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January 26, 2013

Spotlight on Expert Advice for Modern Cloth Nappies: January 2013

This is the first of a regular scheduled post each month this year that highlights some of the previously published ‘expert’ articles found on My Green Nappy.

Have a skim down the list of 10 questions for something that you are curious about, or skip to our full listing under the top menu option called:

Cloth Nappies: Best Cloth Nappy Tips

This section is ALL expert advice. I have a list of cloth nappy retailers with over 100 Australian and New Zealand Cloth Nappy Shops represented. Several times a year I ask a series of questions and they respond to whichever they are best able to answer, depending on their available time. It is always a different selection who are able to contribute their expertise, which keeps the information fresh and evolving.

These mini-interviews are then collated bu me into these informative articles which are published over the year. All link the the shops of the contributors so you can check out their range – if you like what they have to so, support them by a visit and check out their range. All are mums who have or are using modern cloth nappies with their babies.

Switching From Disposable To Cloth? Tips To Make The Switch to Australian Cloth Nappies as Easy as Pie!

– Whether you are part timing for savings and convenience, or wanting to go full time cloth for maximum savings, these tips will steer you right…

Girls in Cloth Nappies… What You Need to Know About Girl ‘Parts’ and the Cloth Nappy…

– Find out the best way to use inserts and boosters and to generally tweak a nappy for a baby girl.

Why I DON’T Prefer Disposable Nappies Over Australian Cloth Nappies…

– The vast MAJORITY of cloth nappy retailers began by using disposables – find out why they made the switch if you are thinking of doing the same thing.

Australian Cloth Nappies: Help! Don’t Know Where To Start? How About The Mini Stash…

– tips from the experts for starting your cloth nappy journey part time – recommendations for a mini-stash of modern cloth nappies.

Australian Modern Cloth Nappy Covers – Which is Best in Covers for Your Nappies: Wool, PUL or Fleece?

– Simple advice about the different options available in nappy covers – some built-in, others an added cover…

Starting With Modern Cloth Nappies: How Old Was Your Bub When You Started Using Modern Cloth Nappies?

– Again, we learn that our nappy expert panel more often than not made the switch to modern cloth nappies at some point – and that age is never too late to start saving you money!

Sized Cloth Nappies or One Size Nappies: Which is Better if You’re Planning to Have More Than 1 Baby in Modern Cloth Nappies?

– Top expert tips about whether to choose one size fits all or sized nappies.

Pocket Nappies: What Should I Know When Buying Pocket Cloth Nappies?

– Tips from the experts for looking at buying cloth nappies with a pocket – perhaps the most flexible variety of modern cloth nappies…

What Do You Recommend As Your Favourite OSFM or OSFA Modern Cloth Nappy?

– What do our Nappy Experts recommend? One Size Fits Most (OSFM) or One Size Fits All (OSFA) nappies to consider…

Need Some Advice And Help Getting Started With Australian Modern Cloth Nappies? How To Start Part Time With A Mini Stash…

– Many Mums start with Modern Cloth Nappies part time. Get some tips for how to do that here…

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Nearly finished with your cloth nappies?

Nappies on a Mission: Donate Your Used Cloth Nappies to Those in Need.

– Finished with your cloth nappies? Consider donating some to orphanages in very poor countries in the world…

January 24, 2013

Meet Our Guest: Pepper Place – Modern Cloth Nappies and more!

Let’s Meet Kelly from Pepper Place:

Hi! My name is Kelly and I live in Tasmania (currently…..we move quite a bit!). I have a husband and five kids between 8 and 3. That’s their ages, not the only time in the day that I have them-so life is busy, but that’s just the way I like it. Something about me? I’m always experimenting with things. I always need a challenge, either in my hobbies (sewing, crochet, gardening, cooking) to our lifestyle (like living off-grid recently for 18 months, then travelling in a tent for nine months). The current (and long-term ongoing) project is increasing the amount of food we produce ourselves-recently adding meat, an interesting learning curve for former vegetarians.

About Pepper Place…

– My specialty is one-size nappies. I had my kids close, and had three kids in full-time nappies for a long time. I noticed there really wasn’t much difference in nappy sizes, and they all seemed to fit for much longer than the size recommendations, so after making sized fitteds to sell for a year or so I decided one-size was the way to go. Lots of others seem to share my view!
I give discounts for people with a Carers Card. Kids with special needs usually need to spend longer in nappies-my son with special needs was in day nappies until 3 and continues to wear a night nappy at 6. When you need so much more every saving counts.
– I’ve recently started selling tie-dyed kids clothes after turning my kids into rainbows for the past four years-although there’s not many pictures up yet, they’ll keep coming as I love doing it.

Our Planet Matters!

Oh dear, I’m a rampant greenie, where do I start?! If I had to pick just one thing to stop, it would be our silly, greedy use of resources. We’re gobbling up all of our non-renewable resources at a truly mind-boggling rate, mostly on silly things that we don’t need that don’t improve our quality of life -and very few people are planning for what we’re all going to do when it starts to run out.

When you visit Pepper Place, make sure you have a look at:

1. My tutorials, I love encouraging DIY-so much so that i’m releasing my patterns for home and licensed use in early 2013.
2. My product information – everything explained.

3 of my favourite sites are:

1. Eden Seeds – as a keen gardener this is my favourite site to make orders from.
2. Milkwood Permaculture – I love what these guys do! From rocket stoves to inground aquaponics, there’s always something to get me thinking.
3. Auslan Signbank – with a partially deaf child Auslan was our natural choice for our home education second language…….and it’s so much fun!

A question from Kelly:

One-sized nappies or multi-sized nappies-what’s your preference and why?

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November 25, 2012

Girls in Cloth Nappies… What You Need to Know About Girl ‘Parts’ and the Cloth Nappy.

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Girls in Cloth Nappies…

What You Need to Know About Girl ‘Parts’ and the Cloth Nappy.

Our Nappy Experts are invited to contribute to these cooperative questions so that you get a range of informative and experienced responses about the topic. Enjoy and discover something new, and share with us in the comment box below.

Let’s see what they have to say:

Girls in cloth nappies… What do I need to know about girl ‘parts’ and the cloth nappy?

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

Girls wet the front and middle the most, so ensure your absorbent layers (boosters for pocket nappies) are maximised at the front.

Carly from Pikapu Modern Cloth Nappies:

With girls we found that with our little girl we never needed more than what the pikapu nappy had within it during the day. At night we would put around 2 boosters (holds 100mL each) in to get her through the night. She was a back sleeper so this worked well. If she had been a tummy sleeper we may have put a little extra in the front, as this is what we found with our little boy, being a tummy sleeper, oh and wellbeing a boy and they pee differently anyway.

Jodi from MCN Lovers R Us:

Be aware of what you’re washing your nappies in as you dont want chemicals sitting against your babies genitals. If your baby has a rash then treat it with whatever works but be aware that most nappy creams are not modern cloth nappy friendly – thats what liners are for 🙂 I find boosting extra in the mid section works best for my little girl, giving more absorbency but not bulking her up all over unnecessarily.

Kate from Bouncing Sprouts:

 Modern cloth nappies fit just like disposable nappies, so no need to do anything different when it comes to ‘girl’ bits. Just fit them as you would with your disposable nappy.

– Our Nappy Experts –

Discover Expert Advice About The Modern Cloth Nappy – Information About Modern Cloth Nappies – Advice About Frequently Asked Cloth ‘Newbie’ Questions – Lots of Tips and Tricks to Help You With Your Reusable Nappies – Learn From the Experts in Cloth Nappies –

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Charndra


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November 1, 2012

Australian Cloth Nappies: Help! Don’t Know Where To Start? How About The Mini Stash…

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Australian Cloth Nappies: Help! Don’t Know Where To Start? How About The Mini Stash…

How Part Time Cloth Nappies Saves Money and is an Easy Way to Convert From Disposables to the Modern Cloth Nappy…

Our Nappy Experts are invited to contribute to these cooperative questions so that you get a range of informative and experienced responses about the topic. Enjoy and discover something new, and share with us in the comment box below, or on facebook.

Let’s see what they have to say:

Modern Cloth Nappy Newbie Help! Don’t Know Where To Start? How About The Mini Stash… 

Angie from Piggy Tails Nappies:

If you don’t know where to start…try one of everything! Cloth nappies work differently for different babies and you have to buy what suits you (not what has the highest rating score or what your sister bought). The only way you will find out what suits you is by trying one of each type of nappy.

If you are not sure what you need, we recommend that you purchase a package that has at least one of the following:

  • a pocket nappy. Try Green Kids’ Anytimes nappies.
  • a fitted nappy. Try Itti Bitti D’Lish.
  • a one size nappy. Try Cushie Tushies, Grovia Hybrid, Bitti Tutto or Ones&Twos.
  • an all in one (AIO) nappy. Try Tots Bots Easyfit or the GroVia AIO;
  • a snap in one (SIO) nappy. Try the GroVia Hybrid.

You might also want to purchase a wet bag for storing nappies when you are out and about.
See our “New to Cloth – One of Everything” pack in our Nappy Packages section of our website). Our pack has one of each of the above types of nappies in it. We have selected the best selling nappies from each category to take the guess work out of it for our customers.

Buying a pack from a retailer (rather than the manufacturer directly) is the best way to go as you will save on postage because you can buy all the nappies in one spot. A retailer will also be able to provide you with unbiased opinions on what works for them and what sells best so having a chat to a retailer is also a good idea.

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

Just get 3 or 5 to start with, so you can use them all in one day, wash them that night, and they’re ready again tomorrow (go for quick to dry nappies, like pockets).  You’ll get a good idea quicker if you have a full day in cloth.

I’m always happy to answer your questions personally, even if you use a different brand.

Kelly from Nappy Needz:

If you’re new to cloth nappies, then a mini stash is a great way to start.  It gives you chance to build up your collection slowly, finding out what works for you and your baby, and means that you aren’t spending a lot of money all at once.  Try out a few different styles and brands, maybe buying second hand to begin with, until you find what really works for you.  Try using the nappies at home to begin with, and then build up to using them full time over time.

Melissa from Little Para Pants:

When my last baby was born we started out with disposables.  After a week or two, I started using MCN just at home, during the day.  When I ran out of the cloth nappies, I’d use disposables again until the cloth nappies were washed & dry.  Slowly over time I was able to find enough time to sew more nappies till we had a big enough stash to switch over completely.

Susan from Nifty Naps:

If you want easy I would go for an AI1 (all in one) or an AI2 (all in two)  – that way you change the whole system when it comes to changing. Then you can move onto the other types out there once you are more aware of whats available.

Melanie & Diana from Bodeo:

A mini stash is a great way to begin using cloth!

Start by choosing a few different styles of nappies you think you’d be interested in using, trial packs are a great option for this. Once you have compiled a small stash of 6-8 nappies and given them a couple of pre-washes, allocate one day in your week to be a Cloth Day. 6-8 nappies should be enough for the day, and then you can wash that night.

If you don’t feel like 8 nappies is enough for a whole load of washing, give the nappies a good rinse and throw them in with your other washing, avoid using fabric softeners. You might like to continue doing this for a little while until you feel comfortable using cloth full time, or you may just want to use cloth when at home.

Once you have more experience using the nappies you have, you are able to confidently add more nappies to your stash using the styles & systems you prefer.

Nat and Amy from Little Diamond Bums (closed):

If switching to cloth a ‘mini stash’ is a great way to trial a few nappies styles to see which one you find yourself impatiently watching to dry so you can pop it back on your babies bottom.  It is also a great way to ease yourself into using cloth nappies. Whether you start using them at home during the day and then when you’re feeling more confident using them out and about/ during the night, add more to your stash to go ‘full time’.

Jodi from MCN Lovers R Us:

Its great to try a mix of different brands and nappy styles but the best advice is shop to your budget. 5-10 nappies is a great place to start part time just to try things out. (Even if you decide to never go full time using 5-10 cloth nappies each week makes a difference.) Think about what is important to you in a nappy, do you want something that dries quickly, something that you won’t need to put together after washing before its ready to use, something made of all natural fibres, something to fit for a long time? Talk to other nappy users and get their opinions of what works for them and an explanation of whats what in the nappy world – there are heaps of pages online where you can connect to the nappy community, I know because I run one of them! The nappy world can be a little confusing but its also a pretty friendly place and all MCN lovers/users love to share the love of cloth!

Erin from Rascal Rumps:

Using cloth doesn’t have to be all or nothing, you can use a combination of cloth and disposable. Starting with a mini stash will mean you have less outlay in the beginning and you can get a feel for whether cloth nappying is something that you can be comfortable with.

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Charndra


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August 25, 2012

What Do You Recommend as the Best Cloth Nappy for My Baby with ‘Thunder Thighs?

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What Do You Recommend as the Best Cloth Nappy for My Baby with ‘Thunder Thighs?

Your Baby Has Thunder Thighs? Great Stuff! Read on for the Best Cloth Nappy Brands for babies with big thighs.

Our Nappy Experts are invited to contribute to these cooperative questions so that you get a range of informative and experienced responses about the topic. Enjoy and discover something new, and share with us in the comment box below.

Let’s see what they have to say:

What do you recommend as the best cloth nappy for My Baby with ‘Thunder Thighs?

Carly from Pikapu Modern Cloth Nappies:

Pikapu is a great choice for babies with larger legs, the nappy fits up to 18kg (with reports it fits up to 20kg) so it has plenty of room to grow with your bub.

Helen from EzyPeezies:

I would recommend EzyPeezies pull-up bamboo nappies as the best modern cloth nappy for ‘thunder thighs’. The largest size adjustment comfortably suits toddlers well past 3 and the super elastic waists mean that they have a lot of give and room to move.  I have designed these nappies myself, based on my knowledge, experience and needs as a cloth nappy-ing mum of two. .They also pull up and down easily when they reach the standing stage, making them super easy to change on the go and fantastic for toilet training.

Kate from Bouncing Sprouts:

Baba + Boo, UK award winning nappies as they are adjustable by poppers from birth (approx. 3.5kg) to potty training (approx. 15kg).  Baba + Boo nappies have been designed by Eve Bell to ensure the best fit possible for your little one.  They are not a generic nappy made in China with the Baba+Boo brand attached, they are one of a kind.

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Discover More from Our Nappy Experts…

Charndra


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August 10, 2012

Bouncing Sprouts: Press Release – Give Baba+Boo a try – love it or get 50% of the purchase price back

 Australian Cloth Nappies

Give Baba+Boo a try – love it or get 50% of the purchase price back

Cloth nappy specialists Bouncing Sprouts, exclusive supplier of UK branded Baba+Boo modern cloth nappies are encouraging parents to try their nappies with a unique scheme which gives 50% of the cost of the nappy back if they don’t love it.

Parents simply choose one of the 32 gorgeous nappies and give it a go for eight weeks.

If they don’t love it, they can return the nappy for a refund of 50% of the purchase price.

Bouncing Sprouts managing director Kate Kollar said:

“We know cloth nappies can feel like a big investment, especially if you buy a whole set at once. In fact, 50% of the people who took the Baba+Boo survey late last year said that the initial cost of cloth nappies put them off.

“Trying nappies for a small amount of money was also among the top answers when disposables users told Baba+Boo what would persuade them to give cloth a go.

“That’s why our try-a-Baba+Boo nappy scheme is perfect. Our nappies are already among the cheapest on the market, despite matching the major brands for quality, so the risk of trying one is really very small.”

Visit www.BouncingSprouts.com to view the range.
Notes to Editors

Bouncing Sprouts was started this year by Kate Kollar, a medical scientist from Brisbane. We specialise in great quality, great value and great-looking cloth nappies.
Although nappies are at the heart of the business, we also stock a range of other items such as inserts, boosters, wet bags and potty training pants. Why not check out the site and feel free to give us a call for some samples for your next shoot?

Email: kate@bouncingsprouts.com

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July 3, 2012

Meet Our Guest: Billy and the Bow Wow

Billy and The BowwowLet’s meet Sarah, the proud owner of Billy and the Bow Wow:

Hi I’m Sarah, I live in Adelaide South Australia and have two gorgeous boys, currently aged 1 and 2.

About Billy and the Bow Wow…

I got into the world of nappy making  by starting out making nappies for my sons.  I was absolutely hooked on MCNs and it was the only way to afford my habit! Additionally, I never really found a nappy that suited me perfectly, so after a lot of research and testing I came up with a day and night nappy that stood the test my heavy wetter’s put it to.  Once I had a stash for them, I didn’t want what I learnt to go to waste and hence Billy and the Bow Wow was born. Since then I have branched out into a range of products that I also retail, mostly nappy related, all baby and mum related. All are products that I have tried and tested with my two boys and I have found very useful. The name Billy and the Bow Wow comes from nick names we use for my two sons which is a nice connection I think. I often have specials for fans of my facebook page Billy and the Bow Wow so make sure you come and say Hi so you are in the loop.

Our Planet Matters!

Using cloth nappies is one of the simplest things you can do to help the environment. It also makes sense, economically and in that you know exactly what your baby’s precious skin is coming into contact with, which cannot be said for most disposables.  There are a lot of babies in the world, who will one day hold the future of the planet in their hands, and be responsible for cleaning up the mess we’ve made, it doesn’t make sense that one of their first acts is to have such a huge impact on the planet by creating so much landfill that will still be there thousands of years after they’ve been and gone. Cloth nappies these days deserve a go. They work just as well as disposables, they don’t create any more washing than young kids already do and the environment and your hip pocket will thank you.

When you visit Billy and the Bow Wow, make sure you have a look at…

1. Our cloth nappy range

2. Our toilet training pants and accessories

3. Our sale items (there’s always something on sale at BTBW!)

3 of my favourite sites are:

1. Adelaide Baby Bargains – a fantastic SA site for buying and selling used baby goods

2. Kozy Carrier – A fantastic Mei Tai carrier that enables you to wear your baby from birth right through to toddlerhood in comfort (for both of you).

3. My Green Nappy of course!

Let’s talk more!

If you could have all of your favorite features in one cloth nappy what would it look like?

Billy and The Bowwow

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May 12, 2011

Meet Our Guest: Real Nappies

Let’s meet Liz, the proud owner of Real Nappies:

Hi! My name’s Liz and we live in Auckland, New Zealand. We come over to sunny OZ at least 5 times a year to visit you lovely people at the various expos all over the country. We have 2 kids: Emily who is 10yrs and Joe, 7 years.

About Real Nappies…

Come and check out our site: www.real-nappies.com.au
We specialize in modern cloth nappies: 100% cotton inner and an incredibly waterproof cover.
We wanted to take the guesswork out of cloth nappies: we did this by designing a simple, easy to use nappy, which we have put together in takeaway packs.
If you have ever wondered what an earth you need to buy, check out our bestselling Birth to Potty Pack, every nappy you will ever need until bubs is out of nappies.

Plus we are the ONLY cloth nappy company that guarantees our nappies to last through 2 babies! Wow!

When our son, Joe was born 7yrs ago in the UK we began using cloth nappies, we wanted to make cloth nappies more mainstream in Australia and NZ: hence we’ve taken away the frills and concentrated on what makes an awesome, good quality nappy that actually works and at a low cost to parents.

Why are we called Real Nappies?

Well because it says what we are, we’re the ‘real’ deal and we stand by our products. That’s why we’re used in Hospitals and Daycares and by thousands of parents all over the world!
Join our Facebook Page and sign up for our newsletter to get exclusive ‘Member Only’ Deals and special tips.

Our Planet Matters!

I guess the image that will stay with me always is the mountain of used disposable nappies waiting to go to landfill. The thought that one tiny little baby will produce aprox 1 tonne of nappy waste is horrifying! One day my kids will probably have their own kids and they will have their own kids and yet the disposable nappies we throw away now will still be around even then, where are we going to put them all?
We have a beautiful planet – we want it to stay that way, for the sake of an extra 5 minutes a day, using cloth nappies really wasn’t a difficult decision to make!
Plus there’s something so much nicer about picking up your baby for a cuddle when they are wearing cloth rather than plastic!

When you visit www.real-nappies.com.au, make sure you have a look at:

1. Our Unique Guarantee Page – Find out about our unique 2 child guarantee.
2. Our ‘Specials’ Tab has some great deals and change frequently.
3. Our FAQ / Advice Tab is always worth a look for some great tips.
4. Our Blog Page has great articles and customer’s findings that are constantly updated.

3 of my favourite sites are:

1. Spread A Deal – I love this site as it’s always got awesome baby bargains to check out daily, it’s NZ based but will also deliver to Australia. Definitely a site to bookmark!

2. Baby Center – great information site for new parents right up until preschool!

3. My Green Nappy – well of course as you are already reading this you know how great this site is lol!

Let’s talk more!

We’d love to hear from you, and would love to know what other products (not necessarily nappies) would you like to see us selling on Real Nappies that would make your life easier?

– Liz

www.real-nappies.com.au

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March 7, 2011

Following the Cloth Nappy Road… What’s the Next Step in Green Living For Mums Using Cloth Nappies?

Following the Cloth Nappy Road… What is Next?

What has using modern nappies introduced you to? New friends, textile crafts, sewing, reusable cups, online forums, a home based business…?

Far more often than not, mums begin with disposable nappies, find them expensive, google something like ‘non disposable nappies’, ‘disposable nappy alternative’ or ‘washable  or reusable nappy’, then discover modern nappies!

They buy a few secondhand, get addicted, build a stash, and also learn about other concepts to help them save more, be more natural in their approach or have a smaller environmental impact, or simply meet like-minded souls! For today’s topic we’ve asked our Nappy WAHM’s about what using modern cloth nappies had in turn introduced them to.

I’m pleased to have contributions from many friends of My Green Nappy included in this article. We have Emma from Brindabella Baby, Melinda from Avanappy, Mel from Little Para Pants, Louise from Scamps Boutique, Eva from Oz Baby Trends, Kyra of Bubbalooba, Cassandra from New Age Nappies, Annette from Iish Fly, Michelle from Issy Bear Nappies, Alisha from Baby Safari, Cindy from Ticklefish Tots, Ashley from Cheeky Creations, Carli from MiniLaLa, Tracey from Flattery, Bec from Baby Chilli, Julie from Cloth For Comfort, Chris from Baby Bullfrogs, Kate from Nappy Days, Sasha from Green Kids, Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products, Karen from Baby Blossom.

Let’s see what they have to say:

“What has using modern cloth nappies introduced you to? (in addition to an addictive cloth nappy collecting hobby)”

Emma Davidson of Brindabella Baby:

It has helped me become more aware of the total life cycle of all sorts of things I use in my everyday life. For example, kitchen cleaning cloths, face and sticky hands wipes, tissues, toothbrushes, pens and pencils…

Switching to reusable cloth nappies was the first step in my journey to becoming more aware of my own carbon footprint, and that of my children.

Melinda of Avanappy:

Cloth pads & menstrual cups (feminine hygiene products)

Mel of Little Para Pants:
Cloth pads.  I found out about them while researching cloth nappies during my first pregnancy.

Louise of Scamps Boutique, NZ:

A fabric addiction, I love fabrics when I never did before kids!
Eva of Oz Baby Trends:
Cloth feminine care products.
Kyra of Bubbalooba:
Since starting to use cloth nappies, I have been introduced to more and more ideas of green living, which is something that I am getting more passionate about with each day. Many of the modern cloth nappy sites I have visited have green tips or products, it is so inspiring!

Cassandra of New Age Nappies:

I’ve been introduced to like minded people and the opportunity to work from home doing something I love and am passionate about.

Annette of Iish Fly:

It has introduced an addictive habbit of being obsessive about being environmental. I use very little chemicals in cleaning and have returned to natural products such as vinegar and bi-carb, recycle almost everything, be water wise, and sold my car.

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

Teaching my older children about reuse, recycle.

Cindy from Ticklefish Tots:

A lot of other homemade and handmade hobbies!! 🙂

It has rekindled my love of crocheting and knitting, and introduced to me MOO GOO! lol!

Ashley of Cheeky Creations:

I’ve made a lot of friends on various forums because we all share a passion for cloth nappies.

Carli from MiniLaLa:

Cloth wipes – they do go hand in hand, but they are fabulous! I especially love my velour wipes – so deliciously soft!

Tracey from Flattery:

The way I dress my baby is different to parents who use disposables – for me the nappy is the outfit for people who use disposables the outfit is the bit that covers the nappy.

Bec from Baby Chilli:

Collecting material. I have way too much!

Julie from Cloth For Comfort:

A fantastic group of other modern cloth nappy addicts; we meet monthly in Brunswick (Melbourne) and share our great ideas, stashes, problems, experiences and successes with using modern nappies. We also strongly encourage those new to MCN to join us for a casual morning tea in an environment suitable for children. I have made some lovely friendships through this group.
I also openly offer to teach anyone who is keen to make their own nappies, as long as they are willing to come to my house once my children are asleep. I do this to give back to the community that gave me so much help when I first started.
Chris from Baby Bullfrogs:
I think I may be in the minority here but I never really got addicted to cloth nappy collecting – for me it was the designing and making of the nappies I got addicted to!
Both my kiddies stash is really quite dismal and we work with a small and sufficient amount of cloth nappies – all the pretties seem to go to customers!
Kate from Nappy Days:
Recycling, worm farming and vege gardening.
Alisha of Baby Safari:
I also developed an addiction to cloth menstrual pads!

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

A fabric addiction.
Karen from Baby Blossom:
My cloth nappy obsession has led me to more natural products not only on my children but around my house. Everything from cleaning products to skin care.

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February 21, 2011

No More Blowouts for Your Baby Budget!

Do disposable nappies cause a ‘blow-out’ of your weekly baby budget?

Cloth nappies may seem expensive in the beginning but when you add it all up it’s a much cheaper option.

Disposable nappies are bought, used ONCE, then thrown in the bin. Then the next one is bought, used once, tossed in the bin, then the next… Each week the costs mount up, and then each new baby, the costs double, and with inflation, more than double. Modern nappies are bought ONCE, then used over and over again. They are tossed in the washing machine, which does all the cleaning for you! With each new baby, you can re-use many of your washable nappies, and get to buy new pretty things for expanding your stash too, as some ‘upgrading’ may be necessary (or wished for), depending on how many you have active in your day to day nappy stash. For today’s topic we’ve asked our Nappy WAHM’s about blow-outs: Nappy blow-outs and budget blow-outs.

Let’s see what they have to say: Why do modern cloth nappies mean no more budget blow-outs?

Mel of Little Para Pants:

I’ve heard the figure of $1000 per year for disposable nappies.  I know I don’t have that kind of money to just throw in a landfill.  If you can afford $25-30 every fortnight of your first pregnancy, you can have a really good stash by the time your baby’s born, and those nappies should last through two or more children.  That’s roughly $600 for around 20 nappies – even more if you buy a pack of flat terries one fortnight.  So $1000 a year for an average of 3 years, for an average of 2 kids, is $6000.  That’s ten times what you could spend on cloth nappies for both kids, and they might even last long enough for a third!

Louise of Scamps Boutique, NZ:

Budget wise – you don’t have to keep buying nappies especially if you go for one size.

Eva of Oz Baby Trends:

2c to 8c per nappy change as opposed to 33c to 68c …. I’d say it’s pretty obvious! The figures speak for themselves.<

Annette of Iish Fly:

Well if you can contain yourself, Modern Cloth Nappies can save lots of $$.  I spent a total of around $300 on Ella for materials to make her MCN’s.

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

Because you can always buy them when they are on special. (Bulk Packs at Issy Bear Nappies)

Ashley of Cheeky Creations:

I hate wasting money and I don’t like buying things that I just throw away. Cloth nappies may seem expensive in the beginning but when you add it all up it’s a much cheaper option.

Carli from MiniLaLa:

No more blow-outs in budgets – I love that about cloth nappies! Not only do I not have to cringe at the thousands of dollars it might cost for disposables, but you can sell your used Modern Cloth Nappies and even get something back!

I hate wasting money and I don’t like buying things that I just throw away. Cloth nappies may seem expensive in the beginning but when you add it all up it’s a much cheaper option.

Bec from Baby Chilli:

I know how much I have spent on nappies and don’t have to worry about finding $30 in the tough times when the nappy box is running low, I always have them on hand.
Kelleigh from Miracle Baby:
As for budget blowouts, it does cost a bit to buy the nappies to begin with, but imagine how much you would spend buying all of your disposable nappies up front. A lot more! A little spent at the start means fantastic savings in the long run. Plus, immediate relief on the grocery bill!
Peggy from Fluffy Bubs:
Cloth nappies are cost effective. Even considering the cost of water and energy (washing and drying), it still ends up cheaper in the long run.
Sasha of Green Kids:
I really loved the fact that I didn’t have to add expensive nappies to my trolley every week! I used to smile as I walked past the nappy section each week, knowing that I had an extra $30 or $40 to spend on other more fun things!
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