There is no denying that reusable nappies are a great way to not only to safe money while caring for your baby but also makes a difference on the environmental impact for our planet when done right.
With an increase in popularity of Disana’s Reusable Nappy System we have been receiving a range of different question about the use and care of this cloth nappy system.
For that reason, I decided to put a little FAQ list together that might help reduce common concerns around going reusable with Disana:
1. How many nappies will my baby need?
A good basic starter pack for your baby includes:
- 20 knitted tie-on nappies
- 20 brushed cotton liners
The tie-on nappies and brushed cotton liners can be used straight from birth until potty training and can reused for the next baby.
- 3 organic wool nappy covers in one size (these will have to be replaced with the next size up after your baby has grown out of them).
- 1-2 rolls of the flushable paper fleece liners. (these are optional, as I found not all parents like to idea of a paper fleece right next to their baby’s skin)
This gives you a really good start and along the way you can see if there is a need for additional nappy covers, raw silk liners for nappy rash or muslin nappies for night time use as your baby gets bigger and sleeps for longer periods with no nappy change in between.
2. Do I need to do any special preparations to get the nappy system ready for my baby?
Before the initial use of the disana knitted tie-on nappies, brushed cotton liners and muslin nappies you have to wash them in the washing machine 2-3 times in hot water (90 degrees) on a low spin rotation, in order to develop the full absorbency of the nappies and liners and to guaranty a long nappy life.
Either drying on the line or tumble dry is fine.
There is no need for a prewash or lanolise the woollen nappy covers!
3. How long can I use the nappies on my baby?
The disana reusable nappy system is perfect all the way, from birth through to potty training.
4. Can I start with the cloth nappies for my baby straight from birth?
By simple adjusting the folded knitted tie-on nappies to a smaller size, you are able to use the nappy system with your newborn baby from day 1.
5. Are the Merino wool covers too hot during the Australian summer months on my baby?
For the hot Australian Summer months we do recommend using
a boiled wool nappy cover instead of a knitted one as it is not as bulky and covers less of your baby’s body.
6. Can I use the nappy system for day and night?
Yes, this cloth nappy system works great for day and night.
It can be beneficial the have some extra muslin nappies as a liner during night time. Due to more infrequent nappy changes during night time, the muslin nappies are more absorbent than the brushed cotton liners and will hold more moisture.
7. Do I need to lanolise the nappy covers before the first use?
No, you don’t!
The natural wool that gets used for disana’s woollen nappy covers still contains enough natural lanoline and therefore the nappy cover can get used straight away with no extra preparation required.
8. How often do I need to lanolise the woollen nappy covers after use?
We recommend having at least 3 woollen nappy covers at the same size on the go,
so you can rotate in between uses to get the most out of them.
With that rotation system, we recommend lanolising
the nappy covers every 8 to 14 days.
Every time a nappy cover gets used, some of the lanoline is used
too due to the neutralization process of urine with drying.
After a while most of the lanoline is used up and you will perhaps notice that
the woollen nappy cover smells of urine and doesn’t absorb moisture so well anymore.
This is a really good indicator that it is about time to wash the woollen nappy
covers as recommended and to “grease” it with a lanoline bath.
9. How do I wash my baby’s woollen nappy covers correctly?
We recommend hand washing your baby’s woollen nappy covers.
You will also need a mild wool shampoo, a terry cloth and a small tub/sink and a flat surface.
Add lukewarm water into the tub or sink (lukewarm is around 25c).
If you are unsure about the temperature, we suggest using a baby thermometer.
Add wool shampoo according to the dispense instruction on the package.
Submerse the dirty nappy cover into the water.
Heavy stains can be carefully treated with ox-gall soap before, which is well known as the natural stain remover.
Slightly push the article carefully and repeat the process a few times.
Don’t wring or rub it, simply push it a few times for about 1-2 minutes.
Take the woollen nappy cover out of the washing water and rinse it carefully with fresh water at the same temperature (also 25c, in no case colder).
To remove the rinse water off the article, squeeze it gently.
Do not dry the woollen nappy cover on the line.
Pull gently into shape if needed and dry on the terry towel on top a flat surface.
Avoid strong sunlight and heat as this will harm the fibres.
A shady, well ventilated place is perfect.
10. How do I know when to switch to the next size up with the woollen nappy covers?
A too small woollen nappy cover is not only unpleasant for your baby
but it can also deform your baby’s hip which is still developing.
Due to that, we recommend changing the size of the woollen nappy covers in time.
When it becomes too hard or heavy to pull the nappy cover over the nappy,
then you know it is time to go up to the next size.
11. What type of wool shampoo or wool conditioner to you recommend for the woollen nappy covers?
We recommend Disana’s wool shampoo.
12. Why is my nappy system leaking?
There are usually a number of reasons why the nappy system is leaking.
Once identified correctly, it is usually very easy to fix the leaking.
Here are the most common issues that can cause leaking:
– Nappy and inlays should absorb most of the moisture and
slowly pass it to the woollen nappy covers.
If the nappies and liners haven’t been ‘prepared’* correctly before the first use this
can lead to insufficient absorption and the woollen nappy covers
will not be able to absorb all the moisture just by itself.
*All nappies and liners have to be washed at 90 degrees 2-3 times before
the first use to guaranty full absorbency.
-A knitted nappy absorbs about 80ml moisture, a brushed cotton inlay about 40-60ml. That is 120-140ml in total.
The absorption capacity is exhausted quickly with less nappy changing at night. Redundant moisture leaks and can’t be stopped by just the woollen nappy covers.
During night time it can be beneficial to use a muslin nappy instead of a brushed cotton liner as it is more absorbent.
-Too much lanoline prevents moisture absorption as well. The wool fibre is totally wrapped by lanoline and therefore gets ‘waterproof’ and is unable to absorb moisture. This can happen with a new woollen nappy cover containing too much lanoline by nature.
It can also happen after having used too much lanoline with the last lanolin bath.
In that case, please wash the woollen nappy cover again with disana’s wool shampoo. The shampoo removes the lanoline from the fibre and makes it absorbent again. There is still enough lanoline on the fibre to neutralize urine.
After several washes all the lanoline content will get very low and then requires to be lanolised again.
-Another possible cause of leaking can be that the woollen nappy covers have been stored for a longer period without getting used and absorb moisture badly.
Only a woollen nappy covers that are exposed to enough moisture can absorb much moisture.
In this case, please wash the woollen nappy covers as suggested in Question 9.
The wool fibre absorbs enough moisture again after the washing.
-Also, there is a bit of tweaking and learning to fold the nappies correctly.
Sometimes it can take a few attempts before you get it completely right, especially when you are new to this system.
Here are a few good folding tips I picked up along way:
The weak spots are usually around the leg and tummy area. Make sure when you fold the nappy to be quite generous around the leg and tummy area, meaning the nappy can cover some of the legs and tummy. The woollen nappy covers are great as they do as well cover the legs and tummy, providing and extra leak prevention.
For detailed instructions on how to fold the nappy system, please check here .