Are you already using the nappies of the future?

Wrap your baby's bum and pin it like in 1930? Yes, almost. Fortunately, it's a bit more practical these days.

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There is a lot to know about modern cloth nappies

In contrast to disposable nappies, cloth nappies have many forgotten ecological, financial and health benefits. A cloth nappy can consist of one part or several. It usually consists of a waterproof cover and a highly absorbent core.

Thanks to the various cloth nappy systems that are now available on the market, there is a suitable version for every baby and every situation. The colourful fabrics and patterns are anything but boring and are real eye-catchers that don't really want to be hidden under baby clothing. Each material has its own advantages and capabilities. This means that you can switch between or combine the different materials depending on your needs and preferences.

The most important terms explained

Cloth nappies

Modern cloth nappies consist of a breathable outer cover that provides protection against wetness. They are made of either PUL (laminated polyurethane) or wool. The absorbent part forms the inner part of the nappy and can be separated from the outer cover depending on the system. Cloth nappies are more sustainable, better for the child as well as for the wallet and also simply look much nicer.


A wetbag is a moisture-repellent bag with a zip in which wet cloth nappies can be stored until laundry day. Very practical for travelling or at home.

Holding / nappy-free

These terms refer to letting the baby out of the nappy from birth with careful mutual communication. The term "nappy-free" has become established, but it tends to have a deterrent effect. Babies, who are held over a potty or toilet according to certain patterns and depending on the situation, usually wear cloth nappies as a backup. Many counsellors also use the term "Hello Nappy" or "Nappy Change"


Folded in thirds and placed inside a pair of overpants, these pads offer full absorbency. There are usually more layers of fabric sewn into the centre than on the sides. They enable easy nappy changing without complicated folding techniques.

Oxygen bleach

This natural powder can be added to the detergent to make the cloth nappies hygienically clean without "boiling".


These thin additional pads provide more absorbency for longer nappy changing intervals. They are placed under the regular absorbent pad and are hardly noticeable.

Body extension

The extensions can be easily buttoned onto a body and extend it by around 7cm - roughly one dress size. This means that larger cloth nappies also fit under every body.

Nappy fleece

Nappy fleece is placed in the cloth nappy as the top layer from the start of the baby's first feed to catch the big poo or to protect the nappy from creams. When changing the nappy, simply shake out the fleece over the toilet and dispose of it in the bin.


With the "Snappi" nappy clip, gauze nappies wrapped around the child can be easily fastened. It is a good alternative to the safety pins of the past. Thanks to the T-shape, the nappy clip can be fastened at the ends with the small hooks that claw into the fabric.

Rent instead of buying. Test your nappies.

Before you buy a cloth nappy set for your baby, you have the option of renting a test pack. This way, you can start right after the birth and don't need to buy nappies in the newborn size. The test packs usually contain everything you need to be able to nappy change full-time with cloth nappies. This allows you to try out at your leisure which system suits your baby's everyday life best. And the best thing is that you can bridge the newborn period with the 6-8 week hire, so that you can then immediately purchase the OneSize size that fits from 5 kg.

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It's best to book a consultation with your test package. That way, you'll be perfectly equipped with the knowledge and materials you need to get started with modern cloth nappies. You'll be amazed and delighted at how easily it works!

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