Why choose cloth nappies?
What are cloth nappies made of?
Which nappy to choose?
How many nappies will I need
What care do cloth nappies need?
How to fold your nappies
How much does it all cost?
Troubleshooting Tips
Cloth nappies & the environment
How to boost a nappy?
Cloth nappying Twins & Triplets
Modern Cloth Nappy Publications

What are modern cloth nappies (& inserts/boosters) made of?

Choosing the correct fabric for baby's nappy and your lifestyle is essential for you and your baby.

COTTON NAPPIES are the great all rounder. They're robust and will last successive babies, have good absorption and are competitively priced.

BAMBOO NAPPIES are more expensive but are much more absorbent than cotton, less bulky and silky soft. Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of bamboo grass.

The Bamboo used to produce fabrics is easily replenished and requires no pesticides to grow. Bamboo is considered one of the most sustainable plants because it grows quickly and does not require chemicals or irrigation, and biodegrades more quickly than oil-based synthetics.

Bamboo is a luxuriously soft fabric that is naturally hypoallergenic, moisture- absorbent and quick drying. Bamboo is highly water absorbent, able to take up to three times its weight in water. The fiber is naturally smooth and round without chemical treatment, meaning that there are no sharp spurs to irritate the skin.

Bamboo also has many antibacterial qualities, which bamboo fabric is able to retain, even through multiple washings. Bamboo exhibits up to a 99.8% antibacterial rate. This helps to reduce bacteria that thrive in clothing and cause unpleasant odors. It can also kill odor causing bacteria that live on human skin, making the wearer and his or her clothing smell sweet.

MICROFIBRE NAPPIES are made from polyester fleece and are the quick-dry nappies of the washable world. Like a fleece jumper they come out of the washer almost dry.

WOOLEN NAPPIES are made with wool and microfleece. A wool mix outer with a soft microfleece inner that sits against the skin - no lanolising required. These nappies are machine washable and can be tumble dried.

The only HEMP nappies that we have come accross are prefold nappies / boosters. Hemp creates one of the most eco friendly fabrics in the world. Hemp requires no pesticides, crowds out weeds without herbicides, controls erosion of the topsoil, and produces oxygen. It is a renewable resource that can be cultivated in as little as 100 days and is the world’s most versatile fiber.

Fabrics made from hemp are hypo-allergenic and non-irritating to the skin. Current tests indicate that hemp is able to kill staph and other bacteria that come in contact with its surface. Hemp has the look of classic linen and can have the feel (depending upon fabric blend) of your favourite flannel. Hemp materials will also soften with age and with each washing. Like linen and cotton, hemp is a cool choice for summer. It breathes well. It is recommended for warm, humid climates as the fabric resists mildew and absorbs moisture.

Hemp & Bamboo boosters / inserts are very thirsty and have great antibacterial qualities. They are naturally antibacterial and antifungal making them perfect for use in cloth nappies. Microfibre has an absorbency of 8 times its weight. It soaks up well but Hemp & Bamboo hold liquid better than microfibre. Therefore using one hemp or one bamboo insert and one microfibre insert in pocket nappies is a great combination. Please note: Always place the microfibre insert on top in the pocket as it is faster absorbing.