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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

October 20, 2011

Wet Bags are Wonderful! Why do Mums Like Wet Bags?

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Wet Bags are wonderful! Why do Mums like wet bags?

Wetbags are simply a bag that is used to transport either dry or wet nappies. They contain any odours, wetness and can actually be used for many different purposes, not just nappies!

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:

Wet Bags are wonderful! Why do Mums like wet bags?

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

– Wet bags are washable and can hold moisture and smells in.

– They come in various colours and prints.

– After baby out grows nappies, the wet bag can be used to hold clothing, swim gear, beach gear… anything you like really!

Michelle from Cloth ‘n’ Craft:

Reusable! Pretty! I find them particularly useful for holding my toilet training boy’s weed on clothes!

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

Wet bags are a necessity, and certainly one I couldn’t live without! Take them out with you to hold dirty nappies, wipes, bibs and washers; use them to hold cloth baby wipes to keep them damp while you’re out; use them to hold the wrappers and leftovers from lunch and snacks when there are no bins handy; or take them to the pool to hold swimmers and towels with no leaks.

Look for bags with sealed seams to help prevent leaks, and I find zip or velcro closures are best to contain smells.

Louise from Nip Naps:

Wet bags really are fantastic (I didn’t have one for my first baby – sob!). Use them for you dirty nappies when you are out and about sure, but there are a million other uses. Basically, anytime you would have used an old supermarket shopping bag you can use a wetbag instead – wet/dirty clothes from the park, food or drinks that might spill (maybe not the same bag you use for your dirty nappies!) and my personal favourite is to get a large size and use it as a swimming bag. This is one nappying item you will not be wondering what to do with when your baby outgrows nappies.

Tamara from Baby Mumma:

You can never have too many wetbags! Great for travelling so you don’t need to lug a plastic bucket. Great for taking to the pool to keep, make up and the most important great for keeping stinkies enclosed!

Misty from Fluffybuns:

Great for keeping re-usable wipes in, containing wet nappies, they are great for swimmers, wet knickers (during TT), make up bags, the list is endless, you just can’t go without them.

Laura from the Cloth Nappy Co:

Wet bags are not only brilliant for locking away nasty smells, but they can also be used for all sorts of things. We stock a range from handbag size to larger sizing for long days out. Use it for storing your baby’s dirty bibs or clothes, wet baby wipes, damp towels/washers, swimmers – the uses are endless! Plus, with their chic designs and colours, having a wet bag can help start a conversation to promote cloth nappies.

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November 7, 2010

The wetbag: What are the features and benefits of using a wetbag?

Spring Green Promise Nappy Sponsors – Congo Advice #3

The Sponsors of the Spring Green Promise Nappies are your Nappy Doulas for this series of ‘Congo Questions’.

All Spring Sponsors were invited to contribute their expertise. Each donated a special cloth nappy as a giveaway prize to become an ambassador for ‘Nappy Change’ as it stops a disposable heading to landfill each time it is worn. This seasonal giveaway strives to reach 100 donated nappies in a future round, and you can register at any time to play. You can enter into the draw for one nappy, or all of them!

What are the features and benefits of using a wetbag?

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 Kyra from Bubbalooba, 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.

A wet bag is a waterproof bag for storing wet things. Useful for far more than wet nappies, they can be using for swimming gear, storing away those clothes covered in the various gloops of babies and children. With two you’ll be all set.  (some come with compartments or separate for wet and dry)

Let’s see what your nappy doula’s have to say about wetbags:

Kyra from Bubbalooba:

Wetbags are fantastic for using cloth when out and about – just throw in the used nappy and the wetbag will keep the smell and wetness out of your handbag/nappy bag.

Louise from Nip Naps:

A wetbag when you are out and about is essential. It’s a reliable way to carry about dirty nappies and so much less wasteful than using a plastic bag every time. TOP TIP: when your baby grows out of nappies use your wetbag as a swimming bag – they are great for wet towels and swimmers too!

Katerina from Twinkle Lily:

Using a wet bag makes travelling easier, it contains smells as well as hides soiled nappies in gorgeous colours and prints.

Michelle from Sustainable Hemp Products:

Keeps odour at bay while out, keeps everything else dry and clean in your nappy bag.

Rebecca from Bean Sprout Bubba:

Wetbags are reusable washable bags used to carry soiled cloth nappies when out and about.
Some mums use large wetbags in lieu of a nappy pail at home.

Wetbags have a water resistant inner (usually PUL) to keep moisture in, and they may have plain or fashion outer prints.
Some wetbags close with a drawstring, while most have zipper closures to keep smells in.

Using wetbags instead of plastic waste bags will help keep waste down and are more convenient to use and wash with modern cloth.

Wetbags also look prettier than plastic.

Yoland from Bumbino:

Oh…Don’t get me started on wetbags! How did ever I live without one or three wetbags?I have a stack of wetbags! I love them! I use a large one as a swimming bag. I use them for holding make-up and toiletries when I travel. I use them for bringing home all sorts of messy bits such as left over food, food containers and bottles, for washing and re-cycling. I use them to cary dirty clothes and shoes.

If I am going on a very short trip out of the house and don’t want to pack the Nappy bag I take a wetbag with a nappy, tiny waterbottle and reusable wipes inside… and it all fits inside my handbag.

I enjoy using wetbags which feature attractive prints on the outside. I like the great practicality of this item. And I like the fact that some really messy things can be contained in such a gorgeous looking bag. A great alternative to a plastic bag!

Nyssa from Snow Pea Nappies:

I could not live without my wetbags!

They are waterproof, they hold in the smells and they are so compact when empty so easy to fit in your nappy bag. I have a few medium sized wetbags in my nappy bag, each holds up to 8 used nappies plus the wipes and stop everything in my bag from getting smelly while out and about.

Look for bags that have had the seams sealed so no moisture can escape, and go for a bigger bag if you can, they take up no more space than a small one and make sure you won’t be caught out if you’re out longer than expected.

Nat from Little Diamond Bums:

The main benefit of using a wetbag is that they can be used over and over again. Biodegradable bags frequently used do not break down if sent to landfill. Wetbags are great to take when swimming, they come in a variety of sizes and colours and additional features can include handles and snaps to hang over a change table.

Fiona & Catherine from Darlings Downunder:

Reliable containment of smells and moisture! Plus they come in such great designs and prints. And if you have boys and can’t have girly prints and colours on the nappies, you can go all out on a girly wetbag!

Liz of Real Nappies NZ:

We loooove our wet bag – top quality and the beauty of it is you can throw it in the washing machine! When you are out and about and have a soiled nappy, flush the solids down the toilet with the liner and pop your wet nappies in the wet bag. As the bag is totally waterproof and has a drawstring toggle it’s easy to keep the smells contained and the nappies sealed. When you get home simple transfer the whole bag contents and the bag itself into the washing machine. Great for a trip to Grandma’s or for a day at DayCare, the care-givers can just place all the wet items in the bag for you to collect at the end of the day. Plus when bubs is out of the nappy stage we found the bags were great for swimming togs, toys – anything!

– Your Nappy Doulas –

This is part of a regular series of articles that offer you an insight into the beliefs, concerns, knowledge and wisdom of mums making and selling modern cloth nappies in Australia and New Zealand.

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