These are some very common questions asked by customers, and although the answers to these are very open and vary widely, we have outlined some aspects to keep in mind in relation to these queries.
1) Purchase Amount
There are numerous things to consider when choosing which bundle to purchase, as well as knowing how long your purchase can be expected to last.
And although cloth nappies are amazing in reducing waste and family expenditure, they are not immortal, and will indeed become the most used and washed items for the first few years of your child’s life, going through hundreds and hundreds of washes (more for smaller stash sizes)!
As per the below information, this is our recommendation for a FULL-TIME Exclusive user for approximately 2+ years for both the newborn and older size.
MINI Full-time: (Average Change 1-2 Hours)
Shells 6-9 (Shells easily wiped down between changes)
OSFM Full-Time: (Average change 2-3 hours)
Shells 9-12 (Shells are easily wiped down between changes)
Boosters 9-12 (Heavy Wetters, Day and Night Naps, Overnight Use)
2) Lifespan of Cloth Nappies
Regarding the lifespan of your Bare + Boho nappies, here are some things to consider:
1) Whether you use our system exclusively full-time or part-time
2) Frequency and Routine of washing
3) Urine and feces acidity
4) Changing timeframe
5) Fabric details
6) OSFM does not mean longer lasting/will fit numerous children.
Exclusive full-time use versus rotational use:
Cloth nappies in general, will undergo extreme conditions, and so having more items in your stash will allow for more rotation, and in turn offering each insert and shell more recovery time between reuse. (Imagine having only 2 pairs of undies for a year and washing them daily, they will wear much faster than in comparison to having a stash of 9-12 undies in rotation.)
Our nappies are designed as a snap-in-snap-out system, with reusable shells. This was designed to offer the option for ultra minimalism with less nappy shells than most brands in a stash at any one time.
This does mean however, that for exclusive full-time Bare + Boho users with minimal stashes, that our shells will undergo more wear and tear than usual brands and will undergo more use than compared to larger stashes with higher rotation of shells to use.
Opting for a smaller stash, is also great as when the time comes to replace your limited number of shells, you can purchase at a later date our shell-only or insert-only packs. Essentially buying only as you need, based on experience for what works for your family.
To give you an idea of what common stash sizes are; industry norms promote having about 18-36 nappies for full-time use (shells and inserts) in your stash at any one time. Our bundles offer much lower numbers of shells, which in turn create a minimal stash. When directly compared to a stash of same size in any other leading brand though, the lifespan of our nappies and shells is completely industry standard.
The other option to consider is the use of our MINI range. In choosing to use MINI nappies for the first few months of your child’s life, will enable the sharing of the wear and tear of nappies over the course of your child’s nappy years. Rather than exclusive OSFM from birth to toilet training, having MINI’S in your stash, and exposing them to less use in comparison to OSFM, will mean you can use them for future babies too.
Washing and Drying:
Wash routines needs to take in to consideration two aspects: 1) Washing more regularly is more hygienic, yet will wear on nappies. 2) Delaying washing by spacing out days, will result in urine and feces wearing down nappies.
Also to consider, is the type of water you have and the type (and amount) of cleaning products/detergent used on your nappies.
So ultimately we recommend washing every 2nd day as a general norm.
Ensuring to Follow as a basic guide, our "washing guideline" available under the “Baby” Tab.
Awareness for urine and feces acidity:
Urine and feces when left too long can deteriorate nappies. At various stages of a baby’s growth, their waste may go through varying stages of density, acidity and colour.
Ensuring longer lifespan from your inserts mean being aware of these issues, and if you child is prone to acidic waste (such as when teething or dehydrated), it is best to not have the inserts sitting with waste on them too long between washes.
A way to avoid this, is to follow the recommended extra step as stated in the "washing guidelines", found under the "Baby" Tab on our navigatio Bar:
"Recommended Optional Extra (Newborn Poo/teething/acidic urine): Hand rinse soiled insert under laundry tap to remove any excess waste, squeeze water out, then place in your dry pail until ready to wash".
*Check out our Washing Tips Page for more info on Dry Pailing.*
Cloth nappies are made with completely different materials to disposables. Disposables contain elements such as synthetic absorbent gels (EG. Super Absorbent Polymer SAP) making them fast absorbing, unlike natural fibres like Hemp or Bamboo. Cloth nappies are best changed approximately every 2 hours-MAX 3 hours (overnight an exception for non acidic overnight urine), as this ensures baby’s bottom is left feeling fresh, and avoids leaks.
We have opted for Organic Hemp and a bamboo-cotton blend for our inserts due to the durability, lessened environmental impact when manufacturing and degrading, and better for baby’s skin due to less chemicals involved when milling.
Hemp and cotton are very durable, however Hemp alone can be quite a stiff fabric, so once washed, stretching the insert is recommended once dried.
We introduced the Bamboo-cotton blend as it is more soft long-term, and the blend of the natural cotton is more durable than normal bamboo-only inserts.
Choosing which insert works best for you can be based again on whether you choose to use our inserts exclusively, or on rotation with other branded. If using on rotation with other brands, the lifespan of the inserts will be extended, however if using our inserts exclusively full-time, then you may wish to have a mixture of the Hemp and Bamboo-cotton. You can also invest in your fabric preference later on with our insert-only bundles.
Another factor to consider is climate, as natural fibres will need longer to dry. So having a minimal stash of inserts is more suitable for warmer climates, and in colder and wetter climates, a larger stash is recommended.
Reality of OSFM (One-Size-Fits-Most):
OSFM nappies are fabulous as they allow families to skip extra purchasing of sized nappies as iittle ones grow. It does not mean however, that the nappy itself will last the entire journey.
OSFM nappies and their alternative -specific sized nappies (S/M/L)- are developed using the same structure and materials, so they will not endure any more wear, tear and washing than OSFM nappies.
To gain optimal use out of a OSFM system, it is ideal to be prepared to have a large enough stash to rotate, or be prepared to purchase components (shells/inserts) as you need during the lifespan of your child’s nappy years.