Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions relating to our Cloth Nappies, Swim Nappies, Accessories and materials.
I would like to use Cloth Nappies, where do I begin?
Well done on making the decision to switch to cloth! To find out exactly what you will need we created this article.
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 Cloth Nappies, Swim 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 newborn fit tutorial here 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 Nappies or wanting to get a feel for it you may want to start slow by switching just a few nappies a day. For part time use we still advise purchasing 6-10 Nappies so that you have enough for an efficient washing load.
For full-time day use only 12-18 Cloth Nappies will be enough for 4-6 changes per day.
When you are confident to go full-time (day and night) with Reusable Nappies we recommend building your stash up to 20-30 Cloth Nappies.
To find out the other Accessories and Equipment you will need we created a list here.
How do I set up my Cloth Nappies?
We recommend washing your new nappies to remove any manufacturing residue before your first use. 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 are passionate about simplifying sustainable alternatives for your babe, which is why our Cloth Nappies only require a simple 4-step routine to wash.
Read our Washing Guide here.
You will also find our Washing FAQ's there as well.
Can I use barrier creams with Cloth Nappies?
Please be mindful to use a nappy-safe barrier cream like Being Bootie Balm in our Accessories collection.
My cloth nappies are leaking, what do I do?
If you are experiencing leaks from your Cloth Nappy these could be related to an incorrect fit or an absorbency issue. As bub grows you might need to refer back to our Cloth Nappy Fit guide to ensure you are fitting your nappy correctly to their changing shape.
We have also created a list of checkpoints to help you identify the cause of leaks that can be found here.
Do I need to change the Cloth Nappy outer shell every time?
If your Cloth Nappy outer shell remains dry at each nappy change you can simply swap out the inserts. We do suggest keeping spare inserts at hand for this reason, you can purchase additional inserts (without covers) here.
We do recommend airing the covers out in between changes and do not go long periods of time using one single cover.
What is a Swim Nappy? And how does it differ from Modern Cloth Nappies?
Our Swim Nappies have an exterior made from 100% Post-consumer Plastic Bottles. Unlike our one-size-fits-most Cloth Nappies, our Swim Nappies come in 3 different sizes and feature a drawstring waist for a secure fit around bubs tum.
Swim Nappies are designed without absorbency as they are specifically designed to catch number twos and allow liquids to pass through. Ours feature a mesh inner lining that allows this to occur.
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.
How do I wash my Swim Nappy?
For number two soiled nappies follow the process as our standard Cloth Nappy Washing Guide with a pre-wash before adding the Swim Nappy into your main load.
If the Swim Nappy is not soiled simply wash in your main wash (do not exceed 60 degrees).
To ensure its longevity ensure that your Swim Nappy doesn't come into contact with sun lotions or rough surfaces.
Do I need to use an insert or liner in my Swim Nappy?
No, all Swim Nappies (regardless of whether they are reusable or disposable) are designed to catch number twos whilst letting liquids pass through. This is so that bub can remain buoyant in the water and not be weighed down by a full nappy.
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 your Cloth Nappy essentials here.
What is a Wet Bag?
Wetbags are the perfect accessory for starting cloth, daycare and everyday life. These are designed to assist you in storing used Cloth or Swim Nappies before a wash as they contain liquids and odors.
Our Premium Wet Bags are made from Repreve® 100% Post-consumer Recycled Plastic Bottles and feature a waterproof lining with a pram/bag strap.
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. These can be used in place of disposable Wet Wipes by moistening with water before use.
Ours are made from Premium French Bamboo Terry that is super soft against bub's skin. Quick-drying and ideal for nappy changes, messy faces and hands.
How do I use Cloth Wipes?
What is Repreve®?
Did you know that when a product says that it's material is "Recycled" this could mean as little as only 5% of the fabric is derived from recycled materials?
Pekpi Cloth Nappies are made with a 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.