How to Wash Newborn Cloth Nappies – My Cloth Nappy Wash Routine #ClothNappyMonday
I’m very excited to be using cloth nappies from birth this time around. I’ve got a lovely stash of newborn cloth nappies that I bought throughout my pregnancy ready for our third baby and it’s so nice to finally be able to use them all.
I try to use our newborn cloth nappies as much as possible but do use a few disposables too when I have too much other washing to deal with. The warmer weather is helping me stay on top of it though so it’s much easier now than it was just a few weeks ago.
What’s really great about newborn cloth nappies is that they are really easy to wash and care for. Unlike weaning and toddler poo, the liquid yellow poo of breastfed babies is water soluble which makes newborn cloth nappies a breeze to wash as you can put them straight in the washing machine.
Here’s what I do:
- When I take a cloth nappy off, I take any parts apart if applicable. So, inserts and/or boosters out of pocket nappies, remove any boosters out of muslin folded nappies and so on. My favourite newborn nappies for the first month are TotsBots TeenyFit Stars which are All-In-Ones so they just come off with no parts to take out which is even easier. They are really absorbent on their own and are a great fit for my newborn.
- After taking the nappy off and apart, I add it to a wet bag where I store it with other nappies until it’s time to do a wash. I make sure any Velcro tabs are folded back if applicable.
- I usually wash every 2-3 days and simply pour the nappies out of their wet bags into the washing machine and put the wet bags in too, inside out.
- I start with a quick rinse if there are any soiled nappies included and sometimes add a bit of Bambino Mio Miofresh Natural Laundry Cleanser.
- After that, it’s time for the proper wash and I usually wash on 60 degrees on a program that takes 1 hour and 40 minutes. If I only have a few nappies, I’m happy to add a bit of normal washing suitable for a 60 degree wash after the first rinse.
- When the nappies are washed, I hang them up on an airer to dry indoors or outside if it’s sunny/warm/dry. Always make sure that the PUL is not in any direct sunshine as this damages the material. I put All-In-One nappies over the airer with the PUL facing down and avoid hanging nappy covers outside completely as they dry so fast anyway.
That’s it — it’s really simple to wash newborn cloth nappies! What does your cloth nappy routine look like? Let me know in the comments.