How to Use Terry Nappies

Written by beth winston
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There are many reasons why it makes sense to opt for terry nappies over disposables. While it is less convenient, it saves a lot of money, and it also produces much less waste. A baby may go through as many as 5,000 nappies in her first two years---that's a lot of landfill, and a lot of expense. Once you get the hang of cloth nappies, you will find they are reasonably easy to manage.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 20 terry nappies
  • 20 nappy liners
  • 5 waterproof nappy wraps
  • Nappy pins
  • Covered nappy bucket

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Instructions

    Folding -- Square Fold

  1. 1

    Fold the square terry nappy in half lengthwise.

  2. 2

    Fold down the top section of the short side, until it's a good fit for your baby. You may have to experiment here, and of course, this will change as your baby grows.

  3. 3

    Pinch the nappy in the middle of the long sides (still looking at it lengthwise), so that it looks a little like an hourglass.

  4. 4

    Place a nappy liner lengthwise on the nappy.

  5. 5

    Place your baby on the nappy, with his legs just at the hourglass pinch, and fold the lower half of the nappy up over his tummy.

  6. 6

    Fasten with a pin at either side.

    Folding -- Triangle

  1. 1

    Fold the square terry nappy once across to make a triangle shape.

  2. 2

    Fold the top of the triangle down on the already-folded side, to fit your baby at the waist.

  3. 3

    Roll each of the other two sides a little, so that they will fit between your baby's thighs.

  4. 4

    Place a nappy liner running down from the middle of the folded side, towards the opposite point.

  5. 5

    Place the baby on the nappy. Fold two points of the triangle around her waist, and then fold up the final point between her legs, tucking it over the waistband that you've made, and secure it with a pin.

    Washing Nappies

  1. 1

    Flush any solid waste down the toilet.

  2. 2

    Drop the dirty nappy into your covered nappy bucket until you're ready to wash. Keep this in the bathroom by the toilet, for ease of use.

  3. 3

    Sprinkle your nappy bucket with a little bicarbonate of soda to discourage odours.

  4. 4

    Wash the nappies on a short cold-cycle wash, adding a little more bicarbonate of soda to the washing powder.

  5. 5

    Run the already wet nappies through the hottest wash your machine will do.

  6. 6

    Add a little vinegar to the first rinse cycle of the wash.

  7. 7

    Hang to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • When your nappy pins are not in use, poke the end into a bar of soap. This does three things -- it makes the pin easy to find, it ensures no one will stick herself with it, and the soap left on the pin when you take it out makes it glide through the cloth of the nappy.

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