Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
- I would like to use cloth nappies, where do I begin?
Well done on making the decision to switch to cloth! To help you get started we have compiled some great tips which you can read here. Have a read of our guides, journal and faq’s for everything you need to know about our cloth nappies. We're confident you'll love them just as much as we do.
- What are the environmental benefits of using cloth nappies?
A staggering 3.75 million disposable nappies are used each day in Australia and New Zealand alone. Using cloth nappies halves your weekly rubbish, reduces your carbon footprint by 40% and protects the world your baby will inherit. By purchasing Pekpi nappies, cloth nappies and accessories you're also doing that little bit more for our planet with each product using 2-10 plastic bottles to produce. If you’d like to know more about what we’re doing to protect the environment click here.
- Can I use cloth nappies from birth?
Absolutely! Our nappies are OSFM (one size fits most) suitable from newborn to toddler (approx 3.5kg to 16kg) We have also made a tutorial showing how to fit our nappies on even the smallest of babes.
- How many cloth nappies will I need?
If you are new to cloth or wanting to get a feel for it you may want to start slow by switching just a few nappies a day. As you get familiar we recommend building your stash up to 20-30 Cloth Nappies for full time use as well as the accessories mentioned below.
- What is included in my Pekpi cloth Nappy?
Each cloth Nappy includes our buttery soft outer shell made from Repreve® 100% post consumer plastic, 1x super-soft 6 layer bamboo French terry snap-in foldable anchor insert and 1x super-soft 6 layer bamboo French terry snap-in hourglass insert. Find out more about the anatomy of our cloth nappies here.
- How do I set up my cloth nappies?
We recommend washing your new nappies to remove any manufacturing residue. You do not need to soak your inserts, they will slowly build absorbency with each wash. You may notice small fibres making their way out of the edges of sewing, this is normal and will disappear after a few washes. To find out how to best fit your nappies click here.
- How do I wash my Cloth Nappies?
We've created a simple guide to take out any guesswork for the time poor, sleepless mama's and papa's out there. Follow our Easy Wash Routine here.
- What detergent is best to use for washing?
The best detergent to use is the one that suits your family best. We like to use an eco-friendly detergent called Kin-Kin Naturals and have found this brand effective.
- How often do I need to change my baby when using cloth Nappies?
We recommend changing cloth nappies every 2-3 hours. You can add or remove inserts for absorbency depending on your needs.
- Can I use barrier creams with cloth nappies?
Please use a nappy safe cream like Being Bootie Balm in our accessories section.
- My cloth nappies are leaking, what do I do?
Leaks can occur for a number of reasons, usually related to fit or absorbency, but it is easily fixable. Check that clothing isn’t caught in any of the elastics as moisture can wick onto fabric. Use our to Fit Guide to make sure that the leak is not the case of a fit issue. In some instances leaks can be caused by “flooding”, this is when your baby lets go of their wee all at once. To help with this you may want to snap the inserts on top of the stay dry layer rather than stuffing in the pocket. Absorbency needs can also change as your baby grows. If the inserts are soaked you may want to add or swap inserts to boost the absorbency, making sure it is not over stuffed and the leg elastics still create a nice seal in the undie line. Remember, natural fibre inserts will only reach peak absorbency after 5-10 washes.
- What is a swim nappy?
We have mindfully designed a range of Swim Nappies that are as beautiful as they are functional. Our Swim Nappies have an exterior made from 100% Post-consumer Plastic Bottles and come in 3 sizes with a drawstring closure to fit baby for longer. Swim nappies do not need absorbency as they are specifically designed to catch number twos.
- How many swim nappies will I need?
You will generally only need 2-3 swim nappies, depending how often your baby swims, as they feature a quick drying mesh lining. Use alongside our wet bag and keep dry clothing separate. Simply wash along with your other clothing items (or cloth nappies) being careful not to exceed 60 degrees celsius.
- What other items will I need to use cloth nappies?
In addition to the Nappies there are a few key items to stock up on to make Cloth-life just that little bit easier. Read up on how to get equipped with our tips on transitioning to cloth nappies here.
- What is a wet bag?
Wetbags are the perfect accessory for starting cloth, daycare and everyday life. Our Premium Wet Bags are made from Repreve® 100% Post-consumer Recycled Plastic Bottles and feature a waterproof lining with a pram/bag strap and two pockets. One pocket is double lined and designed to house your dirty nappies when out, and one pocket is for your dry and clean items. Perfect for our Swim Nappies or to store dirty clothes when traveling.
- How do I wash my wet bags?
Remove any items stored in the wetbag and simply wash along with your other clothing items (or cloth nappies) being careful not to exceed 60 degrees celsius. Turn the wet bag inside-out and air dry or tumble dry on a low heat.
- What are cloth wipes?
Cloth wipes are another great eco swap that go hand in hand with cloth nappies. Made from Premium French Bamboo Terry our Cloth Wipes couldn't be softer. Quick-drying and ideal for nappy changes, messy faces and hands.
- How do I use cloth wipes?
You will find that you don’t need to use as many cloth wipes as you would disposable, using anywhere from 1-3 per nappy change. We recommend having 20-30 wipes ready on hand. Dampen with water as you need throughout the day or store a few pre-wet wipes in one of our small wetbags for on the go.
- What is Repreve®?
Unfortunately there are uncertified "Recycled" fabrics now on the market. Pekpi Cloth Nappies are made up of a buttery soft outer shell made from certified and trackable Repreve® 100% Post-consumer Recycled Plastic Bottles. Many leading brands such as Jockey Underwear, Kathmandu, Roxy and Quicksilver are using Repreve® fibre to make high-quality products from trusted recycled content. Our exterior Repreve® fabric is Oeko-Tex certified and is completely free from harmful chemicals and safe for human use. To attain Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification, the fabric has been tested and certified to be free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances known to be harmful to human health.
- How is Repreve® made?
Recycled plastic bottles and post-industrial waste are collected worldwide. This waste material is chopped, ground, washed, melted and reformulated into a high-quality REPREVE chip. The chips are melted into liquid polymer and extruded through tiny openings in a spinneret, creating continuous filaments that form our REPREVE fiber. The fiber then becomes yarn through spinning and air-jet texturing. The finished yarn goes into fabrics, making everyday products more sustainable.
- What is Send Hope Not Flowers?
$1 from every Cloth Nappy purchased will go to Send Hope Not Flowers. In the two minutes it's taken you to browse our store, one woman has died in childbirth. We're hoping to help change that statistic. Send Hope Not Flowers support safe birth projects across eight developing countries. Because flowers die and women giving birth shouldn't. Find out more at sendhope.org