My Green Nappy Discovering Modern Cloth Nappies and Eco-Friendly Disposable Nappies

January 14, 2011

Softness: What nappy fabrics are softest? How do I keep my nappies feeling soft?

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Spring Green Promise Nappy Sponsors – Congo Advice #9:

About SOFT Cloth Nappies: Tips and Tricks to keeping them feeling soft.

The Sponsors of the Spring Green Promise Nappies are your Nappy Doulas for this series of ‘Congo Questions’.

All Spring Sponsors were invited to contribute their expertise. Each donated a special cloth nappy as a giveaway prize to become an ambassador for ‘Nappy Change’ as it stops a disposable heading to landfill each time it is worn. You can register at any time to play in the current or a future round.

I’m pleased to have contributions from a number of your Green Promise Nappy Sponsors included in this article. I’d like to thank them for their time and for sharing their experience to help you make the most of your green nappies! We have Louise from Nip Naps, Katerina from Twinkle Lily, Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products, Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba,Yoland from Bumbino, Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies, Nat from Little Diamond Bums and Liz of Real Nappies NZ.

Let’s see what they have to say:

Softness: What fabrics are softest? How do I keep them feeling soft?

Louise from Nip Naps:

Bamboo Rayon is our softest fabric and it actually maintains that feeling for quite some time (but it takes a long time to dry – which can be very annoying).

Katerina from Twinkle Lily:

Bamboo is the softest I have come across, wash after wash it stays soft. If you do have cotton or hemp which tends to feel brittle after line drying, you can pop them in the dryer for a cycle which always helps in softening them up.

You may find one cycle doesn’t always work in which case I pop a clean wet item in with the nappies to help soften them quicker.

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

Bamboo Velour, Cotton velour, Minky Adding 1/2 – 3/4 cup of vinegar in the last rinse cycle will keep nappies soft, giving nappies a shake before putting on the line, a few minutes in the dryer at the end of drying period.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

Softest absorbent fabrics are made of bamboo/cotton blends.

Softest lining fabric is polyester fleece (synthetic) or bamboo velour (natural fibre)

To keep them soft, dry the nappies slowly and/or gently stretch before drying.

i. flick the fabric/nappy out before hanging out to dry.

ii. use a lower speed spin cycle in summer.

iii. pop nappies in the dryer for 5 min before or after hanging to remove excess moisture.

Yoland from Bumbino:

The softest natural fabric that I have met is bamboo velour. It is velvety soft and also very absorbent. It makes gorgeous wipes/face washers.

Synthetic fabrics such as microfleece, suedecloth and minky are also very soft and have good stay-dry properties .

Keeping fabrics soft?

Summer sun can be very hardening on fabric, so I would suggest minimizing the time fabrics spend drying in the direct blazing sun. Also some washing machines are very hard on fabric. A slightly slower spin cycle or a gentler cycle can keep fabric looking more presentable.

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

Bamboo is very soft and lovely to touch, suedecloth and microfleece are also nice against the skin. YOu shouldn’t hve to do anything special to keep these fabrics feeling soft, just wash and line dry as normal!

Nat from Little Diamond Bums:

They are the easiest nappy to use as they’re pretty much the same as a disposable. Their ease of use is great to encourage hubby, family members and childcare centres to use.

One disadvantage is that they may take longer to dry but new designs are ruling out this issue.

Liz of Real Nappies NZ:

I’m a fan of cotton – it keeps baby cool, is totally breathable, lasts for ever, very cost effective and is super soft! Real Nappies use 100% cotton nappies which are awesome and fantastic quality (how else could they offer a unique 2-child guarantee?!) Bamboo is beautifully soft too as is microfleece. Call me old- fashioned, but I am still a natural cotton fan… why else is the majority of underwear and clothing made of cotton… Simple because it is soft, breathable and the least likely fabric to irritate sensitive skin.

The comment question for you is: What are your tips for keeping nappies soft? What are your favourites?

– Your Nappy Doulas –

This is part of a regular series of articles that offer you an insight into the beliefs, concerns, knowledge and wisdom of mums making and selling modern cloth nappies in Australia and New Zealand.

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January 11, 2011

Meet Our Guest: Kodomo

Let’s meet Nyree, the proud owner of Kodomo:

My name is Nyree, I’m an office worker turned primary school teacher who’s now a stay at home mum to William (and I hope to be adding to our family in the not too distant future!) We live in Melbourne but dream of one day having some country property…

About Kodomo:

After William was born and we were using cloth on him I was shocked to realise that most people don’t know about modern cloth nappies. Our pediatrician remarked that he hadn’t seen a cloth nappy in years! After talking people’s ears off about cloth nappies a friend commented that I must think people who use disposables are stupid. I don’t. I just think the marketing departments of disposable nappy manufacturers are very clever.

kodomo

The Ö Sleep night time nappy

When people heard we were using cloth they assumed I was at home folding piles of white terry cloth squares all day. I wondered if there might be room for one more retailer in the market and hence, Kodomo was born.

Kodomo is the Japanese word for child, which reflects my love of all things Japanese (developed after spending a few years living and teaching there).

I particularly love my little mascots – Momo and Koki, my cloth nappy wearing kokeshi dolls that you can see on our home page and in our branding.

So far in the shop we’ve got cloth nappies, accessories and organic skincare. I’m particularly excited to be the first Australian retailer of Omaiki nappies from Canada. Their AIO is the trimmest one size cloth nappy I’ve used that doesn’t compromise on absorbency.

I love a bargain and know our customers do too – a great way to find out about spot specials is to follow us on facebook. I hope to add some crafty baby items to the store made by my clever friend in the near future, so stay tuned.

Our Planet Matters!

I take a long time to do the grocery shopping because I read EVERY label before I’ll buy a product. We all know about conserving water and energy and reducing pollution in our environment but there seems to be little awareness of the chemicals polluting our food and consumable household products. I’m particularly wary of products containing sodium lauryl sulfate and parabens. Years of watching kids eat school lunches also leads me to believe the case to link food and behaviour is very strong.

When you visit Kodomo, make sure you have a look at…

1. The Omaiki AIO nappy I mentioned earlier:

2. WOTNOT Sunscreen, free of chemical blockers – for the whole family, not just bubs!

3. Loveybums Quick Dry Sherpa nappies for newborns, the most viewed item in the store.

3 of my favourite sites are:

1. The Food Intolerance Network (not just for those with food intolerances – great for anyone who cares about what they are feeding themselves and their family) and Additive Education, works hand in hand with the Sue Dengate site mentioned above.

2. “Slow Death by Rubber Duck” by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie. Scary. Insightful. Wonderful. A must read.

3. Andrew Kirkpatrick, my talented web designer’s own website.

Let’s talk more!

Have you used or do you make a great additive-free, organic product that you can recommend for my family?

I’d love to know about it! Email me at kodomo@kodomo.com.au

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