NAPPY TROUBLESHOOTING and FAQs
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.
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. Merino wool is famous for it's ability to stabilise body temperature. And wool is definitely preferable to using a PUL cover which doesn’t breath and can get humid and sweaty. We use them like little shorts in the summer with a t-shirt or singlet and my boys have always seemed really comfortable in them. 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 QLD, NT that love the Engel wool nappy pants – they need more lanolising and more frequent nappy changes but they work remarkably well for such a light cover and are great for those really hot days. 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 have mostly used those throughout the year.
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.
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.
The brushed cotton nappy has a stay-dry feel. Because of the fluffy nap which increases the surface area of the fibres, it wicks the moisture away from the skin. The muslin liners also have a stay-dry feel - the crinkly triple gauze weave means less overall contact with the skin, meaning the liner does not feel saturated against 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 who wants to change a nappy in the middle of the night? Baby hates it just as much as parents do. 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.
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. Solution - ensure your nappy is boosted for night use and then use the wool cover over.
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.
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.
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.
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. Breastfeeding poop is very yellow and that can temporarily stain the cloth - it is not lightfast however and the sun will always bleach it out.
The nappy will get wet after they wee - both the liner and the nappy itself are designed to soak up all the wetness and even the wool cover soaks up extra wetness to a degree. If the nappy is not leaking through the cover on to the clothing then it’s all working beautifully. If you are concerned about bub feeling wet then the wool liner can further help wick moisture away from the skin but the liners we sell do that to a certain degree also. The fluffy nap on the brushed cotton increases the surface area of the fabric which ensure that there is less wetness in direct contact with the skin, and the crinkled muslin fabric has the same effect. That’s why those weaves work beautifully as nappy liners. The wool booster uses wools amazing wicking and temperature properties to give a stay dry feel and can help overnight to if your baby is prone to waking up when wet or the nappy and wool cover is feeling entirely saturated by morning.
How long is a piece of wool? ;) You definitely need to change straight away after they poo but not wees. I recommend using your nose. If bub is smelling very wet and sour down there go for a fresh nappy. Generally after newborn stage (when nearly every nappy is a poo nappy) you do about 4-5 changes a day including poos.
Yes they do. They are one of the only designs we have come across that are truly tailored to each individual baby's body shape. They can accommodate chunky thighs and not cut in like others do as well as skinny legs in a way that doesn't gape open let everything leak out. They also help support their weak pelvic floor and proper development of the hips.
A laundry liquid is better than powder. Try Dr Bronners castile soap. We personally use the Sonett laundry liquid with lavender. It’s really nice for all laundry, and very ecologically sound. Use a soap based liquid rather than a detergent as it doesn't build up in the fibres which can make them a bit stiff. That's where a vinegar rinse can help. If you have hard water use Soda Ash/Washing Soda/Sodium Carbonate in your laundry detergent tray in addition to your laundry liquid. You can use less laundry detergent if you have soft water so Washing Soda, which is inexpensive, will make your laundry detergent go further.
Just use any waterproof sealable bag until you're home. We don't sell any fancy ones, there is usually something begging to be reused around the home.
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