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Fabric Softeners and Cloth Nappies

Added on 08 August 2016 in General Info & Advice, Washing & care of cloth nappies   |   0 comments

One of the big ‘no-no’s about washing cloth nappies is using fabric softeners, which seems a shame, since a soft nappy sounds like a good thing…   How fabric softeners work There are three main parts to any fabric softener – a conditioning agent, an emulsifier and dyes/fragrances. The conditioning agent is what makes clothes feel soft, reduces static cling, and makes ironing easier. It does this by coating the fabric with a thin layer of oily residue. Depending on the brand, the... READ MORE


How much does it cost to wash cloth nappies?

Added on 27 June 2016 in Darlings Downunder, General Info & Advice, Washing & care of cloth nappies   |   2 comments

Can you help us? We want YOU to let us know how much washing cloth nappies costs YOUR family. The extra costs associated with cloth nappies can be a sticking point for some families, so we want to show that washing cloth nappies is the the huge additional expense you might assume. Please follow the guide below, and post your 'Cost per Load' in the comments, along with a rough outline of your nappy washing routine [ie quick wash followed by cotton cycle on 40 degrees in 6kg Samsung front loade... READ MORE


My disposable nappies are leaking - will a cloth nappy cover over the top help?

Added on 20 June 2016 in General Info & Advice   |   0 comments

This might surprise you, but this is a really common question we're asked - usually by parents who exclusively use disposable nappies, but have a baby or toddler who is leaking out of their disposables at night. In desperation, parents come to us to ask whether putting a cloth nappy cover over the top will stop the leaks. The answer is… probably. Many parents find a cloth nappy cover is better at containing the wee than a disposable (yay for great elastic!) and if there’s only a little bit o... READ MORE


The truth about flats and prefolds - traditional cloth nappies

Added on 20 May 2016 in General Info & Advice, Traditional Flat & Prefold Cloth Nappies   |   0 comments

Did you wear cotton terry square nappies as a baby? We both did :) And we both used terry flats for our eldest children over 10 years ago. Since then, the humble cloth nappy has evolved into the myriad cleverly designed modern cloth nappies that are available nowadays - with unlimited options, high tech fabrics, and so many factors to take into consideration! Is in any wonder that a significant number of parents are choosing to go ‘old-school’ and revert to the simplicity and versatility of ... READ MORE


Back to Basics with Traditional Cloth Nappies

Added on 15 May 2016 in Darlings Downunder, General Info & Advice, Traditional Flat & Prefold Cloth Nappies   |   1 comments

This week we’re going back to basics and putting the spotlight on the sometimes overlooked - but seriously awesome - traditional cloth nappy options. Yep, we’re talking flats (or terry squares) and prefolds! Don’t run away!!!     Before anyone rejects the idea, give us a chance this week to prove that flats and prefolds aren’t that complicated, they’re a great bonus to have in your stash even if you plan on using more modern styles of cloth nappies, and that there isn’t a c... READ MORE


Are Modern Cloth Nappies & Nappy Covers REALLY Breathable?

Added on 11 May 2016 in Darlings Downunder, General Info & Advice, Washing & care of cloth nappies   |   0 comments

Many people seeing modern cloth nappies for the first time and hearing about the waterproofing used in most of them - PUL or TPU - are sceptical that a fabric can be both waterproof and breathable at the same time. While there are options offering much more breathability (like wool covers or a fitted nappy with no cover), there is no doubt that PUL has revolutionised the cloth nappy industry. But is it really all that much better than the old plastic & PVC covers?   We’ve got to clari... READ MORE


Reasons NOT to use cloth nappies

Added on 30 November 2015 in Darlings Downunder, General Info & Advice   |   0 comments

So, we own a cloth nappy store and have a vested interest in more parents using cloth nappies. And there are lots of reasons parents feel they're not an option for them. And that's OK. We know cloth nappies aren't for everyone. But we also know that sometimes there's a lack of information available to parents when they're making the choice of what sort of nappy to use, so here are the most common reasons why parents might not consider cloth nappies, and (because we can't help ourselves!) some th... READ MORE


Do Cloth Nappies Delay Development?

Added on 01 August 2015 in General Info & Advice   |   2 comments

Do cloth nappies delay a baby's developmental milestones like walking? It's the comparison in 'bulk' between disposable nappies and cloth nappies that usually raises this question. Cloth nappies are definitely larger - they have to be as they don't have super absorbent polymer crystals. But do cloth nappies cause developmental problems or even a delay because they're larger? And if they do, will rolling, crawling or walking a little later than a child might have otherwise cause ongoing iss... READ MORE


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