Weenees Eco Disposable Pads are the perfect alternative for families who want to use an environmentally friendly nappy that won't confine them to the laundry. Weenees have the convenience of a standard disposable nappy while being 100% compostable. They are easy to use and easy to dispose of. Weenees are a bit different to a normal disposable, in that they work as a two part system (pads and pants), so we've provided some tips to help you optimise their use.
Using Weenees: Tips and Benefits
Weenees Disposable Pads are the perfect alternative for families who want to use an Environmentally friendly nappy that won't confine them to the laundry. Weenees have the convenience of a standard disposable nappy while being 100 % compostable. They are easy to use and easy to dispose of.
Weenees are a bit different to a normal disposable, in that they work as a two part system (pads and pants), so we've provided some tips to help you optimise their use.
To begin with here are a couple of great videos from our licensees in America where the weenees pouch pants are known as gDiapers.
From our partners in the US - gDiapers
Switching from cloth nappies will give you many immediate benefits:
· significantly less laundry
· no rubbish bins full of dirty nappies (some States prohibit dirty nappies in bins)
· if using pilchers; less leaks, less nappy rash, less fiddling at change time for there are no safety pins or fasteners
· either the economical option of continuing to use your cloth nappies (now with the superabsorbent Eenee Microfiber cloth nappies this is even easier) with the outer pant, or swapping to disposable pads. Some people prefer to use Weenees Disposable Pads for going out, and use cloth nappies at home.
Switching from "plastic disposables" will mean several differences:
· a more hygienic and greener way of disposing of dirty nappies. Soiled Weenees Disposable Pads can be torn and flushed down the toilet; wet pads may be flushed, or composted into valuable mulch.
· a two-part system: the plastic and pulp of standard "plastic disposables" are completely bound together as a baffle system. This has the advantage of being very efficient at absorbing and containing babies' wastes, however it has a significant disadvantage:
"plastic disposables" take decades or even centuries to breakdown! Weenees Disposable Pads contain no plastic, enabling the pulp to be 'recycled' through composting and the outer pants to be reused. With practice you can achieve disposable effectiveness without the environmental devastation.
Starting from fresh
If you are in the process of deciding which type of nappy to use, or are looking to change your nappy choice, rest assured you are not compromising by choosing Weenees. Weenees will afford you the quality of life of a disposable, while being a sustainable choice for your child's future environment.
· Place a fresh pad or rectangular folded Microfiber cloth nappy in the pant's waterproof pouch; ensuring it is tucked completely inside. Snap fasten the inner pouch to the outer pants. Place baby's bottom in the center of the pad. Fasten to the back by pulling up and securing the Velcro type waist tabs to the Velcro type fastener at the back of the Weenees Pants. Nappy can also be fastened with toddlers standing.
· To minimise leaks it is important to get a snug fit by using the correct size. Check the inner waterproof pouch is snug next to the leg to help prevent leakage. If you are getting marks on babies skin from snap fasteners or the waistband, then release the tension on the waist a little. It is important to have a snug fit with the pad in skin contact to ensure good absorbency.
.For boys: make sure the penis is pointing down towards the bulky part of the pad. If using the Microfiber cloth nappy, make the fold so more bulk is towards the font.
When changing, the wet pad or cloth nappy can be taken out and replaced with a fresh one with out the need to change the outer pant or inner waterproof pouch. If the inner pouch is soiled, then a fresh pouch and pad can be snap fastened in with out having to change the outer pant.
· If using cloth nappies, place a stay dry flushable Eenee Nappy liner over the nappy to help keep baby dry and comfortable, and clean up of soiled nappies will be much easier. Make sure you only have a single layer for the nappy liner i.e. do not fold in half as the double layer will cause liquid to run off before passing through, which will result in leaks.
We suggest starting with Small uPads and a Baby Nappy Belt for the first few months. During the first few weeks of life, a baby's legs can be quite underdeveloped. Even the newborn size Weenees Pouch pant may still be too large.
Despite all your efforts, all types of nappies will leak sometimes. To minimise leaks:
· Check that you have the best size pant and pad for your baby
· Ensure a boy's penis is not to one side, apply the pad snug next to the skin, pull front of the pants up firmly and fasten the Velcro type fastener to the back at the waist.
· Check all of the pad is within the pouch
· Change pads regularly
· Be prepared to use 2 pads overnight: 2 small pads inside the newborn pant, 1 small and 1 medium pad inside the larger pants.
For boys, a small pad may be folded in half, placed in the front section of the nappy and used in combination with a larger pad to absorb more of the urine overnight.
· If using a cloth nappy over night, place a Weenees pad on (or in) for extra absorbency, or in Medium size pouch use two Microfiber cloth nappies
To prevent the Velcro type tabs attaching to other garments in the wash, join the entire length of the Velcro type tabs to the back of the pants. If you accidentally wash a disposable pad, put an empty rinse load through the machine and shake clothes out over the garden.
Tip from a customer using Eenee Microfiber cloth nappies
Just dropping you a note to let you know that I found a way to make the microfiber cloth nappies easier to use especially when out and about. Their super absorbency sometimes made them act like Velcro and they were always coming unfolded before we put them into the pouch - especially in the bottom of the nappy bag! I overlocked some simple tubes of polyester sports shirt fabric (stretchy and dries quickly just like the nappies). To put them together I just hold the end of the folded nappy and post it (and my arm) through into the tube. I made the tubes a bit longer than the nappies and just tuck the ends in when I put them into the pouch. I drop the whole thing into my washing bucket and then when it comes time to wash, a simple shake holding just the liner gets the wet nappy out really easily. Thanks … Ros
Traditional Triangle Fold Cotton Cloth nappy option
For those dedicated to cotton cloth and pin nappy systems, try Eenee Soft Waterproof Baby Pants. They do not crack and split like the plastic variety, and are breathable and long lasting.
As Weenees pads contain no plastic, they can be flushed down most standard toilets.
A few helpful tips:
· Don't try to flush down tree infested or faulty plumbing
· use the full flush rather than the half flush button.
· tear the pad into at least two lengthwise strips. If you rip down both long edges of the pad and shake a little, most of the pulp will fall out of the body of the pad into the toilet.
· use the toilet brush to stir and separate the pad, even while the toilet is flushing.
· if a lot of pulp is left inside the casing it may be too bulky to flush properly, especially when saturated with water. If a bulky pad clogs the toilet, generate suction by plunging the toilet brush in and out of the water several times. This should shift most clogs.
Some systems may not deal with all of your child's nappies over a 24-hour period. Wet pads are better composted (don't waste them), and hygienically flush just the soiled pads to reduce the over all load on septic systems.
Weenees can make your child's wastes a positive contribution to the environment. The pads break down quickly in standard compost systems and are
worm safe. It is not recommended that soiled pads be composted as fecal matter can sometimes contain infectious bacteria. Generally the best ratio for composting is two-thirds 'browns' carbon matter, in this case Weenees pads, newspaper, paper products, shredded leaves, bark or straw, and one-thirds 'greens' nitrogen matter, for instance grass and soft food wastes. When composting Weenees remember that they are usually wet, and your compost may need less water than normal. Pads will completely compost in one compost cycle. This can take from 50 to 150 days depending on the conditions of your compost. They are also suitable for worm composting, composting toilets or simple soil burial if out bush walking. For more information about composting visit http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1338744.htm
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