Bean Sprout Bubba
Glen Iris WA 6230
Bubba J Modern Cloth Nappies
Bubba J modern cloth nappies are a range of washable, reusable nappies that saves money and saves the environment, without the hassle of traditional cloth nappying with folded square nappies.
The side-snapped closures on the hips of the pocket nappies and nappy covers fit to your baby’s legs and waist independently to ensure no leaks occur, while the fitted nappies are snapped in front for ease of use.
**Why Use Cloth? WHY USE CLOTH?
Because it saves money and is more effective.
1. CHEAPER THAN DISPOSABLE NAPPIES.
You’ll find most parents spend around $30-40 on a pack of disposable nappies that will last about 1 week-10 days.
Assuming you spend $25 per week, in one year you will be spending $1300 on nappies.
As the average child toilet trains between 2-3 years old, this means $2600-$3900 will be literally thrown in the bin over this time!
And this does not include the cost of wipes and nappy rash creams, nor the countless laundry from all the leakage in some disposables!
A full-time modern cloth nappy package costs around $300-1000 depending on the needs of the child and how frequently you wish to wash them.
The nappies should last the child from birth to toddlerhood, if you look after them well, you could even use them on your subsequent child.
Read article for more details and budget tips: Cloth Nappy economics
2. EASIER TO USE AND WASH COMPARED TO TRADITIONAL CLOTH NAPPIES.
No soaking – modern washing machines are very efficient at cleaning, and drying in the sun removes stains and kills germs.
No pins – modern nappies use closures like snappies, velcro and snaps to fasten on, and can be just as easy as disposable nappies to put on.
No need to learn how to fold them – modern nappies are shaped and easy to boost absorbancy where it is required.
Super absorbent – modern cloth nappies use modern fabrics such as hemp, bamboo or microfibre, several times more absorbant compared to traditional cotton terry or flanellette squares.
Baby stays dry – Some modern cloth nappies have a stay-dry fabric sewn in to keep babies bottom dry, and makes clean up easier too.
3. MORE EFFECTIVE – IT WORKS EVERYTIME.
I don’t know about you, but I find that disposable nappies can leak past the leg and waist openings, no matter how well you fasten them on with no gaps.
Especially up the back with mustardy poo in very young babies.
Modern cloth nappies do not leak if put on properly.
If baby tends to wet more, just add a booster to increase the nappy’s absorptive capacity.
Modern fabrics used in cloth nappies are very absorbent and breathable, so baby does not get a hot red bottom.
Young babies benefit from a fitted nappy and cover system (two barriers against poo leaks), while older babies have no problem with a simpler pocket nappy (one-piece system).
4. A HYGIENIC OPTION THAT SMELLS LESS.
If you think cloth nappies are stinky and unhygienic, think again.
Have you smelt a pooey disposable nappy? It REALLY stinks!
Cloth nappies may still smell (face it, it’s never fragrant at any age!) but there is none of that chemical-infused smell to add on to it.
As disposable nappies are single-use only, some babies have their nappies on for hours and hours to save money. This can’t be hygienic!
Cloth nappies are laundered regularly and cleaner than a used disposable sitting in a household waste bin for up to a week.
5. GOOD FOR THE EARTH.
Did you Know:
- In Australia, up to 2.2 million disposable nappies are thrown away every day.
- Every single disposable nappy that has ever existed still exists in landfill.
- Washing cloth nappies responsibly* uses 2.3 times less water compared to water used in manufacturing disposable nappies.
(Stats taken from ozclothnappies.org)
* this means no soaking in big buckets of water and using a water efficient washing machine
6. CUTER THAN DISPOSABLES.
What could be cuter than a well-made cloth nappy that actually works?
With great prints, fluffy textures and colourful fabric, nappy change time no longer becomes a chore but a delight!
So what are you waiting for?
Please note that the following testimonials are collected, supplied and maintained by Bean Sprout Bubba.
Frequently Asked Questions
Firstly, think about your lifestyle and personal preferences.
1. Budget options for a newborn who needs 30+ nappies?
Backup options in bad weather?
==SOLUTION: Choose bamboo trifolds/prefolds, fold into thirds to make a pad and place inside a nappy cover. Simple, cheap to set up, and dries quickly. The trifolds can then be used as pocket nappy stuffers when baby grows bigger.
2. Want convenience over cost?
Or a quick change for a wriggly baby/going out?
Or an easy nappy for carers/nannies/day care?
==SOLUTION: Then choose a pocket nappy or All-In-Two, just stuff it beforehand and it’s ready to go. Or use an All-in-One nappy, the ultimate in convenience!
3. Need extra absorbancy?
Or need the assurance of a leak proof & poo-proof nappy system for younger babies?
==SOLUTION: Choose a fitted nappy + nappy cover system. The whole fitted nappy is absorbant, and the double elastics of the fitted and cover acts as two lines of defense in leak proofing your nappy.How do I wash cloth nappies?
Washing cloth nappies is as simple as doing a normal load of laundry in the washing machine.
There is no need to soak nappies if you own a modern washing machine, they are much more efficient in cleaning nappies than olden models.
NOTE: These instructions are not meant for WOOL nappy items! Please check the wool laundry instructions instead in 'Use & Care' :)
1. After changing baby, wet nappies can go straight into a dry pail to be stored until wash day.
Any solids should be scraped or rinsed into the toilet before storing in a dry pail.
2. When the pail is full, toss all the nappies into the washing machine.
Nappies that have a velcro closures would need them to be attached to laundry tabs to prevent 'nappy chains' from forming in the machine!
3. Run a pre-rinse cycle using cold water.
4. Then run a full wash cycle, using a safe detergent*. (recommend 40-60ºC)
5. Line dry in the sun** (preferred) or use the dryer.
*A safe detergent is a simple one: no bleaching agents, no fabric softeners, no enzymes, no optical brighteners, nothing but pure detergent-y goodness :)
**Sunlight is a natural stain remover and sanitizer (kills germs and bacteria).
The more the better, they last longer this way (LOL)
While the above is true, I usually recommend the following numbers for people wanting to use cloth either part-time or full-time.
To wash every day: (estimated number of nappies per day) x 2
To wash every other day: (estimated number of nappies per day) x 3
For full-time use:
- Newborn to about 3-4 months: at least 12 nappies per day, more if your baby wets or poos a lot
To wash every day: 12 x 2 = 24 nappies
To wash every other day: 12 x 3 = 36 nappies
- for an older baby (4-5 months to toddlerhood): at least 5-6 nappies per day, with 1-2 night-time nappies if sleeping through
To wash every day:
6 day nappies x 2 = 12 day nappies;
1 night nappy x 2 = 2 night nappies
To wash every other day:
6 day nappies x 3 =18 day nappies;
1 night nappy x 3 = 3 night nappies
For part-time use on an older baby:
- day-time: at least 4-6 nappies per day (recommend changing every 2-3 hours for good hygiene).
- night-time: 1-2 nappies per night.