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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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November 28, 2010

Snaps or Velcro? What is a Benefit of Each?

Spring Green Promise Nappy Sponsors – Congo Advice #6

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!

Snaps or velcro to fasten your nappies?Snaps or velcro? What is a benefit of each?

Typically, mums often start with velcro, or touch-tape, as it is easy, quick, similar to sposies in use – and move to snaps later – that popping sound is such fun!

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

Let’s see what tips your nappy doula’s have about the features of Snaps or Velcro as a nappy fastening.

Louise from Nip Naps:

Snaps for sure! My son hated the sound of the velcro undoing and I hate washing it. And I can never get “wrap” style nappies or covers to fit right. Nappies or covers with multiple snaps around the legs and waist are actually much more adjustable and easier to get on than ones that “wrap” around with velcro.

Katerina from Twinkle Lily:

Snaps – look nicer, no snagging other items in the wash, secure closures every time.

Velcro – much more adjustable than snaps which may at times meet in the middle of snap placement leaving slight gape.

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

Snaps- more durable over time, harder for bub to undo, can be easily colour coordinated.

Velcro- easier to do up especially on a squirming bubba.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

I lean towards snaps over velcro, but I use both.

I like snaps because they look ‘newer’ for longer, and they don’t snag with other washing while doing the laundry. Another bonus: snapped nappies aren’t as easy to remove compared to velcro by babies/toddlers!

I like velcro for its ease of use. Velcro is infinitely adjustable as well: point velcro tabs upwards to make leg holes smaller for skinny legs, and point them downwards to make leg holes bigger to accommodate chubby thighs.

Yoland from Bumbino:

Snap fitting nappies look very neat and they don’t require that sometimes unattractive strip of Velcro loop across the front . The snaps wash well and so the nappy retains its good looks and does not acquire the slightly tired or even tatty appearance that Velcro nappies can have after they have been well washed.

Snap fitting nappies don’t catch on other things in the wash, don’t have the same potential to scratch delicate skin and don’t have that habit of collecting lint and bits of this and that in the wash, as Velcro nappies do.

Having said all that. I do know that lots of people do prefer the Velcro nappies. They are quick to fit and easy to fine tune for fit and are more similar to a disposable nappy in that regard. And on a super-wriggly baby, a quick change is a good change.

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

I am a big fan of velcro, mostly because it is infinitely adjustable and makes for faster nappy changes. Snaps look tidier but take longer to do up since you have to figure out exactly which snaps to do them up to, and if your bub is at an in-between size it can be hard to get a good fit. Many people prefer snaps because they say the velcro sticks to other nappies and clothes in the washing machine, but I find with good sized laundry tabs this isn’t an issue, and even when they do stick it’s only to the velcro on the other nappies.
Nat from Little Diamond Bums:
This is such a great debate with opinions frequently changing over the time of your child being in nappies. Velcro is so easy to use especially on a wriggling baby. Snaps are long lasting, look great and much harder for a curious toddler to undo. We always discuss the pro and cons of both with our customers as it comes down to being a personal choice. If you’re unsure try a selection of each; we recommend Velcro for your plain nappies and snaps for your prints.
Fiona & Catherine from Darlings Downunder:

Snaps tend to be more durable and harder for some toddlers to undo.

Velcro is more adjustable – which is important in the early poosplosion days and is often preferred by carers (and many Dads!)

Liz of Real Nappies NZ:

I have tried snaps and velcro. Velcro always wins for me, as I like a quick and easy nappy change and with a wriggly toddler believe me snaps seem to take forever. I also found snaps are no way near as adjustable as velcro. With a whole velcro band across the cover it means you can adjust from the tiniest to the largest quickly and easily, usually with snaps you can only adjust the cover to 2 or sometimes 3 different places. Having said that if you have a baby that likes to undo their nappy, snaps are great as they are tricky to get off. You do have to make sure you close the velcro tabs before washing too so as to avoid lint build-up.

Some people believe velcro does not last as long as snaps – well with Real Nappies this is no longer an issue. Real Nappies offer a unique 2-child guarantee, which guarantees they will replace your covers or nappies if they fail at any time during this period, see their website for more information. Plus with Real Nappies being used in hospitals and daycares and washed daily by an industrial washing machine at very high temperatures, they have to be up to the rigours of what a domestic washing machine can throw at them!

The question for you is easy: Snaps or velcro? When for each? What did you start with, what do you prefer now?

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October 21, 2010

Steps in the Green Promise Nappy Initiative: How do I enter my answers?

Where do I find the questions?

Go to the List of Spring Sponsors

Click on the nappy shop’s title – it will open the nappy shop in a new window for you. There will be a starting point on the home page – it may be a button or a link in a menu, or a box with the information right there. The owner will introduce themselves and then ask you a question. They may give you some tips as well, so read carefully!

Download Your .pdf Entrants Checklist here or Download Your WORD Entrants Checklist here

How do I enter my answers?

Click on the # link on the list of sponsors – it will take you to their sponsor page, and you’ll be able to see the nappy they have promised to the winner, and discover a little more about it. Below this you’ll see the entry form for that nappy. Simply enter the details to secure your chance in this random draw!

Click here to register to play…

October 19, 2010

Steps in the Green Promise Nappy Initiative: Where do I find the questions?

Where do I find the questions?

Go to the List of Spring Sponsors

Click on the nappy shop’s title – it will open the nappy shop in a new window for you. There will be a starting point on the home page – it may be a button or a link in a menu, or a box with the information right there. The owner will introduce themselves and then ask you a question. They may give you some tips as well, so read carefully!

Download Your .pdf Entrants Checklist here or Download Your WORD Entrants Checklist here

How do I enter my answers?

Click on the # link on the list of sponsors – it will take you to their sponsor page, and you’ll be able to see the nappy they have promised to the winner, and discover a little more about it. Below this you’ll see the entry form for that nappy. Simply enter the details to secure your chance in this random draw!

Click here to register to play…

August 17, 2010

Meet Our Guest: Bumbino

Let’s meet Yoland, the proud owner of Bumbino:

Hello. My name is Yoland. I live in the hills near Perth. I became a mum when I was in my twenties and again recently in my forties. It makes life very interesting (weird and wonderful) doing the baby thing again..after 20 years….

About Bumbino Nappies:

Twenty years ago cloth nappies were used in maternity hospitals and were “the norm”. My first two babies were therefore cloth babies by natural course of events.
So much has changed in the years between babies. I intended to use mainly cloth and occasional disposables with my new little guy but that didn’t last long. Each and every disposable nappy messed too much with my mind! After a few weeks we gave the disposables away altogether and carried on happily using cloth exclusively.

Bumbino Nappies evolved from my unexplained addiction to Modern Cloth Nappies and my recently rekindled love of fabric and sewing.
As well as collecting a great stash of various brands of cloth nappies and examining their best and worst features, I experimented from early days with many many creations of my own with view to creating a well designed and functional nappy.

Features of Bumbino Modern Cloth Nappies: Click to look closer.

Bumbino Nappies feature adjustable elastic in the leg and waist casings. This feature was inspired by the fact that several nappies in our stash were rendered useless simply because the elastic was too loose or too tight ( usually too tight). I was also keen on a “one size” nappy that could be eased into a smaller or larger shape, could be fine-tuned for fit at the waist and leg and did not have sizing studs and sockets showing on the front of the nappy

We are currently working as a home based business and our nappies and designer wetbags are made by my sister and myself. We have been operational since February 2010. We are currently exploring options for contracting out some of our sewing but hope to keep our product entirely Australian made.

Our Planet Matters!

I am increasingly conscious about the amount of waste we produce and the need to consider the use of more sustainable products and habits. I favour products that are not waste laden and are sustainable in their production and disposal. Cloth nappies fit that description and are the obvious choice for green babies!

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

1. The link to our brand new site… Bumbino
2. My email address I welcome any inquiries or feedback regarding our products. We can of course supply products direct to you if you do not wish to purchase through Ebay (most of our business is done directly with our customers)
3. The pic of my little man and his cousin in the hills of Perth ( in their Bumbino nappies…of course!)..

3 of my favourite sites are:

1. Green Beans Australia for nappy making fabrics and supplies. Reliable and speedy service.

2. for custom designed and custom printed cotton fabric.

3. Sneaking in two here…for fabrics in USA and in Australia for gorgeous designer cotton prints.

Meet Our Guests...

Meet Our Guests
– 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 our guests…

Let’s talk more!

I think it is great we can meet and support an emerging Aussie cloth nappy maker! Lots of manufacturers begin trading via Ebay and similar online trading sites which allow you to set up your own online shop to get exposure and develop and expand awareness of your uniqueness. What looks good to you in the Bumbino range?

June 14, 2010

The Nappy Shop Spinner: Cloth My Bot

The Nappy Shop Spinner introduces you to one of the 350 shops selling cloth nappies in Australia and New Zealand listed at My Green Nappy. A random number generator spins to pick one out and I do a spotlight on that business.

While here today, be sure to browse my many unique resources. Start with our Partner sites; check out a Mini Trend and Register for the Green Promise Nappy Initiative.

Today it happens to be one of our Green Promise Nappy Sponsors, Cloth My Bot.

Cloth My Bot is a shop offering Modern Nappies based in Queensland, Australia.

Cloth My Bot is owned by Kristin.

Her ‘About Us’ page reveals:

Hi my name is Kristin & I am the owner & sole operator of Cloth My Bot located in Brisbane. After the birth of our first child , I took 12 months maternity leave. It was then I realised that I wanted to start my own business so I could work from home & spend time with my daughter.

Originally I started with the square flat nappies, but then I discovered all the WONDERFUL CLOTH NAPPIES that were available. Before my first daughter was born most of my friends would comment & say “You won’t last long with cloth, we give you a week & you’ll be using disposables”. Well I surprised them all by having both my daughters in Modern Cloth Nappies full time. Once my friends saw how fantastic, gorgeous, functional, easy to use & wash they were, most of them changed over to cloth nappies very quickly.

I hope you find everything you need on my website & if you are looking for a specific brand not listed, please let me know as I may be able to source & supply for you.

Happy Shopping & Have A Beautiful Day!
– Kristin ”

Visit Kristin’s lovely store and be sure to go into the draw to win her Green Promise Nappy, which is number 24.

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