Using Cloth Nappies From Day 1 In Hospital

Using Cloth Nappies From Day 1 In Hospital

For this blog post, we've got a first hand experience of using cloth nappies (specifically our newborn fitted nappy Bambams) from birth, and throughout a hospital stay. We are often asked questions around using cloth nappies from birth and the logistics of this, read on to hear Laura's story of why she chose Bambams for her baby and how easy she found using them while in hospital!

Our New Zealand hospital experience using Bubblebubs Bambams

Hello, my name is Laura.  I’m a mum of four beautiful girls ranging from five years old to “just-hatched” as at the time of writing. 

I found Bubblebubs when I was looking for a good source for newborn cloth nappies for our fourth child.  Our previous newborn cloth attempt with our second child wasn’t fantastic and we struggled a lot with the quality of the nappies we had purchased. 

I decided with this pregnancy that despite the experiences we had with our second born, the cost of using disposables in a rural homestead was just too high. We have no rubbish collection where we live so we would have to drive them to the tip. The basic tip/dump entry cost plus petrol and costs for higher end hypoallergenic disposable nappies, wipes, bags and bin liners for us exceeds $200 per fortnight.

Our kiddos usually have such sensitive skin that we’ve found only one type of disposable works for us.  Those disposables often run to between 40 and 50 ¢ each when not on special. Contrast that to the minor cost and effort of washing the super soft newborn Bambams or Bamboo Delight OSFM and I was hooked.

I didn’t know exactly how soft they would be until I started using them on day 0 with our preemie Ruth.  Ruth came to us at 36 weeks after a very prolonged hospital stay.  I asked that she be put directly into Bambams from the start. The hospital didn’t give me any trouble with this request and the midwives and other staff were very excited to see and feel how soft our new nappies were. 

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From time to time, the cleaning staff would come into the room with disposables; I’d turn them away and say that we were fully cloth nappy-ing. While some of them asked how I would deal with the “staining,” others told me that I was likely the first in years and remarked that they hoped more people would do it. 

Meconium seems really sticky and looks a lot like black tar but is fully water-soluble. You can easily rinse it off in the sink, which is what I did before I was told about the patient laundry room on the maternity ward.  

I was quite keen to wash Ruth’s first eight nappies as soon as I could stand up because I knew that we would run out.  I had only packed twelve Bambams in a pod as neither Ben nor I had expected such a long stay in hospital.  We had only come for a fifteen-minute appointment but this turned into a ten-day inpatient stay prior to her birth and four more days after it. 

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So as soon as I was able I got out of bed and hand washed those eight nappies.  I was really excited to see how little effort it took to get the nappies soft and white again.  The ward midwives were very surprised to see me doing that, but several of them offered plastic bowls and other things to make it easier.

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We did pack a wet bag in the pod bag so I had somewhere to store dirty nappies.  We used the bath towel rack to dry the clean ones.  It was pretty simple, but when I was offered access to a laundry tub and a full washing machine and dryer I was even happier.  My Mum and I washed all twenty-four nappies twice in the four days we were in hospital using the washer and dryer. 

I became more and more impressed with how easy these nappies are to wash and how good of quality the fabric and stitching is.  They are so much softer than any other nappies I have tried and many times more durable from what I can see.  Please try some yourself! You really won’t regret the savings and you definitely won’t regret seeing your wee one covered with Bambam’s silky soft kindness!


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