FAQs

Here to help you with your decision, we have put together our most frequently asked questions as a great introduction to cloth nappy-ing.

  • What do I do with the poo?

    We get asked this almost every day and we hate to break it to you... but there's no avoiding the poo whether you use disposable or reusable nappies. The good news is you’ll soon get used to it! To easily get rid of the poo from the nappy just use a simple little nappy liner.

    Before putting the nappy on, pop a liner into the nappy and when change time comes around just lift the liner out of the nappy, pop the poo in the loo, then the liner in the bin (or compost if you prefer). Job done!

  • Can I use them from birth?

    Yes, definitely. For early or teeny babies you can use the TeenyFits, the Size 1 PeeNut or Size 1 Bamboozle Stretch. For average-sized babies 8 lbs or more, go straight for the EasyFits, Size 2 PeeNuts or the Size 2 Bamboozle Stretch.

  • Are they difficult to wash?

    Actually, no and it doesn’t take that much time either! Our nappies can be machine washed at up to 60 degrees with any non-bio washing powder. Don’t use liquid detergent though, as it can coat the fabric and limit the nappy’s performance. We have our own antibacterial washing powder, Potion, that gets your nappies hygienically clean at 30 degrees. We also advise against using fabric softener as it reduces their absorbency.

  • Do they need to be soaked before washing?

    Not normally. Most parents keep used nappies in a dry lidded bucket until wash day and only their nappies and only soak them in water if they're very stained. Sunshine and drying outdoors on the line works wonders on stains.

  • Can they be tumble dried?

    Yes, unlike many other brands, TotsBots nappies can be tumble dried on the cool setting.

  • How many will I need?

    You'll need 20 all-in-one nappies if you plan to wash daily, 25 if you want to wash every second day. If you use a two-part system like the Bamboozle or PeeNut Pads, in addition to your 20 to 25 nappies/pads, you'll need four waterproof wraps to use over the top.

  • How often will I need to change the nappies?

    As often as you would have to change a disposable. Newborns tend to poop pretty frequently, especially if they're breastfed, and can need changed around eight to ten times per day. Once babies get to eight weeks or so, they usually drop to needing changed around five times a day thankfully!

  • Do I need to use a barrier cream?

    Not really, but it’s down to personal preference. If you do decide to use one, we recommend you use fleece liners to keep it off of the nappies. We also recommend you choose a natural-based cream that will dissolve in detergent. Other creams can build-up in the nappies/fleece liners and cause absorption problems.

  • With two-part nappies, can I reuse the cover over the next pad/nappy?

    Yes, you can! The wrap has a wipe-clean interior specifically for this purpose.

  • These look bigger than disposables, will it be comfortable?

    Disposables have only been around since the '70s and before then every baby wore cloth with no adverse effects or discomfort. TotsBots babies have super-soft bamboo fabric next to their skin and when toddling, cloth gives them nice padded landing!

  • Is it true I should wash my nappies before use?

    Yes, they'll need up to eight washes before getting to full absorbency. Just pop them in with your normal laundry (whites with whites, colours with colours). There's no need to dry them in between and you can use them after the first wash if you can’t wait.

We get asked this almost every day and we hate to break it to you... but there's no avoiding the poo whether you use disposable or reusable nappies. The good news is you’ll soon get used to it! To easily get rid of the poo from the nappy just use a simple little nappy liner.

Before putting the nappy on, pop a liner into the nappy and when change time comes around just lift the liner out of the nappy, pop the poo in the loo, then the liner in the bin (or compost if you prefer). Job done!

Yes, definitely. For early or teeny babies you can use the TeenyFits, the Size 1 PeeNut or Size 1 Bamboozle Stretch. For average-sized babies 8 lbs or more, go straight for the EasyFits, Size 2 PeeNuts or the Size 2 Bamboozle Stretch.

Actually, no and it doesn’t take that much time either! Our nappies can be machine washed at up to 60 degrees with any non-bio washing powder. Don’t use liquid detergent though, as it can coat the fabric and limit the nappy’s performance. We have our own antibacterial washing powder, Potion, that gets your nappies hygienically clean at 30 degrees. We also advise against using fabric softener as it reduces their absorbency.

Not normally. Most parents keep used nappies in a dry lidded bucket until wash day and only their nappies and only soak them in water if they're very stained. Sunshine and drying outdoors on the line works wonders on stains.

Yes, unlike many other brands, TotsBots nappies can be tumble dried on the cool setting.

You'll need 20 all-in-one nappies if you plan to wash daily, 25 if you want to wash every second day. If you use a two-part system like the Bamboozle or PeeNut Pads, in addition to your 20 to 25 nappies/pads, you'll need four waterproof wraps to use over the top.

As often as you would have to change a disposable. Newborns tend to poop pretty frequently, especially if they're breastfed, and can need changed around eight to ten times per day. Once babies get to eight weeks or so, they usually drop to needing changed around five times a day thankfully!

Not really, but it’s down to personal preference. If you do decide to use one, we recommend you use fleece liners to keep it off of the nappies. We also recommend you choose a natural-based cream that will dissolve in detergent. Other creams can build-up in the nappies/fleece liners and cause absorption problems.

Yes, you can! The wrap has a wipe-clean interior specifically for this purpose.

Disposables have only been around since the '70s and before then every baby wore cloth with no adverse effects or discomfort. TotsBots babies have super-soft bamboo fabric next to their skin and when toddling, cloth gives them nice padded landing!

Yes, they'll need up to eight washes before getting to full absorbency. Just pop them in with your normal laundry (whites with whites, colours with colours). There's no need to dry them in between and you can use them after the first wash if you can’t wait.