Modern cloth nappies have been around in Australia since the year 2000 however they have yet to take hold with the general public. Our belief is that because of the laundering aspect, cloth nappies have taken a little while longer to go mainstream once again.
Now, with nappy services of all varieties becoming available all over Australia, using cloth nappies has become extremely convenient. If you’re delivering your baby soon, it’s about time that you decide which laundry service to go for!
To ensure that you’re making the right decision for yourself and your baby, read on to discover the factors that make a nappy service perfect for you:
The Quality of Nappies
The first thing you need to consider when selecting a nappy service is what types of nappies are provided. Remember that the skin of babies is extremely delicate and using cloth that is too hard or rough can damage it or cause rashes. Therefore, you should always ensure that the cloth the service provides is of high-quality nappies that are not scratchy or feel rough.
Additionally, you do not want to be using a service that provides nappies which are not thick enough, not absorbent or do not fit your child. It is worth testing out a few service nappies if you have the option or ask if they can launder your own nappies – that way you buy what works for you and they can wash for you.
Be careful with that though – make sure the laundering process is gentle enough so your warranty on your fabulous nappies is protected!
You should find out about the sizes of nappies, whether it’s a one size fits all or if they have different sizes based on weight available.
You also need to specify the number of nappies you would need initially and how often you would like the nappies to be delivered. Other issues that you need to settle include arranging for a pre-birth nappy delivery at least two-weeks before the due date and understanding how the service adjusts nappy sizes as the baby grows up.
Nappy Storage Solution
Ask the nappy services provider whether if it would provide you with storage pails or buckets for nappies. These pails or buckets are required to store soiled nappies until the nappy service collect them for washing. Most services provide a deodoriser or some kind of odour control solution when they first deliver the nappies. You also need to decide how the nappy company wants you to store the nappies. Your options are with a ‘dry pail’ (non-soaking), a ‘wet pail’ (soaking in water) or a combination of both.
Delivery and Pick-Up Routine
Another very important factor you need to consider is how often the nappy service would deliver new nappies and pick up the soiled ones for washing. Most services have a weekly cycle where they come on the same day every week, usually at the same time, to change your nappy stock. The number of nappies delivered would be equal to the number of nappies you return.
Consider Washing Options
You also need to consider how the nappies would be laundered by the nappy services. Ask about the products they would be using and the laundry process that would be undertaken. In some cases, babies who have sensitive skin can have very bad reactions to washing detergents or soaps if they are too harsh or if they haven’t been rinsed properly.
Many services utilise chlorine for laundering which is very difficult to rinse out of nappies and reacts terribly to the urine of babies, causing burning, rashes and in some cases chemical second degree burns.
It is worth taking the time to do your due diligence on your nappy service as there are many options available and some may or may not work for you or your child.
Here at Lavenderia, for example, we NEVER use chlorine and ensure our natural based detergents are gentle enough yet effective at stain removal, providing you with hospital grade nappies at a low price.
What About Hygiene?
Have you considered the hygiene aspect of your nappy service? Whilst its great to support small businesses or those that operate from home, one needs to consider if the nappies are being washed effectively and tested to prove they are hygienic.
As far as we are aware, there are only 3 – 4 services in Australia that do wash nappies according to the strict laundry standards and ensure they have testing conducted for hygiene purposes.
At Lavenderia NappyCare we wash, greenly, according to laundry standards ensuring you receive hospital grade hygienic nappies every week. It’s an important factor to consider in your search for the perfect nappy service!
So there’s the low down to help make your nappy service selection a little bit easier. Feel free to ask us questions or for advice if you are outside our service area and we’d be happy to help you!
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