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Seedling Baby Care and Washing Instructions

WASHING INSTRUCTIONS:

Dealing with soiled nappies
  • Dispose of any solid poo by flushing down the toilet, then give the nappy a quick rinse under the tap
  • Newborn/breastfed poo is water soluble, so the nappies can just be run through a rinse cycle in the machine prior to washing them
  • A nappy liner (disposable or reusable) can also used to help with a faster clean up of soiled nappies and to reduce nappy staining
  • Store in a dry nappy bucket or a wet bag

Washing nappies

Pre-rinse

  • Give the nappy a quick rinse in fresh water as soon as it comes off baby, and before it is dry-pailed
  • Once you have enough nappies for a wash (usually every 1-2 days), put the nappies through a warm pre-wash (rinse cycle) in the machine - this gets rid of any excess soiling and urine
  • Warm water is recommended for this process as it helps to loosen the fibres of the fabric and release the soiling - avoid hot water, as this will contribute to setting of any stains  
Wash
    • After the pre-wash (rinse cycle) has finished, the nappies should remain in the machine and be put through a normal/long wash cycle up to 60°C
    • Wash with a good cleaning washing detergent, using the amount of detergent recommended by the manufacturer, for your load size and water level
    • It is important to wash the nappies on a long cycle as prolonged exposure to water, heat, detergent and agitation is the best method for getting the nappies thoroughly cleaned
    • Wash nappies every other day to avoid deterioration of the nappy fabrics
    • Avoid detergents with additives designed to stay in the fabric after the wash, like softeners (which can reduce absorbency) and brighteners or fragrances (which might cause issues for a baby’s sensitive skin)

    Drying nappies 

    • For best results, nappies should be line dried
    • To avoid prolonged exposure of heat from the sun damaging the waterproofing, elastics and natural fibres of the products, nappies should be dried in the shade, by a window, or under a verandah in hot weather
    • Nappies can also be tumble dried on low heat if needed, at a temperature not exceeding the manufacturer’s recommendations 


    EXTRA WASHING INFORMATION:

    Barrier creams

    It is important to use a liner (disposable or reusable) when using a barrier cream, to prevent them coating the fibres of the nappy fabric and causing it to repel urine and leak.