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...

Ease into it

You don't have to use cloth nappies full time from the start, there are many families using them part time, during the day only, or just on home days and thats great!

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.

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.

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.

How many will I need?

This does depend on a few things like how old your baby is (newborns need more frequent changing) if your going to go full time, and how often you want to wash.

The best way to start is by starting with one and going from there, try not to go all out on one brand or style without trying it as you may find you prefer one style or brand over another.

Check out our guide to find out how many cloth nappies you need.

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. 

Check out our fit guides here to learn how to put a cloth nappy on.

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.

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 solid 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 guide to washing cloth nappies here.



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 cht to us on Messenger or Instagram @tushiestore




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