Before using Real Nappies
Wash and dry your cloth nappy inserts before their first use. Use a perfume-free detergent without fabric softener at a water temperature of around 100°F (40°C). It is not necessary to pre-wash the Snug Wrap nappy covers.
After their first wash your cloth nappy inserts will become smaller, thicker, softer and more absorbent. This has been allowed for in the sizing so that they will fit the nappy covers perfectly.
Cloth Nappy Sizes
Real Nappies cloth nappies are in four sizes to fit your baby from birth to potty training. Using the correct size nappy will ensure a comfortable and leak-proof fit. The following sizing chart provides a guide to which Real Nappies size will best fit your baby. Please take into account that babies vary in shape and size and this is a guide only. You should use the nappy size that fits best.
The nappy is assembled in three steps using a Snug Wrap nappy cover, a prefold cloth nappy inserts and optional Bioliner nappy liner.
- Fold the prefold cloth nappy according to the diagram. Use a boy fold, girl fold or ‘liquid poo’ fold as appropriate.
- Place the folded cloth nappy insert on the Snug Wrap nappy cover. Do not tuck it in to the flap at the front of the nappy cover.
- Place the optional Bioliner nappy liner on top of the cloth nappy insert. Do not fold the nappy liner. For newborn babies the nappy liner may be cut in half.
- After washing and drying, fold all the cloth nappy inserts so they are ready to use immediately when you need them.
- Before removing the soiled nappy from the baby, assemble the fresh cloth nappy insert and nappy liner. This makes for a quick and easy nappy change.
- Don’t tuck the cloth nappy in the flap at the front of the Snug Wrap nappy cover, as this could cause leakage.
Put the Nappy on the Baby
Place the assembled cloth nappy insert and nappy cover flat on the changing surface with the velcro-like tabs facing downwards and away from the baby’s skin. Lay the baby down, placing their bottom on the middle of the cloth nappy insert.
Pull the front up between the baby’s legs until it’s against their belly. Use the velcro-like tabs to secure the nappy and nappy cover around the baby’s waist, making sure that the tabs are not touching the baby’s skin. The tabs can be adjusted as needed to a snug and comfortable fit. Make sure that the cloth nappy and nappy liner are tucked inside the Snug Wrap nappy cover at the waist and the legs.
Washing and Drying
If you use a nappy liner, the cloth nappies are unlikely to be soiled and won’t require soaking before washing. Simply flush the nappy liner and store the used cloth nappy insert in a covered pail or bin.
If you choose to soak the cloth nappy inserts, the use of Nappy Fresh sanitizer is recommended. Dissolve one tablespoon of Nappy Fresh in one gallon of lukewarm water. Soak cloth nappy inserts for at least two hours.
Rinse the cloth nappies thoroughly in cold water. Before washing, close the velcro-like tabs on the Snug Wrap nappy covers. Machine-wash cloth nappies and nappy covers at 140°F using chemical-free washing powder and one dessertspoon of Nappy Fresh sanitizer. Do not use fabric softener or drier sheets. Do not use chlorine bleach. Do not iron. Hang to dry, or tumble-dry.
- Do not use fabric softener as it can reduce the absorbency of the prefold cloth nappies and reduce the waterproof characteristics of the Snug Wrap nappy covers.
- It’s recommended to store used cloth nappy inserts in a pail or bin with a lid. There’s no need to soak, and wash the cloth nappy inserts every other day and the nappy covers only as you need to.