How do reusable nappies work?

We've created a post about the ultimate beginners guide on how do reusable nappies work which you can also find in our blog section.

How many nappies do I need to get started?

To get started, all you need is one cloth nappy! Each cloth nappy can save up to 500 disposables from landfill! (This is based on 1 cloth nappy used every other day, to allow for washing, from birth to potty training). 

If you want to use cloth nappies full time, we recommend having between 15-20 daytime nappies to allow for washing and drying time. This would save up to 8000 nappies from landfill!

What is a BTP nappy?

BTP stands for birth to potty. Our BTP nappies fit from around 8-35lbs. When they fit will depend on the size and shape of your baby. Find more abbreviations and useful phrases here.

What is a pocket nappy? 

A pocket nappy consists of two parts - a waterproof outer shell, and absorbent inserts which must be stuffed inside the shell. Most pocket nappy shells can also be used without inserts as swim nappies. 

Can I use your nappies for night time? 

At the moment, CubKind does not create a nighttime nappy. Babies wet a lot through the night so pocket nappies are not usually suitable for nightime, as they would be too bulky. For night time, we would recommend a two part system, boosted with our hemp boosters. 

I'm getting leaks, what should I do?

Leaks are usually due to one of two issues: fit, or absorbency. Check out our fit guide to make sure that your nappies are fitted correctly. It may also be that your baby is a heavy wetter and needs more absorbency. We recommend a hemp booster for the best absorbency. If you are still having issues, please reach out and we would be happy to help.  

What do I do with the poo?

If your baby is exclusively breastfed, their poo is completely water soluble so you can put the whole nappy straight into the machine! If not, poo must be flushed in the toilet. You could do this by shaking, scraping or spraying. You should never put it in the household bin! 

How do I wash them?

Check out our washing instructions for help on our recommended wash routine. 

What else do I need?

The only other thing you need is somewhere to store dirty nappies. This could be a wetbag, bucket or laundry basket. We recommend having a couple of wetbags in your stash, a small one for out and about, and a large one for at home. If using a bucket, choose one with holes to allow for air flow. 

How often should I change the nappy?

Newborns should be changed every 2 hours, and after every feed, nap and poo. As your baby gets older, they should be changed every 2.5-3 hours. Older babies (over 12 months) and toddlers can be changed every 3-4 hours. 

Do I need a liner?

This depends on the type of nappy you are using. Cubkind nappies do not require a liner as the athletic wicking jersey is designed to keep baby dry, however you may choose to use one to make dealing with poo easier. 

Do they smell?

Cloth nappies are designed to hold wee, so there will be some smell. This shouldn’t be too strong. And if you are doing a prewash every 2 days, they wont be sitting around dirty for too long. Having used both, disposables definitely smell worse to me as the urine reacts with the chemicals, emitting a very strong smell. 

What are inserts?

Inserts are the absorbent pieces designed to go inside the pocket nappy. Our inserts are colour coded so you can easily tell them apart. For more information about the different parts of a nappy, check out our acronyms guide.   

What are your nappies made from?

The nappy shell is made from PUL (Polyurethane laminate) which is water resistant. It keeps the outside of the nappy dry. The inner lining is made from athletic wicking jersey, which helps to wick liquid away from the skin and into the inserts. 

Our cotton bamboo insert is 70% bamboo 30% cotton

Our bamboo terry is 85% bamboo 15% polyester

And our hemp booster is 55% hemp 45% cotton


If you have any more questions or need more help, please get in touch via the chat and we will be happy to help. 

Do you provide nappies to nappy libraries?

Yes. We partner with select nappy libraries to provide our nappies in shared bundles to help new parents discover the world of cloth nappies. You can read more here about our thoughts on a nappy library