Beaming Baby Washable Nappies
Beaming Baby washable nappies
Before using washable nappies, they should be pre-washed. The main part of the nappy only needs to be washed once, but the inserts will not reach full absorbency until they have been washed about 5 times. They do not need to be dried in between washes.
Do not use softener in your washable nappy wash, as these coat the fibres and decrease absorbency. Tumble dryer sheets can have the same effect.
Use half the amount of detergent in a nappy wash, as in a normal wash, to avoid detergent build up
We recommend doing a cold rinse before the nappy wash, as this removes the majority of mess, and avoids stains being set in by the heat of the wash.
If your nappies get stains on them, the best way to remove them is by hanging them in the sun.
Our nappies can be tumble dried, but we would recommend line drying the main part of the nappy, as repeated tumble drying can damage the PUL (waterproof layer). The inserts can be tumble dried without worry about damage.
We recommend using a powder detergent, as liquid detergents are more prone to build up.
As the nappy will be next to your baby's most delicate skin, we recommend using a non-bio detergent. If your baby has no issues with sensitive skin, bio detergents are more effective at stain removal
Common causes of leaks:
Lack of absorbency:
- Don't use fabric conditioner or tumble dryer sheets
- Do not use Ecover - for some reason it seems to build up on the fibres, causing absorbency problems, and problems with the elastic.
- Use a long wash program, so the detergent can disperse properly and rinse out thoroughly. It should take at least 2 hours
- Do an extra rinse cycle at the end of the wash. If you can see lots of bubbles, the detergent has not been fully rinsed out.
- If you have a detergent build up in your nappies, a rainwater rinse can really help. Just hang your nappies out in the rain. This is great if you live in a hard water area, and will leave your nappies feeling much softer.
- Nappy creams can coat the nappy and reduce absorbency, if you need to use nappy creams, always use a disposable nappy liner.
More absorbency required:
- Try adding another insert if your baby is a 'heavy wetter'
- Remember your nappy inserts will not be at full absorbancy until washed about 5 times.
Nappy not fitting:
- Sometimes leaking can be due to a too tight nappy. If it is squeezed tighrt against a baby, a nappy cannot hold as much liquid.
- If a nappy is too loose, you may get leaks through the leg holes. If you are having leaks, but the insert is not soaked through, try adjusting the fit to make the nappy tighter.
- The leg elastics should be right at the very top of the leg, in the knicker line.
- Cloth nappies tend to sit lower at the back then disposables, so if you are having leaks at the front, especially with a little boy, try pulling the nappy higher at the front.
Clothes too tight
- Tight clothes can cause 'compression leaks'. Basically, they squeeze the liquid out of the nappy. Try using vest extenders, or go up a size in clothes.