbilical cord snap down!
The Newborn All-in-One Cloth nappies contain inserts that are sewn into the cover. Each nappy comes with two inserts. Inserts contain one layer of microfibre with two layers of bamboo wrapped around the microfibre. The two inserts are sewn into the (PUL) waterproof cover on one side, thus allowing the inserts to flap open when drying. Unlike most All-In-Ones ours is fast drying due to this unique feature.
Adjusting the size:
A BamBoo Newborn All-in-One cloth nappy has 3 rows of snaps on the front of the nappy so that they can fit newborn babies of all sizes. Snap in the rows to where you think the nappy will fit your child. Smaller newborns will have the bottom row clipped to the top row and, when the nappy is not clipped up at all, it will fit a baby of 7kg.
Once the nappy is on your child, check to see it is the correct setting and change if necessary. Make sure the nappy is firm (but not tight) around the legs. The nappy may fit around the waist, but you may get gaping around the legs, this can be an indication your baby is still a little small for the current size setting. Check every so often to see if the nappy is still on the correct setting and adjust accordingly. The front (also known as 'rise') snaps can stay clipped up in the wash and do not need to be redone with each change.
Putting the nappy together:
Pre-washing 'prepping' your nappies:
When you first receive your nappies, you will need to pre-wash/prep the nappies before use. This process only happens once to 'bed in' new nappies. Although the nappies can be worn after only one wash, it takes about 6-10 washes before the absorbent inserts will reach their full absorbency.
No pre-soaking of nappies is necessary, in fact this will damage them, especially if done regularly. During times of many soiled nappies, such as during tummy upsets and teething, soak nappies in a bucket of water with something mild, such as tea tree oil, to help kill germs but do not leave them soaking for longer than a day.
Wet (For those 'number ones')
1. Remove nappy
2. Keep in dry bucket until wash day and then wash.
Soiled (For those 'number twos')
1. Remove nappy
2. Dispose or rinse off the liner if you are using either a disposable liner or fleece liner
3. Rinse any remaining solids in a bucket or toilet
4. Put wet nappy and/or liner in bucket till wash day
If baby is exclusively breastfed there is no need to rinse the soiled nappy. They can go straight into the bucket for wash day since breast milk is water soluble.
If baby is formula fed, the waste will be more solid and perfectly easy to manage if using a flushable bamboo liner. The flushable bamboo liner is used between the baby's skin and the nappy. They are very good at keeping baby dry as they wick the moisture away to the underlying layers. They protect the nappy from stains and are make the removal of solids an absolute breeze. Flushable bamboo liners are also biodegradable so can be flushed with no hassle and no guilt. Mother Nature thanks you.
Fleece liners are also a great option, as they too protect the nappy from stains and keep baby dry. However it is a personal choice between flushing disposable liners or washing fleece ones.
Remember, there is no need to soak nappies in between wash days. On wash day, the nappy can be washed in cold or warm water (up to 35°C) depending on which you prefer. Don't wash at very high temperatures as heat causes the bamboo fabric to harden, affecting the absorbency of the bamboo. Heat also affects the outer cover causing the waterproof layer to delaminate.
We recommend using a gentle, eco friendly detergent. If you would like to use your regular detergents use only a 1/4 the recommended dosage. Only a little is needed to wash nappies effectively and this will also help to prevent soap buildup which in turn decreases absorbency of the nappy and can cause leaks. The trick to washing nappies is using enough water. From an environmental perspective, it takes 120 washes of a reusable nappy to use the same amount of water it takes to manufacture one disposable so there's no need to feel bad about using enough water to wash a cloth nappy.
What combination of wash cycles you use largely depends on your routines, how often you wash, your machine etc. However a good starting point is to do a rinse/wash/rinse/rinse. The first rinse washes away any solids and much of the urine. The main wash does the thorough cleaning and the last two rinses removes any detergents and left over waste. If your machine allows you to add more water, then even better, you may be able to do away with the last rinse.
1. Green bar Sunlight soaps are one of the most “green”, cheap and easy stain removers. Scrubbing the nappy lightly before putting it in the bucket or washing works wonders.
2. The most natural and effective stain remover is the Sun. Place the wet nappies or liners out in the direct sun to dry. It also helps to kill germs naturally.
3. Please do not use bleach, borax or other harsh detergents, including fabric softener, as these will damage your nappies.
4. To avoid staining and build up on the nappy it is best to use a nappy liner and to try to avoid zinc based creams as these contain metals and will cause the inside of the nappy to blacken and decrease absorbency.
5. The best bum cream to use is 100% organic cold pressed coconut oil. Cloth nappies love it and it washes out easily. Coconut oil has anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti viral properties which is a wonderful complement to the exact same properties of the bamboo fabric. Coconut oil also has a natural SF of 4. It is fantastic at healing skin, making it ideal in the prevention of nappy rash.
Preferably dry the nappies on the line or clothes horse, remember to flip open the two attached inserts, as this will ensure they dry quicker. Remember, heat affects the quality of the bamboo fabric. Do not tumble dry the nappy as heat will cause the waterproof layer to delaminate.