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					                             CLOTH NAPPY GUIDE



                                 INDEPENDENT ADVICE TO HELP YOU





Thank you for considering cloth nappies for your baby and
                                                                       HOW TO ORDER
welcome to the IW Real Nappy Network. We are a volun-
 tary group who aim to make choosing, using and buying             BY POST—Simply complete the order form that ac-
               cloth nappies easy and fun.                         companies this brochure and send with your cheque
                                                                   payable to “K. Oulds” to: IWRNN, 3 Brockwood
  Years ago, cloth nappies used to be hard work, but nowa-
 days modern fabrics, Velcro, poppers and automatic wash-          Drive, Shanklin, IW PO37 7JN
 ing machines make cloth nappies easy, quick and conven-           BY PHONE— 01983 864416
ient to use . There is also a huge range of nappy types and
styles to choose from these days, so if you thought it was all     BY EMAIL— or complete
         about folding terry squares then think again!             the enquiry form at
 Choosing cloth for your baby is kinder to the environment                        PAYPAL ACCEPTED
   and will save you money—even when you account for
washing costs and wear and tear on your machine. Using              We aim to deliver your order within 7 working days.
cloth nappies will save you between £200 and £1000 over              Delivery is FREE anywhere on the Isle of Wight.
  the cost of disposables—even more if you use them for
more than one baby! If you would like to research these is-
         sues further then please visit our website                                RETURNS POLICY or
                                                                    We will refund or exchange any unused unwashed
 This Guide answers some commonly asked questions and              nappy or wrap for up to a year after purchase. If you
presents a selection of popular nappies that are available to        have ordered a large number of nappies then we
 order. The IW Real Nappy Network are stockists and sup-
                                                                    suggest you wash and try a small number at first,
pliers of virtually all cloth nappy products currently available
 in the UK so if it’s not listed here then we can usually get it
                                                                     then if you are not happy you can return the rest.
  for you! Our advice is independent and free of charge—
 whether you choose to buy your nappies from us or not. If
 you choose to take advantage of our ordering service then               ADVICE AND AFTER SALES SERVICE
      we deliver free of charge, anywhere on the island.
                                                                   We are on hand to answer any cloth nappy queries,
                      Happy Nappying!                              whether you choose to buy your nappies from us or
                                                                        not. Just call on 01983 864416 or email

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                                                                                            FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

         ACCESSORIES                                                   How do I choose which nappies to use?
                                                                       There is a huge selection of cloth nappy systems available in the UK so the choice
                                                                       can often be overwhelming at first. Asking yourself these questions may help:
                                                                       “Will I use a tumble dryer?” If not, then you will need to choose nappies that are fairly
               Nappi Nippas—the amazing modern alterna-                quick to dry.
               tive to pins. A three legged stretchy gadget            “Do I want to fold a nappy?” If not, then choose nappies that are shaped and fitted
               with tiny plastic combs on each end. Grips              and fasten with Velcro or poppers.
               fabric securely and safely.                             You do not have to restrict yourself to just one type of nappy, so feel free to mix and
                                                                       match to your heart’s content
Vest Extenders— popper on to the bottom of                             If after looking through our catalogue you are still unsure, then we are always on hand
                                                                       at the Nappy Network to help you decide, so just call or email us.
baby’s clothes to extend the fit. Great for bulkier
nappies and also means vests will fit for longer!                      How do I assemble a cloth nappy?
                                                                       From baby’s bottom outwards…
          Tea Tree Oil—known for its anti bacte-                       Liner—goes next to baby’s skin and can be flushable or washable.
          rial and anti-fungal properties. Put 3-5                     Nappy—the absorbent part (huge choice of styles: flat, shaped or “one size”)
          drops in the bottom of your nappy bucket to keep it          Wrap—the outer cover which is waterproof yet breathable.
          smelling fresh and clean.
                                                                       How many nappies will I need?
          Nappy Mesh— Saves handling in-                               As a general rule you will need 15-18 nappies, 3 or 4 wraps and a supply of liners.
          dividual nappies when transferring to
                                                                       How do I deal with soiled nappies?
          the washing machine. Line your                               Take the nappy off, flush the liner (along with any solid waste) down the toilet. Place
nappy bucket with this drawstring mesh bag                             the nappy in any container with a lid, such as a bucket or waste bin. There is no need
then transfer to machine in one go.                                    to soak. Wash nappies on a 60c cycle and dry them as you would your clothes. Most
                                                                       parents do a nappy wash 2-3 times a week, or you can simply wash a few nappies
         Nappy Bag—for use when out and about. Light-                  along with your usual laundry.
         weight waterproof drawstring bag. Small holds 2-3
         nappies. Large holds 6-8                                      How much do they cost?
                                                                       Pricing varies, so see our separate price list for detailed information, but you can set
                                                                       up a simple cloth nappy system for as little as £75. Compare that to the “hidden” cost
            My Wee Friend Potty Training stickers. This clever         of disposables—around £1200 per baby!
          little black sticker fits into any flat bottomed potty and
                                                                       I am on a limited budget—what do you recommend?
           is reusable for months. When your child wees in the         Cloth nappies will save you £100s in the long run, but they do require some initial
         potty the black circle changes like magic into a smiling      outlay. To ensure you make the right choice, try one of our Free Trial Kits. We will
            face! Choose from one of 9 designs or have two or          help you choose a small selection of nappies to wash and use in your own home for
          more potties with different stickers, so your child can      up to a month. This will give you a good idea of which nappies suit you and your
have fun guessing which face will appear. The smiley face will         baby. At the end of the trial period there is no obligation to buy.
  stay long enough for your child to rise from the potty to see        What about nappy rash?
 their Wee Friend, then it will fade back to black ready for the       Wetness alone does not cause nappy rash. It is caused by the reaction of faeces with
               next use. Children can't wait to use the potty and      urine on the skin which produces ammonia. Research at Bristol University has shown
                  make their Wee Friend appear. Only £2.99             that the type of nappy used is not a significant factor in nappy rash. The best
                                                                       prevention is to change nappies frequently and to wipe the whole area that the nappy
                                                                       covers. Most babies get nappy rash at some point, often when they are teething. If
                                                                       you would like advice on this subject then call or email us and we will be happy to

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                                                                         SWIM NAPPIES
      & MUSLINS

The traditional old favourite! Cheap to buy, quick to dry but
   do need some simple folding (instructions supplied).             Kushies swim nappies (pictured above) are made of
Choose from cotton terry towelling in various sizes and col-      rip stop nylon with Velcro fastening and ties for added
ours, silky bamboo fibre or white cotton “prefolds” from the        security. Colour choices include red, green, purple
          USA which have a thicker central panel.
                                                                         mermaids, blue boats and turquoise fish.
No need to use pins any more though… nowadays we use
 the fantastic “Nappi Nippa” instead (various colours avail-
  able, pictured here in red). Grips fabric securely, takes
seconds to use and no danger of stabbing yourself or baby!        Bright Bots swim nappies (pictured below) are a pull
(More info about Nippas on page 18)                                up design, similar to a regular swimming costume.
                                                                  They are tested to UPF 50+ so ideal for sunny days.
Traditionally muslins were used on newborn babies - and
are still ideal for those early days. Pad fold or traditionally      The girls’ designs have a frill detail on the rear.
fold - these days a close fitting wrap will hold them in place
without the need for any other fastening. Can also be used
later on as boosters, or for general purpose mopping and
wiping duties. Choose from plain cream, mint , lemon, pink
and blue, or try our attractive animal patterns to make your
muslins stand out from the rest!

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                                                                 “ONE SIZE” NAPPIES

                                                                      The nappy that grows with your baby!
Trainer pants are generally designed to look and feel more
 like “grown up” pants, so they are ideal for potty training.     We stock the very popular Mother Ease brand
 They are not as absorbent as a nappy so whilst they will                      and Dizzy Diapers.
    absorb a little accident, they will not stop a flood! We
stock the affordable Bright Bots Trainers in a variety of col-     These clever nappies adjust in the width and
   ours including red, orange, blue, yellow, green, purple,      length by a system of poppers to fit from birth to
pink, strawberry, sky blue, sea blue, pistachio, banana and       potty. Drying time is medium. These systems
  lavender. Sizing for these is approximate and you may
                                                                 can be very cost effective, especially if you have
  find you need a size larger than usual, so that you child
          can pull these up and down more easily.                        more than one child in nappies.

 If you are looking for something more substantial, try the
                                                                 Some larger “sized” nappies such as Nappy Na-
  Minky YoYo—the cloth equivalent of a “pull up” but with
  poppers for added security. This can also be used as a         tion, Tots Bots or Easy Peasy can also be used
night nappy for older children as you can add extra absor-         as a “one size” by folding down for a smaller
bency into the integral pouch. Sizing is approximate and                               baby.
           there is some overlap between sizes.

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  (SHAPED SIZED NAPPIES)                                  LINERS AND
   EASY PEASY                                              BOOSTERS

  A first size, slim fitting nappy, ideal from     A liner goes next to baby’s skin inside the nappy.
birth to around 6-9m months. Benefits from        Liners can be flushable or washable. Our flushable
     a stay dry layer of polyester fleece.         liners are biodegradable—they catch solid waste,
                                                 whilst letting wet pass through to be absorbed by the
                  BUMBLE                         nappy. Our washable liners are made from “stay dry”
 Similar design, but with a pouch which can      polyester fleece in a variety of colours and patterns.
be filled with extra padding and the option of    A booster is added to a nappy to provide extra ab-
popper fastening. May be folded down and          sorbency, either at night time or for heavy wetters.
           used from birth to potty.             They can also be used to stuff inside a pocket nappy.
                                                              We stock three kinds:
                 BUMPER                              Terry Booster—3 layers of soft cotton terry
 Bigger again! Fits from 35lbs, so great for
 toddlers or as a night nappy for 3-4 year       Microfibre insert—man-made microfibre terry, very
                    olds.                        lightweight and maximum absorbency with minimal

                                                 Twooster – a liner and booster in one! Two layers of
                                                     cotton terry topped with a layer of stay dry
                                                                   polyester fleece.
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                 POCKET NAPPY
                                                                                        (SHAPED SIZED NAPPIES)
                                                                                      NAPPY NATION

       Nature Babies


                A “pocket” system is a wrap attached to a fleece lining to
               make a pouch. Into the pouch you stuff absorbent material                     The No Fold Terry.
                (e.g. a flat nappy, booster or microfibre insert) The nappy
                              then goes on baby in one piece.
                                                                               A shaped fitted nappy in two sizes, with the benefit
                                                                                  of very quick drying due to its clever design.
                Although not the cheapest option, the great advantage of       Neat fitting with good leg elastication. Use a Nappi
                pocket systems are that you have the convenience of an          Nippa to fasten, or choose the Velcro fastening
                 “all in one” but with the benefit of quick drying. As most
                                                                               version. Easy to add extra absorbency and an ex-
               pocket nappies are lined with polyester fleece then it is not
                 essential to have a liner next to baby’s skin, unless you       cellent choice if you do not use a tumble dryer.
                                         choose to.                                 NEW - Bamboo version now available!
               We stock the popper fastening FuzziBunz from the US (in          Bamboo fibre is soft and silky, has antibacterial
                22 different colours—see back cover!) which come com-            properties, is less bulky than cotton and dries
               plete with a microfibre insert. Nature Babies’ Stuffables are                       more quickly.
               made in the UK with a choice of Velcro or popper fastening
               and range of fabric choices. From the US we are pleased
                 to introduce Happy Heinys in a range of plain coloured          The larger size can be folded down at the front
               polyester fabrics or fun cotton prints, pictured left. Please     and used as a “one size” birth to potty nappy.
               note that if your baby is a heavy wetter, it might be wise to
                            choose polyester rather than cotton.

Happy Heinys
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         (SHAPED SIZED NAPPIES)                                         “ALL IN ONE”
             TOTS BOTS                                                 & “HEMPRESTO”
“FLUFFLE” and BAMBOOZLE”                                               NAPPY SYSTEMS
                                                                             An all in one is a nappy and
                                                                             wrap sewn together as one
                                                                             piece. Quick and easy to use,
                                                                             but slower to dry and more ex-
                                                                             pensive than a two part system.
                                                                             Popular for nursery use. We
                                                                             stock Mother Ease and the
                                                                             (slightly quicker drying) Nappy
                                                                             Nation brands, but can source other makes
                                                                             on request.
Original Tots Bots are shaped, sized nappies made in Scot-
land from luxury terry cotton. Very good quality and durable,     The clever Hempresto nappy system is made right here
with excellent absorbency and containment at legs and waist.                        on the Isle of Wight! It has the con-
                  Velcro fastening available.                                       venience of an All in One but dries
                                                                                    much quicker, because the system
Great choice of colours: white, unbleached, pink, green, lav-
ender, lemon, sky blue and mandarin. Drying time medium/                            comprises a luxury, organic cotton
                           slow.                                                    fleece nappy which snaps into a
                                                                                    breathable wrap by a system of col-
The “Fluffle” is created from rapid drying microfibre, to help                      our coded poppers. For extra ab-
those without a tumble drier. Still as absorbent as a regular                       sorbency a hemp pad tucks neatly
 Tots Bots with excellent containment and a super soft feel,
                                                                                    in beneath the nappy, enabling you
 this nappy is available with poppers and can be used as a
        birth to potty nappy with some simple folding.                              to customise the absorbency level.
                                                                                    All three items are sold individually
 The “Bamboozle” is made to the same design as Original                             and the wrap will also fit over
Tots Bots, but from Bamboo fibre, which is soft and silky, has                      most other brands of nappy
antibacterial properties, is less bulky to wear than cotton and
                      dries more quickly.

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                               WRAPS                                                 (SHAPED SIZED NAPPIES)
          A “wrap” is the outer cover that goes on after the
        nappy. All the wraps we stock are made from breath-
       able fabric. They are waterproof, quick drying and can
                        be washed with your nappies.
                      There is an enormous variety in
                  many different colours and patterns
                  and with a choice of Velcro or pop-
                 per fastening. Our price list features
                      a selection of the most popular
                     (pictured here) but we can easily
                      source other makes on request.
                 Most wraps work well with all brands
                 of shaped and flat nappies, although
                  if you are using prefolds, we recom-
                                                                                    A shaped, sized nappy from the USA.
                 mend Nature Babies or Prorap. If you
                    are not sure, check with us before                       Popper fastening and very stretchy with an overlap at
                 you choose! When ordering, remem-                          the waist for extra adjustability. Good absorbency with
                     ber that you will only need 3 or 4                            thick padding in the centre. Slow to dry.
                   wraps because you do not need to
                                                                           The smallest (size 0) is a good choice for tiny or prema-
                     change the wrap every time you
                                                                                                  ture babies
                             change the nappy.

                                                                             Choice of fabric: cotton fleece or terry/ cotton fleece
                                                          Nature Babies
                                                          wrap selection
Tots Wrap selection
                                                                           Choice of colours: melon, berry, lemon, lime or turquoise
                      Rikki Wrap            Vento Wrap                      with contrasting inner colour. Please note that specific
                                                                            colours may not always be available but we will try to
                                                                                match your colour preference as best we can.

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      (SHAPED SIZED NAPPIES)                               (SHAPED SIZED NAPPIES)

             SANDYS                                  KUSHIES CLASSIC

Made in Canada from stretchy, short pile terry
with multi-position side poppers. Elasticated
          waist ensures a snug fit.                 A well known brand. Made from cotton flan-
                                                    nelette with a hidden waterproof layer inside.
      Choice of colours: white or natural              A wrap is not always required, but recom-
                                                    mended when the nappy is worn for longer pe-
                                                     riods, or when you are away from the home.
Comes in 4 sizes but most babies only need 2-
 3 sizes. XL is a good choice for toddlers as it
can be used as a pull on pant for potty training.   Inner flap can be folded to suit boy or girl. Dry-
                                                      ing time can be slow due to waterproofing.
                                                      Flannelette is quite slim fitting compared to
                                                     other fabrics, but may be less absorbent due
                                                              to the smaller surface area.

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