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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Fern Fit and the Flexi Fern?

The Fern Fit is a very easy to use basic system. It is super slim and has a flat shape. Both Fern Fit and Flexi Fern can be boosted with an insert that snaps in quickly and easily.  The Flexi Fern has a double leg gusset to contain messes more reliably and has a handy pocket for additional boosting.  Both nappies have a super slim, super absorbent core made from natural materials and soft tummy panels to prevent wicking leaks. 

What are Little Fern cloth nappies made of?

The absorbency in our nappies is made with 100% natural materials.  Our First Fern nappy contains a combination of bamboo and cotton and our Flexi Fern and Fern Fit nappies contain a combination of bamboo, cotton and hemp.  These materials have been combined to achieve the quickest and strongest level of absorbency possible.

The layer next to the baby's skin is microfleece which keeps baby dry and comfortable as well as reducing the need for a separate liner.

The outer layer is a high quality PUL which keeps moisture within the nappy.

Are Little Fern products animal friendly?

We ensure no animal products are used in the materials or manufacturing processes which makes them suitable for a vegan lifestyle.

Where are Little Fern products made?

All of our products are manufactured in China.  Our factories ensure good working conditions and provide modern, clean living accommodation to any staff who require it.  

Why can't the absorbent zone of Little Fern nappies be "flipped out" for drying?

A lot of all in one nappies have absorbency sewn in at either one or both ends to allow for air flow while drying.  Our nappies do not have this feature for two reasons.  Firstly, Little Fern nappies are designed to be foolproof so the absorbent part stays in place which means there is no need to position it to the centre when changing a wriggly baby.  Secondly the absorbent layer folds at the front when the rise settings are changed which allows it to sit neatly without any fuss.

This may make drying time slightly longer than other all in one nappies, however in our trials we have not noticed this to be the case with nappies of similar absorbency.

How many cloth nappies will I need for a newborn?

If you plan to use cloth for a newborn you will need 25-30 nappies if you plan to wash every other day.  

How many cloth nappies will I need for full time use?

If you plan to use cloth full time we recommend around 20-25 nappies.  

Do I need to buy inserts?

Our nappies all include an absorbent core.  However for babies who need it the Fern Fit and Flexi Fern can be further boosted to increase absorbency. Our boosters are made with the same high quality materials as our nappies and fit them perfectly.

Can cloth nappies go in the dryer?

Frequent tumble drying can shorten the lifespan of your nappies as the PUL and elastic can become damaged.  However, if you are really stuck our nappies can be tumble dried occasionally on a low setting.

Can you use cloth nappies on newborns?

Cloth nappies can be used on your baby from the moment they are born!  Most onesized nappies will fit babies once they reach around 10 pounds so our First Fern nappy is a fantastic option to use from birth, even on babies as small as 5 pounds.

Are cloth nappies better for nappy rash?

Statistically there is no difference between cloth and disposable nappies and nappy rash.  However, there are many factors when using cloth that can reduce the risk of nappy rash.  Little Fern nappies are lined with a soft microfleece which wicks moisture away from baby's skin to keep it dry and prevent rashes.  Nappy rash is often caused by a reaction to chemicals in a disposable nappy or in detergent used to wash cloth nappies.  This can easily be solved by trying different brands or sometimes even scents of washing powder.

How to wash soiled nappies?

Full washing and care instructions can be found here

Are reusable nappies environmentally friendly?

Reusable nappies have a much lower impact on the environment than disposables.  

Cloth nappies and potty training.

There is some evidence that toddlers using cloth nappies potty train faster than those using disposables.  The reasoning behind this is debatable because it is based on older style nappies without a staydry lining so babies could feel wetness.  Modern cloth nappies are similar to disposables in this way so may not make potty training any easier.  The big advantage of using cloth during the potty training stage is that they can be worn while your toddler is learning to use the potty and it's not as wasteful if the nappy is only used lightly.

Are cloth nappies better?

We think so!  It absolutely depends on your personal preference but cloth nappies are cheaper, more comfortable for babies, better for the environment and cuter!

Are cloth nappies cheaper?

Although cloth nappies may seem expensive, you only need to pay for them once. Long term, cloth nappies usually work out to be cheaper than disposables.  A baby will use around 4500-5500 nappies between birth and 2.5 years which is the average age to potty train.  This can really add up!

Are cloth nappies better for baby?

Disposable nappies commonly contain chemicals including bleach, fragrances, adhesives and sodium polyacrylate which is found in crystals to absorb liquid and hold it as a gel.  These chemicals can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions.
Cloth nappies may contain chemicals used in the manufacturing process but the great thing is that they can be washed out before being used by your baby.  They also contain less plastic than disposables which means more airflow and breathability.


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