Cloth Nappy Q&A

NAPPY TROUBLESHOOTING and FAQs

Can you wear clothes over the nappy covers?

Yes of course! Just look for looser fitting pants and bodysuits. If the clothes are too tight over the nappy cover they may press down the wool cover and wick moisture through the cover. You can also buy these Engel Bodysuit Extensions that can add extra room in your other baby clothing as they are not usually cut for cloth nappy wearers - just check the buttons will align.

It gets hot where we live. Can you use the wool nappy covers in summer?

Yes, you can! We’ve always used them all year round. Even when it gets to those really hot days you'll be surprised just how cool baby’s bum is when changing the nappy. They are still preferable to using a PUL cover which doesn’t breath as well and can get hot and sweaty down there. We just use them like little shorts in the summer with a t-shirt or singlet and my boys have always seemed really comfortable with that. If you’d prefer a wool cover that has less skin contact then you can opt for the boiled wool cover which mostly just covers the nappy itself and doesn’t have the wide waistband and leg cuffs. I have some customers who live in warmer humid areas like NT that prefer the Engel wool nappy pants – they need more lanolising and more frequent nappy changes but they work remarkably well for such a light cover. We’ve tried all and have a few in rotation but the Disana nappy pants just work so well and our boys seem to find them very comfy, so we’ve mostly used those. 

My child’s nappy is leaking, what could be wrong?

If you are having issues with a leaking nappy, don’t despair! The Disana nappy system is designed to work for all baby sizes/shapes/ages. Most leaks are due to the issues below and can be easily solved.

  • Is the liner inside sufficient for your child? Sometimes they need boosting if they are wetting through too quickly. You can do this by using 2 brushed cotton liners or 2 muslin liners together. Or you could try a brushed cotton liner and muslin liner. Play around with the boosters to see what works best for your child.
  • Is the leak is finding its way out of the nappy (i.e at the leg cuffs), instead of the wetness soaking out across the fibres? If so, then the fibres may not be absorbent – they could either not be pre-washed enough or clogged with something like a fabric softener. 
  • Alternatively the nappy may be too loose and not in good contact with the source of the leak. In that case, check you’re getting a good fit – remember that the first step when laying baby onto the nappy and liner is to bring the liner up between the legs and then pull the sides quite firmly across on top of the liner, then bring the knitted nappy and ties up and over these and cross the ties around the back to tie quite firmly at the front. This sandwiching of the layers ensure that the liner stays in place and you get a good fit around the legs. 
  • If all the above is okay, then the wool cover might need extra lanolising. Some parents find they need to do two or more lanolin treatments to layer up the lanolin to help with the neutralising of the wee and making it extra waterproof. You can also lanolise the nappy cover inside out as it gives extra lanolin to the inside layer of the cover. 
  • Finally, something to check is to make sure that the clothing on top of the wool cover is not too tight. A tight baby body clipped under the crotch or tight pants can wick moisture through the nappy. Loose clothing is best over wool covers. 

Can the cotton nappies and liners be put in the drier?

The cotton nappies and liners can be put in the dryer with no problem. They actually love a bit of a tumble, it makes them stay really soft forever! Line drying natural fibres in the sun can make them feel a little crisp at first but they soon go all soft again with a ruffle up and warmth of wriggling baby.

Do the nappies and liners keep baby feeling dry overnight?

The brushed cotton nappy has a stay-dry feel. Because of the extra surface area of the fibres, it wicks the moisture away from the skin. The wool nappy cover also acts to wick extra moisture away from the skin and will hold about 30% of its weight in moisture before leaking.  The great thing about these nappies is that baby can comfortably wear them overnight for long periods without them leaking on to clothing or feeling very wet and humid. Because really, who wants to change a nappy in the middle of the night? Baby hates it just as much as the parents I think! The muslin liners also have a stay-dry feel. The fibres are crinkly and have less contact overall with the skin, meaning the liner does not feel so saturated against the skin. People who are concerned about night wetness go for the Ruskovilla wool liners. As you probably know, wool when wet doesn’t feel damp as wool wicks moisture away so the wool liners make a really good stay-dry night booster. They are also super absorbent - they can also be used as an extra booster inside the wool nappy cover in the wet zone as in between the nappy and the nappy cover but you don't get the against the skin contact benefits of wicking. 

Will Disana nappy cover help over my non-Disana cloth night nappy?

The Disana nappy cover is amazing overnight however it’s only as good as the nappy inside, in that if the nappy itself isn’t sufficiently absorbent to contain the wee overnight it can saturate the nappy cover as well and then it may leak. If your non-Disana nappy is leaking through the PUL cover it sounds like the wool nappy cover could help soak up any extra wee after the night nappy becomes saturated. PUL covers don’t have any absorbency themselves so they rely on being tight enough around the legs and waist to contain leaks (which often leaves red marks where it digs into bubs skin) whereas the wool covers absorb quite a lot themselves and then the lanolin stops that passing through on to clothes and bedding however they can get saturated too if the night nappy isn’t absorbent enough and then they too will leak through.

Can I use the Disana nappy cover over my PUL nappy cover?

I wouldn’t use the PUL cover inside the wool nappy cover, I would just let the wool do its thing on top of the night nappy as part of its function is soaking up the wee once the night nappy is full. If the cover itself leaks you’ll know the nappy within needs to be boosted better. We have had completely 100% leak free nights with my three boys using the Disana Tie-on-nappy, muslin liners x 2 and the wool cover, however many people use the Disana wool covers over other cloth nappies too with success.

How many nappy covers will I need for a newborn? 

If you’re using cloth nappies full time, I would recommend a minimum of three. However you can choose 2 x 0-6m and 1 x 6-12m. That way you can use the bigger one at night and the other two in the day. Bear in mind though that new babies have some very explosive nappy episodes which are unavoidable so if they get poo on them they will need a wash and be out of action for a day.

Do I absolutely need to put a nappy cover over the tie on nappy for a newborn, they look so cute on their own?

You can use without a cover at first but you’ll find newborns wee and poo quite a lot and so you’ll just need to change them more often. You often need to do so anyway as they poo nearly every nappy for the first few weeks.

About the flushable liners, would you recommend using these from birth?

No, I would only bother using them after 6 months when baby starts to eat solids. Breastfeeding poo is totally water soluble and the washing machine will deal with it fine so you don’t need to even bother scraping off the nappy. Just pop them in a dry nappy bucket until you do a wash. Then do a pre-wash and then a wash at 60 degrees. Put white vinegar in the rinse tray to help remove any soap residues. 

What is the best way to store the wet/soiled nappies until you get home?

Just use any waterproof sealable bag until you're home.

If you need any further assistance please contact us on info@woollykins.com.au and we'll be happy to help you with your cloth nappy journey. :)

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