Top 3 tips for successful cloth nappying with Cushie Tushies
From belly to birth and beyond, babies inspire happy changes. Here at Cushie Tushies, we love to celebrate and help nurture the bond between parents and babies!
There are many benefits to using cloth nappies – for baby, for the environment, and for your hip pocket – and we're pretty sure we all want what's best for our baby, our world and ourselves! But at the end of the day, we actually have to be able to DO something SUCCESSFULLY in order to make such a positive choice, right?
Well, we're here to hold your hand through the whole cloth nappy process. You CAN do it! And I reckon you and your baby will love it. Here's how.
Step 1: get the fit right
One of the things our mums and dads tell us they love most about Cushie Tushies is our one-size design. The way you can adjust it to fit babies of different shapes and sizes as they grow. At each nappy change, you can grab any nappy and put it on, adjusting the fit on the spot. You're not locked into any "size" at any stage.
Like any kind of nappy, if the leg holes are gaping or the back waist is loose….you get the picture!
To get started, check out our demo video. We go through fitting your cushie tushie on newborns and older babies. And if you get stuck, give us a call! We are always here to help.
Step 2: use the right detergent
Did you know that detergents labeled for ‘Sensitive Skin’ generally contain softeners?
Did you know that detergents ‘guaranteed to brighten your colours and whites’ contain optical brighteners, similar to nappisan?
What about detergents that promise to give your load a lovely fresh scent? Yep, you guessed it, this one contains added enzymes as well, and these ones are often the culprits that cause skin irritations.
None of these is great for the environment either.
The detergent aisle of the supermarket is huge – it’s a marketers dream really, they way they promote some added benefit that sounds totally desirable – I mean, who wouldn’t love their washing to come out guaranteed smelling fresh and looking clean and bright – when in actual fact, this means that more and unnecessary ingredients have gone into the box!
Fabric like bamboo – indeed, any kind of towel, be it cotton or bamboo – needs a very basic, very plain detergent. Any of the bells and whistles will stop the fabric doing its job of being absorbent. The oils contained in softeners coat the fibres of the fabric and build up to the point where the fabric is unable to absorb at all, the wee simply runs off and out the leg holes. Optical brighteners can actually be corrosive on natural fibres over time, so best to avoid them or you’ll end up with holes in your boosters.
And other added enzymes, such as perfumes, well they are just best avoided for the health of your baby’s sensitive skin. Additives like these can be harsh on babies' sensitive skin. Not to mention that all these additives are really no good for our environment either!
So what do we recommend using with our nappies? We're big fans of our own Premium Laundry Detergent, the first of its kind made in Australia specifically for use with modern cloth nappies. This detergent will increase the performance of your nappy, sanitise the fabrics and eliminate odours without losing absorbency.
Step 3: Set yourself up for success!
Perhaps I should have mentioned this first, but the key to success with cloth nappies, as with learning anything new, is to approach it with confidence and preparation!
Many people who are expecting their first baby, or who are aiming to switch from using disposables to modern cloth, ask us "how do I do it? What do I need?"
Best thing is to have enough of everything you need stashed on your nappy change station. For full-time cloth use, a good 2 dozen nappies is recommended. Have them all put together and ready to go within easy arms' reach from bub's bare bum, along with your cloth wipes and nappy liners. We like to have a waterproof nappy bag hanging off the side of the change table, ready to stash the soiled nappies.
Change your baby often. Every 2-3 hours during the day is advised, for the health of baby's sensitive skin. Get yourself in the habit of changing after bub wakes up and again before s/he goes back to sleep.
Work out how much your baby wees! If he drinks a lot and wees a lot then you'll need to add plenty of absorbency to the nappies, especially overnight.
And last but not least, establish a washing routine, either at night after bub is in bed or first thing in the morning. Every day. Yes, I know this is the boring bit, but it's not for the rest of your lives, and trust me, your baby will thank you for making the effort to keep their tushie in such gentle, beautiful fabrics!
If you get stuck at any stage, don't despair! Give us a call anytime – we're here to help!