New Nappies

I’ve bought new nappies now what do I do with them? Do I really have to wash them 6+ times before I can use them?

It’s so nice to get new cloth nappies. The first thing I do is have a play so I can see how any inserts/boosters attach.

After this you will need to wash them before use. Tip: Put your new nappies in a bucket of cold water overnight! Some cloth nappy manufacturers recommend you wash your nappies many times before using them to build up absorbency. Placing them in a bucket of water for a few hours does the same thing. If you do decide to only wash them once before use to get rid of any manufacturing residue that’s fine too, just be aware that your nappies won’t be as absorbent as they will be after a few uses and change your child more regularly in the meantime. 

Why all the pre-washing? washing prepares the nappy fibres and helps reach full absorbency. It “raises all the tiny threads on each fibre loop – kind of like pulling the branches out on a fake Christmas Tree … so that there are more ends for the moisture to catch onto. More washing = more fluffy ends = faster absorbency and less chance of leaking” (Tiffany Sirisisavath, Bumboo). If your nappies haven’t had enough pre washes you run the risk of your child’s urine being repelled and running straight off the fabric.

Once washed put your nappies together (if required) and they are ready for use.