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January 26, 2012

Best Reusable Nappies – What Modern Cloth Nappy Brands are the Best to Use?

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Our Nappy Experts Share What Their Own Favourite Brand of Washable Nappy is at the Moment…

With so many nappy brands available, from WAHM made in homes, to commercially produced overseas, you just know there is a nappy brand out there that is right for your baby. In fact, there are probably HEAPS of brands that would suit your baby! What nappy brand do you choose? This article asks Our Nappy Experts which brand is their favourite at the moment – it may be their own, the most popular one at their site lately, or the latest improvement on a design, even the prettiest print or softest fabric…

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 our MCN shop owners recommend: What is your favourite nappy brand right now?

Emma from Wrap ‘Em (closed) recommends:

We’ve always loved Baby BeeHinds…

Kendall from Australian Baby Supplies recommends:

The type of nappy I like constantly changes. At the moment I’m very busy so I like the Itti Bitti AIO as I don’t need to put anything together.

Melissa from Little Para Pants recommends:

Little Para Pants – I’m a little biased. 😉

Nyree from Kodomo recommends:

Omaiki – I didn’t like OSFM nappies until I tried their AIO and now I am a total convert. They are trim, absorbent, really easy to use and also very cute, I love the logo on the bum!

Charndra from Part Time Nappy Free recommends:

I don’t sell nappies at my site, in fact help interested folks (and amenable babies) to reduce their overall use of nappies, but must say I love our Krap Katchers Night Nappy, made by Nicole. It is awesome, NEVER leaks, is pretty (it was a semi-custom made nappy) and easy to use. I stuff it with whatever is around actually… terry towelling nappies, inserts from other nappies, even flannels. It is a ‘Stuff ‘Em Silly’ nappy. Having not needed night nappies with my first son, using nappies at night with son #2, who wears an orthotic brace at nights and so wears a night nappy, exploring night time nappies is something that has become of interest to me, LOL.

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Our Comment Question is about YOUR favourite brands of cloth nappy:

What is your current favourite MCN? Leave your recommendation in the comment box below.

– Charndra

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November 14, 2010

What was your first cloth nappy and what did you like about it?

Spring Green Promise Nappy Sponsors – Congo Advice #4

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. This seasonal giveaway strives to reach 100 donated nappies in a future round, and you can register at any time to play. You can enter into the draw for one nappy, or all of them!

What was your first cloth nappy and what did you like about it?

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, Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba, Yoland from Bumbino, Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies, Amy and Nat from Little Diamond Bums and Liz of Real Nappies NZ.

Let’s see what your nappy doula’s did when getting started with cloth nappies:

Louise from Nip Naps:

Mother-ease one size with air flow cover – it just fit so beautifully compared to the terry squares and made him look sooooo cute! It’s still my favourite nappy!

Katerina from Twinkle Lily:

My first cloth nappy was a BabyBeehinds, reliable, affordable and a well known brand.

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

A terry flat (we are talking 17 years ago here when the dinosaurs walked the earth.) It was cheap, and good for the environment even though bulky at first on bub.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

My first cloth nappy were muslin and terry flats.

I liked terry flats for their absorbancy and quick dryness, these were sufficient for the newborn stage.

I liked muslin flats for their softness on newborn skin.

Yoland from Bumbino:

I was a new mum when I was in my twenties and again recently in my forties. When my first two children were little, disposable nappies were not widely used. Cloth nappies were the norm and there was not much choice at all in cloth nappies. My first cloth nappies were the simple towelling squares, fastened with pins. A pair of “fluffies” or sometimes plastic pants were worn over the top. What did I like about them? Ummm…nothing is coming to mind!

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

The first MCN I ever bought was a BumGenius version 3, I loved that it was adjustable so I wouldn’t have to keep bying bigger sizes, that it was waterproof so no need for covers, and that it was nice and slim fitting while still being very absorbent.

Amy and Nat from Little Diamond Bums:

Amy: My first cloth nappy was a pocket nappy and I liked it because it was one size, easy for hubby to use and a very cute print.

Nat: My first nappy was a small prefold with a cover. I love the prefold because it dried so quickly but when I discovered all the other types of nappies such as prints and oSFM my addition took hold!!

Liz of Real Nappies NZ:

My first nappy was the prefold and cover type – I just could not believe that you no longer had to use huge sheet nappies, pins and plastic pants! What an eye-opener. Of course by then I was hooked to MCN’s and wanted to try the all-in-ones, one-size and pockets. Although the others I tried were good, I still kept on coming back to my prefold and cover nappies, I love the fact they are cotton, simple to use, the most cost effective and of course the most effective for us! Plus they are backed by a unique 2-child guarante whereby they are replaced if they fail… well you can’t ask for more than that!

The question for you is easy: What cloth nappy did you start with?

– 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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July 12, 2010

How Do I Find Cheaper Modern Cloth Nappies on a Single Income Budget? 3 Strategies + ONE!

How do I find modern cloth nappies on a single income budget?

– You need to find cheaper cloth nappies in Australia or New Zealand without losing out on quality?

You certainly can get designer nappies on one income. Many young families spend at least some months on one income, so you can bet others have scratched their heads over finding the best deals to get great nappies without paying full retail prices. You need to know a few tricks to find great bargains and be in the loop for passing super specials to make the most of a limited income. This brief article will let you discover 3 tips used by mums on a single income to save even more money by using cloth nappies – and they will also help you find cheaper, high quality and even brand new modern cloth nappies.

3 Strategies for cutting your costs with modern cloth nappies: (+1)

1. Pre-loved Nappies are always on special

Babies grow out of nappies – often long before they are worn to such an extent that they can be composted (as many cloth nappies CAN be composted at the end of their useful lives and will bio degrade in about 6 months). There is a big trade in pre-loved cloth nappies – mums enjoy swapping, selling, trading as ways to start in cloth, try out new brands, see if a style suits their needs and just enjoy their cloth nappy addiction. Visit My Nappy Style Window for Secondhand Nappies to explore some retailers offering secondhand nappies.

2. Clearance Sales and Seconds Bargains

Clearance sales happen all the time on the sites of modern cloth nappy retailers – they are receivign new stock, and need to make room in their spare room or warehouse; they have only a few left in a style they are discontinuing – all sorts of reasons. Keep an eye out for fabulous bargains by visiting the sites on My Nappy Style Window for Clearances! Nappy Sales… Even the professionals make mistakes – and these ‘seconds’ mean you can benefit with a new nappy for less – often any technical glitches are just cosmetic and make no difference to the function of the nappy. Visit My Nappy Style Window for ‘Seconds’ Nappies…

3. Seek Specials for Newsletter subscribers!

Join newsletters of modern cloth nappy retailers for discount codes – some offer a perpetual discount for members, emailing you a special code to enter on checkout. Others have monthly specials, specials for celebrations, events and even on a whim to clear out stock! Visit your favourite retailers or retailers stocking your favourite brands and join their announcement list, newsletter list or mums club (as they are often called slightly different things). All will (should!) have an unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email so you can opt in or out of the lists as you need to – sometimes it is nice to scale back on emails until your bank balance perks up again, or you have a new bundle on the way to buy for. Following their blogs is another way you can be privvy to a special offer, an exclusive clearance, a timely auction or a regular nappy giveaway.

– and the Plus 1?

green-promise-nappies-logoWin in the many Modern Cloth Nappy Giveaways!

Here at My Green Nappy there are two ongoing giveaways – the Green Nappy Kit and the 100 Green Promise Nappies Initiative. As a member you are entitled to enter into any of these random draws simply by completing the entry requirements.

Join Facebook Fan pages and Twitter Lists to get the ‘heads up’ on modern cloth nappy giveaways – sites will run giveaways when they reach certain numbers of fans, to celebrate the birth of a child, in observation of a celebration – you have to ne in it to win it in these cases -a s they may be for fans only – and fans that are paying attention to the status updates! Twitter lists may have special limited time offers just for followers paying attention, I have even seen some retailers offer a discount code to their twitter followers. Cloth Nappy Enthusiast Blogs are a sure source of chances to win a nappy in a giveaway – and these are often new releases or there are other exclusive aspects to these draws.

The good news is that by discovering a few tricks you can actually help the modern cloth nappy retailers move excess stock as you save money! They get to stock their next edition, range or product line and you grab a brand new nappy at a lower cost = everyone wins!

Finding cloth nappies on a single income budget will be easier with these 3 tips. As a single income family, I am always on the lookout for these creative ways to get excellent quality at reasonable prices! What if you made it a goal to buy your next cloth nappy for less? What if you decide that the next nappy in your stash will be one that you WIN?

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April 28, 2010

Unique Nappies: 3 types of Embellished Nappies to make your baby stand out from the crowd!

There are ‘Work horse Nappies’ – used everyday, they are reliable, sturdy, utilitarian and robust. There are also special premium nappies; unique, IOAK nappies that come out on special occasions or are only used when you are out and about.

An embroidered Wild Child 'Baby Bling' nappy

This article is about these embellished, ‘show off’ cloth nappies. Those with bling, one-of-a-kind, unique or novelty additions chosen by you for your baby’s bottom! Parents, friends and family choose them for weddings, christening parties, naming ceremonies, birthdays, annual celebrations and just for fun , gorgeousness, the cute factor and whimsy!

The embellishment may be on the nappy itself or on a nappy cover. Some are ‘in stocks’- an actual line of nappy, others are limited edition, in which the designer indulges a creative whim and makes a select series in a theme or style. Many embellishments are customs. When placing your order you can make a series of choices and the maker will strive to match your requests. There’s something special about an item made only for your baby.

Let’s look at 3 styles of embellished nappies to look out for in your browsing – so you can think about which would be a perfect addition to your stash as a special occasion nappy.

1. Amazing Applique

The simplest form of embellishment, applique is great fun. To be functional, the applique is added before the nappy is sewn together, or the stitching may wick moisture through. From simple happy stars to sections of print, applique can take many forms, be of a contrasting fabric or a way to make a nappy unique with a section of designer fabric attached to a more regular ‘work horse’ nappy for some ‘flava‘.  It may be a patch – the designs are endless! Applique can also extend to ‘additions’ to the nappy – tails, ears – so have a think about a custom idea you could commission a talented nappy maker to create for you. Make a start on your browsing at My nappy Style Window for Embellished Nappies..

An embroidered 'Create a Nappy' by Flattery

2. Excellent Embroidery

With the advent of machine embroidery, the most amazing designs can be selected or custom designed and included as your nappy is made. I was watching one of these machines at work recently, and by golly they are fast! There are pre-selected instocks, or you can select from a range, or have the nappy personalised with your baby’s name, birth date or any other phrase.

3. Beautiful Bling Bling Bling!

Cloth Nappies with crystals are the newest sensation, developed as an embellishment by Wild Child Nappies. Truly stunning, these nappies are harder to acquire, but I daresay very much worth it! Svarovski Crystals are carefully and professionally attached for longevity, nevertheless care will be needed when washing and drying these nappies!

With these three types of embellished nappies to keep your eye out for, you’ll find quality easily, and also find yourself promoting the beauty of modern cloth nappies whenever you are out and about.

What event is coming up in your life in which you could do a spot of cloth nappy advocacy simply by making your baby’s bottom look fabulous?

An embellished nappy by Baby Bullfrogs

Your baby will be the talk of the room. They are the premium in modern cloth nappies, so you will pay more for them. Quality does cost, and a custom slot will take a little longer, so plan ahead if you need it for a specific occasion, and be sure to let the maker know when you need it so they can prioritize accordingly.

You’ll know you are giving your baby a more sustainable future by using washable, reusable modern cloth nappies. Every baby should have at least one ‘green’ nappy in their wardrobe – and you can find it by exploring the resources here at My Green Nappy.org I invite you to register to receive My Green Nappy Guide, an online guide to discovering all sorts of information about modern nappies and how to use them in an environmentally friendly way.

A Question to You About Embellished Nappies:

“Imagine… What would you like to see on a nappy?”

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