Nappy Preparation
M Morgan Thomas

Nappy Preparation

Apr 19, 2021

Let’s Talk MCN: Preparing Nappies

If you’re new to MCN, how do you know what to do with new nappies? Does preparation change if you buy secondhand or brand new?

When you purchase your pretties brand new, it is important to wash everything as soon as you’re home. Doing so will remove any factory residue left from the manufacturing plant and handling, and assist in building optimal absorption. Unused inserts on a microscopic level have smoother fibres than inserts used frequently. The friction encountered by continual washing opens up the fibres allowing them to hold more fluid. 

Newer nappies may need to be changed at shorter intervals to avoid leaks; adding a small dual or triple layer insert to your nappy configuration will assist absorption.


Secondhand nappies are a great way to build your stash with premium brands at discounted prices. However, these are essentially baby toilets, and need to be sanitised appropriately.

Dilute 50-100ml of bleach in 2L of cold water, once all layers are saturated (around 20 minutes in) tip down the detergent drawer into your cold long wash cycle. This will kill off any nasties hiding in your new nappies. Top loader users should add the diluted bleach mixture once water has stopped flowing. Wash again with detergent on a 40° or warm-hot wash cycle to remove any withstanding bleach. If stains appear on your secondhand nappies after sanitisation, a 30 minute to 1 hour soak in your preferred booster, and a wash on a 60° or hot wash cycle will remove any discolouration.

For front loader users, the 90° boil wash is an appropriate sanitising method, but be sure to remove anything with a waterproof polyurethane laminate layer. Extreme heat will damage and crack the PUL layer, rendering your shell unusable. 

Dry shells away from direct sunlight on a clothes rack or on low heat in a dryer. Inserts can be dried in your dryer or on a clothesline. Sunlight UV rays can cause premature ageing to your shells, so be mindful of the method and placement of them while drying.

Get our Wash and Prep Routine HERE

written by Morgan of @morganaveril.mcn

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