The most natural nappy system
Disana makes one of the easiest, most economical, natural and eco washable nappy systems. They are simply brilliant. Deciding to use cloth nappies is a bit of a lifestyle choice and many parents have different preferences and priorities when it comes to the nappies they invest in for their child.
Here is the low down on the Disana nappy system and all the information you need to make an informed decision on the types of nappies that you will use.
- Nappy - refers to the main cloth part that wraps around the child and absorbs and contains most moisture
- Liner - increases the absorbency of the nappy and wicks moisture away from the the baby's skin
- Cover - provides a waterproof leakproof cover over the absorbent layers underneath
- Flat Nappy - square of cloth that is folded and then wrapped around baby and pinned on with pins or nappy nippas
Disana's Nappy System includes:
Knitted Tie on Nappy - Organic cotton flat nappy with ties that easily wraps and ties on the baby without pins or velcro, one size birth to potty. Use these with the Brushed Cotton Liners as a booster pad and a Knitted Wool Nappy Cover.
Brushed Cotton Liners - Beautifully soft square of brushed cotton that is folded into a narrow strip and used as an absorbent pad inside the nappy. Use these as a folded pad inside the Knitted Tie on Nappy or Fitted Nappy Pants.
Knitted Merino Wool Nappy Cover - Soft absorbant and leak proof wool nappy pants that cover the nappy allowing the skin to breathe, three sizes, S, M L will see you from birth to potty. Brilliant overnight, contains wee and doesn't smell in the morning like many other nappy covers. Use these over the Knitted Tie on Nappy or the Fitted Nappy Pants.
Muslin Nappies/Liners - Squares of double thickness muslin cloth in organic cotton that are super absorbant as newborn flat nappies or as a very absorbent liner, especially good for night use as a booster for the nappy. Use these as a flat nappy or as an extra pad on top of the brushed cotton liner for heavy wetters or overnight.
Raw Silk Liners - organic silk liners for sensitive bottoms and to help clear up any instances of nappy rash, soft and cooling to the skin. Use these on top of the brushed cotton liner as a soothing cloth against the baby's skin.
Fitted Nappy Pants - an organic cotton shaped nappy that is sized to fit with velcro fastener and elastic leg bands (S, M, L). Use these with a folded Brushed Cotton Liner or Muslin nappy square. Especially good for outings made up ready to go with the liner inside.
Boiled Merino Wool Nappy Cover - Softly felted wool nappy cover provides a leakproof cover that allows the baby's skin to breathe and regulates the body temperature. Brilliant overnight, doesn't smell in the morning like many other nappy covers. Use these as a cover over the Fitted Nappy Pants or Knitted Tie on Nappy.
Step by Step Instructions for Using the Disana Tie on Nappy System
Step 1: Lay out nappy and liner as shown - fold the nappy at the ties with the narrow half on top of wider half with ties at the front. Place the brushed cotton liner folded in thirds on top of the nappy. If your baby is very small you can adjust the length of the nappy by folding in the wider end
Step 2: Lay the baby on the nappy as shown with belly button in line with the top of the nappy
Step 3: Pull up the liner between the legs, then fold the two wider sides of the nappy into the middle around the hips
Step 4: Pull up the lower flap with the ties between the legs and cross the ties of the nappy around the baby's back bringing them to the front.
Step 5: Tie up in a bow. By folding the top flap you can adjust the size of the nappy if need be. The fine knitted fabric give the nappy a comfortable elasticity so that it fits snuggly but the baby is not restricted.
Step 6: The woollen overpants are then pulled over the nappy. The soft ribbing around the waist and legs hold the pants firmly but gently in place.
After a couple of nappy changes this will all soon become second nature. It really is a very simple nappy to use.
Washing your nappies
Organic cotton nappies should be washed about 3 times before first use so that they reach their optimal absorbency.
Knitted Wool Nappy Covers should be washed once and lanolised before first use as this fluffs up the fibres making them more leakproof.
When nappy is wet or soiled:
- Remove wool cover and hang up to air (use a fresh wool cover for the new change and alternate between the two)
- Remove any solids into the toilet and place cotton nappy and liner in a mesh laundry bag inside a nappy bucket
- When you have a full load, place laundry bag in washing machine and wash at 60 degrees
- Washing in a laundry bags keeps ties from tangling around other clothes in the machine. Nappies can be washed with other clothes, you don't have to do a separate load for nappies only
- The Disana nappies dry very quickly and are easy to hang up without pegs
- Tip - Use inexpensive soda crystals to soften water and make your detergent more effective. Use a natural detergent.
- Only use a wool shampoo on wool or silk fibres.
The Cost of Cloth Nappies vs. Disposable Nappies
Personally I tried over 20 different washable nappies with varying satisfaction, Disana's nappy system is my favourite. Disposable nappies are very costly for the wallet and for the environment but because you buy them gradually over the course of the first 2-3 years of your child's life you don't notice the cost to your pocket and the garbage goes into landfill and out of our sight.
The outlay required to furnish your nappy changing table with all the washable nappies required for the first 6 months can seem a lot. However of all the nappy systems on the market the Disana nappy system is one of the most economical, ethical and ecological. For under $10 per nappy (including the liner), these nappies will last from birth until potty training. The merino wool covers are sized and there are three sizes S: 4-10 months (can be used from birth), M: 9-18 months, L: 18months - 3 years.