MODERN CLOTH NAPPY "HOW TO" GUIDE
So you like the idea of using Cloth Nappies but have no idea how they work or what to do with them? Don't worry, we get asked these questions all the time and our response is always the same "Modern Cloth Nappies are super easy to use and look after - we know that you will love using our MCN's!".
We have compiled a series of videos that answer our most frequently asked questions on how to use our MCN's. Below you will find a range of videos on the following topics:
- Our inserts
- How to adjust the sizing
- How and when to use Bamboo Liners
- How to put the nappy on your Baby
- Washing and care instructions
- Strip Washing
Keep scrolling after the videos for further information on our Modern Cloth Nappies.
If you still have any questions about our products, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A very big THANK-YOU to Courtney for filming this video series for us.
VIDEO ONE: INSERTS
Please note: Bamboo and Bamboo Charcoal inserts need to be washed 3-4 times prior to use to ensure they are at their maximum absorbancy level.
VIDEO TWO: SIZING
VIDEO THREE: BAMBOO NAPPY LINERS
VIDEO FOUR: HOW TO PUT THE NAPPY ON YOUR BABY
VIDEO FIVE: WASHING AND CARE INSTRUCTIONS
PLEASE NOTE: We recommend washing our nappies in cold water and line drying in the sun. If you prefer to wash in warm water, never wash your nappies in water hotter than 40 degrees Celsius.
VIDEO SIX: STRIP WASHING
Modern Cloth Nappies by My Little Gumnut
It takes around 400 years for each disposable nappy to completely decompose in landfill. That means EVERY disposable nappy ever used (and its contents) are still out there somewhere – yuck! By using just 1 reusable nappy per day, you will reduce the amount of disposables in landfill by around 900.
Even when taking into consideration the manufacturing and laundering of MCN's, the environmental impact is still significantly less. Modern Cloth Nappies are made to last, which means they can be used for your first and subsequent babies. Thus, they will have a very long life before they eventually make it into landfill (we have even had Dad’s tell us that they use old MCN’s as rags in the shed before throwing them away - try doing that with a disposable!). The natural materials used in the manufacturing of MCN's will also break down a lot quicker than disposables.
Our babies are our future, lets do our part to look after the environment so our babies (and their babies) can continue to enjoy this beautiful planet that we live on.
$4000….that’s the cost of using disposable nappies from newborn until toilet training (per child!). Compare this to just $800-1000 which is the approximate cost of using our Cloth Nappies from newborn to toilet training and that includes laundering! Just think of what you could spend that extra money on – ballet/football lessons, your child’s first bike, a family holiday to visit Grandma…
All of our cloth nappies are sold either individually or in packages. We have a package for all of your needs, ranging from trial packages to full-time packages - we even have a tailored package for twins!
We are often asked about the cost of laundering. We recommend using a cold cycle, with a quarter to half a scoop of your usual detergent and line drying your MCN’s in the sun - see our Washing video for more details. All of this means that laundering costs are kept low as well!
Gentle on Bub’s precious skin
Modern Cloth Nappies are made from gentle, natural materials, meaning they are soft and gentle against your babies precious skin. The layer of microfleece which sits against bubs skin is designed to stay dry and keep bub dry, which also means no more nappy rash (and that’s something to get excited about!).
Easy to Use and Care For
You would be forgiven for thinking that cloth nappies require extra effort to look after and use. But welcome Modern Cloth Nappies. Just like almost everything we use today, cloth nappies have advanced since our parents were using them with us! Our MCN’s are shaped like a disposable nappy and can be tightened for the perfect fit with snap fasteners (that’s right, no pins required!!).
Caring for your MCN’s is pain-free with these 4 easy steps:
- Rinse off any solids (or remove solids with your Flushable Bamboo Liner)
- Place in a dry bucket with a lid
- Machine wash with your usual detergent (a quarter to half a scoop only)
- Line dry in the sun.
The sun will act as a natural disinfectant and draw out any stains, eliminating the need to use whiteners, brighteners or softeners. Always wash your MCN’s 2-3 times before use to boost the absorbency of the inserts.
We don't recommend any particular brand of detergent, however we do recommend using a powder detergent rather than liquid and always use cold or warm water to wash your nappies (water temperature should not exceed 40 degrees Celsius) as ongoing exposure to heat can effect the elastics and PUL material in the outer shell of the nappy. Never dry your outer shells in the dryer.
PLEASE NOTE: We recommend washing our nappies in cold water and line drying in the sun. If you prefer to wash in warm water, the water temperature should never exceed 40 degrees Celsius.
You may also like to use our Reusable Bamboo Liners or our Bamboo Flushable Liners with your MCN’s. These liners sit on top of the bamboo-fleece layer of the nappy and will catch any solids. At change time, simply remove the liner and either dispose of the liner (by flushing, binning or composting, disposable liners only!) or rinsing and washing with your nappies (reusable liners). Using our liners with our MCNs will make the clean-up process even easier!
Adjustable to fit Newborn – Toddler
All of our MCN’s are fully adjustable and made to fit from newborn until toilet training, meaning there is no need to buy more every time bub has a growth spurt. Using the snaps at the front allows you to adjust the length of the nappy, while the snaps at the top allows you to fasten around the legs and waist.
While leakages will occur from time to time in any nappy system, ongoing leakages should not occur. Some parents over time begin to accept that leakages and “poo explosions” are just part of babies wearing nappies. While in actual fact, if a nappy is the correct fit and size for your baby, you should rarely have a leakage. By using our MCN’s you can adjust the size and the fit of the nappy to suit your bub, making leakages and poo explosions a thing of the past (insert happy dance here!). After all, how can it be “normal” for such a little person to get poo up to their shoulders, down their legs and in their belly button?! See below for more information on dealing with leakages.
Modern Cloth Nappies are ultra convenient, no more rushing to the shops because you are out of nappies! Personally, I would much rather put on a load of washing than load the kids in the car to go and buy nappies!
TROUBLESHOOT - HELP! I'M GETTING LEAKS!
If you are experiencing leaks with your nappies, there may be a number of factors contributing to this. Please review the information below and then contact us with any further questions.
- PRE-WASH - have your pre-washed your nappies? We recommend pre-washing 3-4 times before use, however your nappies may continue to increase in absorbancy for up to 6 washes.
- WASHING - how are you washing your nappies? We recommend following our washing instructions at all times (see above). Using too much detergent can clog the inserts which can effect the absorbancy. We always recommend using a powder detergent rather than a liquid, and never use fabric softeners, laundry soap and soap flakes (including home made) as these can leave an oily residue on your nappies which will quickly build up and will effect the absorbancy. Always use minimal detergent and line dry in the sun. Also make sure there is plenty of water in your machine to allow a thorough clean of your nappies.
- STRIP WASHING - how long have you been using your nappies for? Over time, your nappies may get a build up of oils and detergent in the inserts which can effect the absorbancy. Doing a simple strip wash can help them regain their absorbancy. See above for details on how to strip wash your nappies. However, please keep in mind, if you are washing your nappies with lots of rinse water and the right amount (and type) of detergent you will find that you rarely need to strip wash
- FIT/SIZING - what is the fit and sizing like? The nappy should be firm but not tight. If the nappy is leaving any marks on babies skin, then the sizing is too small. If there are gaps around the legs and back, then the sizing is too big and can lead to leakages. Always check the fit when baby is on their side as well as their back. Also check the height of the nappy against babies belly button. If the nappy is sitting below the belly button this can lead to leakages at the front, if this the case, simply adjust the size using the snaps at the front of the nappy to make it higher. The waste and legs can be adjusted by tightening the snaps at the top of the nappy. Don't forget, the tabs can overlap for newbies!
- CLOTHING - always ensure no clothing is tucked in to the nappy and/or no clothing is touching the bamboo inner layer of the nappy. You may find that when baby is wearing clothing that is tighter around the legs (such as onsies or bloomers), the material of the clothes will start to absorb the wee once the insert is full. This may appear to be the nappy leaking but it is caused by the tight clothes being against the nappy.
- ABSORBANCY - do you have enough absorbancy? As your little one gets bigger, so does the volume of their wee. Similarly the more they drink, the more they will wee! If you find that your little ones nappy is full (it will be quite heavy) after a short period of time, you may need some extra absorbancy. This is where our nappies are fantastic as you can simply add another insert to boost the absorbancy.
- LEAKAGES AT NIGHTTIME - do you change your babies nappy at feedtime? We always recommend changing babies nappy when feeding during the night. You may also need to double-up the inserts for extra absorbancy at nighttime, double check the sizing after adding any extra inserts as the sizing may need to be adjusted to account for the additional insert. Also check the fit of the nappy when baby is lying on their tummy.
If you have been through all of this and still experiencing leaks, please contact us and we will help you work it out :)