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How many nappies will I need?

You will need at least 24 nappies and about 4 covers to use full-time. This involves washing every 2 days. 36 nappies will allow you to extend washing to every 3 days. For part-time (e.g. daytime) use, 12 nappies and 2 covers will allow you to use cloth every day and wash every 2 days. For occasional day or night-time use, 4 nappies, 1 cover and a booster will be enough. See our packages for great deals on nappy sets.

How long will my nappies/covers last?

Most parents are able to get at least one baby through each set of 24 one-size nappies. How long the nappies last depends mostly on how often and how they are washed. It is very important that you follow the Care and Instructions to make sure you get the maximum life from your nappies. Covers can be expected to last between 4-6 months. Once again, it is important to follow the Care and Instructions provided.

Will I need more than one set of covers for my one-size nappies?

Because the covers are sized you will need to buy larger covers as your baby grows. It is always best to start with the small size for newborns, but because every baby grows differently, you may not need 4 of every size of cover to see you through to toilet training. We advise you wait and see how you go and buy larger covers as required. We have a great package of 4 covers to help you when it's time to upgrade.

How many/what size covers should I get for a newborn?

Although it's tempting to try to economise and go straight to the medium size we always recommend getting at least 2 small size covers for a newborn. This is because newborn babies are tiny and it's very important to have the right size cover to avoid leaks. If you have covers that are too big in the start you run the risk of being put off cloth forever. Despite the weight ranges given, the small size covers will last most babies at least 4-6 months, making them a very worthwhile investment. You will need 4-6 covers for a newborn of which at least 2 should be small size.

Why don't you offer wool and fleece covers?

Because we believe that PUL is by far the best material for nappy covers. It is slim fitting, easy to care for, waterproof and breathable (comfortable for baby). Wool and fleece are both very bulky materials. Wool requires a special washing and care routine and cannot be tumble dried. Both wool and fleece are only water-resistent materials (not waterproof) making them only suitable for night-time use. If these covers are used in the daytime wet patches may occur where the weight distribution is not even (e.g. where baby is sitting).

How do I choose between the Sandy's and the One-size?

The Sandy's is a sized nappy whereas the one-size is designed to be used from birth through to toilet training. They are both fantastic nappies so it is hard to choose! Generally speaking the one-size is the most economical choice and ideal if you intend to use the nappies on one baby only from birth to toilet training. If you are planning to use the nappies on more than one baby, and you can afford the initial investment, consider a sized system. Sized nappies will be less bulky on a newborn and can be used for subsequent children, making the outlay for two children the same as two sets of one-size nappies. If you are not starting your baby in cloth until later, say around 6 - 9 months, go for the Large Sandy's as it will provide a perfect, sized fit.

What should I do about nappy rash?

Some people recommend using disposables to clear up nappy rash as they believe that nappy rash is caused by wetness on the skin. In fact nappy rash can be caused by any number of factors, including prolonged wetness, rubbing or chaffing, prolonged exposure to faeces (poo) or urine, yeast or bacterial infections or alergic reactions to chemicals in the nappy. Many of these can occur if using cloth or disposable nappies. Here are what most health authorities seem to agree on about treating nappy rash:

Change the nappy frequently and definitely as soon as it is soiled

Wash the baby's skin with water only using a soft wipe such as a flannel. Try to pat the skin, not rub.

Apply a barrier cream with zinc oxide in it. Zinc aids healing and provides a barrier to further discomfort

Allow the baby to go without a nappy whenever practical

See your doctor if the rash is not improving within 24 hours.

Babies' skin can sometime react to the chemicals used in washing cloth nappies. For this reason we do not recommend the use of harsh chemicals such as nappy soakers or bleaches. If you suspect a reaction, double rinse your nappies and add a cup of white vinegar to the final rinse to help remove any built up or residue detergents. Never use fabric softners with your nappies.

Babies' skin can sometimes react to nappies that are not laundered correctly. In this case a build up of chemicals from urine and faeces is causing the nappy rash. Make sure you always wash your nappies according to the manufactures instructions. Pre-rinsing, pre-soaking, using a regular detergent (as opposed to a "sensitive" or "eco" detergent), using the correct amount of detergent and washing in warm water are all things to try if you suspect your nappies are not washing correctly.

Can I use Mother-ease covers over folded terry squares?

You certainly can! The Mother-ease covers are regarded some of the best on the market and can be used with a wide range of nappies - from fitteds to folded terry squares to prefolds. Many people use the Mother-ease covers over terry squares as an alternative to PVC pilchers. Check out The Nappy Lady - folds for great tips on folding terry squares.

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