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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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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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