Using muslins and wraps as newborn nappies

Using muslins and wraps as newborn nappies

Using muslins and wraps as newborn nappies

Using Muslins and Wraps as newborn nappies. 

If you are considering using cloth nappies you might wonder whether its possible to cloth from day 1.  It is!  

One of the simplest, and most flexible, ways to cloth from birth is to use Muslin cloths as folded nappies and waterproof wraps. 

At first this might seem daunting so first lets look at why muslins make brilliant newborn cloth nappies!


Muslins can be folded in a number of ways to suit you and your changing baby.  As the baby grows you can adapt your favourite fold or try a different one. When baby begins to wee more, or you are changing a little less often, a muslin nappy can be boosted with an additional absorbent insert to make it last longer.  Alternatively, muslins can be doubled up and folded together making a twice as absorbent nappy. These options mean that muslins can last until the baby is between 4 and 6 months old.  At that point you can move on to Terry Nappies or into 'Birth-to-potty' (BTP) size nappies, either Pocket Nappies, or All-in-Ones for example.  


Muslin cloths coupled with wraps offer a relatively cheap way of cloth nappying a newborn baby by comparison to an all-in-one style newborn cloth nappy.  Each wrap can be wiped down and reused for the next nappy providing it isn’t soiled or wet around the cuffs.  A popular method is to have two wraps in use and alternate throughout the day.  This means that approximately only a third of the number of wraps compared to muslins are needed.  For every 12 muslins, 4 or 5 wraps may be sufficient.  

Washing and drying

Muslins are large thin pieces of woven cotton and as a result they dry very quickly.  On a warm day they might dry in an hour or two outside on the washing line. During the winter they will dry overnight indoors.  Wraps also dry really quickly so once the wash cycle ends, they can be back in use only a few hours later. They aren’t absorbent so there is very little water to dry out. For more information on washing cloth nappies visit our post here.  

Muslins are multi-purpose

Once muslins are no longer required as newborn nappies they are readily repurposed.  They can be used as burp cloths, folded into inserts for pocket nappies, pram blankets in warmer weather, comforters, cleaning cloths and much more.  A muslin is never wasted in a home with babies or children.  In addition, good quality muslins can be sold on or stored away for the next baby.  

What are the cons of using muslins and wraps as newborn nappies?

We would argue there are no downsides to using muslins as newborn cloth nappies however there are a few things to be wary of.  If you’ve only ever experienced disposable nappies it might come as a surprise that a cloth nappy, whatever the type, gets and feels wet.  Disposable nappies wick away the liquid into the chemical concoction whereas cloth simply soaks it up.  Cloth nappies, such as muslins and terries, therefore are wet to the touch. This is not a problem and nothing to be concerned about.  Baby has just spent 9 months in fluid and isn’t likely to be bothered by this.  A fleece liner can be included to provide a stay-dry layer between the cloth and the skin, but it does not offer any additional absorbency.  We chose to use fleece liners on our baby but it really is a matter of personal choice.  

What about the complicated folding of muslins into newborn nappies? 

Folding muslins, and terries, needn't be overwhelming.  Like many things in life it looks more tricky than it really is.  To learn how to fold a muslin cloth into a newborn nappy, take a look at this accompanying video where we go through the easiest folds you can use on your newborn baby.  We used these folds on our baby and found they worked brilliantly.   

If we've managed to convince you how brilliant muslins are as newborn nappies then we recommend Muslinz branded muslins.  They are one of the thickest and most absorbent muslins on the market and unlike most high street muslins they are made for use as nappies.  We have a short clip here where showing how quality and thickness of the various muslins on the market can differ quite dramatically.  Muslinz muslins can be coupled up with Muslinz newborn size wraps and nappi nippas for a perfect combination.  

What other options are available to cloth a newborn baby?

If, after watching our help video, you feel that folding really isn’t for you then a great alternative option for a newborn cloth nappy that is similarly cost effective, even easier to use and also really quick to dry are prefold nappies.  They come in newborn size and only need to be folded into 3 and placed inside the wrap.   This fold is called a Pad fold and is literally two folds to create a smaller rectangle.  When baby is super new, place the prefold in a landcscape fashion and then fold in the two sides to make a 3 layered strip, or pad.  When the baby has grown a little perform the pad fold with the prefold in a portrait orientation.  This way the pad is slightly longer.  

Still have questions about muslins and prefold nappies?

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Happy nappying!

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