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ECOLOGICAL NAPPY USE

ECOLOGICAL NAPPY USE

A cotton nappy and woollen nappy pants are a combination that will make your child  feel comfortable. The nappy absorbs moisture very effectively but still remains warm and dry. Nappy rash stays in control, and the risk of urinary tract infection is smaller. Cotton nappiesd are economical: using them will cost much less than disposable nappies will cost.

Large cotton nappies are used as nappy cloths. In the night or during strolls outdoors, an extra flannel nappy can be rolled inside the nappy to provide an extra absorbent layer. Woollen nappy pants are worn on top of the nappy: short legged for summer and indoor use, and long-legged for cooler weather. When your baby begins to grow and move around, it is good to wear tighter cotton underpants on top of the nappy, to keep the nappy in place. With a baby wearing wool nappies, it is ideal to use bodypants on top because this will prevent the nappy from moving.

Read more on ecological nappy use in our guidebook Baby in Wool. You can download this booklet from our home pages.


THESE WILL GET YOU STARTED

* 24 cotton nappies (folded in triangular form)
* 9 flannel middle nappies for night and outdoor use
* two pairs of longlegged and two pairs of shortlegged nappy pants
* wool washing agent (soap or liquid),  gall soap, wool conditioner

 
WHEN YOUR BABY GROWS

* same cotton nappies (folded in rectangular form)
* 15 more flannel middle nappies (when the baby grows, an extra nappy is always needed)
* 4 pairs of larger nappy pants
* underpants or bodypants to keep the nappy in place

 
WOOL - AN IMPORTANT PART OF ECOLOGICAL NAPPY USE

For the sake of the baby´s welfare, it is essential for the nappy area to be dressed in fibres that absorb moisture and are breathable.

* Wool absorbs moisture

The ability to absorb moisture makes wool an excellent material for babie´s nappy pants. The cotton nappy will absorb moisture, which will then transfer to the woollen nappy pants. The baby will thus feel dry and warm.

* Wool also provides warmth when wet

Woollen nappy pants are warm even when wet. Disposable nappies do absorb moisture,  but at the same time they form a cold wrapping around the baby´s lower abdomen, which increases the risk of urinary tract infections.

* Wool transforms bodily excretions

Wool fibres are  able to absorb excretions such as urine. Therefore, it is not necessary to wash the nappy pants very often. Airing will be adequate to get rid of all smells. Of course,  feaces will have to be washed out.

* Wool is hygienic

Unlike cotton, wool does not form a culture medium for bacteria. Wool is cleaned with the help of oxygen in the air. Once aired out, moist nappy pants are not "sterile" in the hospital sense, but they do meet household requirements for hygiene.

Wash the nappy pants by hand before use. New cotton nappies should also be washed two to three times, after which they reach optimal absorption capasity.



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