Now that you have your nappies, it is time to make them more absorbent.
Prepare for first use
Like a new towel, new nappies will benefit from a wash before use to increase absorbency. In particular, the inserts will need this.
Alternatively, you can soak them in cold water overnight.
Important: Never use fabric softener. It reduces absorbancy.
Pre-loved nappies are fantastic because the are low cost, and usually super absorbent.
Check pre-loved nappies for damage
Check over the nappy for signs of wear, loose elastics, and delamination, where the waterproof layer has separated from the fabric. Replace worn elastic or broken snaps if necessary.
Do a special wash to sanitise your nappies. Learn how on the Sanitise wash on the cleaning page, or visit Clean Cloth Nappies Sanitise guide.
Download the 'Getting Started' information sheet: