FAQ

Cloth Nappy FAQ

Congratulations on choosing Designer Bums, a premium, sustainable and stylish choice of reusable modern cloth nappies and parenting essentials.

First things first, wash your new nappy to remove any manufacturing residue.

New Nappies only require a short rinse cycle with a small amount of detergent and can be used once dry. Our premium custom-milled bamboo is so absorbent it works right away and will continue to increase in absorbency with ongoing washes. Use a spin speed of 800 RPM or less when washing shells. High spins in the washing machine can stretch and damage elastics. Use a wash temperature of 60 degrees/ 140F (MAX) to avoid damage to your nappies. Hang to dry or dry inserts on a low heat in a tumble dryer. Avoid exposing to high drying temperatures as this may damage the nappy shells. 

Whilst you are washing and drying your new nappy please check out our handy fit guide by clicking here

You are now ready to fit your new nappy onto your child!

Our multi award-winning reusable cloth nappies are an All-In-Two style with three rise settings and are designed to fit most from newborn to toilet training. 

When using from birth you may find it easier to only use the snap-in insert and to add the anchor as your little one grows and output volume increases. Using a liner in the first few days will also make it easier to wash out their first meconium poo.

Please note 'flushable' liners are a hazard to plumbing and should be placed in rubbish or non-edible compost after solids are flushed.

Each nappy comes with 3 pieces - an outer shell, an anchor shaped insert, and a smaller snap-in insert, which is all you need to start your cloth nappy journey.

Before getting started you may want to familiarise yourself with the washing guidelines and fit guide found here:

Washing Guidelines: Designer Bums Care Instructions

Fit Guide: Cloth Nappy Fitting Guide

Designer Bums is a leading and trusted brand of reusable cloth nappies and offer an easy-to-use premium cloth nappy for over a decade. Designer Bums reusable nappies are loved by thousands of families all over the world and well-known for the signature designer prints that people love to enjoy and collect.

Designer Bums Cloth Nappies have won multiple awards over the years and have many thousands of positive real customer reviews from happy customers you can read here:

Designer Bums Nappies Real Customer Reviews

Designer Bums reusable cloth nappies are an All-In-Two style that is One Size Fits Most (OSFM) and offer a signature trim fit like underpants, so Designer Bums cloth nappies are not bulky, however they are still extremely absorbent with very thirsty bamboo cotton inserts and effective at absorbing leaks and catching accidents.

Designer Bums offers a true birth to toilet training reusable cloth nappy that has three size settings to last the growing body from newborn to toddler.

The premium construction, fabrics and materials used by Designer Bums reusable cloth nappies means they last the test of time with your growing family and can be passed along to future children or sold later on, continuing to save you money and significant land-fill from the environment.

Designer Bums is a trim fitting, premium reusable cloth nappy that is very well made, aesthetically pleasing with beautiful designer and artists prints and offers superior performance while looking adorable on.

At Designer Bums we recommend 24-36 nappies for full daytime use, depending on washing cycles and dry times. Our nappies can be purchased as individually chosen nappies with the benefits of package prices. To purchase a value pack just add your selection to your cart and the discount will be auto-applied at checkout. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts. 

 6 Nappy Pack = $212

12 Nappy Pack = $399

18 Nappy Pack = $569

24 Nappy Pack = $719

36 Nappy Pack = $999

Using cloth even part time will prevent a number of disposable nappies from going to landfill. One disposable nappy takes 500 years to decompose. Each child will use, on average, 6,500 nappies across the time before they use the toilet consistently. Those 6,500 nappies will generate one tonne of plastic waste.

With nearly two billion disposable nappies going into landfill every year, Designer Bum’s reusable cloth nappies offer a great alternative that not only looks beautiful on your little one, but is designed to last the distance with your growing family, while saving money and the environment. Each cloth nappy you wash and re-use is one less disposable entering landfill.

According to an article published by ABC News in 2015 Two billion disposable nappies go into landfill each year in Australia.​​ 5.6 million disposable nappies are used by Australians each day. That's a staggering two billion disposable nappies that go into landfill in Australia each year. By 2021 these figures are assumed to be even higher with population growth.

People choose to use cloth for many reasons and one of those may be to save money by washing and reusing their cloth nappies. Using cloth nappies on your child saves approximately $2000 - $3000 from birth to toilet training, rather  than purchasing disposables.

The savings then multiply if you use your cloth nappies for subsequent children. You can also save additional money by using cloth nappy wipes instead of disposable, which are usually plastic based and also bad for the environment and waterways.

Our nappies are designed to last between 2-4 hours. If you have a particularly heavy wetter it will probably be closer to 2 hours. We don't recommend leaving a nappy on your baby during the day for more than 4 hours at a time as wet nappies against the skin can cause nappy rash and irritation. For hygiene and comfort, any daytime nappy should be changed about every 3 hours.

Like any clothing item your cloth nappies do not have an infinite life, and these are items that have to withstand bodily fluids, heavy soil, and frequent washing. How well you look after your items and follow the care instructions will dictate the lifespan of the items.

Designer Bums is a leading brand of modern cloth nappies with over a decade of experience leading the way in the reusable nappy space. Designer Bums nappies are proudly made with all-premium and custom materials, so they are made to last with your growing family when cared for correctly.

The life of your nappies will depend on factors such as how often each nappy is being used and following a wash routine which prolongs the life of your nappy. We recommend 36-40 nappies for full time long term use to maximise rotation and allow for drying.

You may choose to cloth part time or full time and every family is different depending on their needs. When washing nappies it is recommended to have enough for a full load of washing which can make washing smaller collections a little more difficult. This may play into your decision as to whether you go full time in the long term.

If you aren’t ready to jump in with a full time collection of nappies we recommend purchasing at least enough for a full day’s use which is generally regarded as 6-9 nappies. 

You can check out our 3 nappy trial packs for a taste of Designer Bums or explore our range of larger value packs. 

Check out our Cloth Nappy Trial Packs Here

Or browse the full range of Designer Bums All-In-Two Nappies Here

Your Designer Bums nappy comes with both a snap-in insert and an anchor insert, which is all you need to get started. You can also purchase tri fold inserts for additional boosting or to use in place of the standard inserts.

You can choose an insert combination that suits the size of your baby, their output, and boosting needs.

The snap in insert snaps into the two corresponding snaps inside the lining at the top of the shell. This one insert might be sufficient for younger infants, as you are changing more often.

For increased absorbency, fold the large anchor insert in half and place on top or under the snap-in insert as you prefer. The larger end works best pointing towards the back of the nappy, but all inserts can be changed and configured to suit your needs and preference. There is an optional pocket in the back of the shell where boosting can be placed instead of laying inside the shell or adding additional absorbency if needed. You may also wish to purchase our ultra-absorbent tri-fold inserts which can snap into the shell, be laid inside or stuffed in the pocket.

You’ll know when you need to add extra absorbency as the inserts will be soaked through at change time and the time between changes decreases.

For babies that need absorbency in specific parts of the nappy you can fold the long anchor insert into additional formations to bulk up where you need it.

You can check out our range of Cloth Nappy Inserts Here

Just the same as you would at home, only once the nappy is removed you can pop a wet or soiled nappy straight into a Designer Bums wet bag rather than a disposable bag.

Each of our premium Designer Bums Wet Bags are made from a water-resistant PUL outer (polyurethane laminate) featuring our signature exclusive designer prints. Our stylish and super-functional Wet Bags are great for when you’re heading out and you need to store wet, dirty cloth nappies, swimming gear and cloth wipes or simply looking to reduce single-use plastic bags with a stylish reusable alternative. They come in a range of sizes to help transport dirty cloth nappies, clothes and anything else!

Check out some of our Regular Wet Bags here

Winter temperatures will vary depending on where you live and those in colder climates may experience longer drying times. Ensuring that you have enough nappies in your collection to see you through your drying times is an important consideration. We generally recommend a collection of between 36-40 nappies for optimal rotation and drying times.

If you want to use a tumble dryer you can do so on LOW. Do not exceed LOW and do not expose your nappy shells to high levels of heat as this may lead to damage.

Your Designer Bums Cloth Nappy comes with everything you need - the shell and two thirsty inserts.

To compliment your Designer Bums nappy stash you may want to purchase our handy fitted change pad covers, or change mat for out and about. We also stock a variety of wet bags in different shapes and sizes. You can also purchase additional inserts such as trifolds if you wish to have extra on hand.

Our favourite baby skincare essential is the top-selling Weleda Nappy Change Cream that is incredibly healing, smells amazing and is so gentle on the most delicate skin where it is needed the most, even for newborn babies. Weleda Nappy Change cream washes out of Designer Bums cloth nappy inserts perfectly with our recommended wash routine. A must-have nappy change item.

Cloth wipes are also a great accessory for nappy changes and can be washed and reused many times to save money, reduce chemical exposure and reduce waste.

Designer Bums All-In-Two style nappy is not a dedicated night nappy, but many of our customers use them successfully at night with extra boosting. 

You are able to boost your Designer Bums nappy by inserting additional inserts such as our trifolds into the pocket in addition to using the inserts that your nappy comes with. 

If using as a nighttime nappy it is essential that you rinse out your nappy in the morning to reduce the soiling load in the nappy prior to dry pailing. Night nappies will contain a higher load of soiling than a daytime nappy as they are often on your little one for a lot longer. If left unrinsed you increase the chances of ammonia developing which can cause smells, rashes, and degrade your nappy materials. 

Check out our full range of additional Cloth Nappy Inserts Here

You can do this by either placing it onto your shortest machine cycle with a small amount of detergent or by hand. If rinsing by hand you can use a small amount of detergent in a bucket of warm water. Allow the inserts to soak for several minutes up to an hour maximum and then rinse under a running tap. Wring out and place into your dry pail.

Some families like to reduce their water usage by doing it in combination with their morning shower.

Nappy leaks can be the result of incorrect insert placement and fit, not enough boosting, or a full nappy. 

Check out the fitting guide to ensure that you are getting an optimal fit. Sometimes making some small tweaks is all you need. Designer Bums Nappy Fitting Guide 

Leaks can also be the result of not enough boosting where it’s needed. When taking the nappy off, check whether all of the inserts are saturated, or is a particular section of the inserts wet? 

Saturated inserts indicate that the nappy is full and cannot absorb any more. We recommend changing more frequently or adding additional boosting to the nappy. If you are already using both inserts you may choose to insert another one into the pocket. 

If only a small section of the inserts are wet and you have checked your fit against the fitting guide this could indicate that you may need to adjust where your inserts are placed. Ensure you are using both inserts and you can add additional folds to provide further layers in the area which requires boosting.

Check out our additional Cloth Nappy Inserts Here

Saturated inserts indicate that the nappy is full and cannot absorb anymore. We recommend changing more frequently or adding additional boosting to the nappy. If you are already using both inserts you may choose to insert another one into the pocket. Our handy trifolds are great for this as you can fold them to provide boosting where it’s most needed. Designer Bums Trifiold inserts are perfect for heavy wetters as they are slimline but ultra absorbent where you need it the most.

If only a small section of the inserts are wet and you have checked your fit against the fitting guide this could indicate that you may need to adjust where your inserts are placed. Ensure you are using both inserts and you can add additional folds to provide further layers in the area which requires boosting. You can also use an additional insert in the pocket and place it where the absorbency is needed most.

Check out our range of additional Cloth Nappy Inserts Here

Before washing we recommend carefully unsnapping all inserts and separate parts. Genuine KAM snaps are very strong so you will want to unsnap by holding the snaps. Avoid pulling on the nappy to unsnap as this may damage the fabrics.

We recommend the use of a ‘dry pail’ (see FAQ on what is a dry pail for more information).

Place solids into the toilet and give your shells and inserts a brief rinse under the laundry tap to dilute residue. Wring the materials to remove maximum liquid, then store nappies in a dry-pail between washes for up to 2 days.

Following this routine will prolong the lifespan of your nappies, and help to avoid mould, ammonia, and waste build up in the nappies, plus limit smells. Do not leave longer than 2 days particularly in hot climates or summer.

Check our our full care instructions here: Care instructions 

Refer to our handy fitting guide here: Designer Bums Cloth Fitting Guide

When needed you can use a barrier cream with your Designer Bums Cloth Nappy.

If using a barrier cream you will want to use a hot wash (no higher than 60C/140F) to remove the residues from the oil and zinc to avoid build up in your nappy.

If using a barrier cream we recommend also using a nappy liner.

Note: if using a nappy liner first dispose of any solids in your toilet. Reusable liners can then be dry pailed and washed with nappies. "Flushable" liners will need to be disposed of in your rubbish as they can easily block drains if flushed.

Our choice of nappy cream is the Weleda Nappy Change Cream. This washes out of Designer Bums cloth nappy inserts perfectly with our recommended wash routine. A must-have nappy change item.

Check out the Weleda Skincare Range Here

Check out our 3 nappy Trial Pack for a taste of Designer Bums or explore our range of larger Value Packs. We generally recommend 6-8 nappies for a full day’s use and this can be a great starting point for gifts. 
Alternatively, a new mum may be delighted to receive a gift voucher so they can choose a gift of their own liking.

Please see our gift voucher options here: Designer Bums Gift Vouchers

Check out Designer Bums Cloth Nappy Trial Packs Here

Explore the full range of Designer Bums Cloth Nappies Here

Both the anchor and snap-in inserts feature a suede cloth topping to help wick moisture away from your little one's skin so a nappy liner is not necessary for dryness.

We recommend using a liner with nappy creams and some families choose to use either a reusable microfleece or disposable liner in their nappies to make disposing of #2 a little easier.

If using a nappy liner first dispose of any solids in your toilet. Reusable liners can then be dry pailed and washed with nappies. "Flushable" liners will need to be disposed of in your rubbish as they can easily block drains if flushed.

Swimwear FAQ

Swim nappies are designed to catch any 'number 2' accidents and give you time to get out of the water. They are not designed to be absorbent so there is no need for nappy inserts.

Designer Bums Swim Nappies are made from quick-drying athletic wicking jersey which is nice and soft against your little one's skin. They also feature a double elastic gusset to give you an extra seal of protection in the pool.

Browse our range of Swim Nappies Here

Designer Bums Swim Nappies are a versatile choice of swim nappy as they will grow with your child. This means that in the time that your child requires a swim nappy you may not need to buy multiple sizes.

They are a OFSM (one size fits most) style as they can be adjusted to fit different sized babies and toddlers. You can adjust the nappy by using the snap-up rize settings on the front as well as the adjustable wings.

Designer Bums Swim Nappies are designed to fit babies from 3.5kg up to toddlers of 15kgs (approx).

We’d recommend 2-3 Swim Nappies as a minimum so that you always have backups. One to use whilst the other is in the wash.

We recommend air drying your Designer Bums Swim Nappy to preserve the fabrics. As they are a single layer item they will air dry fairly quickly.

Rinse shortly after use to remove chlorine or salt in order to preserve fabrics and elastic. Wash with like-colours MAX 60C/140F. Washing in a delicates bag is recommended for swimwear to prevent snagging on other items.

Designer Bums Swim nappies are designed to catch any 'number 2' accidents and give you time to get out of the water. They are not designed for absorbency and this is why they do not have any absorbent parts to them.

Regular nappies are designed with multi layers to absorb and wick moisture away from your little one’s skin to keep them dryer for longer.

Swim Nappies are designed to catch accidents while you get out of the water to change the nappy, not to be absorbent, so there is no need for nappy inserts inside.

Designer Bums Swim Nappies are suitable for both chlorine and salt water.  Rinse shortly after use to preserve fabrics and elastics.

Accessories FAQ

Wet Bags are a must have item with a multitude of uses. We love them because they are the ideal reusable substitute for single-use plastic bags. Perfect for when you are out and about for storing your wet and dirty items such as nappies, swimwear, cloth wipes and more.

Designer Bums GOLD award-winning Wet Bags boast an innovative and unique strap conversation allowing you to configure your wetbag into a child’s backpack, hang onto the back of a chair, or convert into a longer tote handle. The regular wet bag straps also snap into two loops which can act as a caddy on your pram handlebars, side of your cot, or back of a car seat.

Designer Bums We Bags are made from a water-resistant PUL outer (polyurethane laminate) and feature our signature exclusive designer prints.

Check out our range of Regular Wet Bags Here

Designer Bums Wet bags come in sizes to suit a number of uses. You have a choice of Mini Wet Bags, Regular Wet Bags, XL Wet Bags and our new, Travel Wet Bags.

Designer Bums Premium Mini Wet Bags are compact (21cm x 30cm) and have a single zip opening and snap handle.

Designer Bums Regular Wet Bags are a generous size (40 cm wide x 45cm long) which fits 6-8 cloth nappies. Regular wet bags feature a wide bottom gusset, long snap handles, and two compartments both with zip closures to secure items inside.

Designer Bums XL Hanging Wet Bags are GIANT (50 cm wide x 80cm long) and will fit >28 coth nappies. XL wetbags feature a single zip opening, wide bottom gusset, adjustable straps, and a sturdy zip closure to secure items inside. These are the perfect addition to any nursery or holiday!

Designer Bums Travel Pod Wet Bags are a caddy style wetbag (26L cm x 15cmH x 15cmD) and fit 6 Designer Bums cloth nappies. They feature long snap handles, 2 handy zip compartments, and silver metal zip closures.

We recommend removing wet items before 24 hours to prolong the life of your items. 

There may however be times when longer timeframes cannot be avoided such as holidays. It is important to be conscious of mould in these cases as damp dark places are its ideal breeding grounds. In cases where you know your item is going to spend longer in the Wet Bag you may want to rinse and wring out as much moisture as possible to reduce the load of soiling before placing your item into the Wet Bag.

Run soiled Wet Bags through a full/long wash up to 60C/140F using the full amount of detergent recommended on the packet for your machine and load size. Wet Bags can be washed with nappy shells and change mats. Do not exceed temperatures of 60C/140F as it may damage the PUL waterproof layer and will void your warranty. 

Air dry inside out or LOW Tumble Dry.

Air drying inside out is recommended however you can tumble dry your Wet Bags on LOW if needed. Avoid exposure to high temperatures as it may damage the fabrics and void your warranty.

Designer Bums Play Mats are a generous 130cm in diameter.

They are perfect for indoor use as well as for taking outdoors on excursions.

Choose to show off our signature hand-illustrated exclusive designer prints or reverse it for soft and luxurious black bamboo velour.

Check out the full range of Designer Bums Play Mats Here

Initial cold wash with like-colours to remove manufacturing residue and to avoid colour transfer from the fabrics. After the first wash we recommend a warm wash with like-colours. Air drying is recommended. Avoid exposure to high heat.

Do not exceed wash temperatures of 60C/140F.

Designer Bums premium Play Mats are reversible and designed for versatile indoor and outdoor use. A quick flick of the mat removes grass and sand. Our light-weight circular Play Mats and can be used indoor and outdoor. Designer Bums playmats mats are water-resistant only so wipe up large spills asap.

Designer Bums Nappy Change Mats are an essential nappy bag item. They provide a clean and safe environment for your little one to be changed on when out and about. They can also be used at your change station at home to catch any accidents, or stashed in other places around the house where you might need a makeshift change station.

Check out the full range of Designer Bums Play Mats Here

Designer Bums Nappy Change Mats are an essential nappy bag item.

They provide a clean and safe environment for your little one to be changed on when out and about. They can also be used at your change station at home to catch any accidents, or stashed in other places around the house where you might need a makeshift change station. Additional uses for your Change Mat could be as a playmat when out and about, or as a pram protector. They are also incredibly useful when travelling such as in the car or by plane.

Designer Bums Nappy Change Mats feature water-resistant PUL backing, beautiful designer prints, and are topped with soft luxurious bamboo velour. Nappy Change Mats are 80cm x 45cm in size and roll up to fit inside your nappy bag or wherever else you may want to store them.

Browse the range of Designer Bums Change Mats Here

Cold pre-wash with like colours to remove manufacturing residue and avoid colour transfer from the fabrics.

Wash MAX 60C/140F with the full amount of detergent recommended for your machine and load size. You can wash your Designer Change Mats with your nappies and wet bags. 

Air or LOW tumble dry only. Avoid exposure to high heat as this will damage the materials. Do not soak or place in bleaches as it may damage or fade the fabrics.

Shake off any grass and wipe up small spills. If soiled during change time you can roll up your Change Mat and place it into your Designer Bums Wet Bag for transport home.

Pop your used Change Mat into one of our reusable wet bags, they can fit into one as small as a mini, or use our Regular or Travel Wet Bags if you need to take home other wet or dirty items as well.

Washing & Drying FAQ

To keep your Designer Bums products in the best condition, please carefully read the care and washing instructions prior to use:

View the Designer Bums Care Instructions Here

Pre-washing is recommended to remove the bulk of the soiling and allows your main wash to clean your nappies properly. It can be done at the end of the day before dry pailing your nappies or every 1-2 days before your main wash. Do not exceed 2 days as leaving soiled nappies for prolonged periods can result in mould and ammonia build up which can shorten the life of your nappy and cause irritation to your little ones skin.

Your pre wash should be your shortest machine cycle with half the amount of good quality detergent recommended for your washing machine size and soiling level. Use a wash temperature up to 60C/140F.

It is recommended to pre wash your shells as well as inserts. 

Not all soiling is visible and urine can degrade the life of your elastics if left too long without washing. Although the inside of the nappy shell is not absorbent, it is lined with material which can also become soiled.

In between washes it is recommended to store your soiled nappies in a basket with a high amount of airflow. Choosing a washing basket with a lot of holes will achieve this. Airflow is important to prevent the development of ammonia which will cause smells and degrade your nappies. A closed storage container will create an environment where ammonia thrives and smells develop.

Traditional cloth nappies required wet pailing in bleach. This method of pailing/storage is no longer recommended. The wet pails pose a drowning risk for little ones, and the materials used in modern cloth nappies may degrade if soaked for extended periods.

Pre-washing is recommended at the end of the day before dry pailing your nappies or every 1-2 days before your main wash. Do not exceed 2 days for your main wash as leaving soiled nappies for prolonged periods can result in mould and ammonia build up which can shorten the life of your nappy and cause irritation to your little ones skin.

Detergent choice is very personal and you will want to take a number of things into consideration when making your choice. Things like your machine type, water temperature, environmental factors, personal preference, skin conditions, water type, and more may be factors. 

Our recommendation is to choose a good quality mainstream detergent. Mainstream detergents are designed for modern washing machines and to wash out of items without leaving harmful residues behind. Leaving your nappies deeply clean, smell free, and ready for use.

Some things that may help you decide:

If using a plant based, sensitive, or eco detergent you will get the best results when using at 60C/140F. 

For ‘mainstream’ detergents we recommend washing at 60C/140F. 

Do not exceed 60C/140F as this may damage your nappies and will void your warranty.

We recommend that for your pre-wash you use half the recommended amount of good quality mainstream detergent for your load and machine size and soiling level.  For your main wash we recommend that you use the full amount of good quality mainstream detergent for your load size, soiling level, and machine size.

You may want to check out the detergent information over at Clean Cloth Nappies which talks through the factors to take into consideration: https://cleanclothnappies.com/detergent-index/ 

Absolutely. Detergent helps to remove the soiling from your nappies and is an essential part of the washing process. 

We recommend that for pre-wash you use half the recommended amount of detergent for your load size, soiling level, and machine size.  

For your main wash we recommend that you use the full amount of detergent for your load size, soiling level, and machine size.

We don’t recommend adding liquid fabric softeners to your wash. These can build up in multilayered products such as pads and nappies and reduce absorbency. If they are used for whatever reason, there is no need to panic. Just use a warm wash (no higher than 60C/140F) and avoid using it consecutively.

Following a good wash routine is essential to reducing the occurrence of stains on your inserts and shells. With a good wash routine your nappies should come out of your main wash stain free.

Load size: if using a front loader is your load ⅔ full. This allows for the items to rub against each other to clean (which is how front loaders work). If using a top loader ensure that your water level matches your load size so that the items are being agitated adequately.

Detergent amount: do you have enough or too much detergent for your load size and soiling level? Volume of detergent is important as it is directly related to how much soiling can be pulled from the nappy. Too little and you will not remove all of the soiling. Too much detergent can result in excess suds which can cushion your nappies and stop them agitating properly.

Wash temperature: Hot (60C/140F) is recommended for long term removal of soiling. Heat breaks down soiling and stains so washing up to 60C/140F is recommended (do not exceed 60C/140F). 

If you are still experiencing stains after revisiting your wash routine you can check out Clean Cloth Nappies for additional troubleshooting for your specific routine and washing machine.

During teething you may experience more concentrated urine which can increase the chance of ammonia formation. Doing a daily pre-wash up to a maximum of 60C/140F can help to reduce ammonia formation. 

You may also want to change your little one's nappy more frequently during this time.

We recommend washing your shells and inserts together to ensure you have an optimal load with items of similar size. You can use a temperature up to 60C/140F (max). Hot (60C/140F) is recommended for long term removal of soiling. Do not exceed 60C/140F as this may degrade your shells and will void your warranty.

Hot washes (60C/140F) are recommended for long term removal of soiling. Heat breaks down soiling and stains so washing up to 60C/140F is recommended (do not exceed 60C/140F). Cold washing is usually not adequate for long term avoidance of stains and smells.

If you do not have a hot tap connected to your front loader you may need to investigate whether yur machine heats its own water. If you do not have a hop tap connected to your top loader you may be able to add hot water with your kettle - being careful not to pour boiled water directly onto your shells and not exceeding 60C/140F.

We do not recomend soaking your Designer Bums Cloth Nappies for extended periods.

Traditional cloth nappies required wet pailing in bleach. This method of pailing/storage is no longer recommended. The wet pails pose a drowning risk for little ones, and the materials used in modern cloth nappies may degrade if soaked for extended periods. 

Soaking nappies also provides a breeding ground for bacteria which will degrade the materials your nappy is made from and shorten its life, and may also cause skin irritation in your little one.

Smelly nappies are often the result of ammonia. It can happen when you have low airflow in your dry pail, extended dry pailing, or a poor wash routine. It can also crop up in nappies that have a higher urine load around teething time or in nappies used overnight. 

It is important that if you are using bleach that you do so in the right ratio of bleach to water in order to ensure that you have enough bleach to sanitize effectively without causing damage to the materials.

We recommend using the bleach calculator via Clean Cloth Nappies to ensure correct dilution: https://cleanclothnappies.com/sanitise/chlorine-bleach-sanitise/ 

After resolving the smells you will also want to do an audit of your wash routine to ensure that they do not develop again in future.

If you are experiencing smells it is worth revisiting your wash routine and checking:

Storage: does your dry pail have enough air flow. The less airflow that you have, the higher the rate of ammonia conversion. 

Night Nappies: Are you rinsing these out in the morning before dry pailing? See our FAQ on how to rinse out your night nappy.

Load size: if using a front loader is your load ⅔ full. This allows for the items to rub against each other to clean (which is how front loaders work). If using a top loader does your water level match your load size so that the items are getting a optimal agitation.

Detergent amount: do you have enough or too much detergent for your load size and soiling level? Volume of detergent is important as it is directly related to how much soiling can be pulled from the nappy. Too little and you will not remove all of the soiling. Too much detergent can result in excess suds which can cushion your nappies and stop them agitating properly.

Wash temperature: Hot washing (60C/140F) is recommended for long term removal of soiling. Heat breaks down soiling and stains so washing up to 60C/140F is recommended (do not exceed 60C/140F). 

If you follow a good wash routine you should never need to strip wash your nappies. Stripping refers to a practice of a specific routine to lift out soiling in the deeper layers of your nappies. This can occur when following a storage and wash routine that is not optimal. 

A good wash routine using water 60C/140F using the right amount of detergent for your machine, load size, and soiling level will ensure that you are thoroughly cleaning your nappies each time.

If you are following a good wash routine you may never need to sanitize your nappies as your nappies will come out of their usual wash nice and clean. We only recommend sanitising your nappies in rare circumstances when absolutely necessary.

Cases where you may consider sanitisation are for ammonia build up (smells), medical conditions such as fungal growth, rashes, redness, and mould. When you have purchased second hand nappies and are unsure if they have been cleaned adequately. In these cases we recommend sanitising your inserts with dilute bleach.

In cases where you also need to sanitise your shells it is recommended that you do so carefully so as not to damage the patterns on the outer shells. If sanitising shells you must ensure that you mix in the bleach with the water prior to submerging shells and when shells are added to the mixture they are fully submerged and covered with a towel to ensure they are not exposed to air during the soaking process.

It is important that if you are using bleach that you do so in the right ratio of bleach to water in order to ensure that you have enough bleach to sanitize effectively without damaging your nappy. We recommend using the bleach calculator via Clean Cloth Nappies: https://cleanclothnappies.com/sanitise/chlorine-bleach-sanitise/ 

Anti-bacterial treatments such as Canesten or Dettol rinse can be used if needed. We do not recommend regular use of these products. 
These products contain Benzalkonium Chloride which can cause skin irritation and cannot be used with septic systems. These products also have an environmental impact as they do not break down naturally. When using an anti-bacterial treatment, it is important to ensure the item is thoroughly washed to minimise the potential for skin irritation.

We recommend Line drying or a LOW tumble dry. Do not exceed LOW and do not expose your nappy shells to high levels of heat as this may lead to damage.

For ease of use once clean you will want to assemble your nappies using the best insert configuration for your little one. Assembling the nappies will make change times faster and allow others to more easily change bums if needed. 

There are many ways to store your nappies once assembled and these range from creative to practical. How you store them is personal preference but you will want to ensure that the area is dry and close to your change station.

Yes, Designer Bums offers a Reusable Cloth Nappy Trial Pack that includes THREE of our multi-award-winning, premium cloth nappies for you to sample at a discounted price.

Trial Packs can be found here Designer Bums Cloth Nappy Trial Pack

Yes, Designer Bums has a handy and printable reusable cloth nappy fitting guide with helpful visual diagrams that you can print here Designer Bums Cloth Nappy Fitting Guide

Training Undies FAQ

Designer Bums Reusable Training Pants will help your little one to transition from nappies through to toileting independence with an easy-to-use pull up style. Designer Bums Training  Pants are designed to catch accidents and small leaks and also provide your little one with a sense of wetness, giving them valuable feedback on when they need to go to the toilet. They are made with natural and organic materials that are absorbent and gentle on skin. 

Designer Bums Training Underpants are made from premium organic cotton and can be washed and reused over again rather than used once and disposed of into landfill. Reusable Training Underpants are for children and are very similar to regular underwear but contain absorbent layers of fabric inside to catch any accidents or small spills while providing an easy-to-use pull up style to help support toileting independence.

Transitioning to training undies or training pants will happen at different times for different families and will depend on whether your little one is ready to begin toilet training. The average age for toilet training is 27 months and it’s common for children to work on this anywhere from 18 months onwards.

Designer Bums Training Pants allow your little one to be in control of their toileting as they can respond to the need to go to the toilet by pulling them down themselves. They also provide a much needed feedback loop between accidents and feeling wet helping them to learn and progress on their journey. Designer Bums Training Underpants also come in a range of unique and beautiful designer prints, making choosing underpants a fun and appealing experience for your child.

Designer Bums Toilet Training Underpants are designed to catch accidents and small leaks with the absorbent organic cotton layers, however are not the same level of absorbency as a cloth nappy. Nappies will wick moisture away from your little one's skin whereas Designer Bums toilet-training underpants are designed to give your little one the feedback of being wet to help them learn.

You use Designer Bums Toilet Training Underpants the same way you would normal underpants as they are an easy pull-up style designed to demonstrate the feeling of wearing normal underwear they can pull up and down on their own after graduating from nappies. Ensuring that your little one uses the toilet before going out and checking in with them when they are out and about to use toilets when they are available will help avoid major accidents. If a small leak occurs, change the underpants, place the dirty pair into a Designer Bums Wet Bag and replace with a fresh set of Training Underpants.

It is common for children to toilet train for the day and night separately. You may find that using training undies during the day and nappies at night works at the start of your journey. The training underpants are not designed for heavy wetting and long stretches of wetting like a night nappy, so may not be the right choice at night-time if heavy or regular wetting is still occurring overnight or during the day. The underpants are designed to catch accidents and small leaks while transitioning away from nappies.

Once your little one begins waking at night needing to go to the bathroom you can confidently transition to training undies for night-time use.

Because training undies do not contain the same number of absorbent layers as your Designer Bums cloth nappies you will only need to use a main wash. 

Hand rinse after any accidents and wring the undies dry before dry pailing or putting straight into the wash with like colours. We recommend avoiding soaking your Designer Bums Training Underpants and not exposing the organic cotton to bleach. Use a long main cycle up to 60C/140F (maximum) with the recommended dose of detergent for your machine size and load cycle. Avoid exposing your training undies to temperatures over this as you may damage the materials.

Line dry or tumble dry on a Low heat only. If air-drying, turn inside out to dry internal layers in the sun. Ensure all layers are dry between storage and use.

Reusable Sanitary Products FAQ

By making a switch to Reusable Cloth Sanitary Pads you can directly prevent thousands of single-use products from entering landfill and waterways. Once in landfill these products can take up to 500 years to break down so every use makes a difference. In addition to the environmental benefits of making the switch, you can also save money over time as there is no need to keep purchasing additional products once you have an established set.

Designer Bums Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pads provide you with comfort and support whilst also being a sustainable, low-tox option. By washing and reusing your Designer Bums Cloth Menstrual Pads, you will never run out and do not need to keep re-purchasing disposable pads at the shops.

Check out the Designer Bums Cloth Menstrual Pad Trial Packs Here

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According to Australian Womens Health online, “Women on average spend $9,379 on their period throughout their lifetime”. If the average packet of supermarket menstrual pads cost $5 for a pack of 10 it would take less than 2 years for your cloth pad stash to have economic benefits." *assuming the purchase of 10 Designer Bums medium sized pads*

By washing and reusing your Designer Bums Cloth Menstrual Pads, you will never run out and do not need to keep re-purchasing disposable products at the shops.

Designer Bums Reusable Cloth Sanitary Pads exclude harmful ingredients, meaning they are safe for your delicate skin and a low-tox option for your body. Our attractive and aesthetically pleasing cloth menstrual pads are topped with various layers of highly absorbent and luxurious GOTS certified organic cotton which is manufactured to OEKO-TEX Standard 100.

Designer Bums Cloth Menstrual Pads are topped with GOTS certified organic cotton which is manufactured to OEKO-TEX Standard 100. Backed with our custom designed signature printed PUL which is water-resistant, breathable and washable. 

Liner / Light Flow Pad

-  a length of 20cm with 2 x Layers of absorbent organic cotton.

Medium Flow Pad

- a length of 29cm with 3 x Layers of absorbent organic cotton.

Heavy Flow

- a length of 32cm with 4 x Layers of absorbent organic cotton. 

Ultra Heavy Flow / Postpartum

- a length of 36cm with 5 x Layers of absorbent organic cotton. 

Check out the full range of Designer Bums Cloth Pads Here

Designer Bums have four Cloth Menstrual Pad sizes to choose from and to suit your needs throughout the various stages of your cycle. You can choose from the options below, depending on your own personal needs.

Liner / Light Flow Pad 

-  a length of 20cm with 2 x Layers of absorbent organic cotton.

Medium Flow Pad 

- a length of 29cm with 3 x Layers of absorbent organic cotton.

Heavy Flow 

- a length of 32cm with 4 x Layers of absorbent organic cotton. 

Ultra Heavy Flow / Postpartum

- a length of 36cm with 5 x Layers of absorbent organic cotton. 

Check out the full range of Designer Bums CLoth Nappies Here

Light-weight and incredibly comfortable, our reusable Designer Bums Cloth Sanitary Pads can be used for a range of purposes such as your period menstrual cycle, comfort liner, incontinence, perspiration, postpartum bleeding or maternity with 4 handy sizes to cater for all needs, absorbency and sizes.

Do Designer Bums Reusable Cloth Sanitary Pads come in value packs?

Yes, Designer Bums Reusable Cloth Sanitary Pads can be mixed and matched across any print or size to receive value pack discounts.

Browse Designer Bums Cloth Menstrual Pad Trial Packs Here

We recommend a pre-wash before first use with like colours to avoid colour run, and to remove any manufacturing residue.

Yes, you can certainly use Designer Bums Cloth Sanitary Pads for postpartum bleeding! They are perfect for this purpose and provide your body with very reliable and comfortable support for heavy bleeding. You will love the security and wide coverage of our Ultra Heavy Flow / Postpartum - 5 x Layers of organic cotton absorbency – Length 35cm

Browse the range of Reusable Cloth Pads Here

1. Hand-rinse pads in cold to warm water under the tap until the water is clear. Gently squeeze out excess water and dry-pail at the end of each day.

2. Main Cycle Every 2-3 days maximum on Heavy / Long cottons cycle up to 60C/140F MAX with the full amount of detergent for your machine and load size. 

Adding a pre-wash to this cycle is recommended to remove the bulk of soiling before your main wash cleans the pads. Ideally wash with items of a similar size to ensure they are agitated properly. Do NOT soak in napisan, bleach or detergents or user softeners as this may damage the fabrics. Do not iron.

3. Drying: Smooth from the machine and lay flat to keep shape. Line dry outdoors is recommended with the organic cotton side facing towards sunshine or indoors on drying rack. Ensure pads are completely dry before storing away to avoid mould forming and allow 24-48 hours or longer in winter months. Allow for minor shrinking of natural organic fibres.

Store your clean Designer Bums Cloth Sanitary Pads in one of our handy Mini Wet Bags when out and about. 

When you change your Cloth Pad, fold it neatly using the snaps and pop into your other Mini Wet Bag for used items. The mini wet bag traps any odours and is water resistant.

Once you get home you can rinse your Cloth Pad and then pop it into your dry pail ready for your wash cycle.

Browse Mini Wet Bags Here

To store your Designer Bums Cloth Menstrual Pads in between washes it is recommended to store them in a basket (dry pail) with a high amount of airflow. Choosing a washing basket with a lot of holes will achieve this. Airflow is important to prevent the development of smells. A closed storage container will create an environment where smells and mould may develop.

Before storing make sure you hand-rinse Pads in cold to warm water under the tap until the water is clear. Gently squeeze out excess water.

Dry-pail at the end of each day. Ensure a main cycle wash every 2-3 days maximum.

Make sure your cloth sanitary pads are completely dry before putting them away for next use as they consist of multiple layers of fabric.

Smooth flat from the wash and pull back into shape, then dry outdoors with the organic cotton side facing towards sunshine or indoors on drying rack as this helps the pads keep shape and is more environmentally friendly and economic. Natural fibres shrink and expand during washing and can warp more in the dryer. Ensure Pads are completely dry before storing away to avoid mould forming and allow 24-48 hours or longer in winter months. If you wish to tumble dry, only do so on a low setting and smooth flat from the machine while still warm.

We don’t recommend adding liquid fabric softeners as these can build up and reduce absorbency in products such as Pads. If they are used for whatever reason, there is no need to panic. Just use a warm wash (no higher than 60C/140F) and avoid consecutive uses.

We do not recommend soaking your Pads. Soaking poses a drowning risk for little ones, and the materials used in cloth Pads may degrade if soaked for extended periods. 

Soaking pads also provide a breeding ground for bacteria which will degrade the materials that your pads are made from and shorten their life.

A good wash routine will prevent smells and stains from developing on your Cloth Pads. 

If you experience staining you can do a short soak (no longer than 60 minutes) in warm water with a small amount of detergent, followed by a 60C/140F wash with full detergent, bulking your machine with items of a similar size. Following this you will want to check your wash routine to prevent stains from forming in the future.

When soaking even for short periods we recommend doing so on a high surface away from where your little one can access such as in a small container in the laundry sink or up on the laundry bench.

We only recommend sanitising your Pads in rare circumstances when absolutely necessary. This would usually be due to a medical condition. In these cases we recommend sanitising with dilute bleach. 

It is important that if you are using bleach that you do so in the right ratio of bleach to water in order to ensure that you have enough bleach to sanitize effectively without causing damage to your nappies. We recommend using the bleach calculator via Clean Cloth Nappies: https://cleanclothnappies.com/sanitise/chlorine-bleach-sanitise/ 

After resolving for smells you will also want to do an audit of your wash routine to ensure that they do not develop again in future.

To fit Cloth Sanitary Pads, place in underwear with printed fabric side down and black organic cotton side up. Wrap wings around underwear and snap studs closed on one of the two settings choosing a setting that suits your underwear and comfort level.

Firm fitting, full brief underwear is best as it helps hold Cloth Sanitary Pads firmly in place against your body and prevent bunching. You can also flip the pads around having the larger end at the front if more coverage is needed there and helps pads from slipping out of place.

Designer Bums have 4 sizes/levels of absorbency so you can choose what suits you and your needs best. We have had great feedback in support of our Cloth Pads out performing their disposable counterparts.

If you are unfamiliar with Designer Bums Reusable Cloth Sanitary Products products you may want to start with one of our very cost effective cloth sanitary pad trial packs to experience each size yourself.

Liner / Light Flow Pad -  2 x Layers of organic cotton absorbency -  Length 22cm.

Medium Flow Pad -  3 x Layers of organic cotton absorbency - Length 26cm

Heavy Flow   4 x Layers of organic cotton absorbency – Length 30cm

Ultra Heavy Flow / Post Partum - 5 x Layers of organic cotton absorbency – Length 35cm

Check out the range of Cloth Sanitary Pads Here

Single-use tampons and period pads end up in landfill and on average, one person in their lifetime will use approximately 12,000+ single use products.

Reusable cloth pads avoid harmful chemicals found in single-use period pads and tampons and they are super comfortable and much easier to use than you think! Single-use disposable sanitary pads take 500+ years to break down because they can contain up to 90% plastic!

Yes, Designer Bums offers a discounted Cloth Sanitary Pad Trial Pack. If you are unfamiliar with Designer Bums Reusable Cloth Sanitary Products products, you can purchase our very popular reusable sanitary pad trial packs to experience each size yourself, which also comes with a FREE Mini Wet Bag to store your items.

You can find the pack here Designer Bums Cloth Pad Trial Pack

Reusable Cloth Pads are very absorbent and reliable, and depending on your flow you can increase or decrease the level of absorbency based on the Cloth Pad size you opt for.

Change your Cloth Pad regularly to avoid leaks when the pad is full and if you are out and about store them in a mini wet bags.

This is personal preference and is based on comfort and flow. You may want to carry additional pads with you in a mini wet bag to change as needed.

You should expect no more smells that you would from a disposable menstrual pad. The highly absorbent and luxurious GOTS certified organic cotton that Designer Bums pads are made from helps to keep any smells to a minimum. If following a good wash routine you should not expect any smells to develop.

We recommend starting with a similar number of pads as you would normally use for your cycle. Cloth pads give you the added flexibility of purchasing differing sizes and absorbency levels to suit different stages of your cycle and times of the day.

If unsure we recommend 3-6 cloth menstrual pads per day in a range of sizes to suit your period cycle length and flow.

This will depend on the length and heaviness of your cycle. We recommend basing your purchase on the number of products that you currently use. 1-2 Ultra Cloth Pads per night should support heavy or overnight bleeding.

We recommend purchasing enough for several days of use, allowing for drying time. The number purchased may also depend on the length of your planned hospital stay. Ensuring that you are able to change several times a day is also an important consideration.

Not only are Designer Bums Reusable Cloth Nursing pads chemical free and so much kinder to the skin than disposables, they also prevent single-use disposable nursing pads from entering the environment as landfill.

Browse our Cloth Nursing Pads Trial Packs Here

Check out the full range of Cloth Nursing Pads Here

If you have never used Nursing Pads before you may not have a good idea yet of how many you need. A good starting point is 2 days supply x 2, to allow for drying time. You will want to change your pads several times a day to minimise moisture in the area as this can lead to fungal infections such as thrush. 

A good starting point is 15 pairs of Designer Bums Cloth Nursing Pads.

All breasts are shaped differently, so place your Designer Bums Cloth Nursing Pad in a position in your bra that works best for you.

Cold pre-wash before use. Wash every second day in a hot wash (max 60C/140F) with the full amount of detergent for your load size. Dry thoroughly before each use: air dry or low tumble dry.

Avoid skin irritation and leakage by changing pads frequently when wet and avoid leaving wet pads on skin for long periods of time. 

Anti-bacterial treatments such as Canesten or Dettol rinse can be used if needed. When using an anti-bacterial treatment, it is important to ensure the pad has been thoroughly washed as these products may cause skin irritation.

Placing pads in a delicates bag helps to keep all the small parts together in the wash.

Air drying is recommended for Cloth Nursing Pads. Being a small item made from natural fibres, the dryer can warp and shrink the pads. If you wish to tumble dry, we would recommend pulling them out when still slightly damp and warm, then stretching and smoothing them out and drying flat. This will help keep your nursing pads smooth and flat.

When air-drying, smooth and pull back flat and air dry bamboo side up on a flat surface.

Yes, You can use nipple creams with your Nursing Pads ensuring that you do not use too much cream and are using a 60C/140F wash for your breast pads.

We only recommend sanitising your Reusable Cloth Nursing Pads in rare circumstances when absolutely necessary in the occurrence of a medical condition such as thrush. In these cases we recommend sanitising with dilute bleach. 

When sanitising you must ensure that you mix in the bleach with the water prior to submerging the pads. When Pads are added to the mixture they are fully submerged and covered with a towel to ensure they are not exposed to air during the soaking process.

It is important that if you are using bleach that you do so in the right ratio of bleach to water in order to ensure that you have enough bleach to sanitize effectively without causing damage. We recommend using the bleach calculator via Clean Cloth Nappies: https://cleanclothnappies.com/sanitise/chlorine-bleach-sanitise/