September 10, 2014
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Kate’s cloth nappy diary.

Hi guys, welcome to another cloth nappy diary. I’ve had such lovely comments about this series which has made me really happy, this week we have the lovely Kate fever on the blog and this is her diary.

Hello welcome to cloth nappy diaries, can you introduce yourself please and tell us who you use cloth nappies on?
I am Kate, and I blog at http://myfamilyfever.co.uk. I am mummy to Gemma (8), Jacob (6) and Max (1). They have all been fluffy bummed babies.

When did you first hear about cloth nappies and how?
It was actually my husband who decided on cloth nappies. When we were expecting our first baby he researched the cost factor of nappies and we decided that cloth was our best bet. He found a well priced birth to potty set in a baby catalouge and away we went!

Why do you choose to use cloth nappies?
As mentioned above, it was mainly the cost factor. We knew we wanted more than one baby, and so we knew that in the long run cloth nappies would be much more economical for us. Over the years, I have also grown to love the ‘green factor’ of cloth, knowing that we are not dumping huge amounts of indestructable waste into landfill. Plus – they look cute ;)

Do you have a favourite nappy/brand which one?
Tots Bots. They have always been my go to nappy – Easyfits for day and Bamboozles for night.

What do you find hardest about using cloth nappies?
I wouldn’t say anything is particularly hard, but other peoples perceptions can be challenging. They always want to know things like how to store the dirty ones. They ask if they smell, they want to know if I find the washing too much and if they are complicated to use. I am always happy to do an impromptu little demo!

What is the best part about using cloth nappies for you?
Beside the cuteness factor? Max has eczema, and I feel so much more comfortable knowing that I am putting natural cloth against his skin rather than nasty chemicals that might irritate.

Can you give our readers your top three cloth nappy tips?
1. Try a nappy library before you start. It’s the best way to discover the types of nappy that work best for you.
2. Stick a cotton wool pad soaked in tea tree oil on the underside of your nappy bucket lid. It helps to keep any odours at bay.
3. For maximum absorbency strip wash your nappies every 4-5 months. This is not as scary as it sounds. Just soak the nappies in hand hot water with a scoop of Tots Bots potion. Then wash as usual and choose a program with an extra rinse cycle. Done!

And finally, would you recommend cloth nappies?
For 3 main reasons – they can save you a lot of money, especially if you plan to use them on more than one child. They are much more ecological – did you know the average child will go through 5,000 nappies in it’s nappy wearing life? That’s a shocking amount of waste. Finally – you have to admit they look a whole lot cuter than sposies – you can match them to outfits, buy different colours for different days or even get a special nappy for a special occasion – such as a first Christmas!

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September 4, 2014
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Sophia’s cloth nappy diary

Hi guys and welcome back to the next instalment of my cloth nappy diaries, today we have Sophia’s story.

Hello welcome to cloth nappy diaries, can you introduce yourself please and tell us who you use cloth nappies on?
Hi, I’m Sophia Collins, I’m 43 years old, I work in science education, and we live in Nottingham. We use cloth nappies on our son Tally, who’s 13 months old.

When did you first hear about cloth nappies and how?
I think I vaguely knew about cloth nappies and the fact they were a more eco alternative. Then a friend of mine who’s a bit hippy had a baby, and she used them, so I saw them being used a lot and they seemed fine.

Why do you choose to use cloth nappies?
Eco reasons – I worried about how much landfill disposables cause. I also thought they’d be a lot cheaper. Which they definitely would be if not for my nappy-buying obsession…
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Do you have a favourite nappy/brand which one?
We’ve tried lots and had different favourites at different times, but now we have settled on gnappies. We love them! We have been travelling around Britain in our campervan for the last three months and gnappies mean much less bulk to carry around and store. (With gnappies, there’s an outer part and then an absorbent insert that goes inside. You just change the insert at nappy changes.)

What do you find hardest about using cloth nappies?
Apart from spending too much money on all the cool designs? The fact that it’s not that mainstream, so, for example, even big supermarkets or Boots stores usually don’t sell cloth nappies or nappy accessories. You have to buy most stuff online and wait for the post.

What is the best part about using cloth nappies for you?
Where do I start?! I love that they are a greener alternative. I love not filling up our bin with dirty nappies all the time. I love that they are so cute. But the unexpected thing is that I find it much easier. We did use disposables for the first couple of months (because new parenthood is overwhelming and we just didn’t feel ready to do something extra on top at first). When we did switch over, I realised it’s actually pretty straightforward. You just have to empty the nappy bucket every few days and put it in the washing machine. And when they are all clean, you hang them up to dry. Then – ta-daa! – you have clean nappies again. When we were using disposables, we would have a panic at midnight, realising we’d run out of nappies and had to run to the all-night garage. Now, we never run out of nappies.

Also, we use re-usable wipes too (if you are doing a nappy wash, you may as well wash wipes in there too) and they are SOOO much better than wet wipes. We ran out of wipes for a couple of days recently, cos we hadn’t been able to do a wash for a while. My boyfriend kept moaning about how flimsy wet wipes are and how crap they are for getting off poo. “I’m so looking forward to us getting our proper wipes back!” he kept saying. At the next opportunity I bought an extra 50 reusable wipes so we would never run out again…

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Can you give our readers your top three cloth nappy tips?
1. Join the preloved nappy groups on facebook – you can buy nappies much cheaper than buying them new, and also get advice and find out everything you need to know there.
2. Buy a peg airer for drying nappies – they are fab. You can hang it outside, then easily bring it in if it starts to rain. Or you can hang them inside from the end of a curtain rail or something, out of the way. Before we got peg airers our sitting room was always half taken up with drying racks. Peg airers gave us our floorspace back And they are a godsend when you live in a campervan…
3. Everyone always recommends getting in touch with your local nappy library – which is sensible, because it is good to try out different sorts and see what suits you and your baby. BUT, when I got in touch with my local nappy library I found they had a TWO MONTH waiting list for hiring kits. So be aware you may have to wait a while and don’t leave it til the last minute to contact them like I did…

And finally, would you recommend cloth nappies?
Totally, of course. If you are thinking about it, just give it a go, and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is. Don’t spend a fortune. Get them preloved to start with at least. And if you don’t like them you can always sell them on and you’ve not lost too much money.

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Thank you so much Sophie for agreeing to take part, don’t forget to check in next week for another instalment in the cloth nappy diaries series.

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September 3, 2014
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New baba+boo prints.

I’m so excited to be able to share with you today, the news that baba+boo have launched not one, but *two new funky prints to coincide with back to school! I’m a huge fan of baba+boo already, I’ve many of their fantastic and very reasonably priced nappies already and I’m really excited to be able to add these two gorgeous prints to my collection. IMG_1435.JPG

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Both new prints are eye catching in different ways, I adore the colours on the white nappy. It reminds me very much of when we took Tia’s handprints when she was teeny tiny. However I just love the black and white one too, I think if I had to pick a favourite it would be that one. I love the chalkboard effect, Tia spotted the cat and the apple and was most impressed.
As with all baba+boo nappies, these come with two inserts that get stuffed into the pocket at the back. One quick wash and they’re good to go, I find baba+boo nappies dry really quickly but are pretty absorbent.

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The colours on this nappy are super bright, it’s very pleasing on the eye. Tia tends to always pick nappies with bold primary colours and I can see this one being a favourite.

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This one is a little more grown up in appearance but on closer inspection it’s covered in cats, pencils and apples, cute as a button. You can purchase these nappies direct from Baba+boo http://www.babaandboo.com/ for just £9.25 with free delivery for all orders over £50. You can also try a nappy before you buy if you’ve not tried them before and are unsure, find out more about that http://www.babaandboo.com/all_things_nappies/try_a_bababoo_nappy.

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August 28, 2014
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Louisa’s cloth nappy diary

Hi guys,
It’s a day later this week due to it being Tia’s birthday yesterday and my post being dedicated to her. I hope you don’t mind :-)
This week we have the very lovely Louisa with her cloth nappy story.

Hello welcome to cloth nappy diaries, can you introduce yourself please and tell us who you use cloth nappies on?
I’m Louisa, I live in the north of Scotland with my partner and our baby Sophie who just turned one year old, she’s been cloth bummed from 5 days old although for the first couple of weeks I used disposable nappies at night. I have since learnt that meconium doesn’t stain nappies so in hindsight I could have cloth bummed from birth.

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When did you first hear about cloth nappies and how?
When I had my first daughter Alice who is now 22, I tried out mothercare’s shaped terry nappies but hadn’t realised they need a wrap over and obviously they leaked everywhere! When I became pregnant with my youngest I looked into it again and was astounded that there were things such as pockets and all in ones, and pretties, oh the pretties! I looked up my local nappy group (Moray Cloth Nappy Group) on facebook and went to a nappuccino and was hooked when they gave me a free incentive bucket filled with newborn nappies!

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Why do you choose to use cloth nappies?
Primarily for money reasons, secondly because they are cute. Have to admit that the eco-ness of them didn’t really impact on me *blush*

Do you have a favourite nappy/brand which one?
That’s like asking me to pick my favourite child out of the three!!
My stash consists of a lot of ebay cheapies, Pop-ins, Bambino Mio Solo, prefolds/terries and wraps, a few pretty ones, and odd ones of others like Easy Fits, Bumgenius. My current top 3 are my Chaplin Flip, my cheapy moustache pocket and my terries have made a come back!

What do you find hardest about using cloth nappies?
Not buying all the nappies!!
Sometimes needing to size up clothing like leggings to accomodate big butt.

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What is the best part about using cloth nappies for you?
They look awesome and I get lots of lovely comments from people. I love the big squishy butt!
Stuffing the nappies is therapeutic.

Can you give our readers your top three cloth nappy tips?
Buy and sell preloved – I have probably spent about £250 all told in the first year on mostly preloved nappies, and sold on what I didn’t like or what she outgrew for about £100. So £150 for approx 3 years of cloth nappying = totally bargainous!

Go to a Nappuccino/cloth library and hire some out before investing in your own (don’t invest in one brand only!)

Washing isn’t difficult or as time consuming as people may think – it takes me 5 mins to fill machine, 10 mins to hang it up, ten mins to put away. And no need for special washing stuff or fancy routines, just bung it on a fast cold rinse then a 40/60 wash with your chosen detergent (I used Bold at first and now use eco egg) and you’re done.

And finally, would you recommend cloth nappies?

YES!

Thanks Louise for agreeing to take part in the nappy diaries. I found myself nodding along and agreeing with most of it!
Do pop back next week when we’ll be back to our normal Wednesday post for the next instalment of the cloth nappy diaries.

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August 27, 2014
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Happy second birthday Tia.

Dear Tia,

It really doesn’t seem like two years ago that we first met, when I instantly fell head over heels in love. Never had I know feelings like it, and they’ve grown stronger everyday over the last two years. IMG_1429.PNG

You make me prouder than you can ever imagine, you drive me batty at times too but more often then not you make me smile. You’ve become such a performer, you dance and twirl and sing. You’ve become slightly obsessed with the Disney film Frozen! You adore Elsa and Anna and sing along to all the songs, you’ve been asking me to put it on daily. I don’t mind, it’s a great film and it’s sweet watching you sing along.

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Happy birthday sweetheart, I hope you have an amazing day today, lots of love mummy and daddy xx

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August 25, 2014
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Last dummy update.

Hello, it’s been ages since my last update on taking Tia’s dummies away.
She goes to sleep both for naps, and at night without them perfectly now and without question every now and then she randomly tells me that the fairy came and took them, but she doesn’t ask for them.

Twice whilst shopping she’s randomly asked for her nummy. I’ve no idea why as she never had one unless sleeping, I can oh assume it’s because she’s spotted another child using one.

So if you’re thinking of getting rid of the dummies, I can recommend the fairy dummy program. She’s done fantastically, better then I hoped for really. Though I wasn’t saying that the week we took them away, which if you missed you can read Taking the dummy away, part one. | More than just a mummy http://morethanjustamummy.com/uncategorized/taking-the-dummy-away-part-one/

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August 22, 2014
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Wake up mummy.

How Tia has woken me has changed massively over the last few months. We’ve recently installed a new system upstairs so she has a free run of the upstairs now. She still has a gate on her bedroom and it’s closed until she falls asleep, then when we go up we shut the new large one to stop her getting downstairs and open her bedroom one.
So now instead of her screaming for me in the mornings, she comes and gets into bed with us. Super cute.
How she wakes me often depends on her mood. Here’s a few examples from this week.

“Mummy, I hun-a-grey”
“Mum, mum, mum, mum clean bum”
“Awwwwww love you darling”
“Want a snowman” <<<<-------- this one made me smile soooo much. What a total cutie!
She always either cuddles me or strokes my head whilst talking and it's impossible to wake up grumpy.

I honestly love this kid so much, sure she has horrid tantrums now she's very nearly two. But the cuteness (and funniness) is far outweighing them so far, I'm truly loving this age.

How does/do your children wake you up?

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August 20, 2014
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Lucy’s cloth nappy diary.

Week two of the cloth nappy diaries and I have the amazing Lucy with you today. I’ve been talking to Lucy online for a couple of years now, she’s honestly so very lovely. Find her on twitter here.

Hello and welcome to cloth nappy diaries, can you introduce yourself please and tell us who you use cloth nappies on?

Hello, I’m Lucy. The wife of an exiled Scot and mother of two girls, Lily and Iris. I try to keep myself amused while being a full-time stay-home mum with some part-time proofreading and a lot of blogging. At The pie patch I blog about all the things I love and want to share with the world – food, crochet, and cloth sanitary pads. Here are a few thoughts about my experience of cloth nappies.
We’re very nearly at the end of our cloth nappy journey. My youngest and last baby, Iris, is two-and-a-half years old. She’s been potty trained since January but still wears cloth training pants with a booster at night.

When did you first hear about cloth nappies and how?
I’ve always known that old-fashioned cloth terry nappies exist. When I was pregnant with my first baby in 2006 I very briefly considered modern cloth nappies. I liked the way they looked but the initial outlay seemed vast and I couldn’t fathom how I’d cope with all the washing. It didn’t take me long to dismiss the idea.

Skip ahead to 2011, pregnant with my second and final baby. I was now a full-time stay-home parent and the idea of cloth nappies was much more appealing. During one of many hospital appointments, there was a lady in the antenatal waiting room promoting them. She was lovely and helpful but made the mistake of telling me that initial outlay would be £400. FOUR HUNDRED POUNDS!!! So that was that. We were wondering how we were going to afford a cot and pram, no way could we add on the cost of cloth too.

Finally in December 2012, I made the change. A friend told me that the real cost was nowhere near £400. There were cheapy “workhorse” nappies you could buy on eBay. A full set would cost around £80 or £90. That was all I needed to know. So after she’d just turned a year old, Iris was finally in cloth.

Why do you choose to use cloth nappies
At the time it was probably for financial reasons. Forever running out of disposables and having to buy more. I only ever bought own brand nappies but it still adds up. I was also becoming ever more concerned about how much waste we were sending to landfill as a family of four.

Do you have a favourite nappy/brand, which one?
I never really had a favourite brand. My entire nappy stash consisted of two dozen eBay pocket nappies, one lonely Totsbots, and half a dozen “pretties”. The one pretty nappy that I really truly loved and have kept as a momento of our cloth bum days is a Little Red Riding Hood Chubba Chops that I won in a giveaway. But as much as I adore cloth nappies, they were still very much a functional item.

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What do you find hardest about using cloth nappies?
At the moment, the hardest thing is finding adequate night protection. Iris has always been a mahoosive night wetter. I cannot convey to you just how much she wees at night. I swear there’s GALLONS of it. As a baby, she wore disposables at night. It was the only realistic option. As a toddler, she even started out-peeing those. How is that even possible?! Despite already being potty trained, we forked out for half a dozen XL Bambooty night nappies. Success! They were great.

But Iris is a very tall toddler and she was soon outgrowing them. And we really wanted her to be in a pull-up so that she can easily use her potty at night with mininal fuss. We are trying to get her dry at night … and failing spectacularly. She has some second hand Bright Bots cloth training pants that I bought on eBay, which we add a cloth booster insert to (from her old pocket nappies). But every single morning she is waking up soaking wet. The waterproof mattress cover is working overtime! Disposable pull-ups work best but I really don’t like them. So we’re at a bit of a stalemate. There doesn’t seem to be a solution, other than carrying on and trying to keep up with washing a lot of wet bedsheets and pyjamas, or putting up with disposables.

What is the best part about using cloth nappies for you?
There are so many advantages. Better for the environment, better for baby’s skin, better for your wallet. And they look super cute too. Bonus!

Can you give our readers your top three cloth nappy tips?
i) Build your stash gradually, buying a few from different brands in different styles to find out what works for you.
ii) Sell them on! If a particular nappy isn’t working for you, recoup some of the cost by selling it on a “pre-loved” site.
iii) Sunshine. A few hours on the line in bright sunshine does wonders for stains. It’s astonishing how well it works. Must be voodoo.

And finally, would you recommend cloth nappies?
I would highly recommend at least giving cloth nappies a go, particularly if your baby suffers with eczema or nappy rash in disposables. It’s really not as much work as you think it’ll be and it could turn out to be the best decision for you both. But if I could, I’d also send out a free cloth sanitary pad to every single new mum. Feel the difference yourself – itchy, sweaty, smelly, plasticky disposables pads … or … clean, pretty, soft, chemical-free, odour-free, reusable pads. You’ll never look back and you’ll want your baby to share the same luxury on their delicate parts as you have on yours!

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Thank you Lucy, do pop back next week for another cloth nappy diary.

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August 18, 2014
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Britax King II LS stage 2 car seat.

We’ve been testing out the new Britax King II LS car seat* the last few weeks and mainly I’ve been massively impressed. There are both good and bad points with this seat as I’m sure there is with all seats. For me though the good has massively outweighed the bad, so here goes…

The King II LS car seat came in a huge box as to be expected. Tia was very excited and wanted to open it immediately! I had watched the installation video twice before, but wanted to watch it again before fitting it myself just to make sure. You can find the installation video here. Armed with the knowledge and smug satisfaction that installing the seat would be a doddle, I went out to the car with Tia to swap her seat. Only after following the video exactly the seat wasn’t fitted correctly. I may as well have just sat it on the backseat for how safe it was. I Immediately thought that the seat wasn’t suitable for my car. I waited until my husband got home, after explaining to him the problem, he came out to look at it with me.
Turns out it’s actually a lot harder to instal than the video makes out. It actually needed the two of us to get it in properly, this just means I cannot quickly change cars and I’ve kept her old one in case we ever need to go in another car. So I would say if you will be switching the seat from one car to another to bear this in mind, if you will be purchasing the seat and it will stay in one car please read on as the seat itself is actually pretty awesome.
The fitting of the seat was totally different to any other seat I’ve seen, the whole front of the seat lifts up, I’ll never be able to explain it as it’s pretty cool. Do have a watch of the video link I posted for full fitting instructions.

Once fixed into place we tried Tia in the seat, I had adjusted the head cushion indoors before taking the seat out to my car. So she just needed strapping in and off we could go. The king ll LS has a very clever tension indicator system. Once the straps have the correct tension a light flashes and you hear a clicking noise. This means you won’t ever have to worry about the straps being too tight/loose anymore! A few other handy features include little pockets to keep the straps In so you don’t lose them and a hidden pocket on the back on the seat to store the manual.
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The king II LS has four seat positions, upright and then three reclining settings. I’ve found this to be really helpful for Tia who often falls asleep in the car and has always looked uncomfortable before. The seat it’s self is deeply padded and the cover is fully removable to make washing it easy.

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The king II LS is suitable from 9 months or 9kg up to 18kg which is around four years. The headrest is fully adjustable and it has a five point harness. The chest pads are performance ones made to reduce your child’s movements in the event of a crash. Speaking of crashes, the king II LS passed the roll over test which means,
In case of a roll-over, side impact or an offset impact where combined vertical, lateral and or oblique loading lateral forces can lead into ejection or submarining, the shoulder contact points and the crotch strap (of a fivepoint harness) stop those risks and keep the child safely in the protecting seat shell.

The battery for the light is built in and has a lifespan of around seven years, so no need to worry about changing that. It only comes in black and is exclusive to buy at kiddicare here.

August 16, 2014
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Sunday photos.

I haven’t done a Sunday photo post in ages, I had a flick through and found a few that made me smile, take a peak at a rainbow of colours.

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This is some of my many beautiful cloth nappies, I sort them into prints and blocks and they make me smile everyday.

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And this super rare photo of Tia napping on daddy who then napped. Tia hasn’t fallen asleep on her dad since she was teeny tiny so this was a very warming sight.