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How much work are cloth nappies really?

When thinking about choosing cloth nappies, a big consideration is how much extra time and effort they will take than disposables. You can come across a lot of negative comments (usually from people who don't use cloth) that give the impression that using reusable nappies involves being chained to your washing machine, spending hours up to your elbows in poo, drowning in a never ending cycle of wet nappies.

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One Size Fits Most (OSFM) Nappies - Getting the fit right

One Size Fits Most modern cloth nappies are really popular as they allow the one nappy to fit a child through all their growth stages. It is important to get the right fit for each stage, though. One thing to keep in mind is that how the nappy fits will change as your child grows.

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Snapping down the rise of a OSFM nappy: up or down?

You know that fold of fabric created when you snap down the front of a one size cloth nappy to adjust its size? Have you ever wondered whether there's a 'right' direction to fold it?

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Why use cloth nappies from birth?

The truth is that many people who end up using cloth nappies don't use them for the first few weeks - after all, there are some very important things to concentrate on, like bonding with your new baby and establishing breastfeeding, and we don't all have a mum who'll come over and do our washing for us! Disposable nappies are convenient and easy, and can be a helpful tool to get you through the first exhausting weeks - it's very important to look after yourself.

There are some definite advantages to using cloth from birth, though.

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How to fold traditional flat/square nappies

Traditional flat nappies (like the ones you probably wore and we certainly did!) can be folded in a variety of ways to suit your baby.

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Can you REALLY cloth nappies twins?

With the additional demands on your time when you have multiples, it's understandable that you might be a bit wary of trying out cloth nappies. A couple of mums share their experience cloth nappying twins, and offer their encouragement to others in the same situation.

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Can I use cloth nappies at childcare?

Some of our mums share their experiences and offer advice about using cloth nappies at childcare.

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Can cloth nappies work in the tropics (cloth & humidity)?

We've has some queries from mums asking what nappies are best in a tropical climate. High rainfall & humid weather can make it hard to get nappies dry, and how do you stop baby's bum from getting too sweaty? Some of our mums offer their experience in cloth nappying in the tropics.

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Help! My  baby is growing out of One Size nappies!

'One Size' (or One Size Fits Most/OSFM) cloth nappies are marketed as being able to last your child from birth to toilet training, so it can be extremely frustrating to discover a few months in, that it looks like your baby will be outgrowing their One Size nappies any day now.

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All about delamination

The end result of delamination is a nappy that is no longer waterproof. Delamination can be caused by several things, though in the usual scheme of things a nappy should only delaminate after it has been well used and is at the end of its lifespan.

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