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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 03:46 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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muffetly
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Time:2011-01-10 03:53 pm (UTC)
Maybe, but I pretty much copied and pasted my post from there and I did mention we use loose powder. Tablets always seem more expensive and I have less choice over how much I'm using.

I'm a chemistry teacher (well up until last week when I went on maternity leave, that hasn't quite sunk in yet!) and I checked the ingredients list on Fairy and couldn't find anything that sounded like softener... Everything else seems to tell you it is the best for washing baby clothes and it seems to smell lovely and clean!

Strangest thing was they recommended using Bold 2in1... which specifically does contain softener!
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laymon
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Time:2011-01-10 04:10 pm (UTC)
Noooooo, you can't use Bold 2 in 1. I would ignore them if I were you or you'll have loads of trouble with leaking.

Here's a link to how to wash nappies. This actually says to use 1/3 of the washing powder which you can do if you use loose powder, I can't do that with tablets and 1/2 is still fine. http://www.lizziesrealnappies.co.uk/index.cfm/advice/Care.Home#washing

I do a pre-wash, then a 60c wash with 1 tablet of fairy non-bio. You can wash at 40c but I find they don't smell so good after a while. I tumble dry (I know, naughty right) but nappies tend to go stiff if left to dry on their own. But it's not a massive problem if they go a little stiff.
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goaskyourmother
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Time:2011-01-10 04:24 pm (UTC)
What's wrong with Bold 2in1? I always used Daz.
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laymon
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Time:2011-01-10 04:38 pm (UTC)
It contains conditioner.
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goaskyourmother
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Time:2011-01-10 07:16 pm (UTC)
Liquid conditioners clog fibres, not powdered ones.
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laymon
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Time:2011-01-10 07:16 pm (UTC)
Fair enough.
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muffetly
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Time:2011-01-10 05:13 pm (UTC)
The 2in1 means it contains fabric softener... although a post below says its clay based and not oil based, so doesn't affect absorbency in the same way.
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goaskyourmother
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Time:2011-01-10 07:16 pm (UTC)
Which was why I asked the above question :)
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muffetly
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Time:2011-01-10 05:11 pm (UTC)
I suppose tumble drying is only naughty if you care about Polar Bears... My husband is only keen because he worked out we can save £1000 for one child alone!
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laymon
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Time:2011-01-10 05:13 pm (UTC)
That depends whether you get addicted or not...lol

I've spent waaaay too much on cloth nappies and then I ventured into the wool zone O_O
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muffetly
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Time:2011-01-10 05:15 pm (UTC)
Wool? Wouldn't that get all heavy and saggy? I'm already a keen knitter... in fact I spent all afternoon knitting a tiny pair of fluffy boots.
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laymon
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Time:2011-01-10 05:19 pm (UTC)
You use wool as a cover. It's amazing for overnight...I never managed to get my first daughter into cloth nappies overnight because she was a really heavy wetter and I just didn't trust wool to keep her dry. When I got to my second I decided to try it and it's amazing! I've been addicted ever since.

Our latest wool addition (obviously they can be worn as clothing, or pajama bottoms.
P1000703
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lavendersblue
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Time:2011-01-11 11:04 am (UTC)
Them longies are *lush*
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laymon
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Time:2011-01-11 02:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you, they're tempestuous poppet longies ;)
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janevok
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Time:2011-01-11 03:12 pm (UTC)
oh my, those longies are just gorgeous! I make our daughters soakers and longies out of fleece but wool is something i've never been brave enough to try - knitting and i never got along that well.
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goaskyourmother
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Time:2011-01-10 07:20 pm (UTC)
If you are on Ravelry you'll find lots of patterns, join the group 'Soaker and Longies'.
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janevok
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Time:2011-01-11 03:13 pm (UTC)
never heard of Ravelry - I'll be joining that - thank you!
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