If you’ve never used a fabric diaper before and got a little lost in the shuffle, don’t worry. At Bubybu, we explain the benefits and operation of the system and help you choose between the different models of nappies and accessories we offer for sale.
How do hammock diapers work?
We explain in a few steps how to use a fabric nappy, although it is very simple:
- Select a layer type :
(a) Conventional layer (all-in-one layer)
b) T.MAC layer (removable layer)
- Place the absorbent in the nappy. You have a choice:
(a) Washable absorbents
– Absorbent material made of organic cotton
– Microfibre night silencer
(b) Disposable absorbers
- Put the veil over the absorbent.
- They’re ready to put it on the baby!
- Remove the veil of urine and/or poop and throw it directly in the garbage can.
- The nappy and absorbent can be washed in the washing machine with the rest of the laundry. If disposable absorbers are used, they fall directly into the wastebasket.
Which nappy should I choose?
You can choose between two different layer models:
This is an all-in-one diaper that looks like a normal disposable nappy. It consists of a cover (outer part in very soft microfibre) and a waterproof inner part (hammock). Put the absorbent in the nappy (hammock) and put a veil over it so that the absorbent does not get dirty immediately. As soon as you have changed the baby’s diaper, the veil goes straight into the bin and the rest of the diaper goes into the washing machine.
This is a more hygienic and environmentally friendly diaper. Like a classic nappy, it is made of a soft microfibre cover (outside the nappy (source)), but the difference is that the waterproof bag is removable with the absorbent (hammock). This means you can separate the hammock from the lid to wash it when it is dirty. The process is the same as with conventional diapers: They add an absorbent material to the inside of the hammock, as well as the veil on the top, to help catch dirt. Once the nappy has been used, throw the cover directly into the garbage; the rest of the nappy can be washed in the washing machine, but if the cover is not painted, you can immediately reuse it with another clean hammock. This saves you time and allows you to do your laundry.
What accessories are needed to have a full diaper?
The absorbers are the most important part, because without them the layer would be useless. Their function is to store urine and dirt so that the child can be clean and dry with maximum comfort. You can choose between different types of absorbers, depending on the quality, duration or comfort you need.
If the quality and well-being of your baby is important to you, the best choice is absorbent organic cotton. They are made from certified natural fibres, which guarantees complete economy for the baby’s skin and bottom. They perfectly absorb moisture thanks to the triple diaper that keeps your baby clean and dry for longer. They are also the most environmentally friendly option because they can be washed and reused so you can use them as often as you like. We recommend several replaceable absorbers as it takes about 12 hours after washing to dry them outdoors, although you can easily put them in the dryer.
If you want your baby to be locked up and dry for many hours, we recommend that you use a special absorbent for the night. The 4-layer microfibre construction guarantees absorption for up to 12 hours, making it ideal for use at night or while sleeping. Like organic cotton, it can be washed and used in the dryer.
If you are looking for comfort and speed for everyday life, disposable absorbers are the most suitable type of absorber for you. Although this is the least environmentally friendly option we recommend, it is true that it is sometimes the most useful. Especially when we’re traveling, not at home or leaving our baby with someone else. In any case, you don’t have to worry and you can use them without any problems for your baby, because they don’t contain any gels or chemicals that can be harmful. Although washable and reusable absorbents are preferable where possible because they are a much healthier and more environmentally friendly alternative.
A fleece is a type of cloth that is laid over an absorbent so that urine and dirt cannot come into contact with it or discolour. Just put a veil on the absorbent and make sure the corner does not protrude. You don’t have to use them, you can only use a nappy with absorbent fabrics, but the veil allows you to collect urine and/or poop and throw it directly in the garbage, making it easier to wash the nappy and absorbent. Even if the veil is only moistened by the urine, it can be machine washed up to 2 or 3 times.
3. Inner hammock (T.MAC layer only)
If you decide to use a T.MAC nappy, you will need to buy a tutu with two hammocks separately. It is a kind of waterproof bag that forms the inside of the diaper and contains the absorbents. It is very easy and quick to implement. At the ends, it has two eyelashes attached to the eyelid, so you can pull it on and off whenever you want. The nappy has elastic straps on the sides so that it adapts perfectly to baby’s legs, just like a normal disposable nappy. A T.MAC nappy and a regular nappy work in exactly the same way, the only difference is that T.MAC has the possibility to separate the hammock (inside) so you can wash it with an absorbent and use the cover (outside) immediately after changing the nappy,
4. 2 in 1 bag.
The bag is an accessory that allows you to keep nappies and accessories in one place when you need to carry your baby’s things. You can also use it to wash and absorb all nappies in the washing machine and prevent it from being mixed with the rest of your laundry.
5. Portable contact for the changeover to the euro
The changing table is a necessary accessory in everyday life to take with you wherever you take your child. There are more and more places where there is a bathroom or a suitable room where you can change a nappy for your baby, but it never hurts to carry your baby in a pram if you don’t have room to change your baby. It is foldable and lightweight for easy storage, and soft and fluffy so your baby always feels comfortable.
How many fabric diapers does a child need?
From birth to learning to write without a nappy, the baby needs 2 or 3 nappies of different sizes, depending on his size and growth. In general it is recommended to have 5 different fabric nappies for each size, so of course the baby needs a total of 10 to 15 nappies. It also depends on how often you need to change your baby’s nappy and how often you wash nappies and absorbent products. Also the type of nappy you use affects a conventional T.MAC nappy or nappy.
As with diapers, you need different sizes of washable absorbent materials, so your baby will have about 12 absorbent materials of this size. Here is an example of each type of nappy so you can get an idea of how many nappies your baby will need when you wash them every other day:
With a classic diaper:
– Size S → 6-7 nappies and 12-14 washable absorbents T1
– Size M → 5-6 nappies and 10-12 washable absorbents T2
– Size L → 4-5 nappies and 10-12 washable absorbents T2
with separable T.MAC layer:
– Size S → 3-4 lids, 6-7 T.MAC hammocks and 12-14 washable absorbents T1
– Size M → 2-3 lids, 5-6 T.MAC hammocks and 10-12 washable absorbents T2
– Size L → 2-3 lids, 4-5 T.MAC hammocks, 10-12 washable absorbents T2
How often are the layers of fabric changed?
Nappies do not have the same absorption capacity as disposable nappies. That’s because they don’t contain any kind of super-absorbent gel. Most diapers found in supermarkets contain gels and chemicals such as endocrine disrupters. The latter type of molecule is harmful to the skin when it comes into contact with the skin, especially the thin and sensitive skin of infants. Hammock diapers are subject to a check that the materials and substances do not contain any toxic substances that can damage babies’ skin. At the same time, they are waterproof and guarantee absorption for 3 to 4 hours.
For your baby’s delicate skin, nappies made from healthy, environmentally friendly substances are probably preferable. No matter how often a baby has to change his or her nappy, the most important thing is that it is safe and that the baby’s health is not endangered.
How do I wash my diapers?
You can wash your baby’s nappies in the washing machine with the rest of your clothes, but you should follow a few instructions:
- If the blanket is not dirty, it can be washed with soap and water and dried for later use.
- All elements of the layer (classic and T.MAC) can be cleaned at 40°C. The absorber can be washed at 60°C, but at 40°C it is sufficient to use a detergent.
- Do not use products containing alcohol, disinfectants, bleach or abrasives (e.g. bleach or chlorine) as these may damage the diaper and make it permeable.
- Detergents containing bleaching agents or optical cleaning agents containing more than 5 % polycarboxylate or phosphonate and more than 5 % perfume are not recommended.
- When washing layers, use smooth running programs (600-800 rpm).
- It is recommended to wash diapers of similar colours.
- Do not put the diapers in the dryer, as the fabric will age and wear out. However, in the case of washable absorbents, it is recommended because the dryer opens the fibres and improves their absorption.
- The use of glycerine-based fabric softeners or grease cleaners (e.g. Marseille soap) is not recommended for washing absorbents as they reduce their effectiveness. It is preferable to use degreased products.
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