If you have heard my story, you will know that my own cloth nappy journey didn’t start off as well as I had planned. Like a baby learning to walk, I too was learning the ins and outs of not only first time parenting, but how to take on this new behaviour of adapting to another reusable item in life.
Summer is here and all the babes are gathering! Hooray for sunshine, and the festive season, especially if you have had a year of being locked down or locked in...summer this year is definitely something to get excited about!
As we all start to socialise again, whether it be holidaying and or getting out and about in general, make sure you’ve got your eco summer baby essentials sorted.
Raising a baby in 2020 is a whole different ball game to what our own parents played in raising us. We have better and probably more products at our disposal and with so much technology and innovation at our fingertips and we have learnt a lot from the past.
I definitely feel for all the new babies entering this world. Let alone into the conditions of a global pandemic but also the parents who may not be able to have close family and friends visiting and family and friends who want to get those newborn cuddles!
Welcome to the second half of Plastic Free July! How has it been treating you? Have you been able to make some changes, even if small and few, to swap out single use plastics?
There has been some great discussion in the Cloth Mummas VIP group on Facebook.
This Plastic Free July, let’s #choosetoreuse everyday items, replacing single use plastics with more sustainable options. We have collated the top 20 mother-baby reusable items you can start to swap now and that includes products beyond reusable baby nappies! Either start using them this month or make it a goal by the end of 2020 to make the switch.
As the world wakes up to the War on Waste, consumers have become more aware of their purchasing decisions. Reusable baby nappies have been on the rise as a way for parents to save money and not fill up their waste bin.
Modern cloth nappies are starting to get the air time they deserve, with more Local Councils recognising the many benefits of reusable cloth nappies and the good news - there are new rebates available now!
If you are a seasoned cloth nappy researcher, you will understand that there is a lot of money to be saved long term by choosing reusable baby nappies.
When deciding which cloth nappies to invest in, there are generally two main types of nappies to select from: Newborn and One-Size-Fits-Most (OSFM) nappies.
Newborn cloth nappies will fit babies from birth up to around 5.5/6kg (Up to approx 3 months)
A One-Size-Fits-Most nappy will fit from 3.5/4kg to 13-16kg depending on the brand and fit of nappy.
The way modern cloth nappies are washed today has changed for the better since the days of soaking in large heavy buckets or using harsh chemicals, not quite the way things used to be done! Modern cloth nappies are treated differently due to the built in nature of covers and elastics.
When using cloth nappies at night, there are some extra steps and considerations to make to ensure that you get a good performing nappy and hopefully a good night's sleep!
During the day, cloth nappies are changed frequently (every 2-3 hours).
Modern cloth nappies make a great gift for expecting parents. A gift of cloth nappies will set the parents up to save money and reduce their waste from the beginning, when bringing a newborn into the world.
Cloth nappies also make a great option for baby showers, especially if the parents already have a lot of the essentials.
Let’s start at the very beginning. Bringing a new baby into the world is a whole new experience for parents. Being prepared with information about which cloth nappy to use can only help to make your cloth nappy journey a successful one.
Single-use plastics has become a taboo buzzword and thanks to the ABC TV series War on Waste we are all adapting our behaviours. In spite of this growing awareness, there is a single use plastic that is still increasing as our population grows - disposable baby nappies (or as American’s like to call them, diapers)
To compost or not to compost...