Accessories for Cloth Nappies
Reusable Fleece Liners
Re-usable micro fleece liners are one of the most popular reusable liners. Fleece liners also make disposal of the poo less difficult, prevent staining on your nappies and keep baby dryer.
One of the benefits of fleece, being a synthetic material, is that it does not absorb moisture which means it always sits dry next to the skin. Basically it allows urine to pass into the absorbent part of the nappy but does not let it pass back to the skin unless the nappy is totally saturated. The fabric of the nappy will hold the urine, while the non-absorbent fleece liner will not.
Generally the poo will just roll off when the liner is held over or rinsed in the toilet. The liner is then put in the nappy bucket and washed along with the nappies. Fleece liners are cheaper than using disposable liners. They can be brought for around a dollar each and they will last for a considerable time or you can make your own just by cutting up microfleece (they do not need to be sewn)
Other fabrics that liners can be made from include 100% knitted polyester; sometimes know as suede cloth, or silk, which is excellent for very sensitive skin.
First off let me explain that Flushable Liners should not be flushed down the toilet. They along with the so called flushable wipes are creating havoc for many councils all over the world as they get caught in the sewers, attract fat and then turn into fatbergs.
However with most brands of flushable (non Flushable) liners you can wash them a number of times and reuse them. Make sure you pop them in a laundry mesh wash bag so they don't get in to the pipes of your washing machine. Once they have worn out, pop them through one last wash to ensure they are clean and pop them in your worm farm or compost bin (they mush have no poo or urine on them). But I would make sure they are worm / compost friendly by testing one in your bin first.
Otherwise once you have rinsed the poos out of the liner it must go into your landfill bin.
Note that the blue & white disposable liners that you see in supermarkets need to be disposed of in the rubbish and not flushed down the toilet.
Whichever type is used, please note that you should ALWAYS use a fresh liner at every nappy change.
Boosters / Inserts
Boosters / Inserts are used to provide extra absorbency - by boosting the nappy. One of the advantages of using cloth nappies (as compared to using disposable nappies) is that one can adjust the absorbency by adding in extra fabric in the form of a booster.
A booster / insert is normally a three layered pad that can me made out of any absorbent fabric. Some have a fleece top on them to give a stay dry layer. They are generally used at night time to add absorbency to the nappy extending the nappy's overall capacity. Some parents never need to use them because the nappy's absorbency is enough and others add a booster or two as part of their night-time nappy combination.
You can make your own boosters from old cotton towels by cutting them up and overlocking around them.
Are NOT flushable! They along with the so called flushable liners are creating havoc for many councils all over the world as they get caught in the sewers, attract fat and then turn into fatbergs. Check out the fatberg epidemic ...https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/apr/21/huge-10-ton-fatberg-removed-chelsea-sewer-london
Flushable liners should be treated the same was as disposable wipes and be rinsed and thrown into your landfill bin.
Reusable cloth wipes are a great alternative to buying disposable wipes! They can also save you hundreds of $$$
Washable wipes can also be home made by cutting up a towel or buying some fabric to make your own. Mine are around the same size as a face cloth.
Washable wipes are all I ever used. I purchased 24 terry wipes (flannels / face cloths) when my son was born and only ever used them with water, saving myself hundreds of dollars. Water works wonders on bottoms! I never used a solution with them and generally used 1-2 wipes per change. When I have had to use disposable wipes while out, I found I was using at least 10 to 15 wipes per change because they are so small and flimsy. So we carried a few reusable wipes damp in a resealable container.
You do not need to fragrance the wipes. Even natural products like tea tree oil and rose water can be harsh on a baby's perfect skin. Water is the BEST!!
At home you can use an ice cream container that you stack your wipes up in, in the morning and run a bit of water over them and then pop the lid on. The water will soak in and they will be room temperature. Have another ice cream container on the other side of your change mat and pop your used wipes and nappy into it and then deal with it after you have finished changing the baby.
Washable Nappy Bags
These bags are waterproof and made out of PUL. These are used to put your wet or dirty nappies in when out and about. Then when you get home, empty the nappies out of the bag into the nappy bucket or washing machine and wash the empty bag with them.
Nappy / Laundry Mesh Bag
An optional extra. I used one of these to wash my covers in, thus keeping them separate from the nappies. In the UK, they have the bucket lined with the mesh bag. Come laundry time, the bag is lifted out and the whole bag is placed in the washing machine, with the bags neck open, allowing the nappies to fall out in the washing machine through the wash.
This handy little nappy tool is fantastic for cleaning the nappies over the toilet. It fastens to your toilet cistern and is a piece of hose with a spray head at the end of it. You simply hold the nappy over the toilet and spray and anything nasty goes away.