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How many nappies will I need?

If using Real Nappies exclusively then it is recommended that you have between 18-24 nappies and 4 – 6 waterproof covers (if required- depends on your nappy type).  This will ensure that you have enough nappies for a full wash load twice or (for a newborn) three times per week.

What else will I need?

Once the baby has been weaned then it is recommended that you use washable or flushable liners.  If there is any regularity to your babies bowel motions then you will only need to use liners for this nappy.  Quite often for a newborn baby liners are not required as the motions are not formed and will simply soak through.

If using liners there is no need to soak nappies as any solid waste is being flushed down the toilet and the nappy is just wet.

For newborn nappies then soaking may be required to avoid staining.  If soaking you could use one of the soaking solutions below, please note that if using domestic borax or sanitising powder then you may only be required to rinse thoroughly rather than washing:

  • White distilled vinegar (2-3 tbsp.)
  • Sodium Bicarbonate (1 tbsp.)
  • Domestic Borax ( 1 tbsp.)
  • Tea Tree oil (5 drops)
  • Sanitising Powder (1 tbsp.)

It is possible to wash your nappies along with your babies clothes, however if you decide to soak, or wash separately you may wish to store in a lidded bucket.  A nappy net is also useful to transfer the nappies into the washing machine.

What are my Real Nappy options?

There are many different styles and fabrics to choose from, find out more about your options here.

Where can I purchase Real Nappies?

A list of agents and stockists can be found on our stockists list or at www.realnappies-wales.org.uk


Page updated on: 03/05/2016

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