The Basic Line consists of:
Every baby is different… you can alter this approach depending on your child
Using a reusable nappy is practically the same as using a disposable nappy, with a few small differences.
Every baby is different… you can alter this approach depending on your child.
* When do you use a paper liner (made of bio-degradable cellulose), a washable fleece cloth or neither?
This is for you to decide, but we will give you a few tips to base your choice on below:
This is the quickest and simplest method.
The sheet fits perfectly into the bamboo nappy, as well as the Basic Line nappy and protects them from your baby's stools. The paper is sturdy, so it can also hold back liquid stools (particularly with very young babies), but is also very soft. Just like the paper liner, it protects the nappy from your baby's stools and is super-soft for your baby's bottom. When changing the baby, you can throw the dirty paper liner in the bin, flush it down the toilet (be careful with narrow drainpipes) or compost it. Owing to its sturdiness, however, composting will take some time.
Choose this when you need to be quick, you are in transit or you do not feel like cleaning and washing an extra fleece cloth.
This cloth has roughly the same dimensions as the paper liner and has 2 functions.
You first remove most of the stool and deposit this in the toilet. For liquid stools, you rinse away the remaining stool under the tap, put the cloth in with the other dirty nappies and wash them all in the washing machine together.
Choose this if you do not want to throw away an extra paper liner every time. This is a wise choice for babies who are not yet ready to start potty training too. Just as with disposable nappies, your baby has a dry bottom and does not “feel” when they are wet.
If no further stools are passed in the nappy (during the day or at night), there is no further point in the paper liners. At that point, you may still want to use the fleece liners to make for a dry bottom.
When you want to start potty training, you stop using the fleece liner. This means your baby will “feel” that he/she has peed and, after a while, he/she will be inclined to try and avoid this “wet” feeling by peeing into a potty or toilet far more quickly. This means babies using washable nappies are dry half a year sooner on average than babies using disposable nappies. This is because, with disposable nappies, a toddler does not feel that he/she has peed afterwards, so he/she has no reason to pee into a potty instead of the nappy…
Be careful: The absorbent paper liner remains absolutely necessary if you are using a cream to care your baby or toddler's bottom. The cream collects on the nappy, which makes it impermeable, hindering absorption and making it difficult to wash out.