Frequently asked questions!
Hemp or Bamboo?
This of course depends on what you are after in your nappies. Bamboo is softer than hemp, and more absorbent. For this reason it is considered more luxurious and is far more popular with the nappy connoisseurs. Bamboo, is however, a more fragile fibre. We have added 40% cotton with the Mandy Mac bamboo range, to give it more stability. This, however does not mean it will definitely last as long as the hemp nappies. Hemp will, over time, become a bit scratchy - this won't effect baby if you have the in-built liner, but they do get very stiff when out in the Australian summer sun - but it's toughness means it is more likely to last through multiple children.
So which do you recomment?
Once again this would depend on what you want from your nappies.If you are prepared to withstand a bit of scratchiness, then hemp is the way to go. It is more economical and if you were planning on using "old fashioned" cloth nappies, then this would probably be your preferred option. If you were thinking of using disposable nappies, but want to save a bit of money and have something easy and luxurious instead then bamboo is the way to go. Even if two dozen bamboo nappies last 2.5years for one child, they have still saved you thousands of dollars compared to using disposables. How many nappies?
Twenty-four nappies will suffice but an extra dozen will make things easier. Extra nappies means saving electricity because you will be washing less often, and there is less temptation to use the tumble drier to hurry things along.
Rigour Mortis de Couche
Got a crunchy nappy? Congratulations! It is now at it’s most absorbent! Whilst a crunchy nappy has never bothered our users (they have the soft liner next to their skin) it can be a bit disconcerting for the parents. This is why our bamboo nappy is preferred by many users over the hemp nappy. If rigour mortis de couche does bother you, there are a couple of remedies you may like to use to lessen the crunchiness:
Alternatively 20 min in the tumble drier on warm towards the end of drying will also help - but is not so environmentally sound. Remember none of this is necessary, it is only if it bothers you.
We use top quality 12mm swimwear elastic, - that's twice as thick as most other nappy makers - which is why our elastic lasts so much longer. However it is still a good idea to take care of your elastic with the following tips:
Do I need a Little Squirt?
Can I use disposable/flushable liners as well?
What cover do I use with my Mandy Mac Hemp Onesize nappy?