Tips for a Good Fit – Getting your nappies in the panty line helps alot

How to put on a pocket, AIO or fitted cloth nappy

Introduction to MCN – modern cloth nappies

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Cloth Nappies 101

Intro to Cloth Nappies article on Parent24



Care does need to be taken when washing and drying. The more care you take, the longer your nappies will retain their shape and last.

Storing dirty nappies:

  • Get yourself a nappy bucket.
  • Simply throw the dirty nappies in.
  • Dunk and flush poo nappies in the loo before they go in to the bucket.
  • Remember to give night nappies a good rinse in hot tap water before throwing in the bucket.

Does the bucket smell? You can add some drops of lavender or tea tree to a cloth wipe and toss that in if you like. If you have a strong ammonia smell you need to re look at your washing routine. See below for some help.

Please do not leave dirty nappies in a bucket for longer then 3 days. Mould can become an issue.


Use the cotton cycle. Main wash.

Throw in a few towels with a emptier load. Nappies need agitation to get clean. Do not fill the machine completely. Aim for 3/4 full.

No fabric softer, as it renders the nappy less absorbent.

Do not soak in water, as this can reduce the life of the elastics.

Cold wash your hemp nappies. Max 30`C.

PLEASE HAND RINSE ALL NAPPIES BEFORE WASHING OR ADD A PRE RINSE CYCLE TO YOUR WASHING MACHINE. If you do not do this you will be washing you nappies in pee water and you will end up with stink issues.

NIGHT nappies must be rinsed IMMEDIATLY off the bum in the morning.

Do not mix your white or light coloured nappies with NEW nappies when washing.Treat them like white clothes.

Nappies reaches maximum absorbency after 8 – 10 washes so just start using the nappies.



Rotate  covers a day and air the one on the window between changes. Pop the cover in the wash when it starts to smell a bit. You can wash your covers with your clothes too.

Do NOT clip baby grows over the crotch area of the cover. This will pull moisture through onto clothes. Opt for pull up pants or onesies that close up the front.

When unsnapping the buttons please hold the snap at the base with your thumb and gently unsnap. Each nappy is hand pressed and taking care in this way will ensure no snaps are removed by force.



PUL is sensitive to hot temperatures. Please cold wash.Max 30`c in the machine.

You can wipe them down between changes and air dry one on the window. Rotate few a day.



Your wool cover has been lanolised 2 times meaning it can have a slightly oily feel but is waterproof.This will reduce with time. Just use it.

Wool covers are designed to work as a team with a flat, prefold or hemp fitted nappies. For day to day or night time solution.

If your cover seems to be wet and leaks:
Wool is not 100% waterproof like plastic it is a natural fibre and absorbs 30% of moisture that comes in contact with it and it slowly evaporates. If your cover leaks, it is possible that you are not using an absorbent enough nappy. BOOST. Add a hemp booster or a padfolded flat to the nappy. If a wool cover that you have been using successfully begins to leak, that could indicate that it is time to re-lanolize your wool. 

The covers do not need to be washed after every use.  Just allow the cover to air dry in between uses. I find you need to lanolize about once a month.



Leaks can happen if the nappy isn’t put on correctly or the fit isn’t correct (see Videos for help)
Wash routine isn’t correct its important to wash your nappies properly (see Washing Nappies)
Lastly its maybe time to upgrade your Inserts as the nappy isn’t absorbent enough.




If you start to smell a strong ammonia smell the minute baby wees in the clean nappy then you may have ammonia build up. This can be caused by an incorrect washing routine.


Check you are using the correct amount of detergent and a recommended detergent. Soap nuts are not recommended.

Are you using the cotton cycle- long wash ?

Is your machine load full enough? Is it too full? 3/4 full.

Are you rinsing your nappies before they are washed?

Are the nappies preloved? Were they stripped? If not they need a strip.(see below)


You may need to strip if your nappies become smelly.

  1. Wash your nappies. You must only strip CLEAN nappies.
  2. Dissolve half a cup of bleach (Biobleach works well) to 1 litre water in a jug. Fill the bath with cold tap water enough to cover the nappies. Add the bleach and mix. If only stripping a few nappies
    then do this in a small bucket and use 1 – 2 tBlsp bleach only.
  3. Put your nappies in the bath/basin and mix well. Soak for 30 mins.
  4. Wash in the machine at 30 degrees.

HOW TO LANOLIZE – Wool covers


Ingredients needed : Lanolin and baby soap or wool wash.

  1. Mix 10g lanolin (per cover) with 50ml hot water so it dissolves in a small bowl. I use a fork to mix it. Add a squirt of wool wash and mix. It should now be a milky suspension.
  2. In the sink or a large plastic mixing bowl… add enough luke warm water to cover the wool soaker.
  3. Add your lanolin mixture and mix.
  4. Turn your wool cover inside out. Add the cover to the bowl of water and lanolin and swish it around gently. Gently press the wool fibres to ensure the mixture soaks through.Soak for 30 minutes.
  5. Double over a towel on table. Take out the cover and gently press the water out with your fingers.  Lay the cover on the towel and place another towel over it. Gently press to get some more water out.
  6. Leave the cover to dry  (lying flat on the towel ) outside in the shade (not in direct sunlight) for a few days. Do not hang!