WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING CLOTH DIAPERS?

More and more parents today are choosing to use cloth diapers for their baby. Cloth diapers have many benefits:

better for you

You can save lots of $$$ using cloth diapers and furthermore if your diapers are used on a second child. Even by using one cloth diaper a day in place of a disposable you can make significant financial savings.

better for baby

Cloth diapers use super absorbent fabrics rather than chemical gels which can be found in disposable diapers. This can reduce diaper rash. Studies* have shown that your child is five times more likely to suffer from diaper rash if you use disposable diapers rather than cloth. This is due to the chemicals in disposable diapers evoking the feeling of dryness when in fact they are wet; thus leaving your diaper on longer between changes. Diaper rash can be caused by a number of things such as illness and diarrhoea, teething food allergies, reaction to baby products such as wipes and creams, and much more.

Toddlers who wear cloth diapers are likely to potty train up to 6 months earlier** than their disposable wearing friends, which can aid their development and independence.

better for the environment

Cloth diapers are up to 40% better for the environment than disposable diapers.† 20 billion disposable diapers are thrown away every year. Each disposable can take up to 500 years to decompose.

better for the environment

Cloth diapers are up to 40% better for the environment than disposable diapers.† 20 billion disposable diapers are thrown away every year. Each disposable can take up to 500 years to decompose.

ARE CLOTH DIAPERS EASY TO USE?

Our diapers are the easiest cloth diapers to use. They are designed to be quick, compact and stylish and made with fabrics that will wash efficiently and dry quickly. Once a diaper has been used, it can be stored dry in a diaper pail until you are ready to put your load in the washing machine. Then you simply reach for a new Bambino Mio diaper when changing.

ARE CLOTH DIAPERS BULKY?

Modern cloth diapers are less bulky than the older style diapers (terry cloth) and are slightly more bulky than disposable diapers. Our diapers rely on super absorbent fabric to absorb moisture rather than the chemicals which can be found in disposable diapers. When a disposable diaper is wet it will also swell up with the liquid therefore increasing in size.

HOW MANY CLOTH DIAPERS DO I NEED?

The number of cloth diapers you need will depend on several factors and whether you intend to use cloth diapers full-time or part-time. Some parents use cloth at home but choose to use disposable diapers when out and about. The other thing you will need to consider is how often you are going to wash your diapers as you will need to ensure you have enough to use when you have some in the washing machine. Normally, used diapers are washed every 2-3 days.

CAN I SAMPLE A DIAPER BEFORE BUYING?

We offer trial packs of our miosoft two-piece diaper or individual miosolo all-in-one diapers for you to purchase to try. This is a cost-effective way of trying out cloth diapers before committing to purchase more or a larger pack.

*Source: Br J Gen Pract, 1997 Aug: 47 (421): 493-7 Getting to the Bottom of Nappy Rash, University of Bristol.

**According to anecdotal evidence babies who wear cloth diapers potty train up to 6 months earlier than babies who wear disposables.

†Environment Agency Lifecycle Assessment for Disposable and Reusable Nappies in UK, 2008.

I’VE JUST PURCHASED SOME DIAPERS, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Before you begin using your diapers you need to ensure you have prewashed* them at least once before use. Your diapers will become more absorbent after the first few washes. We recommend pre-washing your diapers hot up to 140°F (we recommend 104°F) using an ezyme-free laundry detergent. Do not use fabric softener when washing as this can affect the absorbency of your diapers.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO CHANGE CLOTH DIAPERS?

Exactly the same amount as disposable diapers. Diapers should be checked and changed every 2-4 hours but it really does depend on your baby.

CAN I USE CLOTH DIAPERS OVERNIGHT?

Absolutely! Cloth diapers are just as reliable as disposables and are great to use when your baby starts sleeping through the night. Our miosolo all-in-one diaper has had great overnight reviews with some parents claiming it has lasted “12 hours overnight with NO LEAKS!!” If you wish to use your diapers overnight you will need to make some adjustments to your day time diaper in order to handle the 8-10 sleeping hours. A mioboost (diaper booster) is the perfect addition to any cloth diaper to maximize absorbency overnight.

WHAT DO I DO WHEN I’M OUT AND ABOUT?

Pack your diaper bag with everything you need for your trip out including enough diapers. When you’re changing your baby, simply store your used diapers in your waterproof wet bag. When you get home you can transfer them into your diaper pail or pop them straight into the washing machine. Simple!

ARE MY PRODUCTS COVERED BY A GUARANTEE?

All Bambino Mio products are covered by a 12 month guarantee. Bambino Mio will replace any product within a 12 month period that it considers faulty and has been cared for correctly and deemed not to have experienced problems due to general use. For full details about our product guarantee see our terms & conditions under 'PRODUCTS.'

HOW WILL DIAPER LINERS HELP ME?

Diaper liners help prevent heavy soiling of your diapers. Once your baby is ready for a diaper change, simply lift off the diaper liner and dispose.**

WHAT ARE BIRTH TO POTTY DIAPERS?

We have two types of birth to potty diapers; miosolo all-in-one diaper and miosoft two-piece diaper. They are both onesize† designed to fit from birth through to potty training age. The term ‘birth to potty’ is an indication of the sizing of our diapers and not how long they will last.

HOW LONG WILL MY DIAPERS LAST?

To get the best out of your diapers we recommend regularly washing warm (104°F) with one scoop of miofresh laundry treatment and air drying them. Washing regularly at higher temperatures and frequent tumble drying can result in premature deterioration of your diapers. Please see the ‘WASHING & DRYING’ section of this page to find more information about washing and drying your Bambino Mio diapers.

*Take care that you have purchased the correct product as washed diapers purchased from us cannot be replaced/refunded.

**mioliners can be composted when wet or thown away.

†True for most, but due to the wide range of babies’ shapes and sizes, this cannot be guaranteed.

HOW SHOULD I STORE MY DIAPERS?

Use a diaper pail to store your used diapers before washing. There is no need to soak your diapers, simply store them dry in your diaper pail until you are ready to wash. When laundry day arrives, lift the laundry bag out of the pail and transfer into the washing machine. Diapers will wash within the laundry bag so there is no need to handle dirty diapers.

HOW SHOULD I WASH MY DIAPERS?

It is important that you wash all Bambino Mio products in accordance with the care instructions on the individual garment label. You must remove any excess soiling before washing your diapers. We recommend washing your diapers hot up to 140°F (we recommend 104°F) using the recommended amount of enzyme-free laundry detergent. Do not use fabric softener when washing as this can affect the absorbency of your diapers. Please note that bright colors may fade over time.

We recommend adding 2 heaped tablesppons of miofresh laundry treatment to your laundry. This will help freshen and deodorize your diapers while washing.

The amount of detergent you use depends on your load size so if your washing machine is not full you may need to use less detergent.

Remember, if your products have hook and loop fastenings, fold back the laundry tabs to protect them in the wash!

To get the best out of your diapers we recommend regular washing on warm (104°F) with 2 heaped tablespoons of miofresh laundry treatment and air drying them. Washing regularly at higher temperatures and frequent tumble drying can result in premature deterioration of your diapers.

WHAT IS MIOFRESH?

Miofresh is our environmentally friendly and biodegradable laundry treatment. It contains antibacterial agents to perfectly clean and freshen your diapers at lower temperatures and is essential for your regular diaper laundry routine. Miofresh contains no enzymes, synthetic perfumes, chlorine bleaches or optical brighteners found in conventional laundry treatments. We recommend adding 2 heaped tablespoons of miofresh to your laundry in every load. Click to find out more about miofresh.

HOW SHOULD I USE MIOFRESH?

You can use miofresh in 3 ways:
Machine wash - add 2 heaped tablespoons with your regular enzyme-free laundry detergent. Hand wash - add 1-2 heaped tablespoons for every 135 fl oz of water with your regular enzyme-free laundry detergent. Ensure powder is fully dissolved. Spot stain treatment - mix a paste in warm water and apply directly to the stain. Leave for 10 minutes before washing as above.

HOW SHOULD I DRY MY DIAPERS?

Where possible, we recommend air drying your diapers away from direct heat. Your diapers may be tumble dried on a low/cold setting. However, continuous tumble drying and contact with direct heat may cause your diapers to prematurely deteriorate and can reduce the performance of your diapers. To reduce tumble drying time, add wool dryer balls to your dryer to reduce drying time. Do not iron your diapers. Remember, if you are using the miosolo all-in-one diaper to pull out the absorbent core from inside the diaper as this will help your diaper dry quicker!

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DETERGENTS?

Not all enzyme-free detergents are the same. They are all designed to wash clothes, but no two brands are identical. Some brands will have different methods of producing laundry detergents in large volumes at lower costs, this doesn't necessarily mean that the best wash is obtained from a big brand detergent. However, in the case of cloth diaper laundry, more specialist products can provide more absorbency and less irritation for your baby as well as great stain removal. Our miocare laundry detergent is an environmentally friendly laundry detergent which is ideal for baby's sensitive skin and allows you to wash effectively at lower temperatures.

How Can I Remove Stains & Odours?

Due to the nature of our products, we cannot guarantee that staining can be completely prevented. However, using miofresh laundry treatment regularly can help prevent the staining of your diapers. We recommend adding 2 heaped tablespoons of miofresh with your laundry detergent in every load.

Alternatively, if staining occurs you can soak your diapers in a hand hot solution of miofresh for at least 2 hours. Use 1-2 heaped tablespoons of miofresh for every 135 fl oz of water. After soaking, wash in the wash warm (104°F) in the washing machine and give your diapers an additional rinse afterwards. Please note: you must ONLY soak the core of your diapers in this solution, keeping the laminated outer fabric out of the soaking solution. Bambino Mio cannot be responsible for any deterioration to the products after incorrect soaking.

WHAT IS STRIP WASHING?

Strip washing is something which is mentioned on many websites and forums. Over time there may be a build up of laundry detergent or residual bacteria in your cloth diapers resulting in a strong smell of ammonia and/or reduced absorbency. If this is the case you will need to strip wash your diapers to restore the absorbency to optimum performance and comfort. You may also want to strip wash your cloth diapers if you have purchased pre-loved diapers or have received them second hand.

A standard laundry detergent when used on its own is not designed to kill bacteria. To prevent a build up we recommend you regularly use a laundry treatment such as miofresh which is designed to clean, freshen and deodorize your cloth diapers at low temperatures.

HOW DO I STRIP WASH MY DIAPERS?

To eliminate odors and restore absorbency and softness you can strip wash cloth diapers occasionally (every 4-5 months). Simply soak your diapers in a hand hot solution of miofresh for at least 2 hours (1-2 heaped tablespoons of miofresh for every 135 fl oz of water). After soaking, wash warm (104°F) in the washing machine and give your diapers an additional rinse afterwards. Air dry in strong sunlight where possible. Note: For miosolo all-in-one diaper only soak the core of the diaper keeping the laminated fabric out of the soaking solution.

MY DIAPERS ARE LEAKING, WHY?

There are a number of reasons why you could be experiencing diaper leakage:

a) Are you changing often enough? You need to change your cloth diaper every 2-4 hours just like a disposable. As your baby gets bigger you may find you need to change your diaper more regularly.

b) Are you using a diaper liner? Ensure that your diaper liner lays flat on top of your diaper and do not fold the diaper liner to create a double layer.

c) Are you using any diaper creams? We recommend you only used water-based creams when using cloth diapers as the oils in the product can reduce the absorbency of your diapers. If using a water-based diaper cream, only apply a thin layer and always use a diaper liner.

d) Have your diapers been prepared correctly? Have you prewashed your diapers at least once before you have started using them? Check that the absorbent core is lying flat inside the miosolo all-in-one diaper. Ensure that you are using the correct size of miosoft diaper cover and that the miosoft prefold diaper has been folded correctly. Click for miosoft two-piece diaper user guide.

e) The fit of your diapers may need to be adjusted. If your diapers feel too tight or loose they may need adjusting. Treat your diapers like a piece of clothing, they should not be too tight or too loose. If you are using the miosolo all-in-one diaper you can use the snaps to adjust the length of the diaper and angle the hook and loop fastenings to change the size of the leg holes to suit your baby. If you are using the miosoft two-piece diaper ensure your onesize prefold diaper is folded correctly and your baby is in the correct size diaper cover. Click for user guide.

Please ensure that the diapers fit snugly against your baby’s legs and tummy. By adjusting the angle of the hook and loop fastenings you can alter the size of the leg openings to make them bigger or smaller.

If using the miosoft two-piece diaper check that the prefold diaper lies flat in the diaper cover and is completely tucked inside the diaper cover at the waist and leg openings.

f) Your diapers may not have enough absorbency. As your baby grows you may need to add more absorbency to your diapers. Adding a diaper booster is a great way to maximize the absorbency of your diapers. If you have tried a mioboost (diaper booster) and this is not working, you may need to restore your diapers to their original absorbency by “strip washing” them. Please see the ‘WASHING & DRYING’ section of this page to see more information about strip washing your Bambino Mio diapers.

If you are washing and drying in accordance to our guidelines and you are still experiencing problems with your products please contact our customer care team on +44 (0)1604 883777 or customercare@bambinomio.com.

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