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Tips for using cloth nappies, facts about cloth nappies vs disposables, info about how to use cloth nappies, how to prevent leaking in your cloth nappies etc

1. You can even “sun” your cloth nappies on a rainy day – as the UV will work to bleach your nappies even if the sun is hiding.

2. Get rid of all of your disposables in your house, so you’re not tempted to bypass your cloth nappies for the “easier” option… it really that much easier anyway?

3. Don’t jam too many cloth nappies in the washing machine – make sure there’s enough space to wash them thoroughly.

4. When you change your babies cloth nappy take the opportunity to give them a baby massage and stimulate their little muscles ...they’ll love it and you will too. You can even add a little massage oil.

5.  Give your baby a bit of nappy free time each day… can do this in the backyard, at the beach, or inside (if you don’t have carpet)…it’s great for your babies skin to give it a bit of air.

6. Be persistent – whether you’re using cloth nappies or disposables you will more than likely experience a leak here and there. So don't use this as an excuse to give up on cloth nappies … the good news is that there are many possible reasons for leaking and always a solution!!

7. It has been estimated that a disposable nappy can take anywhere between 200-500 years to decompose.

8.  Some great natural stain removers for your cloth nappies are lemon juice, bicarb soda, or white toothpaste (read the ingredients list carefully first).

9. Even though vinegar is a great natural cleaner it is best not to use it on cloth nappies with PUL, as it may decrease their longevity.

10. Wash your cloth nappies at 60°C once every month to help remove any bacteria.

11.  One of the huge environmental impacts of disposables is the contamination of the ground water in landfills, as a result of faeces being left on the nappy.

12. Make your cloth nappy changes interesting so that your baby isn’t as fidgety – sing, laugh, tickle, read, use toys, let your baby sit or stand up.

13. When travelling take quick-dry cloth nappies and always take more than you think you might need.

14.  It takes one full cup of crude oil to make the plastic for EACH ‘disposable’ nappy.

15.  Sun, sun, sun – there is nothing better for your cloth nappies than a bit of natural heat and light….especially for those stubborn stains.

16.  Research has shown that many disposable nappies contain an extremely toxic chemical called tributyl tin (TBT) and the levels that babies would be exposed to if wearing such nappies is 3.6 times the WHO’s estimated tolerable daily intake.  The effects of this chemical on marine shellfish have shown that it interferes with their hormones and immunity.

17.  If your baby is getting nappy rash check that they are not allergic to the washing liquid you are using on your cloth nappies.

18.  Separate your cloth nappy insert from the shell before you place them in your nappy bucket, so that when you empty the contents into your washing machine it is a fast process and you only get a brief wiff of the contents.

19.  There is no difference in the occurrence of nappy rash between cloth nappies and disposable nappies  - the biggest determinant is the frequency of changes.

20.  Spread the word….if each cloth nappy user converts 2 of their friends/family to use cloth then 1 cloth user will turn into 3. If those 3 each tell 2 friends it will turn into 9….and then 27, 81, 243, 729, 2187, 6561, 19683, 59049……that’s almost 60000 users.

21.  Over 1 billion disposable nappies are used annually in Australia and New Zealand!!

22.  Instead of using creams on your babies bottom, if they experience nappy rash use a non-talc powder. Creams can leave a film on your cloth nappies and lead to leakage.

23.  Give your cloth nappy a quick rinse as soon as you take it off your baby, before you place it in your nappy bucket, to extend the life of your nappy.

24.  Approximately 50% of household waste is disposable nappies in a family with one baby using them full-time.

25. Cloth nappies can breathe more easily and create less heat than disposables, which is especially significant for the little boys (1 degree cooler).

26. Take your baby to the potty right from newborn, so that you don’t have as many cloth nappies to wash and your baby will be toilet trained much earlier.

27. If your baby soils their cloth nappy, immediately give the nappy a rinse, a quick scrub and it will come up almost clean.

28. There are  over 100 intestinal viruses that leach from the faeces left in disposable nappies in landfills.\

29. When changing your cloth nappy and cleaning your babies bum, just carry them to the sink and splash a bit of water or use a reusable bamboo/cotton cloth with a drop of tea tree oil so it is gentle on their skin and they won’t get nappy rash.

30. Put your cloth nappies through a rinse (by hand or in the washing machine) before the wash cycle, so that you’re not just washing them in the dirty water.

31. In a household with one baby, "disposable nappies" will make up 50% of total household waste.

32. On average it takes 7 minutes a day to wash, dry and put away cloth nappies…not really much of a sacrifice.