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

September 3, 2012

Modern Cloth Nappies in Australia – 3 Popular Nappy Accessories

Modern Cloth Nappies in Australia – 3 Popular Nappy Accessories

Cloth Nappies are a popular choice of baby clothing in Australia.

Consisting of a waterproof cover, an absorbent inner and a soft liner, the modern cloth nappy is a huge improvement on the flat terry towelling with pins covered by plastic pilchers of the past.

For families that use them, the convenience rivals that of disposable nappies, and the savings afforded by having even a few in your nappy stash is really quite considerable.

Having cloth nappies leads mums to the inevitable accessories that make their use even easier.

Let’s look at three of the nappy accessories that are a popular option that go well with modern cloth nappies:

Cloth Nappy Accessory #1: Cloth Baby Wipes

It’s simple – why spend upwards of $300 on disposable baby wipes when you can reuse washable baby wipes cut up from old flannels, soft baby rugs or similar reusable fabrics? Of course, you can get especially made kits of cloth baby wipers, wipes that are half soft, half terry towelling for ‘grabbing ability’ and similar options. Prices range between $2.30 – $11 each, and often you get them in packs, and can even get them colour or fabric coordinated with other nappies in your baby’s stash.

For some retail options, check out Cheeky Tales Bamboo Baby Wipes, Bumbly Bootique Bamboo Wipes.

Cloth Nappy Accessory #2: The Nappy Sprayer

The Nappy Sprayer helps shoot the poo from the nappy into the loo when you aren’t using washable or disposable nappy liners. Disposable liners are usually flushable, and you can make washable ones out of polar fleece as the poo will mostly roll off with a flick. Some families keep the pooey nappy bucket with a tight fitting lid beside the toilet where it can be dropped right in. Your nappy sprayer simply connects to the toilet pipe ( no plumber needed) and has a trigger to release the spray. Prices range between $55 – $85.

For some retail options, check out the Nifty Naps Nappy Sprayer.

Cloth Nappy Accessory #3: The Wet Bag

The Wet Bag is a very helpful version of a plastic bag or a disposable nappy bag. Waterproof, and often smell-proof, the wet bag can store damp or messy nappies for the trip home. Some varieties have a wet and dry sections, others have pockets for wipes and dry nappies on the side. Some easily hag on prams and pushers. A helpful idea is to keep one packed ready to head out the door, or one setup in the boot ready to go for quick trips.
Prices range between $12 – $22, and they come in different sizes as well, from a one-nappy size up to sizes suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers who get their entire outfit wet or muddy on playdates outside. A wet bag will be an accessory you’ll use long after your nappy stash has been sold or given away.

For some retail options check out the Cheeky Tales Hatchlings Zippered Wet Bag, Bumbly Bootique wetbags,  Pikapu Wet Bags, Bouncing Sprouts Wet Bags, Little Para Pants Wet Bags and both Little Para Pants (Swimming Nappies) and EzyPeezies Nappies come in a wetbag!

I hope you’ve enjoyed considering just three of the more popular cloth nappy accessories (with mentions of a few others thrown in;  we’ll look at them in more detail in the future).

– Charndra

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 www.Bumbino.com.au, make sure you have a look at:

1. The link to our brand new site… Bumbino
2. My email address info@bumbino.com.au: 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. www.spoonflower.com for custom designed and custom printed cotton fabric.

3. Sneaking in two here…for fabrics www.millerfabrics.com in USA and in Australia www.funkyfabrix.com.au for gorgeous designer cotton prints.

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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?

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