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FAQ – Cloth Nappies

Vimse offers three different types of cloth diaper systems. We have One Size Diapers, All-in-One Diapers or Diaper+Diaper Cover, also called Two-part System. Choose the system that suits you best – or combine with One Size Diapers on the day and All-in-One Diapers at night.

One-Size Diaper

Vimse’s Onesize cloth diaper grows with your child and fits throughout the diaper period. The diaper consists of two parts: a waterproof diaper cover and two separate diaper inserts that you can cling together with you diaper cover. If you have a big child or need more absorption during the night, you can add extra inserts in the diaper cover. The diaper cover can be reused for 2-4 diaper changes before washing.

What do you need if you choose One-Size Diaper?

You need about 6-8 One Size Diaper Covers and around 18 extra sets of inserts for the entire diaper period. We have calculated that you need about 8 changes per day and wash every 3 days.

Accessories: disposable inserts that will simplify diaper changes.

All-in-One Diaper

This diaper has everything in one diaper. It is as easy to use as a disposable diaper and it keeps your baby dry all night. Another good thing, it dries quickly! Just add a disposable insert and you are done. When the diaper is used, remove the insert and wash the entire diaper in the machine.

What do you need if you choose All-in-One Diaper?

This requires (for 24-hour use of laundry every 3 days if you choose to use All-in-One Diapers only): 24 pcs All-in-One Diapers in the right size, or less pcs if you choose to wash more often.

Accessories: disposable inserts that will simplify diaper changes, inserts for extra absorption during the night.

Diaper+Diaper Cover/Two-part System

The 2-part System is simple and smart, and can be combined according to the child’s needs. You can choose an organic terry diaper or a classic folding diaper/muslin in fleece cotton closest to your child’s skin.

Vimse’s cute diapers are available in newborn size, suitable for approximately 2-8 kg and one-size that fits from about 5 kg and is sufficient for the entire diaper period. The folding diapers/muslins fit babies from about 2 kg but can also be used as an extra insert in all other cloth diapers.

The Organic Cotton Cover and Soft Cover contain a unique moisture-proof material yet breathable. During the diaper change, you can put the diaper (the organic terry diaper or the muslin) in the laundry basket while the covers can often be used for a few diaper changes more.

What do you need if you choose the 2-part System?

This requires (for 24-hour use of laundry every 3 days if you choose to use 2-part System):  about 5 diaper covers in the right size

Accessories: disposable inserts that will simplify diaper changes, inserts for extra absorption during the night.

The cloth diaper, which absorbs the wee, is placed inside the leakproof diaper cover. Put in an extra insert if your child wees a lot. Place the child on the cloth diaper and adjust the Velcro fastening for a perfect fit. Make sure the diaper is completely inside the cover. Do not pull on the leg cuffs as this could cause leakage. It is a good idea to use a flushable liner to make it easier to dispose of poop.

Remember that at night-time, you might need to use a larger size diaper cover for your child to allow room for an extra insert or a double diaper.

This is what you will need for round-the-clock use if you wash every three days.
24 cloth diapers – if you choose muslin sqares you may need 2 sizes.
5 diaper covers – in each size.

Other items
Bio liners (make it easier to change poopy diapers).
Inserts for dry bottoms
Inserts for additional absorption

  1. When a diaper has been used, rinse it in cold water and squeeze it well.
    Tip: hold the diaper in the toilet bowl and rinse with the shower hose.
  2. Put the damp diapers in a bucket. You do not need to add extra water. The diapers can lie there for up to three days.
  3. Normally, the diapers and the diaper covers can be washed at 60°C. If necessary, the cloth diapers can be washed at 90°C to get them extra clean. Close the velcro fastening on the diaper covers and Snap Diapers. Tip: diapers can be washed with other items of washing.Do not use fabric softener as this leaves a residue on the surface of the fabric, which will decrease the absorbency.Do not use bleaching agents on the diaper covers. You can use bleaching agents on the diapers occasionally.In Sweden, there are basically two types of washing powders available. The general rule of thumb is that households with their own sewage system use detergents that contain zeolites and households connected to municipal sewage systems use phosphate-based detergents.
    1. Detergents containing phosphate: This type of washing detergent is gentler on fabrics, easier to rinse out but increases eutrophication.
    2. Detergents containing zeolites: Zeolites are small particles of aluminium that can ruin your clothes. Diapers washed frequently in detergents containing zeolites will be exposed to extra wear. If your household has its own sewage system, remember to rinse the diapers thoroughly and do not use the economy programme.
  4. We recommend that you simply hang up cloth diapers and covers to dry. You can dry them in the tumble-dryer but this puts more wear and tear on the fabric. Never dry Vimse items on a hot radiator or heated towel rail. Tip: if you use folding diapers, fold them as soon as they are laundered and dry – this saves time when changing diapers.

Yes. When you choose an organic cloth diaper you can be easy in your mind. Wash the cloth diapers at 60-90°C and hang them up to dry. You use less detergent and electricity by washing the cloth diapers with the rest of your washing.

Cloth diapers cost about 490 EURO, and disposables cost about 2000 EURO for the whole diaper-wearing period.

On average, you need about 6000 disposables for one child during its diaper years. That creates 1050 kilos of rubbish, which takes 500 years to bio-degrade. In Sweden, diapers fill 14,000 rubbish lorries with 420 million diapers each year.
Only 4.8 kg of recyclable cotton is used for cloth diapers!

Soft, airy diapers are made of organic cotton, which is the most natural and comfortable material you can wear next to your skin. Cloth diapers have been used for thousands of years, disposables have only been around a very short time. Research has shown that the chemicals used in disposables can cause asthma in small children* and can lead to reduced fertility in later life*.

* source: Acute Respiratory effects of Diapers Emissions Archives of Environmental Health,
October 1999. Dangerous diapers, Expressen 11th October, 2000.

Diapers should be changed frequently – for your child’s comfort. The diaper and cover should be the right size for your child’s weight. If your child wees a lot or sleeps for longer periods, place an extra insert inside the diaper and/or use more impermeable diaper covers for added protection.
Make sure the cloth diaper is completely inside the cover. Secure the Velcro fastening so that the cover does not slip and make sure the elasticated cuffs and waist are snug.

Use an insert for dry bottoms. This wicks damp away from the skin and keeps it feeling dry.

If you have recently switched from disposables to cloth diapers, it may take a few days before your child’s bottom gets used to its new environment. Almost all disposable diapers contain super-absorbents, which are of a plastic material that absorbs moisture very efficiently. However, they absorb the skin’s natural moisture too.

A newborn baby wees 15-20 times a day. Whether you use cloth diapers or disposables, you should change your baby’s diaper frequently as that is best for your baby’s sensitive skin. We recommend that you change diapers about 8 times a day, but of course this will vary from baby to baby.

No matter which sort of diaper you decide to use, they still need changing regularly. You wash cloth diapers with the rest of your washing. You change cloth diapers slightly more often but, on the other hand, for a shorter period time as your child will be out of diapers earlier. One major advantage is that you always have a supply of diapers at home.

In the last 17 years, the time children spend in diapers has grown significantly.

In 1989, children were out of diapers at about the age of 2
In 2006, children were out of diapers between the ages of 3 and 7, which may be due to the dry, disposable diapers that are available for children up to 30 kg. Children neither can nor want to stop wearing disposable diapers. Children are out of the diaper stage normally before the age of 2 when they have been using cloth diapers. This is because the child can ‘feel’ when they do a wee.
Cloth diapers add up to a shorter and more pleasant time in diapers.


Truth: When you use cloth diapers, your child will be out of diapers much earlier. Your child will be past the diaper stage at about the age of two. It only takes a couple of minutes to toss the laundry into the washing machine. You’ll always have a supply of diapers at home.
Compare that to changing diapers for 4 or 5 years and constantly having to buy and carry home bulky bags of disposable diapers.

Truth: Modern, form-fitting cloth diapers are easy to use. Our one-size diapers are a perfect fit throughout the diaper-wearing period and you just have to make sure that the diaper cover is the right size according to your child’s weight.

Truth: You can either wash the diapers separately every third day or put them into the machine with the rest of your normal wash.

Truth: These diapers are hygienic! They come out clean when washed at 60-90°C. We have sold Vimse diapers to lots of maternity wards.

Truth: Nowadays, all kinds of families use cloth diapers, for health, environmental and financial reasons.

Truth: Since you flush the poop down the toilet and wash the diapers every third day, cloth diapers do not smell.

Truth: All diapers are a slight hindrance. Today’s cloth diapers are light and effective and reduce the overall amount of time a child spends in diapers.

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