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Please help I'm new!

Postby aliceirving » Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:46 pm

I want to change over to cloth. My daughter is 3 in May, she has special needs and will probably be in nappies for a couple more years. She wears a size 6 in disposable nappies, doesnt get along with Velcro of any description and often makes a lot of mess.. I don't know where to start with this whole thing, I don't know what type or how it even works with the liners or washing the nappies at every nappy change or what to do when out and about etc.. Advice please?

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Please help I'm new!

Postby The Tree Fairy » Wed Feb 17, 2016 1:25 am

Hi aliceirving. Welcome to Cloth Nappy Tree :wave:

I hope you enjoy using the site - there are plenty of areas to explore, if you can't find something or have any questions just ask, everyone is friendly and helpful :-D

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Re: Please help I'm new!

Postby Kim » Wed Feb 17, 2016 7:07 am

:wave: Hi :wave:

There are going to be people on here with a lot more knowledge than me. But my advice would be not to buy loads of one type first off- get a few different types to try.
Two parters would probably be your best place to start (a fitted nappy covered with a waterproof wrap) with snaps.
You don't wash at every change you put them them in your bucket or wet bag at home and your smaller wet bag when you are out and about.
I use fleece liners - when they have been pooped on I hold them over the loo and shower them down so I don't get any poop in my washer. You can use the disposable liners instead though.

Look to see if you have a local nappy library - you will be able to borrow things to try.
Also snuggleblanks specialise in bigger nappies ( they go up to adult size) so maybe have a chat with them.

Hope this has helped and not left you more confused.

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Re: Please help I'm new!

Postby Aeseldyr » Wed Feb 17, 2016 7:49 am

Hi and welcome :wave:
I agree with Kim get a few different things and se what you like :)
We only use nappies over night with my 4 year old and what I find best there is wool covers and fitted nappies. But not everyone likes wool.
Since your daugther is 3 you'll need some nappies that run a little large. Thirsties size 2 covers is in my experience a little bigger than some of the os nappies. You can use the covers with inserts or prefolds or fitteds or flats or pretty much anything. What is most important is that if you use some kind of microfiber inserts that they are not directly next to her skin, but that you put something on top like a fleece or natural materials like cotton, bamboo or hemp. There are some good advise on this site - I am on from my phone so have difficulty finding the good articles that @clotmama has made - maybe you have help Tory? Those give such a good overview of the different kinds of nappies and a good intro into the cloth world :)

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Postby sim » Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:57 am

I agree with what the girls have said and two part systems are pretty bombproof.

You could also have a look at Minki nappies - they are a pocket nappy so have a build in waterproof outer layer and a large pocket you can put different absorbency inserts into, depending on the child's wee output - their sizes run large anyway and go up to XL

For an older child I'd say you'd need a mix of a pretty fast absorbing material (microfibre or bamboo nearest their bum and then something that holds a lot of liquid under that (like a hemp insert or two) to keep the wee locked in.

In a pocket you can't adjust what you put in to time of day etc.

Please ask any questions - it can seem daunting but once you find what suits, it's great.

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Re: Please help I'm new!

Postby Dancing mum » Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:11 pm

Yes trying a few different makes and styles before you buy lots is the best plan.
I find pocket nappies are great for out and about as I can put it on my LO that much faster than a 2 part system which is really handy when she's squirming on a raised change table in a public loo!
At night a fitted nappy with wrap or wool cover has always suited us best and I add an extra booster or two for additional absorbency.
Real Easy nappies are pocket nappies (the one I tried definitely needed extra boosting but was a great fit) and they go to much larger sizes which would be handy for your LO... Large = 30kg-45kg and Xlarge = 45kg+


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