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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– This is a regular feature of My Green Nappy in which family friendly sites are invited to contribute a post about their website. You’ll discover a bit about their ideas, specialties, what motivated their passion and what concerns them about the environment at the moment.
Find out more about contributing a guest post…

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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.

– 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 –

Discover More from Our Nappy Experts…

3 Recommended Resources:

  1. Alternative feminine hygiene choices.
  2. Nappy making fabrics and materials.
  3. Creative Kids at Home

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A question to you about what your interest in modern nappies has introduced you to:

What was the next stop on your Modern Cloth Nappy road?

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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!
– 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.

Discover More from Your Nappy Doulas…

3 Recommended Resources about Modern Nappies here at My Green Nappy:
  1. Modern Cloth Mini Trends
  2. My Nappy Style Windows
  3. The 100 Green Promise Nappies Initiative

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A comment question to You about Nappy Blow-Outs… Tell us about an awkward nappy blow-out experience you have had with your baby…

Are you registered to play in our regular nappy giveaways?
Be sure to sign up to have your chance to WIN a free modern cloth nappy for your baby!

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January 31, 2011

Meet Our Guest: Little Para Pants

Little Para Pants

Let’s meet Mel, the proud owner of Little Para Pants:

Hi! I’m Mel and I live in Adelaide, where it’s hot and dry today. I have a husband Darrin, son Caleb who’s almost 4, and another son Ian who died at the age of two days. We have three cats and three chickens, and plan to add two more chickens to our brood soon!

Little Para Pants began when Caleb was about three months old. The terry squares we were using just weren’t enough for this heavy wetting boy. So I found some tutorials and patterns online and started to sew some Modern Cloth Nappies. As I got better at it, friends told me they were good enough to sell, so I set up the business. Since then I’ve expanded from one single pattern to several, and many cloth nappy accessories as well.

What bugs me most is the culture we live in, where we told we can’t live without things that we really don’t need! For instance, when preparing for a new baby, most people assume you need a cot, a pram, and a mountain of bottles. Yet for thousands of years before these items were invented, parents and babies got by just fine – in fact thrived – by cosleeping, babywearing, and breastfeeding.

When you visit Little Para Pants, make sure you have a look at…

1. One Fit Wonders –  This is a one-size-fits-most all-in-one nappy with pocket. Use it as is during the day, or add the trifold at night for a super absorbent nappy!
2. Swim Nappies –  Side snapping with PUL and fold-over elastic to minimise leaks
3. Cloth Sandwich Wraps – A velcro-fastening square to keep your sandwiches fresh!

3 of my favourite sites are:

1. Joyous Birth – Australia’s home birth community
2. Scarlet Eve – Beautiful and comfortable cloth menstrual pads!
3. OZ Handmade – Your home for handmade things in Australia

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– This is a regular feature of My Green Nappy in which family friendly sites are invited to contribute a post about their website. You’ll discover a bit about their ideas, specialties, what motivated their passion and what concerns them about the environment.
Find out more about our guests…

Are you registered to play in our regular nappy giveaway competitions?
Be sure to sign up to have your chance to WIN a free modern cloth nappy for your baby!

Thank you to My Green Nappy’s Sponsoring Partners:

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September 1, 2010

Why Modern Cloth Nappies?

Why Modern Cloth Nappies?

It’s nice to know why a retailer makes the decision to make or sell modern cloth nappies – is it the same reason you are interested or already using cloth nappies on your baby?

There are three main reasons, usually inter-connected, that reflect why modern cloth nappies are used in combination with, or rather than, disposable nappies:

For your baby – softer, warmer and more comfortable than wearing paper, less nappy rash, more body awareness, leading often to earlier toileting independence, and therefore less waste and washing.

For your budget – saving money every time a washable nappy is used, reducing the costs of having a baby, leading to other savings.

For the benefit of the Environment – less landfill, less ecological impact, less CO2 and other potential contaminants, less use of non renewable natural resources.

For today’s topic we’ve asked your Nappy Experts about why they make or sell modern cloth nappies.

Let’s see what they have to say:

“Why do you sell modern cloth nappies?”

Emma Davidson of Brindabella Baby:

I became a dealer to support my own addiction!

Melinda of Avanappy:

I want to help increase the number of Modern Cloth Nappy makers in Australia, so Australian parents don’t have to look overseas to buy nappies.

Mel of Little Para Pants:

Because I like making them, and I wanted a job where I could work at home while looking after my son.

Louise of Scamps Boutique, NZ:

I sell Modern Cloth Nappies because I love them, I am addicted to them and I want everyone else to use them!

Eva of Oz Baby Trends:

I’m passionate about them and it’s something I can do to make a little money on the side while staying at home with the children – my number one priorty.

Inge of Earth Kidz:

I think it is an easy thing for parents to do to save the environment for their children. I got hooked and want to get others hooked too!

Cassandra of New Age Nappies:

My passion started in 1993 when I did my C.A.T about nappies in high school, when I had bub no. 1, that was it!

Annette of Iish Fly:

I began selling Modern Cloth Nappies as an experiment on ebay, and still today I am experimenting with MCN’s. When I moved over to Modern Cloth Nappies from terry squares, I loved how well they fitted, and how easy they were to use. I wanted others to have the choice and knowledge of them as well.

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

Because I simply love what I do. I get so much satisfaction in seeing babies running around in beautiful, environmental friendly nappies!

Cindy from Ticklefish Tots:

Apart from them being cute, I sell them so that I can share the joy of functional things that I create that are great for the environment!

Carli from MiniLaLa:

Because I love and believe in the product! I love fashion and pretty things, things that make life easy for parents (I have two toddlers!), and our Earth. I have created a product which fulfils all 3 passions!

Tracey from Flattery:

Modern Cloth Nappies are a passion of mine – I love using them I love making them, i love designing, creating, and I love sharing. When I originally started making nappies it was a huge thing for me to make cloth attractive – it’s the pretty nappies that will bring non-clothies on board – and i also wanted to make them affordable so I’ve kept my prices quite low.

Bec from Baby Chilli:

Because I want to spread the word about how wonderful Modern Cloth Nappies can be. I feel they are a wonderful invention and not only help landfill but save you money and look a lot cuter too.

Kelleigh from Miracle Baby:

I sell modern cloth nappies because I love using them. They are easy-peasy! The thought of how many disposables I am not throwing away makes me feel really proud at the small effort we are going to, to leave a cleaner planet to our little miracles.

Julie from Cloth For Comfort:

I have chosen to primarily sell my nappies at a handmade craft market in Melbourne; while it takes more time and cost than just having an online store, I LOVE advocating modern cloth nappies and explaining the benefits, especially to those who have never seen or heard of them before.  I love the amazed reactions I get when I show them how cloth nappies have evolved from the humble towelling flat nappies! I am excited to be responsible for most of my customers using my nappies after seeing my stall and learning about MCN at the market.  It also feeds my addiction to MCN, as there are only so many nappies you can make for your own children. Click here for details of the next Market you will find us at…

Peggy from Fluffy Bubs:

To share my love of these get products. Not only are they a more environmentally friendly choice over disposables, they are cost effective and cute!

Kate from Nappy Days:

Because parents need to know they have choice to get out of the brainwashed baby system that we currently have. I wish I had known more when I had our son, but found it was better late than never.

Alisha of Baby Safari:

I chose to sell them because I believe in them as a product and I wanted more people to know about them. Since I opened there has been a dramatic increase in online cloth retailers and WAHMs making Modern Cloth Nappies.

Sasha of Green Kids:

I really like that I am able to offer parents a way to use cloth nappies which is much easier than it has traditionally been. I know a lot of people choose disposables as they think cloth is too hard, so it’s great to let people know about Green Kids, and that there is a way that they can make the right choice for their baby and the environment, but without all the hassle.

Reusable cloth helps preserve natural resources

Great! I like all these reasons.
What motivates me to use cloth and reusable options is the environment and money! It is simply cheaper to re-use something many times – particularly when it is just going to be weed in, throwing it away after it is piddled in seems so wasteful.
Environmentally, I like knowing that although the product used resources in it’s manufacture, that process only happened once, not once for each time it is worn – another impact-reducing aspect of modern cloth.
Thank you to all our nappy experts for their contributions,

– 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 –

Discover More from Our Nappy Experts…

Thank you to My Green Nappy’s Sponsoring Partners:

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If you are just visiting for the first time today, and have found something new in this article, be sure to register & receive My Green Nappy Guide, you’ll be both relieved and excited at the things you will discover!

3 recommended resources:

  1. My Green Nappy Guide – discover all about modern cloth nappy styles in guided slo-mo – you’ll be a pro in no time with my unique guided tour!
  2. Have you been browsing through the Modern Cloth Mini Trend Galleries? A great way to spot a nappy you like, and then to go and visit the shop where it came from, to buy one!
  3. Go looking though the Green Promise Nappies Gallery – our signature ‘turbo charged giveaway’, in which nappies are pledged and donated for you to win and use as ‘nappy change’ ambassadors on your baby’s bum!

August 31, 2010

Pocket Nappies: What Does This Mean?

In Search of the Best Cloth Nappies: Pocket Nappies

A pocket nappy – the goal of this article is to clarify for you what the term ‘pocket’ nappy means, and to introduce you to some of the cloth nappy shops who offer these adjustable and quick drying pocket nappies.

These nappy retailers and nappy makers have been asked to describe the pocket nappy for you in their own way, depending on the time thay had available to contribute when I asked; you’ll see quick, concise definitions as well as detailed explanations that reveal more about the composition of the nappy fabrics, materials and designs. I am certain you will discover everything you need to know about them in their brief or detailed descriptions – I did! Once you know, pop over and look at their pocket nappies with your enhanced understanding of the features and benefits of the pocket nappy.

Our Nappy Experts explain Pocket Nappies for you in a variety of ways…

Kyra from Bubbalooba:

Pocket nappies have a removable absorbent insert, which helps the nappy dry a lot faster! They do require a tiny bit of extra work, as you need to stuff the nappies after every wash, and remove the insert before washing, but these are my preferred nappy just for the quick drying time.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

An outer waterproof shell sewn to an inner stay-dry liner, with an opening (pocket!) in the front or back of the nappy to slip in some absorbent fabric (insert)

Lara from Extremely Nappies:

Pocket nappies are the best: they tick all the boxes. I won’t use anything else! All I make at Extremely Nappies is pocket nappies. They go on as easy as disposables, as they are the same shape and they fasten with top quality velcro. They have a staydry inner that goes against baby’s bum, so fluids pass through into the middle. In the pocket there are removable absorbent inserts which come out for washing and therefore dry much, much faster than if they were sewn in. On the outside is a layer of breathable, waterproof material, to keep baby’s clothes dry. It’s covered with a funky cotton print so they look good!

I use 2 types of material for absorbent boosters (or inserts): microfiber and bamboo (or hemp). This is a popular combination, here’s why: microfiber soaks up fast, like a sponge, holding 7 times its weight in water, but just as if you sat on a sponge, the water would squeeze out. So it needs another material to hold that water, to lock it in, so to speak. Hemp and bamboo absorb 3 times their weight in water, and don’t release it under compression. They are much trimmer than cotton, so baby’s nappy isn’t too bulky, and they’re environmentally friendly crops, grown without chemicals. They are also anti bacterial and anti fungal. How cool is that?

The legs are elasticised to contain any mess, yet covered with soft microfleece or suedecloth to protect baby’s skin. The velcro ensures the nappies go easy on, easy off, and Extremely Nappies have laundering tabs that let you fold the velcro securely shut, so it won’t snag in the wash. They are also double sided, meaning the velcro tabs can cross over, to fit really tiny waists. The pocket is simply an opening at the back, where you insert the boosters into the shell (stuff the nappy). This is a major design advantage, because you can choose how much absorbency to use. For overnight or older toddlers with big bladders, you can add an extra booster (or any soaking material you like). The great thing about removable boosters is that the nappy dries in 3 parts, which takes several hours, instead of several days.

Extremely Nappies are also One Size Fits All, because if you invest in nappies they should fit to toilet training, without you having to buy bigger ones later. Some pocket nappies have snaps to change adjust “rise” – I found snaps an annoyance on other nappies, so always left them undone (on the biggest setting) and they worked just fine on a newborn. So I designed these without snaps, and they fit from 3.5 kg to 15 kgs- they’ll just look a bit bigger on a tiny baby than a toddler.

Nicole from Krap Katchers:

Pocket Nappies are just that, pockets! You can truly customize the nappy to suit your baby’s needs by stuffing the pocket with however many absorbent inserts desired. Pocket Nappies are also extremely quick drying as you can pull them completely apart and have them ready to go again in no time!

Kelly from Pepper Place:

A nappy with some sort of opening to slip your absorbent material in. The opening can be at the front or back, on the inside or (rarely) the outside of the nappy. They usually have a waterproof outer and stay-dry inner, but can be all or partly absorbent too.

Laura of Cloth Nappy Co:

Pocket nappies are precisely what the name implies.  Between the waterproof outer layer and the inner lining there is a ‘pocket’ in which to put an insert of either hemp, bamboo or microfiber.  Pocket nappies usually come in One Size Fits All with either a hook & loop or snap buttons system for adjusting the nappy to fit your baby. Pocket nappies can dry faster than all in one nappies as there is less material in them.

Now you know exactly what a pocket nappy is and the best features and benefits of this style of modern nappies.

To summarise this series of articles about the meaning of the various nappy styles, Amy of WeePantz clarifies the main components of modern nappies, to reassure you that it is actually easy to choose the nappy style that suits your lifestyle, baby and budget:

Essentially, all nappies are comprised of similar components, remembering this helps us to not get confused when looking at new brands or styles of nappies.

The main components of a nappy are:

1. Absorbency (whether it be sewn in on an AIO, Stuffed in a pocket or the entire nappy in a fitted or a flat or a prefold)

2. Waterproofing (covers, PUL layers, woollen soakers etc)

3. Stay Dry Layer (flushable or washable liners, or the microfleece/suedecloth layer in a nappy)

4. Fastening (Velcro, snappis and snaps)

When we remember that, I think its easy to figure out what a nappy needs to have in it, and how we want our nappy system to work. For example if you want it all in one you get an AIO, if you don’t mind attaching stuff, then you can look into other options like pockets, AI2’s, fitteds etc. A parent can decide what is right for them rather than being confused by all the options available.

Thank you to all our nappy doula’s for their contributions,
P.S There is a question at the bottom of each of these features. Join in the conversation and share your own experiences and stories with us…

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August 21, 2010

Greenwashing Alert! Deceptively Disposable Nappies?

What’s 1 aspect of disposable nappies that you find is often ‘green washed’ in the minds of the general public?

“Disposable Nappies” – as we know, they aren’t – they sit around in landfill for decades, and more.

What is greenwashing, and does it get applied to disposable nappies?

In a society that’s increasingly aware of its own negative impact on the natural world, it’s no surprise corporations compete for consumer approval by promoting themselves as environmentally friendly or green. Such promotions might be as simple as sprinkling product packaging with leafy logos or as involved as publicizing investments in emerging technologies. Organizations spend billions of dollars each year in an attempt to convince consumers that their operations have a minimal impact on the environment. But can you believe the claims? How much environmental marketing is simply greenwashing?

For today’s topic we’ve asked our Nappy WAHM’s about the perceptions of the general public when it comes to disposable nappies and the green movement. “Green washing” is alive and well, and the myths quickly permeate general knowledge, but are often just a case of creative advertising and clever marketing, not environmental care at all…

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 PantsLouise from Scamps BoutiqueEva from Oz Baby Trends, Inge from Earth KidzCassandra from New Age Nappies, Annette from Iish Fly, Michelle from Issy Bear NappiesAlisha from Baby Safari, Cindy from Ticklefish TotsAshley from Cheeky Creations, Carli from MiniLaLa, Tracey from Flattery, Bec from Baby Chilli,  Julie from Cloth For Comfort, Chris froBaby Bullfrogs, Kate from Nappy DaysMichelle from Sustainable Hemp Products, and Karen from Baby Blossom.

Greenwashing as a term was originally related to a hotel chain that made claims about being eco-friendly in the way their towels were washed, yet it was found to be nothing more than a promotional ploy!  According to Wikipaedia:

The term is generally used when significantly more money or time has been spent advertising being green (that is, operating with consideration for the environment), rather than spending resources on environmentally sound practices.

Let’s see what they have to say:

“What’s 1 aspect of using disposable nappies that you find is often ‘green washed’ in the minds of the general public?”

Emma of Brindabella Baby:

It’s OK because they make biodegradable disposables now.” Green wash – most people don’t use biodegradables. Of those who do, most use the ones readily available in supermarkets that are only 70% biodegradable – so there’s still a large quantity of nappy not breaking down in landfill. And even if you use a 100% biodegradable nappy, it won’t break down in landfill if it’s in a non-biodegradable plastic bag.

Melinda of Avanappy:

The chemical makeup of the absorbency layers.
Mel of Little Para Pants:
I keep hearing about the study that found cloth nappies use more water than disposables.  I think the study was assuming that you’re always washing your full stash at the same time.  I don’t know about anyone else, but the only time that’s ever happened here was before my son was born and he wasn’t wearing any yet!

Eva of Oz Baby Trends:

Eco Disposable brands. They still take a long time break down and only then under the right conditions. No matter how eco-friendly they might be (compared to normal disposables), they are still contributing to our disposable culture.
Inge of Earth Kidz:
That they are breathable. Duh, try putting plastic underwear on yourself!

Cassandra of New Age Nappies:

No worse than cloth re water use etc.

Annette of Iish Fly:

That using disposable saves on water in Australia’s arid environment. I find a baby in nappies tends to add an extra 2 loads a week, which in a front loader is around an extra 40-60 L a week, which is less than 1% of the average households water consumption. Another aspect  it promotes is that “It is ok to send hazardous body waste to landfill!

Michelle of Issy Bear Nappies:

The words ‘eco-friendly‘.’

Cindy from Ticklefish Tots:

Well, no mention of the hundreds of years a disposable nappy takes to break down is certainly one thing …. Do you think companies who thrive from the sale of disposable nappies would stay in business if they publicised the fact that their product was not as eco-friendly as they would have us believe?

Carli from MiniLaLa:

Lots of people argue that cloth nappies use so much water, without realising how much water (amongst other things) goes into the production of disposables.

Tracey from Flattery:

There was a study done into the environmental impact of disposables/cloth (they came out on par with each other) the thing that frustrates me is that this study was carried out when cloth nappies were terry cloth squares – that required soaking in napisan (which is not used for nappies now) and water usage was based on pre-soaking and water guzzling top loaders and electricity usage included drying in a dryer not on the line!

Bec from Baby Chilli:

The amount of water it takes to make disposable nappies, plus of course the crude oil, trees and plastic consumption that goes into each and every disposable nappy.
Julie from Cloth For Comfort:
I have found speaking with hundreds of people in my experience at the markets, one aspect which is ‘green washed’ is the amount of water used in the making of disposable nappies compared to cloth. I can understand this from the point of view of those who have not had any education regarding modern cloth nappies as the clever disposable nappy marketing campaigns can insinuate that less water is used in the making of disposable nappies.
Although this is true for only one nappy, it is much more when you add up the thousands of disposable nappies used for each child compared to the environmentally sustainable crops such as bamboo which is commonly used in modern cloth nappies and also the water it takes to wash and clean the nappies too!
Chris from Baby Bullfrogs:
Just how toxic the chemicals are that are used in them – blerghh!
Kate from Nappy Days:
That disposables are actually really good for the environment and that parents need to be more worried about spending time with their baby instead of doing mountains of washing.
Alisha of Baby Safari:
They think they are saving water by using them, the don’t think of the water that has been used to manufacture the nappies.
Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

Marketing not focusing on the negatives like landfill and pollution problems and chemical usage in manufacture.
Karen from Baby Blossom:
Disposable are biodegradable. Although many parts of a disposable may be, wrap it in plastic and put it in landfill.
It still takes hundreds of years to break down.

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3 Recommended Resources about Greenwashing and reducing the impact of using disposables :

  1. Greenwatch: All you need to know about Greenwashing.
  2. “The Six Sins of Greenwashing.”
  3. Make your eco disposables more environmentally friendly by emptying them.

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August 17, 2010

Custom Made Modern Nappies: What Does This Mean?

In Search of the Best Cloth Nappies: Custom Made Nappies

Custom Made Modern Nappies – the goal of this article is to clarify for you what commissioning a custom made nappy means – and to introduce you to some of the cloth nappy shops who offer custom or semi-custom slots.

Our Nappy Experts explain Custom Made Nappies for you in simple ways…

These nappy retailers and nappy makers have been asked to describe the custom made nappies for you in their own way, depending on the time thay had available to contribute when I asked; you’ll see quick, concise definitions as well as detailed explanations that reveal more about the composition of the nappy fabrics, materials and designs. I am certain you will discover everything you need to know about them in their brief or detailed descriptions – I did! Once you know, pop over and look at their personalised nappies with your enhanced understanding of the features and benefits of custom made, individual nappies.

Kyra from Bubbalooba:

Custom made nappies are made to your specifications, and that could mean custom sizing, fabrics, snaps, whatever you like! If you see something in our store that isn’t exactly what you want, you can always contact us for a custom order.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

This could mean anything from being able to choose the fabric and/or snap colours for your nappy, right up to customising the type of embroidery and even the measurements/fit of a nappy.

Amy from Wee Pantz:

Custom Made Nappies are great because you can get your nappies personalised.

I have done a bunch of these for people. Names, different prints appliquéd on the back. It is even possible to get matching nappies for siblings or mothers groups. Modern Cloth is so cute! And I think having custom made nappies are great I have heaps of them!

Nicole from Krap Katchers:

Don’t like our colour choices? Want to make your nappies stand out from the crowd? Here is your chance as with custom listings you can select all your own colour choices.

Kelly from Pepper Place:

The customer gets to choose. This can cover anything-from the fabrics used, to embroidery and other embellishments, to the number of layers included. Basically, you get exactly what you want and what your child needs.

Laura of Cloth Nappy Co:

Custom made nappies allow you to choose precisely what you would like your cloth nappy to be. From the type of absorbent material to the cover and sizing, you can design your own nappy to suit your baby and lifestyle.

Now you know exactly what a custom made nappy is and the best features and benefits of this style of modern nappies.

To summarise this series of articles about the meaning of the various nappy styles, Amy of WeePantz clarifies the main components of modern nappies, to reassure you that it is actually easy to choose the nappy style that suits your lifestyle, baby and budget:

Essentially, all nappies are comprised of similar components, remembering this helps us to not get confused when looking at new brands or styles of nappies.

The main components of a nappy are:

1. Absorbency (whether it be sewn in on an AIO, Stuffed in a pocket or the entire nappy in a fitted or a flat or a prefold)

2. Waterproofing (covers, PUL layers, woollen soakers etc)

3. Stay Dry Layer (flushable or washable liners, or the microfleece/suedecloth layer in a nappy)

4. Fastening (Velcro, snappis and snaps)

When we remember that, I think its easy to figure out what a nappy needs to have in it, and how we want our nappy system to work. For example if you want it all in one you get an AIO, if you don’t mind attaching stuff, then you can look into other options like pockets, AI2’s, fitteds etc. A parent can decide what is right for them rather than being confused by all the options available.

Thank you to all our nappy experts for their contributions,
P.S There is a question at the bottom of each of these features. Join in the conversation and share your own experiences and stories with us…

– 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 –

Discover More from Our Nappy Experts…

Thank you to My Green Nappy’s Sponsoring Partners:

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If you are just visiting for the first time today, and have found something new in this article, be sure to register & receive My Green Nappy Guide, you’ll be both relieved and excited at the things you will discover!

A question to you about custom made nappies:

Customs: Are they the BEST cloth nappies? Tell us the story behind a custom made nappy in your stash.

June 25, 2010

Green Promise Nappy #19

Green Promise Nappy # 19 is a ‘Watermelon Wishes’ Jax Naps nappy.

Sponsor:

Proudly donated by Tamara from Jax Naps in Queensland.

About Jax Naps:

How Jax Naps was created…

Jax Naps was originally going to be Lil’ Dumplins but after the loss of my son Jackson, Jax Naps was created in his memory.

I was seven months pregnant and working in child care when one of the mums came in with a modern cloth nappy on her little girl Illyria. I fell in love with them instantly, she looked so adorable.

I showed them to my mother who is now my business partner and the wonderful woman who creates our gorgeous nappies. Being a seamstress for as long as I can remember, Mum was quick to tell me that she could make them for me…

But then went on to tell me that cloth nappies are so much work,all that soaking, scrubbing and washing.

She even offered to buy disposable nappies for me just so she didn’t have to wash nappies when Jackson stayed with Granma. She was quick to change her mind once i explained the ins and outs of Modern Cloth Nappies and how easy they are to use. It was even easier once she saw the gorgeous prints and colours they could be made with.

After time and quite a lot of paper, a pattern was created and I made Jackson’s first nappies. I made 26 in total, as I kept on finding more colours I liked and just had to have. My family thought I was mad, all that extra work they’d say. This just made me more determined to prove them all wrong. Mum and I talked about producing them in the New Year but…..

When we lost my beautiful son Jackson in November 2009, I was definately in no rush to go back to work in child care and wanted to spend more time with my eight year old daughter Morgan. It was then that I decided to become a WAHM (work at home mum).

After a few modifications our first nappy was created just before Christmas 2009 – red with white stars, and white frills on the bum. Illyria was more than happy to be our little Jax Naps tester.

Illyria and her mum Robyn liked it so much they quickly told us to hurry up and make some more.

Although I never had the chance to use MCN’s with Jackson, I can’t wait to use them with my next baby…

– Tamara

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