Give your nappy an extra wash, and hang it in direct sunlight (or in front of a window if it's not sunny where you live). Sunlight naturally bleaches stains.
Ensure you are not leaving your nappies for more than 2 days before washing, or stains may become stubborn.
1. Is this the first time you've used the nappy? Did you wash the nappy before using? Washing (and drying) your nappies multiple times will increase the absorbency of the fabric.
2. Is the nappy loose around the inner thighs? Adjust the snaps.
3. Have you used any fabric softener, bleach or a strong washing powder? Or have you used a nappy cream on your baby? In both of these cases, the absorbency of the fabric may have been affected. You will need to do a strip wash - see below.
4. Have you left the nappy on too long? More than 4 hours is not recommended.
5. Have you ensured the insert is flat inside the pocket and not twisted or bunched in the middle?
6. Did you wash your covers in hot water, or dry them in a dryer on a hot setting? This may have affected the waterproof layer of your covers.
7. Check none of baby's clothing is getting caught in the nappy. This can draw moisture out instead of in.
If your nappies smell as soon as baby wets them, consider a strip wash - see below. Alternatively, a few drops of essential oil (such as lavender, eucalyptus or tea tree) in the wash. Drying nappies in sunlight will prevent smells, as sunlight naturally sanitises fabrics.
RASH - IS IT THE NAPPIES?
There are a few scenarios where your baby may develop a rash - often related to an illness, food sensitivity, or stress (such as teething or new environments). Please check the following list to determine if the rash has something to do with your nappies or not:
- Have you used any bleach or strong washing powder to wash your nappies? Baby's sensitive skin may be reacting to this. The effects of strong detergents can be felt even if you accidentally threw a garment or towel in the nappy wash that had been previously washed with a strong detergent. The residual detergent on that garment may have then affected the nappies in that wash. See instructions below for strip washing. We recommend switching all laundry in your household to a gentle eco-friendly washing powder, or bicarb soda.
- Are you changing the nappies frequently, and cleaning baby thoroughly at each change? Rashes can be caused by urine on the skin. It's important to change the nappy as soon as you know it is wet.
- Are you drying your nappies in direct sunlight? Sunshine and fresh air will sanitise your nappies and lower the chance of them causing rash. If sunshine is hard to come by where you live, we recommend drying in front of a window, and adding a few drops of essential oil to the wash such as eucalyptus or tea tree, which are antibacterial and will keep your nappies fresh and germ-free.
Strip washing is a method to remove all washing powders, bleach, fabric softeners, etc. from your nappies and give them new life. We recommend strip washing your inserts and covers separately, to prolong the life of the waterproof layer of your covers.
- Wash your inserts & covers as normal.
- Take your inserts and return them to the washing machine, on a hot wash with a splash of vinegar. Keep rinsing until there are no more soap suds. This may require several rinse cycles.
- Take your inserts out and put your covers in. Rinse on cold without any detergent or vinegar. Continue rinsing until there are no soap suds.
- Dry in direct sunlight where possible (with the inner of the covers facing outwards).