With any Fancypants nappy that you buy you have the option of having 2 x Bamboo Inserts (Bamboo nappies) or 2 x Microfibre insert (Microfibre Nappies).
Both materials are awesome but have different functions – you decide what works best for you!
Bamboo is a super absorbent natural fiber with a luxuriously soft feel that becomes more absorbent the more you wash (reaching full absorbency in up to 10 washes). Although it absorbs well, it does not absorb quickly and can take quite a while to dry (significantly longer than microfibre). However, 3 layers of our bamboo / cotton fleece are thinner than 3 layers of microfibre so the nappy is less bulky if you use Bamboo inserts. The bamboo inserts can get a little stiff when wet but bamboo is a completely natural material so can go against baby’s delicate skin, which is a bonus. It is also from a fast renewable source, so it’s great for the environment. Bamboo is more expensive than microfibre, but it’s great for boosting or for night-time use – or if you just prefer to have natural materials in and around baby’s bum.
Microfibre inserts are the quick-dry option for a cloth nappy. Microfibre is a nice, quick absorber that wicks the moisture away from baby’s bum quickly, so baby doesn’t sit with wet patches. Since microfibre should not go against baby’s delicate skin (as it can cause dryness), Fancypants hides the microfibre inserts in a bamboo / organic cotton pocket, ensuring that only natural materials touch baby’s skin. If necessary, microfibre inserts can be bleached, unlike the natural fiber fabrics. They too become more absorbent the more you wash them, but can be used after just one wash. If you have limited drying space or time and a limited budget, then these are the nappies for you.
When buying cloth nappies from us, the only thing you NEED is the nappy. Each nappy you purchase comes with two inserts. You’ll need one insert during the daytime for the first 12-18months – after that time you’ll need two inserts during the day. You may also wish to start adding the second insert to your night time nappy somewhere around 6 months. Although not required, many people also purchase nappy liners. Our flushable nappy liners are a thin layer of bamboo that you can place on the nappy that helps to catch any solids and make changing the nappy quicker and easier.
Our nappies need to be changed every 3-4 hours (similar to what you should be doing with a disposable nappy). Obviously you’ll need to change them sooner if there is a poo:)
It depends on how many times a week you plan on washing your nappies. Assuming you’ll do five nappy changes a day, 10 nappies would last two days and 20 nappies would last four days. Our experience has shown that the more nappies you buy the more convenient it is for you because it saves time as it requires less wash cycles. And, it’s more environmentally friendly because you wash fewer loads of laundry.
Place the insert in the pocket, stretch the nappy and smooth the insert flat as you pull your hand out of the other side of the nappy. The nappy size can be adjusted using the snaps along the waist and legs.
After putting the nappy on baby, observe how it fits around the legs and bum. If you see gaps between the nappy and the skin then the fit should be adjusted. Use the adjustable waist snaps to ensure the nappy fits snuggly around the back and waist.
New nappies need to be washed once prior to use. Once used, store the soiled nappies in a dry (covered) container until laundry day. Wash the nappies in one short cycle with cold water and soapnuts or an acceptable detergent. Then wash the nappies in one normal wash cycle with warm water (up to 40 degrees Celsius) and soapnuts (or an acceptable detergent) and rinse one additional time. Please ensure you use enough water. We have found that the biggest factor that leads to buildup on nappies is not using enough water. Your nappies need plenty of water and enough space to slush around in to ensure they come out nice and clean. Please note that you do not have to use warm water – it is a personal choice (and many people only have cold water available on their machines). If you only have cold water – see the next question below.
Yes! The saponin in soapnuts releases quickly into warm water, and more slowly in cold water. When washing in warm water you only need the equivalent of three whole soapnuts per load. They’ll release all of their saponin in about one wash. When washing with cold water, use up to 5 nuts and reuse them up to 6 times. If you want to release the saponin faster when using a cold water washing machine, you may pre-soak your cotton sack containing soapnuts in a little hot water to release the saponin (like you would steep a bag of tea). After a couple minutes of soaking, add the mixture to the cold-water wash.
You can use any detergent that is cloth diaper friendly. When choosing your detergent please ensure the detergent does not contain dyes, enzymes, perfumes, whiteners or brighteners – these will coat your nappies over time and make them repel rather than absorb moisture. Do not use bleaches, fabric softeners, or stain removal products. If using a detergent other than soapnuts, we recommend you use ¼ the recommended detergent amount for a front loading machine and ½ the recommended detergent amount for a top loading machine.
Absolutely! You can wash all your fancy coloured nappies in the same wash regardless of the colour. They are completely colourfast so wash with confidence!
You are welcome to use bum cream – just ensure that you place a liner in the nappy to protect it from the cream as bum cream impairs the absorbency of the nappy.
Do NOT soak the nappies in any type of sterilizing solution or water as this will interfere with the absorbency of the nappy.
When you use cloth diapers, the waste (water and fecal matter) goes where it is supposed to– the septic or sewer system, not in the ground. Sure, it uses water to wash them, but it is the equivalent of a few flushed toilets a day, which is way less harmful to the environment than toxic and non-biodegradable materials in a landfill.
We ship anywhere in South Africa. With the ongoing postal strikes we prefer to use Fastway couriers as a quick yet affordable shipping option. However, Fastway does not service all areas. In this case you may choose from our normal courier option or the SA Post Office. If the SA Post Office is chosen, note that items are shipped as ordinary parcels and usually arrive within 5 to 7 business days (assuming there are no strikes). A tracking number is provided with each shipment (both courier and post office options). Shipping costs are based on weight and volume. Typical post office shipping costs range from R25 for 1 nappy, R45 for 10 nappies and R50 for 20 nappies. The shipping cost for a 500 gram bag of soapnuts is R40 however, if you add a bag of soapnuts onto your nappy order the incremental cost is nominal – typically an additional R5 – R10.
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