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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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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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