This is my first post in an age and I have SO many drafts before it too. However today I’m posting on the fly as a special customer request to share some pics that may help with ideas on boosting cloth nappies. Whether you are using cloth during the day or night, or have a heavy wetter or just don’t want to change your nappies as often; families choosing to use cloth long term will likely hit a point where they would like to boost the absorbency of their nappies. I feel really passionate about asking those cloth nappy help type questions and sharing what has worked for us.
We used cloth exclusively for our two older children and for the first 6 months with our most recent little one Sullivan, but it’s been a tough year and when we got gastro this year I used disposables for the first time! We tested all of our eco brands and have earmarked Bambo nappies as our favourites so are working on keeping better stock of them. We are doing cloth of the day time at the moment, I feel it is such a disappointment to myself to be dropping cloth night nappies but at the end of the day loads of our customers are doing that too. We are behind ‘whatever works for you and your family’. It’s been a busy time of things lately and I’m doing all the changes.. and everything else.. GAHHH… with Rick out of action [almost lost a finger in a work accident if you didn’t hear that news].
My boys have been my heaviest wetters, I’m a demand feeder too and the chunky boys were both 4.5kgs at birth and also fed/feed a lot. Night and day LOL. Not that my girl didn’t feed a lot too and she fed til 3.5 years of age also; she’s just more petite than they are. With Sullivan we just LOVED starting with the Grovia Newborn AIO; it is a total go-to for any new parent and anyone that is new to using cloth. Seriously too easy just pop it on and then in a bucket until washing time. They’re hemp with a stay dry lining which helps prevent rashes and they soak up really well and fit like a dream to around 3-4 months on our big boys. Honestly, absolutely just like a disposable only cheaper and more eco and cuter and more comfy for babe. I can honesty say that those nappies for newborns are as easy as disposables – swap out the time to do the laundry with the time taken to shop for nappies and take out nappy trash. Same same.
We use a Brabantia pedal bin as our nappy bucket, as it looks nice and is super functional with the pedal lift and holds odours in. Has lasted me 7 years and 3 children. Also has a handy carry handle to take the nappies to the laundry so win-win-win for my liking. As Rick often says; I don’t touch any more poo or wee using cloth than I do using disposables. I take the nappy off a little bum, shake any solid matter out into the toilet and pop the nappy in the pedal bin. Every 2 days or so I grab this basket and empty into the washing machine with 1/4 the normal powder [we use Ecostore] and then my ideal scenario is hang them on the line and then finish off in the dryer. I don’t really use my dryer for anything else other than cloth.
Some pics of me boosting cloth nappies with a variety of products
Sooooo I took these pics on my dirty table top, that’s right I didn’t even wipe it down before taking pics to put on the inter webs for all to see. Do you feel my care factor about this? Today I care more about getting the info out for those who need it, than making it pretty xXx
You can see I’m using the Bambooty Basics nappy now with bamboo inserts. We don’t love microfibre so we sell the Bambooty Basics for $21.95 with the bamboo inserts as standard, giving the option to add a microfibre snap in insert. We are really huge fans of this nappy; its a pretty easy AI2 that fits well across a range of ages (our 3 month old fit this at the same time as our 4 year old, for example!). It’s so easy to boost as there is lots of room. My opinion is that you need to find solutions that are EASY or you will get tired of cloth really quickly.
I mostly use my go-to nappy combo of the Bambooty Basics boosted with the Bambooty small bamboo booster. This provides absorption that equates for us to a 1-3 hour nappy change time that is ideal for us. The boosters are small but there is a definite difference when we forget to use them. I just prep them in a drawer with the boosters pre packed. The small boosters are only $3.95 which is seriously a huge part of the reason that I have gotten behind these nappies both in store and online. The pricing is on point!! Totally accessible. These guys do ridiculous great breast pads too, best on the market IMHO.
Another underrated option I believe is using wipes to boost, they’re really very absorbent and although I have them under the main body of the nappy here they are soft enough (especially when you don’t have the brand tag sticking up as I have done here) to be on skin if baby tolerates natural fibres well without stay dry. You can also use both the small booster and wipe and STILL not have particularly too much bulk happening. Our favourites are the Bambooty wipes, but they do get pricey if you want a few and I do have the luxury of getting them at wholesale; we loved Itti Bitti wipes in the past too and still shout them out even if we don’t sell them. Our other options like Grovia and Close Parent wipes are all great ones.
Then there is the completely fantastic combination of nappy and any tri folded prefold as a booster. I’m a big fan of the Grovia Bamboo blend prefolds, they are not what is in my stash because they weren’t out when I bought my prefolds years ago but they are what I would choose now I think. Newborn prefolds are such an investment piece as you can use them to soak up anything and as a booster or wipe. They’ll be around for years being handy.
A couple of things to keep in mind when boosting
- Avoid excessive bulk when driving long distances, as this isn’t good for baby or safety in a car seat [we take the train to Melb, baby HATES the car long distance]
- Make sure you have a good seal at the leg area and that there isn’t any boosting fabric sticking out the side of the leg elastics on your nappy or cover – you’ll just end up with wet clothes or bedding
- For an uber heavy wetter consider an extra cover at night like wool or fleece or even think about being a stickler for a routine where the baby toilets before bed and as soon as they wake
I get regular requests for advice about cloth napping and I know that the in store staff don’t have the same experience as I do with this, so we are all doing our best to brainstorm better ways to offer both online and in store support for people interest in using cloth nappies. I hope to have some more posts up soon with my opinions and experiences of cloth. In the meantime please share any of your own boosting tips in comments so that others can learn from your ideas.
Have a beautiful day!