Frequently Asked Questions
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Beginning Your Cloth Nappy Journey
A newborn baby will require, on average, 12 nappy changes per day. If you are considering using cloth nappies full time, our recommendation would be to have at least 24 nappies in your collection. This setup will work well for families who plan on washing and drying their soiled nappies each day.
A typical routine could look something like this:
Day 1: Use 12 nappies
Day 2: 12 used nappies go into the wash (prewash followed by a main wash) and dried. Meanwhile, you’re using the remaining 12 clean nappies you have on hand.
Day 3: Use the nappies you washed and dried on day 2 and wash and dry the soiled nappies from day 2.
What’s that I hear you say? I’ll have to do more washing? Well yes - we recommend that a pre-wash is done every 1 - 2 days, followed by a main wash every 2 - 3 days to help ensure you have enough nappies for a load of laundry that's 2/3 full when wet.
If you’re not super keen on daily laundry or live somewhere cold and rainy we recommend adding more nappies to your stash. Wash routines, drying times, number of nappy changes required each day and whether your baby is a heavy-wetter can influence the number of nappies you need.
If you’re considering going part time, just halve the number of nappies you need in your stash.
As your baby grows you won’t require as many nappies as they will soil and wet them less frequently. Here is a rough guide of how many nappies you’d need per day:
Newborn to 3 months: 10- 12 nappies
3 - 6 months: 8 - 10 nappies
6 - 9 months: 6-8 nappies
9 - 12 months: 6 - 8 nappies
12 months onwards: 6 - 8 nappies
Once your new Evia Nappies land in your hot little hands, be sure to separate the inserts from the nappy cover and pop both items into the wash. Washing can be done at any temperature and mixed in with your everyday washing. Best to wash your nappies together with ‘light colours’ to reduce the risk of any colour transfer from your clothes, like jeans, to your nappies. The more you wash your inserts, the more absorbent they become over time.
Once your nappies are washed and dried, you might like to stuff the inserts into the pocket of the nappy so they’re ready to use.
Storing soiled nappies
Used nappies should be stored in a laundry basket that offers plenty of aeration. This method allows for ventilation so the nappies don't develop mould or smells before washing. This is known as dry pailing. For Evia Nappies, we recommend removing the insert from the pocket nappy before dry pailing.
Washing your nappies
Washing your cloth nappies is a 2-step process. Ensure the insert is removed from the pocket of the nappy for both the prewash and main wash to ensure both items are sufficiently cleaned.
The purpose of this step is to remove the majority of soiling from both the inserts and shells. We recommend a prewash cycle using warm water (no more than 60 degrees) If desired, you can add half the recommended amount of detergent listed on the pack to this prewash cycle. Once the prewash is complete, you can store the damp items into an airy basket so it’s ready for the main wash. There is no need to dry the items between these two wash cycles.
We recommend a long or intensive cycle using warm water (no more than 60 degrees) and the recommended amount of detergent listed on the packaging. It's best to wash nappies on a long cycle as it helps ensure the nappies are sufficiently cleaned.
A note about loading your washing machine.
It’s important to fill your washing machine so it’s ⅔ full with laundry when wet. Doing so will help ensure a sufficient amount of agitation occurs during the wash cycle and remove any additional soiling. This is only applicable to the main wash cycle.
How Do I Wash My Swim Nappies & Wet Bags?
Like bathers, swim nappies should be washed as soon as possible to avoid any discoloration from chlorine. If not soiled, the nappy can be washed together with other swimwear items. If soiled, our recommendation would be to follow the same wash routine as our reusable nappies which includes both a prewash and main wash.
Depending on what you’re storing in your wet bags they may not need to be washed after every use. They can be washed with other laundry items in warm water (no more than 60 degrees). To avoid the zips from being damaged in the wash cycle turn your wet bags inside out before washing. If your wet bag is used to store dirty nappies they can be washed together with your nappies following the same prewash and main wash cycles.
How do i dry them?
Sunshine is a nappy’s best friend. We recommend drying your Evia nappies out on the washing line. It’s much better for the environment and you get to have some fresh air too - bonus! Simply stretch your inserts to shape and hang on the line to dry. Inserts can be dried in direct sunlight, whilst nappy covers should be dried in the shade. Why is that? It’s because consistently drying nappy covers in direct sunlight can impact the integrity of the PUL and potentially cause delimitation over time. We want to help ensure you get the longest life out of your Evia nappies that’s why we recommend the above.
But, we know that sometimes winter is not our friend and it can take days for nappies to dry. In those instances, you can place your inserts and shells into the tumble dryer on a low temperature to speed up the drying process.
How do reusable nappies work?
Evia Nappies are a classic pocket style modern cloth nappy which can be adjusted to provide your baby with a secure and comfortable fit. Designed to fit babies from 4kg - 18kg, our reusable nappies are ideal from newborn all the way to toilet training age.
Our reusable nappies consist of two separate parts - the nappy cover and the insert.
The nappy cover
A thin cover featuring 2 layers - one water resistant layer and a moisture wicking layer.
The Outer Layer is water resistant PUL and made from 100% polyester. Its main feature is to retain the moisture within the absorbent layers of the nappy, keeping clothes dry and stain free. The outer layer also features Evia Nappies cute designs and solid colour prints.
The Inner Layer is the fabric that sits directly against the baby’s skin. This micro suede layer is made from polyester and designed to quickly wick away and moisture. The double gusset to provides and additional barrier and gives you with added protection from potential explosions. It’s soft to touch, dries fast, and is white in colour.
The pocket is the area between the outer PUL area and inner layer. There is an elasticated pocket along the back of the nappy so you can easily slip in the absorbent insert.
The snaps are positioned across the front of the nappy and can be adjusted to achieve the ideal nappy fit on your baby. Consisting of 3 rise snaps and 10 waist snaps.
Elastics are found along the back of the nappy and around the legs. Providing stretch and giving a comfortable fit around these areas so your baby can move freely.
Evia Swim Nappies are great for wearing to the beach, swimming pool, or for simply having some water play in the sun. They are a perfect fit for newborn babies all the way to toilet training toddlers (3.5kg - 12kg). The best part is, you won’t have to deal with squishy disposal nappies that just soak up lots of swimming pool water!
The Outer Layer is a water resistant PUL and made from 100% polyester. It features Evia Nappies cute prints and is designed to contain any poo explosions.
The inner layer features a stretchy nylon mesh lining designed to provide your little one with maximum comfort.
The snaps along the waist are side snapping and have three different options - small, medium and large. The same applies to the rise settings with the snaps being found along the front of the nappy.
The elastics are found along the waist and legs of the swim nappy. At approximately 1cm in thickness, these elastics are comfortable around your bub yet strong enough to contain any solids.
A wet bag is a reusable bag which can be used for many things, but traditionally it’s used to store clean or dirty nappies. Made from PUL the bag is designed to be water resistant, therefore keeping the soiled nappy contents contained.
If the bag gets dirty, simply add it to the main wash or your nappy routine and hang on the washing line to dry. It’s quick to dry and can be used again and again.
Some other great uses for wet bags include:
- Transporting soiled or dirty clothes from daycare to home (given that many daycare send home dirty clothes in single use plastic bags, this is a great alternative for families looking to reduce their environmental impact.
- Transporting a spare change of clothes in the daycare bag
- Snacks for little one (or yourself) when you’re on the go
- Mini nappy bag - enough to fit a few nappies and spare change of clothes
- Storing breast pump and breast pump parts
- Reusable gift wrapping
- Activity bag - store colouring books, pencils and stickers
- Store wet bathers, goggles and towels (swimming/ beach gear)
To ensure your new Evia Nappies have the ideal level of absorbency we recommend separating your inserts from your nappy cover and placing in the wash. Absorbency will increase over time with more washes.
Nappies with urine can be stored in a dry pail ready for washing.
For nappies with solids, discard any solids into the toilet and flush. Once removed, these nappies can be rinsed to help remove excess waste and stored in a dry pail ready for washing.
Used nappies should be stored in a laundry basket with holes; this is known as dry pailing. This method allows for ventilation so the nappies don't develop mould or smells. For Evia Nappies, we recommend removing the insert from the pocket nappy then dry pailing.
Evia Nappies recommends a prewash cycle using warm water (no more than 60 degrees) to help remove waste from nappies. Depending on how frequently you're changing nappies a prewash cycle may occur every 1-2 days.
If desired, you can add half the recommended amount of detergent listed on the pack to this prewash cycle.
Evia Nappies recommends a long or intensive cycle using warm water (no more than 60 degrees) and the recommended amount of detergent listed on the pack. It's best to wash nappies on a long cycle as it helps ensure the nappies are sufficiently cleaned.
It's best to line dry your nappies to prolong the longevity of your nappies. However you can also tumble dry your nappies.
For more detail on washing your cloth nappies visit https://cleanclothnappies.com/
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