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Subject:New to community, new to nappies, in fact I'm knew to all this baby stuff!
Time:03:05 pm
Hello ladies... I've just joined you today after purchasing my first cloth nappies. Oh and I've never changed a nappy before in my whole life... That's about to change though, I'm expecting my first baby (aka Lentil) on 22nd January, so not long to go now.

I've been considering cloth for a long time, my husband thinks its a great way to save money, and when I looked at the all in ones, they don't look anymore difficult to use than disposables. Today is the first day of my maternity leave and I celebrated by making my first order, one Pop-in bamboo and one Pop-in Dream Dri. I've also sent off for my local council scheme and the trial pack they send out contains 1 motherease onesize nappy with snap in booster kit, 1 bamboo little lamb, 1 prefold, one little lamb wrap and one motherease wrap, all this comes with a pack of liners and information about how to wash and use nappies and a bucket to store your dirty nappies in.

I've got a few packs of disposables in, because I had loads of vouchers in my Bounty packs etc. These should last me the first week or so, and by then I'm hoping to have made a decision about which cloth ones I'm going to use.

Any advice for a first timer? Do I need to wash the nappies before first use? How many times? Can I use my normal washing powder? (Fairy non-bio loose powder and comfort pure fabric softener)

Thank you!!!
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laymon
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Time:2011-01-10 03:17 pm (UTC)

No conditioner it'll make your nappies repel. I'd wash the nappies a few times before use to increase the absorbency. Fairy is fine on nappies but only use half the amount as it builds up on the nappies. Good luck Hun :)

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muffetly
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Time:2011-01-10 03:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that... I only use about half the recommended amount of powder for my normal laundry anyways because we have really soft water, I usually put in about 40 mls. Do I need to halve it again?

The babycentre forums told me Fairy had softener in it, but it doesn't say it anywhere on the box!
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laymon
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Time:2011-01-10 03:46 pm (UTC)
No, just half the recommended amount is fine. I use the tablets and just use one instead of two.

I've never heard that about fairy and I've been using it on my nappies for over 4 years now, I know a lot of other people use it too. Could it have been referring to the liquid version?

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goaskyourmother
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Time:2011-01-10 04:23 pm (UTC)
I loved Little Lambs :)
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laymon
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Time:2011-01-10 04:40 pm (UTC)
I never tried those but a friend of mine gave me some thirsties which I loved on Anara when she was tiny. :)
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muffetly
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Time:2011-01-10 05:14 pm (UTC)
The only problem is that they come in different sizes... that sounds like it would be expensive if you had to replace all your nappies every year. The Pop In's I bought (which a friend swears by) are birth to potty ones, so should last the whole time.
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goaskyourmother
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Time:2011-01-10 07:18 pm (UTC)
Everyone has different preferences. I started with a prefold BTP pack with #1, HATED it and went to disposables. Used mostly fitteds with #2 and pockets with #3
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mybabythomas
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Time:2011-01-10 09:28 pm (UTC)
A birth-to-potty nappy won't necessarily fit the child for as long as 2 sized nappies though, that's the down side of them, they can be rather bulky on a newborn and rather tight on a toddler.

I use mostly Little Lambs / Tots Bots bamboozles on my daughter, she wore size 1 until she was 6 months old and she has been in size 2 ever since, they are very adjustable as she is 3 years old now and still fits into the same size 2 nappies that she was wearing at 6 months.
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lavendersblue
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Time:2011-01-11 11:04 am (UTC)
90% of my stash is btp pockets. However, if you go the sized route...nappies often have great re-sale value so you can often fund next size up partially by selling the smaller size. I started with btp with dd as i knew i wanted another baby.
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lavendersblue
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Time:2011-01-10 04:49 pm (UTC)
I use bold 2-in-1 did on my previous child's nappies too. Apparantly the softener is clay based not oil based in it?! and as such i've never had any build-up or leaks from using it. I just use 1/3 of a dose. Most fellow cloth users i know also use bold 2-in-1

I know a lot of people have problems with fairy on their nappies tho lol.

However, you can use distilled white vinigar in the conditioner drawer as a natural fabric softener (also naturally anti bacterial too) just don't go over board if you use pocket nappies / PUL wraps. Never use normal seperate fabric conditioner as this will affect the absorbancy of your nappies.

If the nappies are microterry etc one re-wash should be fine however hemp and bamboo can take 4-10 pre-washes before they get their full absorbancy.

I always do a cold rinse first (if you go straight to hot wash this can sometimes cause the fibres to retain smell) then a normlal wash (usually 40 degrees with a 60 degree wash ever now and then) and then an extra rinse at the end to ensure all the detergent residue is out.

Some people like to add a few drops of essential oil to their wash such as tea tree or lavender (both naturally antibacterial) or sweet orange to make them smell nice.
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muffetly
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Time:2011-01-10 05:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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janevok
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Time:2011-01-11 03:14 pm (UTC)
thanks for the 'distilled white vinegar' tip :)
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mybabythomas
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Time:2011-01-10 09:43 pm (UTC)
You don't *need* to wash the nappies before use. The manufacturers advise you to, and it's true that a bamboo nappy won't reach its full absorbency until it's had about 10 washes; but a newborn baby pees so often that the nappy is going to need washing soon after you've put it on anyway. So personally I wouldn't bother, if you're using brand new nappies.

You can use normal washing powder, but only use 1/3 the manufacturers recommended amount, using more than that amount can cause a build-up of detergent residue which makes the nappies smell.

As others have mentioned, fabric conditioner reduces the absorbency of the nappies, it also has the risk of irritating the baby's skin and the strong smell / perfume of it could bother them too. But not to worry, modern nappy fabrics are soft enough even without fabric conditioner, bamboo in particular feels lovely and soft, especially if you line-dry.

You don't have to pick just one kind of nappy and stick to it. I have several different kinds in my stash; Motherease one-size cotton, Tots Bots and Little Lambs bamboo, pre-folds, terry squares, Tots Bots Fluffles, Tots Bots Flexitots, and more... Little Lambs are my fave's though.
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notagain
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Time:2011-01-11 01:14 pm (UTC)
Congratulations :) As you'll have worked out, a lot of people get really into the real nappy thing and enjoy building up a collection of different sorts, just the same way you'd have different clothes. I didn't, went the opposite approach and just bought 20 Bumgenius and left it at that. we've had about 3 years constant use now through children and they've been brilliant. I've never done anything fancy - no liners, no soaking, no fiddling around with amounts of powder, I just chuck them in the machine at 60 with a pre-wash and an extra rinse and they've been great. Did take just a little while before we could use them though as they were so massive compared to the baby!
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muffetly
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Time:2011-01-11 02:01 pm (UTC)
Yay, thanks for that... some people do make it seem complicated! I've a few packs of newborn disposables anyways, as my Mum said the first few days are more likely to stain.
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