A cloth nappy is considered a more comfortable option for babies. They are also economical. However cloth nappies need to be changed more frequently and are not sufficient if you do not plan to change the nappy for some time (like when your baby is sleeping). So instead of disturbing your baby’s sleep or letting him remain soaked in urine, you can add cloth nappy boosters or liners to the cotton nappy. Read on to know more about cloth nappy boosters and liners.
Boosters: A nappy booster is a pad placed inside the nappy to increase absorbency. The booster has layers of absorbent fabric and is lined with a soft and comfortable stay dry layer (which remains in contact) against the baby's skin. The booster helps to retain a lot more urine and keeps the baby’s skin dry. They are available in different sizes and shapes and are washable. After removing the booster, rinse and store it in the nappy bucket (no water). The boosters can be machine washed and tumble dried. Use of fabric softeners or bleach is not recommended as performance of the booster can be affected.
Nappy liners: The liners are used inside the nappy and may hold the solids and/or keep skin dry, depending upon the fabric it is made of. It is useful as it makes cleaning the messy nappies easier (as it holds the solids) and protects the cloth nappy from staining and build up of rash. Both washable and disposable nappy liners are available. You can wash and dry the nappy liners with your nappies. If you are using fleece liners, avoid using greasy nappy cream.
For a newborn, you may need about 10–12 nappies every day and an older infant needs about 6–8 nappies every day. If you use nappy boosters, the number of nappies that you may need to wash can be significantly decreased. If the nappy is clean and dry you can just change the booster and place a new one inside the nappy. But change the cloth nappy after every 2–3 booster change.
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