How to get started with reusable nappies

Wanting to get started with reusable nappies but feeling overwhelmed?

We get it, it can be extremely daunting figuring out where to start when it comes to switching to cloth, however, its really not as mind boggling as it seems and once you find your groove you will wonder what you were worried about, we promise!

Here our tips for getting started with cloth nappies...

Are cloth nappies hard?

No! Cloth nappies have come a long way and these days there is no need for any soaking, folding, and pinning. Modern cloth nappies practically go on just like disposables and the washing machine does all the hard work.

Ease into it

There are no rules when it comes to using reusable nappies, part time, full time, day time only, once a week, there are no rules!

We believe the best way to get started is to just jump right on in. Simply purchase one or two you like the look of and give it a go!

You will soon figure out what your doing and if it suits your family and from there you can start to build your stash.

Avoid Analysis Paralysis!

The cloth nappy community loves a Facebook Group and although these are a great source of information, they can often lead to 'Analysis Paralysis' where you end up over-researching, over-reviewing and never committing! 
Cloth nappies are much more simple than it seems and all you really need to know is how to use your chosen style and how to wash them!

Choosing a style

So you have googled cloth nappies and now your confused! We are spoilt for choice in New Zealand, with plenty of amazing brands to choose from, each with their own unique design and features that may seem different to others.

However, no matter what extra features the cloth nappy has, it will always fall into one of 4 main styles.

When choosing a cloth nappy for your family, all you need to do is determine which of the 4 main styles you like, and look for nappies that fall into that category. The extra features are just a bonus! 

Learn about each style here →

I tried a cloth nappy but it leaked?!

If the first few you try don't suit, then don't give up! Some styles suit some babies or families better than others and its just a matter of figuring out whats best for you. Often it takes a few goes fitting a nappy on and once you get the hang of it you'll be away.
Check out our guides on fitting a cloth nappy and troubleshooting leaks.

Should I buy newborn or one-size?

Choosing whether to purchase newborn sized nappies depends on whether you are wanting to start using cloth nappies from birth and how big your baby is. Check out our newborn guide to learn more about starting from birth.

So I bought a nappy, now what?

Dive on in! Choose a day that you are going to spend at home and on the next wake, pop the nappy on bub.
Remember, the first time fitting a cloth nappy can be a bit of a doozy but don't worry, after a few goes you'll have it down pat. 

Download our fitting quick guide

What do I do with dirty nappies?

Soiled nappies can be stored in a washing basket in the laundry or bathroom. Choosing a basket with plenty of air flow is best as it eliminates bacteria and smells, and prevents ammonia build up. Don't worry, with plenty of air flow you won't get smells!

There is absolute no need to soak nappies these days, the dryer the better until wash day.

Dealing with poo

Poo nappies from babies on a milk-only diet can go straight in the washing basket until wash day, there is no need to rinse as the poo is water-soluble!

Once your baby has started solids then any 3D poo should be rolled or scraped off the nappy into the toilet before putting in the washing basket. 

Some families choose to use nappy liners to help with poo clean up - read more about nappy liners here.

How do I wash cloth nappies?

Washing cloth nappies can seem a bit daunting to start with but it really just depends on your routine. Check out our ultimate guide to washing cloth nappies here. 

Or download this quick guide for a basic washing routine.


We are here to help you get started with cloth nappies! If you have any questions or need a chat feel free to contact us at or chat to us on Messenger or Instagram @tushiestore




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