From the Mums who brought you the unique Bam+Boo hybrid nappy come these gorgeous, one-size-fits-all, Bam+Boo Sleeve Nappy - an absolute must have for every cloth nappy stash!
If you like the sound of an all-in-one cloth nappy but worry about the longer drying and cleaning times, you'll definitely want to try out these Sleeve nappies (also known as 'all-in-two's'). These cloth nappy prints are just like all-in-ones i.e. very easy to use, but they have the added benefit of allowing you to remove the absorbent part of the nappy. This makes cleaning day a total walk in the park!
Each Bam+Boo Sleeve nappy comes with two absorbent inserts; a large and small, both topped with 2 layers of bamboo over 2 layers of thirsty microfibre.
The Bam+Boo Sleeve cloth nappy prints can be used as either Pocket or Snap-In nappies.
Pocket - Place the absorbent inserts inside the soft, suedecloth pocket of the nappy to ensure that moisture is quickly wicked away from baby’s bottom into the absorbent inserts beneath.
Snap-In - Use the snaps on the inserts to attach them securely to the top of the nappy ensuring that only the natural bamboo fibers lie next to baby’s skin.
Adjusting the size:
Bam+Boo's all-in-two nappies have 4 rows of clips on the front of the nappy so that they can fit babies of all sizes. Clip in the rows to where you think the nappy will fit your child. 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 child of 16kg+.
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 few months to see if the nappy is still on the correct setting and adjust accordingly. The front (also known as 'rise') clips can stay clipped up in the wash and do not need to be redone with each change.
Putting the nappy together:
1. Stuff the absorbent insert into the pocket and use as a pocket nappy. Your baby may only need the absorbency of one insert to start with, with the addition of the second insert at night, or as she gets bigger.
2. Lay the absorbent insert on top of the nappy and snap it in place to use it as an All-in-2 with the natural fibers directly against baby's skin.
3. Snap the absorbent insert completely inside the pocket to use it as an All-in-One. The nappy is then cleaned and dried with the insert in place. This means no re-stuffing after wash day (yay!) but also longer drying times.
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. The nappy sleeve/cover does not require more than one pre-wash.
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.
1. Remove nappy
2. Keep in dry bucket until wash day and then wash.
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 fleece liner. The fleece 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 also very easy to clean. If you hold each end over the toilet and pull and warp the fabric slightly, the pile of the fabric separates causing solids to just pop off into the toilet. Pop the liner into the nappy bucket for wash day. They dry very quickly.
Fleece liners also work wonderfully for breastfed babies for the same reasons as formula fed babies. They keep baby's skin dry and they protect the nappy from stains.
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.
Take care when using toploader machines to unpopper the booster from the soaker and unpopper the soaker from the shell. Toploaders wash very effectively and in much quicker time than front loaders but they are much harder on the nappies, putting strain on the poppers and elastics.
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. You can tumble dry the soaker and booster but only on low heat. Remember, heat affects the quality of the bamboo fabric. Do not tumble dry the cover as heat will cause the waterproof layer to delaminate.