Any nappies which contain natural fibres (bamboo/hemp) do require pre-washing to increase absorbency. They reach their best absorbency after 8 + washes, however it is fine to use them after the initial first wash – Just remember to their absorbency increases the more you wash it so you may need to change bub a little more often initially. For Nappy Covers, Shells, Swim Nappies & Wetbags just wash once and start using.
Before Using: Wash covers, nappies & inserts once in a long wash cycle (cold to warm, with small dose of detergent). Don’t forget to use the laundry tabs if you have velcro!
Extra Mile Prepping: (Optional to increase absorbency quicker). Soak in plain water overnight, then run your nappies through a a normal cycle 3 – 5 times. (Use detergent in first cycle only). No need to dry in between washes. After these initial washes, simply dry your nappies and they will be half way through increasing their absorbency.
We recommend line drying your inserts, nappies & other items. Hang nappies with elastics horizontally or lie over a clothes horse to prevent elastics over stretching. You may use a tumble dryer on LOW temperature only. High temperatures will rise delaminating your waterproof fabrics which is not covered under warranty.
Caring For Your Wool Covers
Wool covers require some extra care different to your other nappies. . In order for your wool cover to perform its best, it needs to be ‘lanolised’. Lanolin is the natural oil found in wool that helps to keep sheep dry in the rain. The wool needs to have this lanolin replenished every couple of weeks to maintain its leak proof abilities. You can use ‘Lansinoh’ or any 100% lanolin usually sold at chemists. The lanolin in the wool neutralizes the urine, meaning your cover is self-cleaning.
You only need to wash your cover if it becomes soiled, stinky or dirty, or when it requires re-lanolising. If your baby is a heavy wetter with very strong urine, you will probably need to lanolise more regularly. We’d recommend lanolising about once per fortnight to once a month depending on how many covers you have in rotation.
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BeeHinds Wool Covers only need washing every few weeks providing they are not soiled and have been lanolised well enough. When you change your baby’s nappy, hang the wool cover to air dry until you next need to use it again (it is best to alternate between covers when using wool).
Baby BeeHinds wool covers can be machine washed, on the gentle cycle, inside a laundry or delicates bag. Make sure you only use cold water to wash in (you could wash them in with your clothes). If you prefer, you may choose to wash by hand in cool water using soap flakes or wool wash (ideal). These are nice and gentle on the natural fibers of the wool. Once it is clean, rinse well under cool water, lanolise, and then hang in the shade to dry. Do not soak your wool covers in whitening or soaking solutions