Cloth Nappy Beginner’s Guide

A baby will go through around 6000 disposable nappies before graduating to undies. Each nappy will sit in a landfill for up to 500 years. By creating beautiful cloth nappies, we hope to inspire more families to choose environmentally-conscious alternatives so that we can reduce single-use plastic pollution and create a brighter future for our children and our planet.

This is not a legacy that we want to leave our children. EcoNaps is our reusable, cloth-nappy alternative to single-use nappies.

How to get started with cloth nappies

There’s never been a better time to start using cloth nappies than now. Congratulations on making the decision to use cloth. However, choosing the right nappies and accessories can be a little overwhelming to begin. Here’s how to build your cloth nappy stash so that you’re ready to start using cloth nappies on your little one.

Decide how many nappies you will need

Whether you want to start using cloth nappies part-time or full-time, here’s how many nappies you’ll need to begin.

Part-time use – 8 to 10 cloth nappies is enough for part-time use of 2-3 per day.

Full-time day use – 12 to 18 cloth nappies is enough for full-time day use of 4-6 per day.

Full-time day and night use – 24 to 28 cloth nappies is enough to use full time both day and night.

Note: Econaps nappies come complete with the outer shell and two inserts. Recommendations are based on doing a load of washing every second day, we’ve also factored in a couple of spare nappies so you’re never caught out.

Prepping Your New Cloth Nappies

Why is it important to prep your new cloth nappies? Like any absorbent fabrics (think bath towels or tea towels) the fibres need to be softened and ‘worn in’ to help them reach their maximum absorbency. If you want to, you can repeat the prep steps above 2-3 times on the inserts to really maximise absorption.

How to prepare your new EcoNaps cloth nappies before first-time use:

Step 1: Soak your inserts overnight in warm water.

Step 2: Wash both inserts & covers with detergent.

Step 3: Completely dry inserts and covers.

Step 4: Your new nappies are now ready to use!

How Remove Solids

Drop poo in the loo and store the used cloth nappy in a dry pail.

Washing Dirty Cloth Nappies

Pre-Wash Cycle

Run a pre-wash cycle 40-60 degrees with detergent every 1-2 days. This removes the majority of soiling and gets your nappies ready for the main-wash. Store nappy in a dry pail until the main wash.

Main Wash Cycle

Run a long main-wash cycle 40-60 degrees with detergent every 2-3 days.

Hang to Dry

Air dry nappies or use a clothes/tumble dryer. Click here for drying tips and temperatures. 

Wash Routine Cycle

Everyone will develop their own washing routine to suit their lifestyle, here’s an example washing routine to show you how simple it can be.

Every morning

Run a pre-wash cycle containing yesterday’s used nappies and last night’s night nappy. Place pre-washed nappies into a dry pail once finished.

Every second night

Run a main-wash cycle containing all pre-washed nappies from the dry pail. Make this a long wash at 40-60 degrees. Hang to dry the following morning.