As the cold wintry weather sets in it can be easy to lose your cloth nappy love – trying to get reusable nappies dry in winter after endless wet, cold days can be frustrating, but don’t give up! There are a few things you can do to get through even the stormiest weather, read on to find out more.
Cloth nappies that are quick to dry is a great place to start when you’re struggling to get your stash dry over winter. Styles such as prefolds and flats are perfect as you can open them out and dry them as flat as possible and if you need to resort to the clothes dryer there’s no elastics or PUL to worry about.
What better reason is there to buy new nappies than this! The more nappies you have to use, the less you need to worry about getting nappies dried in one day, or washing more often. With a few more nappies in rotation you’ll be able to factor in a bit more drying time without being left high and dry without a nappy to use.
Styles such as All in Two cloth nappies are a good option, as you only need to buy extra inserts and can reuse the shells in between uses (provided they’re not dirty of course).
Even if not reusing shells they do dry a lot more quickly than the inserts (usually overnight), so adding some more booster sets to your stash is an economical way of bulking up your stash without investing in a whole new nappy. Usually around 1/3 - 1/2 extra booster sets compared to shells tends to work well for most people
Even just an hour or two of sun and wind can make a huge difference, so if there’s any break in the weather get the nappies out asap! To make this easier, hanging your nappies on a drying rack can be a good idea – that way you can easy move it inside or outside as necessary. Or move it around your back yard to chase the fast moving winter sun during the afternoon (which I have to admit to doing sometimes!).
At some point you’ll probably need to dry your nappies inside. Find a warm spot until you can get them outside (just ensure there's not direct heat on shells etc with elastic and PUL). Again, find a drying rack that suits you and your washing needs and make use of this. It can be helpful to get nappies washed and hung up in the evening so they’re ready to get outside first thing in the morning, weather permitting!
Try to use dryers in moderation when it comes to your cloth nappies and dry on a low setting. Shells and covers dry really quickly, and as tumble drying can be damaging on elastics and PUL, always try to line dry these if possible. Inserts aren’t quite as fragile, so if you’re struggling to get them dry due to bad weather, dryer use won't damage them. Keep in mind that extensive dryer use will cause the nappies to become slightly thinner over time though, so use your best judgement!
Do you have any tips for using cloth nappies over winter?
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