What is a pocket nappy?
CheekyBunz eco-friendly nappies are available in two different sizes. A one size fits most (OSFM) pocket nappy (Approx 3-15kg) and newborn pocket nappies (up to approx 8kg). They have a polyester waterproof PUL layer on the outside which prevents leakage and a polar fleece layer/fleece layer inside next to baby’s skin to keep them dry. The insert (either microfiber or bamboo) gets inserted into the pocket between these two layers. All our nappies are adjustable – adjust the snaps in either the crotch or waistband to get the best fit for your baby. As your baby grows simply unsnap and fit accordingly. They are breathable and machine washable.
We recommend placing the insert inside the pocket – this ensures that the stay dry fleece layer is against your baby’s skin.
How many nappies do I need?
This depends on how often you would like to wash and how many extra inserts you have. It will also depend on how old your baby is, as newborns require more frequent changes than when your baby grows older. The bamboo inserts take longer to dry than the microfiber inserts. You would need around 16-20 nappies for washing daily and around 24-30 for washing every two days. This gives you 8-10 nappies per day plus one day for washing. If you have extra inserts this number can be reduced as the outer dries very quickly usually in a few hours. Having an extra set of dry inserts means you can reuse the outer shells as soon as they are dry by placing a new set of dry inserts into your clean nappies. Just remember every child is different and you may need more or less nappies.
How do I use Cheekybunz nappies?
Firstly you need to wash your CheekyBunz nappies. See Care Instructions for recommendations on washing your new nappies. Once washed you need to work out what size your baby is, small, medium or large.
The above picture shows the same nappy set to the three different sizes. You will see three rows of snaps at the bottom front of your nappies. These are used to adjust to small, medium or large. Snap together the bottom and top rows for small, the middle and top rows for medium and fully unsnapped for large.
Once sizing is done now you can add the inserts/boosters in the pocket at the back of the nappy. Ensure the inserts are laying flat inside the pocket and are not bunched up or laying too one side. Once sizing and boosters are in, you are ready to place the nappy onto your baby. CheekyBunz nappies are shaped just like a disposable nappy and you use them in the same manner. Lay the nappy down flat on your changing area, lay a flushable liner over the nappy if using, place your baby on top, then fold the nappy up over your baby’s front and fasten the wings around the waist. Tuck in any excess flushable liner that may be hanging outside the nappy. CheekyBunz nappies do up around the waste in just the same way as a disposable, but using snaps.
To undo the nappy, hold the nappy with both hands and gently pull each snap open with your fingers.
How do I care for my nappies?
It is important to follow these simple washing and care instructions as this will ensure you gain the most out of your nappies and extend their usable life.
You’ll find most nappies will need up to 8 washes before obtaining full absorbency within the fabric. To save water (and time) you can soak your new nappies in cold water overnight – this reduces the number of washes you have to do. Just change your nappies more frequently (at least every 2 hours) until maximum absorbency is reached.
It is recommend to dry pail your soiled nappies. Flush any solids down the toilet and place your soiled nappy into your nappy bucket dry. Rinsing the nappies before placing them in the bucket will dilute the urine and help prevent stains. Wash every 2 days. Do not let nappies sit in the nappy bucket for longer than 3 days unless you have pre-washed the nappies prior to dry pailing
Detergent and Washing
To effectively clean your nappies, it is best to do a pre-wash in your washing machine prior to deep cleaning your nappies. If you have hand rinsed all your nappies prior to dry pailing, you may be able to skip this step. Select a short, warm wash cycle using the full amount of washing detergent that is appropriate for your washing machine and load size. Pre-washing your nappies prior to the main wash ensures the majority of the soiling is removed so your nappies can then be washed effectively, in clean water. Nappies should be washed in warm water selecting the longest cycle for your washing machine (eg heavy duty or soak cycle) using the appropriate amount of washing detergent. How much detergent that is required to adequately to clean your nappies will depend on whether you use cold, warm or hot water (the hotter the water the less detergent you need but do NOT wash on more than 60 degrees), the softness/hardness of your water and which detergent you use . Do NOT use fabric softeners, vinegar or strong bleach solutions. If you are getting stains, you may add a laundry soaker stain removal powder such as Vanish/Sard/DiSan to either your pre-wash or main wash. With a good wash routine you should not need to perform a strip and sanitise.
The best method is hanging your nappies outside. Inserts can be tumble dried on LOW HEAT if required.
What is a strip wash and how do I strip wash my nappies?
You may need to do a strip wash if your nappies are smelly, crunchy or if you have a build up of detergent residue and your nappies have started to repel or stop absorbing. You’ll know if you have detergent residue on your nappies if you watch the water coming out of your final rinse cycle and if it’s got suds in it, that’s a sign of build up. Before strip washing, wash your nappies as usual, otherwise the hot water can “cook” stains in. Then wash your nappies in hot water (60 degrees) with 1/8 cup of cheap dishwashing liquid (yes the stuff you wash your dishes in – use one that doesn’t contain any moisturisers). Make sure there is plenty of water for the nappies to be washed in – especially if you have a water efficient front loader. Rinse as many times as necessary to remove all the bubbles from the water. You may require 2-4 additional rinses to ensure all bubbles are gone.
Strip washing is not recommended on a regular basis, as it can damage you nappies. If you find you are continuously requiring a strip clean wash, then go back and look at how you are washing your nappies in the first place…check the following:
Are you using too much detergent?
Do you need to do an extra rinse cycle?
Are you washing your nappies frequently enough?
Are you making sure they are completely dry before using them?
Do you need to rinse the urine off your nappies before they go into the nappy bucket?
Can I use nappy rash cream with my modern cloth nappies?
Do NOT use barrier creams unless you use a liner to protect the nappy. Zinc and petroleum based nappy creams can clog up the fabric of the nappies and prevent them absorbing.
Isn’t cloth just as bad for the enviroment as disposable nappies?
No, definitely not! It is a common misconception unfortunately. No matter what anyone tells you, when you consider the raw materials, the water and the chemicals needed to even produce a single plastic disposable nappy, only to have it thrown out a couple of hours later, cloth wins every time, first and foremost because a reusable product will always be a more environmentally friendly choice than a single use product.
Something to think about: approximately 3.75 MILLION disposable nappies are dumped into our ground every single day, throughout and alone. Imagine worldwide!
The thought is staggering: millions and millions of individually wrapped parcels of plastic, chemicals, faeces, urine and paper dumped into our ground EACH DAY. You can make a difference. Everyone can make a difference.
Did you know? – Disposable nappies take 500 years to break down in landfill! This means every disposable nappy ever made is still on earth somewhere!
Approx 6000 disposable nappies are used per child compared to 12-30 cloth nappies
Our environment will not be able to continually sustain the 800 million nappies dumped in landfill every year in alone. (2-3% of all landfill)
Breaking it down – disposable nappies require more water, more energy, more raw materials and more land to produce and use than cloth nappies, and they generate 60 times more waste.
Regarding water – as we are a nation going through a drought, Australian parents are naturally wanting to do the best they can to conserve water. Disposable nappies use twice as much water to produce than what it takes to wash cloth nappies over the period of a whole year! And disposable nappies are made right here in Australia, using our Australian water! Disposable nappies are definitely not the most water friendly choice.
How much do cloth nappies cost? Cloth vs Disposable
A good quality modern cloth nappy system is an excellent investment. CheekyBunz modern cloth nappies provide a quality, affordable system that you can rely on. So let’s have a closer look at the figures and see how they compare to disposable nappies.
These figures have been chosen as a general guide- some babies use more nappies some will use less. The cost of disposables also varies- cheaper brands might cost between 30 and 35 cents per nappy but you are likely to use more nappies and experience more leaks. Premium brands might cost you up to 55 cents. So if we work on 7 changes per day and use an average of 50 cents per nappy (a nappy that is less susceptible to leaks and blowouts.) On those figures, consider the following costs:
A newborn will have an average of 6500 nappy changes from birth to toilet training – costing, $3250
From 6 months, baby still has about 5000 more nappy changes to go ($2500)
From 12 months, baby still has about 3800 more nappy changes to go ($1900)
From 18 months, baby still has about 2500 more nappy changes to go ($1250)
From 24 months, baby still has about 1200 more nappy changes to go ($600)
PLUS, you have additional costs such as wipes to consider as well. If you have 2 or more babies in disposable nappies, these costs will double even triple! You’ll save thousands with CheekyBunz!
Once you have outlayed your initial investment on your cloth nappies the only ongoing expenses are the cost of a load of washing and flushable liners if you choose to use them. If you wash in cold water and line dry with half scoop of laundry powder this could less than $0.40 per load! (Cost will vary depending on your electricity, water and power consumptions and the type of washing powder/liquid you use and if you use warm/hot water or tumble dry)
My cloth nappies are leaking, what could be the reason?
Modern Cloth Nappies actually leak less than disposables. The old style fold-your-own nappies did easily leak. These days, cloth is designed to be easier to use, better fitting, breathable and considerably more absorbent. We use fabrics such as minkee, cotton, microfiber and PUL, which means only the best for you baby!
If you find your nappies are leaking consider the following possibilities:
The insert is bunching
You haven’t prewashed your nappies enough
There is clothing pushing up against the absorbent part of the nappy, causing wicking
You have left the nappy on too long – change more frequently or add an extra insert (booster)
You have used too much detergent, creams or fabric softener and they have left a film on the nappy, in which case you will need to do a strip wash.
Why do my nappies smell?
Smelly nappies are generally the result of –
Not being completely dry before they are reused or put away.
Might be a build-up of detergent. This can cause a ‘wet dog smell’ or urine smell.
They have not received an effective clean.
If you are experiencing a smell issue with your nappies, we recommend giving them a good deep clean, or a strip clean.
How long will take to receive my items?
This will depend on where you live in . All items are posted within 3 business days after payment is received. If there will be a delay with your order you will be notified by email.
Can I pick up my items?
Yes, you are more than welcome to collect your items from us, or from one of our market events. We are located in Geraldton, WA. Our full details will be available once order and payment has been placed. Please email us to arrange day and time for collection.
What is your refund, exchange, return policy?
All payments must be received with 48hrs from order. If we have not heard from you within the 48hrs your order will be cancelled and items will be relisted for sale.
**CheekyBunz is not responsible for any lost or damaged goods due to Post. **
At CheekyBunz we do not refund items we will issue you a store credit less postage fee. Due to Health Regulations we do not credit any products if you have changed your mind or if items have been used/washed.
Credit or exchange DOES NOT include damaged items, misuse from cleaning/care, smell & leaks or stitching coming loose.
Items damaged due to manufacturing faults may be replaced or issued with a store credit within 30 days from order. Please contact us as soon as possible with your receipt showing date of purchase and reason for exchange or refund. If no receipt is available we cannot replace your item.