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

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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For these special articles, a unique feature of My Green Nappy, I invite the contributions of nappy retailers to answer commonly asked questions about Modern Cloth Nappies.

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 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 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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June 1, 2012

I’m Thinking About Converting To The Modern Cloth Nappy… Why Should I Make The Switch To Cloth Nappies?

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I’m Thinking About Converting To The Modern Cloth Nappy…

Why Should I Make The Switch To Cloth Nappies?

 Australian cloth nappies are very popular, and you’ll find the best cloth nappies make the switch to modern cloth nappies easy. But WHY convert to using modern cloth nappies? There are several reasons mothers make the switch, the number one reason being money. You can save money by using modern cloth nappies. For others it is environmental reasons, for still more it is for the style! Their baby looks cool in their cloth nappies and you know they feel so soft on their bottom.

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:

I’m Thinking About Converting To The Modern Cloth Nappy, Why Should I Make The Switch To Cloth Nappies?

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

You’ll save tons of money! You’ll never have a stinky bin again. You’ll avoid the nasty rashes and worse from the chemicals and bleaches in disposables. You’ll stop polluting the earth with a mountain of stinking, indestructible nappies. You can boycott the multinationals. You won’t spend any more money on rubbish. You’ll reduce the carbon footprint of yourself and your children.

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

Angie from Piggy Tails Nappies:

The question you should be asking yourself is why not switch? There is much commentary out there on why you should switch including environmental benefits (yes – you get to do your bit to save the earth) and reducing the incidences of nappy rash (because of the natural fibers in each nappy), but by far the most important reason is the financial savings you will enjoy if you make the switch.

If you think about how many disposable nappies you go through in a day and multiply that out by the number of years that your baby will be in nappies (roughly 2 1/2 years on average) the cost of financing a disposable nappy regime is sickening to say the least. You could be looking at up to $3,000 (not to mention the cost if you have 2 or more babies in nappies). Your initial outlay for a full time pack of cloth nappies is approximately $500 – $700 (for a good quality cloth nappy package) but that initial outlay is far less than the $3,000 you are likely to spend in buying disposable nappies. Multiply the savings when you use your nappies on a second or third baby or when you sell your nappies second hand (which there is a great market for by the way) or when you get someone else to buy the nappies for you (e.g. as a baby shower gift).

In addition to financial savings, your baby will look absolutely adorable in its Modern Cloth Nappy (which come in all sorts of cute patterns, colours and designs)!

Kelly from Nappy Needz:

There are huge benefits to using cloth over disposable nappies. You can save over $1000 on your first child alone, which is a huge incentive, without even taking into account the environmental or health benefits. Fewer chemicals against your babies skin has to be a good thing, and less rubbish to put out each week is always a bonus!

Melissa from Little Para Pants:

You’ll save so much money when you use Modern Cloth Nappies instead of disposables.  One cloth nappy, at around $30, can pay for itself almost three times in the first year alone.

Susan from Nifty Naps:

 I think we all use cloth nappies for a number of reasons but personally for me it was solely to do with the environment and what was best for my babies in terms of sustainable living. I always wanted to use cloth and when I was pregnant with my first I thought I was going to use terry flats and covers until I found the magical world of modern cloth nappies and now not only are they great for the environment they look good too!

Melanie & Diana from Bodeo:

Modern Cloth Nappies are so easy to use, free of chemicals and will save your family money! Many babies will spend 2.5+ years in nappies, if using disposables that is a LOT of nappies being thrown away. Switching to cloth, even part time, will mean your baby is wearing something that is comfortable, breathable and can be used over and over without adding to landfill. Starting with one ‘cloth’ day per week is a great way to begin, and allows you to try out a few different styles of nappies before committing to a whole stash.

Jodi from MCN Lovers R Us:

I think the real question is ‘Why should you not make the switch to cloth nappies???’ What is gained by using disposables?
People often tell me they don’t have the time to be a cloth mumma but I’m no superhousewife, (I’m typing this surrounded by the toys that I just haven’t bothered to tidy up tonight – its Offspring night so don’t judge me!!!) but I do do laundry, we wear clean clothes everyday! And an extra load of washing isn’t something I’ve ever noticed. In fact, MCNs are so easy to care for that mine just get thrown in with the rest of the wash! I do laundry 3 or 4 days a week, I’m pretty sure non cloth families do a similar amount of laundry 🙂

The environment is another factor. Now, I’m certainly not a hippy by any means but I do think its important to care for the planet too. Its the only one we have after all. Did you know the first disposable ever made is sitting in landfill tonight, just sitting there, taken up space, not breaking down, filled with decades old excrement – ewwww 😉 And contrary to that very popular argument, the water used to wash an MCN doesn’t have near the same environmental impact as a disposable does. So when you use MCNs you get to pat yourself on the back each night for being so good to the environment 😉

And then there’s the money side. Now, I’ll admit, MCNs can get addictive and if you wanted to you could spend a whole heap of money on ‘pretties’ BUT you still would save money over using disposable nappies. Cloth nappies come in all shapes and sizes to suit all budgets and can be reused from child to child and passed on, donated or sold when your family is finished with them so more babies can use them (and more disposables are saved from landfill). Even using just 1 cloth nappy a day saves you buying 365 disposables, think of what that extra money could do for your household (or you could just put it in the Mumma bank as payment for that tiny bit of extra washing you will do – and believe me, its a tiny amount 😉

Erin from Rascal Rumps:

MCNs are easy to use, save heaps of money (that’s the biggie) and are great for the environment, after all it’s our babies who will be growing up on this planet.

Nat and Amy from Little Diamond Bums (closed):

There are four underlying reasons why parents decide to switch to cloth. The importance of each of these differ from family to family. The first and most widely promoted are the environmental benefits. There are many facts, figures and statistics that demonstrate the reduction in landfill and other environmental benefits that using cloth nappies can provide. The second undeniably is the cost benefits of using both cloth nappies and cloth wipes. Third is the health benefits, cloth gives you more control on what you are putting against your babies skin and finally they are just so darn cute but come with a warning… they can be addictive!

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Our Comment Question is about converting to modern cloth nappies:

If you’ve converted to modern cloth nappies, tell us your number one reason why? Saving Money? Environmental? Style?

Charndra


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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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March 6, 2011

Modern Cloth Nappies on facebook?

Yes, there are many Cloth Nappy Shops that have facebook fan pages.

They are a great way to get in touch with the maker or re-seller about their nappies, grab discounts, clearance items, win cloth nappies and see what is coming up.

We have a page listing just cloth nappy shop facebook pages.

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February 25, 2011

What Should You DO When You Receive Fluffy Mail – and WHY?

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What do I do when I receive my first ever fluffy mail?

Everyone wants to put it straight on baby – but is there more to know? Let’s find out what is the best thing to do to make the most out of this brand new nappy…

I’m pleased to have contributions from many Nappy Doula’s included in this article. We have Marnie from Noonee Wilga, Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba, Michelle from Cloth ‘n’ Craft, Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies, Louise from Nip Naps, Tamara from Baby Mumma, Misty from Fluffybuns and Laura from the Cloth Nappy Co.

Let’s see what they have to say:

What do I do when I receive my first ever fluffy mail?

Marnie from Noonee Wilga:

Just got new fluffy mail? How can you resist putting it on your baby? I definitely can’t, so I pop it on my bub to admire, then immediately remove and throw it in the wash to remove any soil from the manufacturing process of the fabric and nappy. When there is hemp and bamboo absorbency in your new nappy, I recommend washing several times for the fabric to reach its full absorbency. I know this is almost impossible to do, so if you can’t resist the temptation to begin using the nappy after the first wash, be aware that it might not yet be as absorbent as later, so you may need to change more often after the first few uses.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

Pre-wash in the washing machine at least 3 times, following the nappy maker’s usual washing instructions. Three things will happen: a. Boosters or inserts with natural fabrics will shrink to the right size. Natural fabrics (bamboo cotton, hemp) tend to shrink in the first few washes, and nappy makers usually make these nappies and inserts a bit bigger to accommodate this initial shrinking. Synthetic fabrics like polyester or microfiber do not shrink. b. Manufacturing residues and any fabric markings will be washed away. c. The absorbency of bamboo, hemp and cotton increases as the natural oils in the fabric are washed out.

Michelle from Cloth ‘n’ Craft:

Depending on the age of your child/absorbancy needed, you can just wash the nappies once or twice and start using them! The first and second wash will ensure all the dressing from manufacturing are gone and you’ll need to change more regularly until the nappies have reached their max absorbancy, but you get to use them!

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

When you first unwrap a brand new nappy I know the most tempting thing to do is put it straight on your bub, but there are a few things you need to do first to make sure the nappy works the way it should and you aren’t disappointed. Firstly you need to wash the outer once (for pocket nappies and covers) to remove any chemical residues since the fabrics used in these parts are not usually pre-washed, and secondly you need to wash the inserts between 4-6 times to get them to their peak absorbency. You don’t need to dry them in between washes if you don’t have time, but if you can wait I usually leave them in the machine and put them through with my nappies or ordinary clothes washes until the 6 are up. It may seem a hassle but it really does make a huge difference to absorbency, and will save you nappy changes in the long run!

Louise from Nip Naps:

First thing – make sure you check it for size, quality and that you are generally happy it! Reputable nappy sellers should accept for return nappies that are unwashed and unused if you are not 100% happy with your purchase. Then, of course, follow the manufacturers pre-wash instructions. Nappy fabrics have chemicals added to them during manufacture that need to be washed out. Not only do these chemicals reduce the absorbency of the nappies but they are not things you want on your baby’s delicate skin. My big tip for pre-washing is that some people don’t realise you don’t need to dry between washes – just wash, wash, wash …

Tamara from Baby Mumma:

When you receive your nappies, please take the a moment to bask in their lovely fluffy goodness! Before you use them for the first time, give them a wash. This gets rid of the manufacturing bits and gets your boosters on the way to becoming that magical super absorber that it strives to be! Whilst you are washing for the first time, you may like to sit down and have a read of your nappies care instructions. You will find that most brands are quite similar in their care. And remember the more you wash your natural fibre boosters the more absorbent they become.

Misty from Fluffybuns:

Get excited by how gorgeous they all are..;o), then give them a wash x5 times to maximise absorption, hang them on the line in the sunshine…

Laura from the Cloth Nappy Co:

Wash your cloth nappy at least 5 times with no fabric softener or bleaches (the build-up of chemicals in these products stop the nappy from absorbing). Cloth nappies actually increase in absorption the more they are washed. Line drying is recommended as machine drying causes more wear and tear.

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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.

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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