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Nappy Leaks Podcast: Live May 2019

Nappy Leaks is recorded in front of a live studio audience. I always wanted to say that, but I do have a few corrections. We were not in a studio we were in the office of Bubblebubs and the studio audience was 12 and 50% of those were babies. But it was fun doing this series of live show were the audience asked Vicki and Vashti all the questions.

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Podcast 36 How to spot quality cloth nappies.

Transcript: How to spot quality cloth nappies.

Andrew: How are you doing, Vashti?

Vashti: I’m good thanks, Andrew. How are you?

Andrew: Excellent, how you doing Vicki?

Vicki: Yeah, pretty good.

Andrew: Excellent. So a couple of things I want to talk about before we start is our listeners. Our listeners jumped another 30%.

Vashti: Wow.

Andrew: So that’s 30 extra people. No, just kidding [laughter]. That started listening in March, which is fantastic actually, because we put a lot of effort into it, and we just spent a lot of money on new microphones and new software. So I’m hoping you’re hearing the extra quality of the recordings. And if you’re listening on the right type of podcast listening device, you can actually also see the pictures change as we go through the chapters of the episode, and if there’s something that you’re interested in, you can actually click on the picture and it will actually take you to the website.

Vashti: Wow.

Vicki: So he’s trying to see, are you trying to sell this to all of the listeners, but underneath that you’re trying to say, Vicki, I just spent an awful lot of money on software and hardware, and the listeners really appreciate it.

Vashti: Yeah.

Andrew: They do, they do. You just haven’t seen the bill on the software yet.

Vicki: No, I have not. This I know, this I know.

Vashti: Actually I’m pretty interested. I might actually go and listen. What are the right apps that we need to listen through to do this changing pictures thing?

Andrew: Well, I’m not actually 100% sure on an android device, but on my…

Vicki: Because we have a Genius Bar at home, in case anybody doesn’t actually know, we are Apple fan people, through and through.

Vashti: Same here.

Andrew: Overcast is the app I use.

Vashti: Overcast?

Vicki: You probably just lost that 30% of listeners. Bye.

Andrew: That’s right.

Vashti: Overcast, OK, I might actually listen to an episode. I don’t listen to the episodes…

Vicki: Don’t worry, neither do I.

Vashti: …if you haven’t worked that out.

Andrew: Actually secretly…

Vicki: I don’t think I’ll actually learn anything, that’s why I don’t listen.

Vashti: It’s funny, because Andrew used to send the episodes to Vicki and me to check before he posted them. He’s worked out not to do that because we don’t listen.

Andrew: I never got any feedback, so I stopped uploading them. But funny thing though, I do upload them, like they’re up on Vicki’s website like a week and actually they’re up on your website like a week before the actual publish date.

Vashti: Oh, there you go.

Andrew: And it’s interesting checking the stats on that thing, because it’s listened to five times. So all the Bubblebubs company people who have access to the site go and listen to the episode as soon as I put it up, before it becomes public.

Vashti: Might be Jenna listening five times.

Andrew: It could be. It’s usually like, she notices pretty quickly actually. Are you listening to us now, Jenna?

Vashti: Maybe. She might be in the Philippines.

Andrew: I also wanted to give a shout out to all the cloth nappy stores in Australia. There’s quite a few now, isn’t there?

Vashti: Yeah, you’ve got, well there’s me, obviously…

Andrew: Nest Nappies, yes.

Vashti: You’ve got Darlings Downunder in Ringwood in Victoria.

Andrew: Excellent.

Vashti: You’ve got the Cloth Nappy Lady in Tecoma in Victoria.

Andrew: Excellent.

Vashti: You’ve got Little Green Footprints in Caulfield South in Victoria.

Vicki: Baby Shop in Newcastle.

Vashti: Baby Shop in Newcastle.

Vicki: Adamstown.

Andrew: Excellent.

Vashti: You’ve got Little Aussie Monster up in Cairns. Nappy Bucket has just changed hands, and they have a pop-up shop at their local supermarket or their local shopping centre in Mackay. They’re doing that, so they’ve got a showroom.

Vicki: There’s a lot of retailers that have showrooms in their homes, like Fluffy Bums do in South Australia, and Booty Crawl in W.A., in Perth.

Vashti: And Boutique Bums in W.A. There’s also, who was it?

Vicki: Little Rompers in Northern Territory have got, well I know they stock our stock, I’m assuming they sell some other cloth nappy brands as well.

Vashti: Nappy Bucket has a showroom as well as their pop-up shop that they’re doing. Little Piglet in Springfield, here in Brisbane. She has a showroom. Critters Creations in South Australia. Cloth Nappies Downunder does appointments. I don’t think she’s got a full on show room, but she does do appointments in her home. Most online retailers you can organise an appointment to go and see them and have a chat to them.

Vicki: I guess people could come here. Well they do, they come and pick up, you know actually probably when this podcast goes, depending on when this podcast goes, we’ll actually be working five days a week. I’m still not working Tuesdays though. I’m still going to spend Tuesdays with my Mum. But I’ve actually got someone that will be coming in to open up on a Tuesday.

Vashti: Nice.

Andrew: Excellent.

Vashti: I’m still open six days a week.

Vicki: I work 24/7, so you know. Are we going to have to pull down our pants in a minute?

Vashti: Mine is bigger than yours. For those of you who watched that live recording of the Nest Release a couple of weeks, well when we released the Nest print, my laptop does fit in the double pocket wet bags.

Vicki: Yeah, that was a bit of an in-joke.

Vashti: Yeah, just thought I’d better explain it for those that hadn’t seen it.

Andrew: And of course the next place you can go if you can’t see it at a local retailer, and hello to all the local retailers, and if I missed you and if you’re a retailer, send us an email and we will give you a shout out on the next podcast. Another place you can go of course, is baby shows. You love going to baby shows, don’t you, Vicki?

Vicki: I just love it so much.

Vashti: I’m actually missing it. I’m missing it, I’ve only done one show so far this year, and it was my home town. And so…

Vicki: Well I must admit, I’ve just come back from Adelaide and shout out to all the Adelaide people, and the wonderful people that are on the stand, and if I start actually listing them, I might…

Vashti: Miss someone accidentally.

Vicki: …miss someone. But I know Katelyn and Hannah and Olivia and oh my gosh I can see all of the faces and can’t remember one single name.

Andrew: Hayley?

Vashti: And Nicole.

Vicki: Oh yeah, Hayley and Nicole. They were over there…

Andrew: Molly.

Vicki: Oh Molly, yes.

Andrew: Olivia.

Vashti: You said Olivia.

Vicki: Have you got a list? Can we re-record this? No actually, it’s my first trip to Adelaide and the one thing that I found about Adelaide is it’s like a big country town but so friendly. I thought Brisbane was friendly, but Adelaide is kind of even…

Andrew: Did you say Nicole?

Vicki: Yes, I did say Nicole.

Andrew: Because she’s a retailer.

Vicki: She is, Critters Creations.

Andrew: Critters Creations.

Vicki: Thanks for not making me say that again. Crazy Critters. I just had, when I was doing that live video, I had in my head Crazy Critters, so I could not get Critters Creations out, because Crazy Critters is just near us, is one of those play centres. And that’s what was going through my head. And it’s a bit like that Bridget Jones’s Diary, she said don’t say, when she had to introduce Tits, don’t say Tits Furbottom, or whatever his name was. Actually say his real name. That’s what was going through my head. I’m like, I can’t actually pronounce her business name. But anyway. But Adelaide…

Vashti: Adelaide’s gorgeous.

Vicki: It really is. And the weather wasn’t too bad. And the people down there, really just next level friendly. And I think it’s because it has got that whole country town vibe.

Andrew: Is it also because Qantas gave you alcohol on the plane on the way home?

Vicki: That’s the way home. I didn’t actually take them up on it on the way down.

Andrew: Oh, didn’t you?

Vicki: No.

Vashti: No, because she had to drive from the airport.

Vicki: No, I didn’t.

Vashti: Oh, didn’t you?

Vicki: No, no, Hayley was my chauffer. It’s amazing.

Andrew: Didn’t you just walk? It’s a country town, it’s just across the road, isn’t it?

Vicki: No, it’s a 20 minute drive. No, it was a little bit too far.

Andrew: That’s not a country town.

Vashti: I actually think Adelaide’s a little bit like Brisbane was 10 or 15 years ago.

Andrew: So give a shout out to a couple of the companies who are doing baby shows. What was the baby show you just did?

Vicki: We just did the Pregnancy Babies and Children’s Expo.

Andrew: Excellent.

Vicki: So there was Peapods and Real Nappies and…

Vashti: Gro-Via.

Vicki: Grow-Via and Bam Booty and Bubblebubs.

Vashti: Hippybottomus.

Vicki: Hippybottomus, yes. Love the girls from Hippy’s, they’re so friendly. Yeah, there were seven of us. And Leanne from Baby Behinds came in to visit me to say hi. Which is really nice. It’s such a nice industry that we can be essentially fierce competitors if you like, and work together as a whole to grow cloth nappy use.

Vashti: That’s the whole premise behind this Australian Nappy Association.

Vicki: And behind the podcast as well. Grow cloth nappy use.

Vashti: So it’s all about…

Vicki: Working together.

Vashti: …working together. I know Renee from Cloth Nappies Downunder contacted me recently. I’ve done it to her as well, if I’ve accidentally oversold something, I’ll give Renee a quick call and ask her if she’s got that product and she’ll get it to me for my customer. And she’s done it for me, so we quite regularly piggyback off each other. I know I’ve actually shared orders from the U.S. with some of my competitors as well, to cut down on costs, because shipping is really big from the U.S.

Andrew: Shipping seems to be the most expensive part of anything.

Vashti: I worked our recently on a recent order, and the shipping cost was just over 20% of the order. And so…

Vicki: Yep, I would say if you’re air freighting in particular, I really hate air freighting out of China. But with the recent kind of blow out, lead time blow outs, we’ve been air freighting again. And I’m talking 16 and 18 parcels where it’s costing $1,500 to $2,000, U.S. to air freight stuff.

Vashti: You could actually fly there for cheaper.

Vicki: Well I did actually, but OK, note to self, if you’re ever going to try and use your kids…

Vashti: Baggage allowance.

Vicki: …luggage allowance to bring stock back, take into consideration that seven years olds, whilst they might have a 30 kilo luggage allowance, they physically cannot drag that, and we all had a big bag, the carryon luggage and a backpack, and yeah, just didn’t go quite how I had predicted.

Andrew: Some of us had two big bags.

Vicki: Well, ended up with two big bags, because we had little kids that couldn’t manage the bags.

Andrew: And then to make it harder, the wheel broke off one.

Vashti: Oh no.

Vicki: Yeah, Star Wars.

Andrew: My Star Wars bag broke.

Vicki: Damn.

Vashti: [gasps]

Andrew: Going through this shoddy parking lot outside the train station. What town was that?

Vicki: That was in Shanghai.

Andrew: Shanghai. So today’s topic is, how to spot a China cheapy.

Vicki: OK.

Andrew: In other words, how to make sure you get your money’s worth, and you’re not, because we know that there’s some out there now that are actually got the price of a good nappy but they’re actually China cheapies.

Vicki: This is actually not a ragging on China cheapies kind of episode, because I actually feel that they do have a place in the market.

Vashti: Oh, they’ve got a very important place. But I think it’s also about the fact that it is getting harder to spot a China cheapy. It used to be the fact that you could tell a China cheapy easily by the type of inserts. They were normally microfibre or charcoal bamboo or something like that. These days you’re getting rebranded China cheapies that actually have bamboo inserts. So it is harder to spot a China cheapy, so if you’re looking for an ethical brand…

Vicki: And look, I’m not even against rebranded China cheapies. It’s about pretending to be something that you’re not. That’s actually where my, that’s the crossover. I don’t, whilst I have my own opinions on ethical production and stuff like that, they’re my opinions, and unless I’m the one physically buying your nappies and earning the money, I don’t have a say in what somebody purchases. I just do my own.

Andrew: So what is a China cheapy?

Vicki: Do you want to go with that, because I actually couldn’t spot a China cheapy to save my life. Because to me, a China cheapy, all I really know about, if I was looking at one, is that they’ve got rye snaps down the front, and they will do up with snaps across. You know, like they’re front snapping.

Vashti: The best way to describe a China cheapy is pretty much somebody has gone to a manufacturer in China and they’ve picked certain features off a card, going to a restaurant and picking certain vegetables to put into your salad. You sit there and go yes, I want two rows of waist snaps, and I want a hip snap, and I want three rows of rye snaps, and I want squared off tabs or rounded tabs, and I want a pocket opening at the front, or a pocket opening at the back, or I want clip in inserts and stuff like that. So I want a suede cloth versus a micro suede as the lining. I want a double leg gusset versus a single leg gusset.

Vicki: But they’re pretty much, they’re the same shape, size and pattern design. They’re not designed from the ground up. That’s the big difference.

Vashti: Yeah, so a China cheapy is basically…

Vicki: A generic…

Vashti: …it’s a generic brand. So there’s just slight differences here and there because the factory that produces them says this is our pattern, but we can make these alterations to it. So yeah.

Andrew: So the difference isn’t the price anymore, is it?

Vicki: Used to be easy to spot because they were cheap, but now we’re getting the situation where a lot of China cheapies or rebranded China cheapies are kind of priced mid range, so around the $20 mark.

Vashti: Even up to $25 sometimes. I’ve seen some around the $28, $29 mark.

Vicki: So it just makes it that little bit harder to know what you’re getting.

Andrew: But if you’re buying in bulk, you can get most of the name brands almost down to that price, can’t you?

Vashti: Oh, definitely.

Andrew: If you buy your whole stash at a time, say you bought 24 nappies, you’re paying almost that anyway.

Vicki: Yeah, generally most 24 packs would be somewhere between 20 to 30% off the R.R.P. of a single nappy. Definitely.

Andrew: So if you can buy them in bulk, you can get a good nappy for almost the same price.

Vicki: Yeah, the Catch 22 with that, and this is where multi brand retailers really come in handy, is dropping a lot of coin on 24 of a single nappy…

Andrew: Twenty four of exactly the same nappy.

Vicki: …of exactly the same nappy, it is…

Vashti: And especially if your baby hasn’t been born yet.

Vicki: Yeah, it’s a risk, it’s a risk, and we see that all the time at expos. There’s very much, there’s a couple of different people. There’s a couple of different types of customers that come to expos. So there’s those that research, there’s those that just want to give a trial pack a go, of a couple of different brands, see what works for them and then go back and get more. And then there’s the others that say please just tell me what you’ve got, how it works and here’s my money. Just tell me. And one thing which is stupid from a business perspective, but this is where the ethics kind of cross over, you get somebody who comes into the expo and doesn’t really know anything about cloth. There have been times when they haven’t even considered cloth, and then within, after spending an hour with someone they’re dropping $1,000 on a birth to toddler pack. And as I’m a single brand retailer, I’ve just got my products. That, I actually, I kind of get a little bit nervous because I think wow, that’s a lot of trust you’ve just put in me. So I’m a little bit proud at the same time. Wow, you trust me enough to do that. But it’s also a lot of coin. I don’t just walk around, actually I do, I do with a coffee machine. I did just drop two and a half grand. But I knew Breville as a brand.

Andrew: But on the other hand, all of the big retailers, including you, do offer money back guarantees.

Vashti: No, they don’t.

Vicki: No, they don’t.

Vashti: We offer a money back guarantee, it’s actually just us.

Andrew: It’s just us?

Vashti: No other brand actually offers that.

Andrew: So someone who drops $1,000 with you for nappies, you know that if one of those nappies doesn’t work, and they want their money back on the rest, then you do that?

Vicki: Yeah, yeah. They can try one. Because look, I have confidence in my product and I know what my product is, and I really don’t want to get too much into this, because I want to keep this unbranded. But I have that confidence, so we have a money back guarantee, and I’d actually like to see other brands pick up on that too. Back your product, because you know, in that particular instance, a customer has the opportunity to save a lot of money, to get a good quality brand, save a lot of money by basically investing from the get go, and how we work it is you can try one. So one of your nappies, wash it, wear it, all of that sort of stuff. And if it doesn’t work for you, you can return the one used and anything else that hasn’t been used for a full refund. I’d love to see that industry wide, because it takes the fear out. Huggies can handle a sample. You can’t get that with cloth nappies. So we brought it in, just to back ourselves more than anything.

Andrew: I’ll ask one more question before I move on. How many do you get back?

Vicki: Next to none. Next to none.

Andrew: So is that a good way to look for a good nappy brand? Other brands offer that as well. Look for a brand that backs themselves, and if you’re not happy with the nappy, you can send it back.

Vashti: I think that’s a really hard one to answer because…

Vicki: That’s a business thing.

Vashti: …yeah, that’s a business decision that Vicki’s made. I don’t think it’s that other brands don’t back themselves. I know that every nappy that I stock, I back. It’s a nappy that I would be prepared to use on my own kids, or I’ve already used on my kids. We’re very particular about the brands that we stock. If I don’t get the chance to use it for myself, I actually send it out with tried and tested customers. I’ve got a range of customers that I’ve had as customers for several years.

Vicki: Hi, Hayley.

Vashti: And Sonia.

Andrew: Do you call them your crash test dummies?

Vashti: No. Even Vanessa. Vanessa hasn’t been a customer of mine for long. Her little boy Xavier is only a few months old. But I got to know Vanessa quite well through her pregnancy. She was regularly coming in, regularly talking to me, she got all the information. And when I wanted to try a certain brand of nappy, I knew that that particular one would suit her, because of what she’d been looking for. So I knew she’d be able to give me a really good review on it.

Vicki: So you mean if you actually had somebody come to you with a night nappy that had 35 million layers, you would hand that on to Sonia, and say Sonia, can you try this one please?

Vashti: Yes, well I’ve actually got a couple of, I’m actually in the process of trialling a brand at the moment. We got a couple of nappies in from this particular brand, and there’s certain qualities in that nappy that I think would have suited Sonia very well, because her little boy is a massive wetter. She’s actually going through medical diagnosis with him at the moment, and she does have a medically diagnosed reason for him being such a large wetter. But he would wet through, I watched her change him in the store, and within half an hour she had to change him again, because his pants were dripping. And when she took off the nappy, I’m like, you’re sure it wasn’t ill fitted or anything? How could he have wet. She goes, no, feel it. And she handed me the nappy and the wet bag, and it was drenched. So yeah, I sent this particular nappy to her to try because of the certain features in it, and the materials that were used. And she’s actually gone and bought another one from that brand, she liked it that much. But that’s the thing, we are particular about the brands, so we do put them through a lot of testing. So whereas I think with a typical China cheapy, it’s very much from the card, most of your ethical brands have been designed by the brand owner, or if the brand has changed hands, they’ve been designed by a mum on their kitchen table, and that mum has sewn those nappies herself and build that business herself.

Vicki: And made tweaks on the nappy. I know I can talk from personal experience. You make tweaks on the nappy based on customer feedback. And over and over, even now, I still tweak nappies now.

Vashti: Well you just made upgrades to the Bam-bam, what, 18 months ago, if that? You increased the size of the booster in the Bam-bam.

Vicki: It was only about 20%. It wasn’t the Pebbles, they’re a fairly new thing. A couple of runs ago, we increased the capacity, increased the…

Vashti: The absorbency.

Vicki: The absorbency. We dropped the booster width down, because we were having some issues where it would just, you know, it was only just the overlocking width that we dropped the booster down, but we increased the, from a 340 G.S.M. to a 420 G.S.M. in shell, so we still had the same absorbency within the whole nappy. And that’s the difference with a nappy that is created from the ground up, I can tell you all of the reasons that we have done that. Why we have legs rolling in, why we do this, why we do that, why we’ve got snaps, why we’ve got Velcro. Whereas when you’re reading off a card, you don’t have that underlying sewing knowledge, I guess, or design knowledge.

Vashti: It’s also, and this is probably where one of the hard things comes in. It’s not to say that the people, the brands who do the rebranded China cheapies and things like that, don’t have the knowledge of their product, they do have the knowledge of their product, but they don’t have the knowledge on how their product is made, and they can’t make massive changes to it. They’ve pretty much got to stick with that basic pattern, and they can’t just make those small tweaks. Cut the size of the booster down by just the overlocking width and stuff like that. They can make tweaks to it by changing the inserts and by changing the absorbency and stuff like that.

Vicki: But what you tend to find is with China cheapies in particular, the generic pattern has, well not already been, but it has been tweaked to already cut corners. That’s the other thing with the China cheapy is they cut corners. It’s all about making them fast, making them cheap, and basically the process is super speedy. And it is about cutting corners. That’s the big difference between a China cheapy and a better quality brand, is all of those things that we, as I said, the layer of bamboo that we put inside the Pebble, the reason we do that is just in case anything, because it’s a newborn nappy, if anything misses the booster, it’s going to go straight onto the shell. Now I know newborn poo is liquid, and that can potentially seep through the P.U.L. So we put a layer of bamboo in there. So it’s those sorts of things that get cut out of China cheapies, to make them cheap.

Vashti: Yeah.

Vicki: Pretty much.

Vashti: Very much.

Vicki: Not that I don’t know a hell of a lot about China cheapies, I just know…

Vashti: And they’re cheaper because the research and development hasn’t gone into them.

Vicki: And there’s no licencing print. It costs an absolute fortune for us to licence our designs, and we don’t even use exclusive licences. Because if we were to use exclusive licences, it would put the…

Vashti: …nappies over $50 each.

Vicki: Well maybe not quite, but certainly because we don’t do, OK, so let’s say Disney does a run of fabric or a run of products, they’re doing like tens of thousands or millions of products even. So the licence fee per unit is quite inexpensive. But when we’re only doing 1,000 units per design, and you’re spending $1,000 on your artist fees, well that’s a dollar a unit. But they’re not paying that, so you can be pretty much guaranteed if it’s a licenced design, like Ariel or, what’s another, Buzz Lightyear or something like that, and you’re seeing it in a nappy, you can be pretty sure that the licence fees haven’t been paid.

Andrew: So let’s move on. Rebranded, versus China cheapies.

Vashti: So China cheapies is things like your Alvas and your Happy Flutes. They’re the ones that you buy off Ali Express, you’re getting them direct from China. And they’re costing you $5 or $7 a shell, plus your inserts and stuff like that.

Vicki: Interestingly, with China cheapies, there’s quite a few different brands. I was talking to my manufacturer when we were over there about the history of it, and how it, it was actually a really cool conversation.

Andrew: Oh yeah, I was listening to that. I was in the back seat. I was listening to that, and he said, who was it that came over?

Vicki: It was Happy Flute and Alva that they were together, they were good friends, and they actually kind of started cloth nappies in China, if you like for lack of a better description, they started producing this, I can’t remember what the original nappy knock off was, was it a Thirsty or something? Or was it a Rumperoos.

Vashti: Thirsties is a very well known and a good brand in the U.S.

Vicki: No, I’m just talking about the generic China cheapy design is based on a well known brand.

Vashti: Bum Genius.

Vicki: Bum Genius, yep. So they were the first to produce it, and then they had a parting of the ways, and Alva is down in southern China in Guangzhou, and Happy Flute are more up northern China. So for starters, that’s why Happy Flute is more expensive than Alva, because you can read between the lines, I don’t have any proof, I can only go on conversations that I’ve had, and Andrew was witness to those conversations as well…

Vashti: Well we had the same conversations when we were there two years ago.

Vicki: Exactly. In Guangzhou, that is where a lot of your Chinese fashion comes from, and it is still quite rampant to have kids in the factory, and slave, pretty much slave wages, things like that.

Vashti: Fast fashion.

Vicki: It is fast fashion, down in Guangzhou. So if you’re purchasing from, but I can’t tell you without a shadow of a doubt. We tried.

Vashti: We tried to look at ways of getting in there, and we were pretty much told forget it, you’re not going to get in there.

Vicki: Yeah, it’s not going to happen.

Vashti: And if you do manage to get in there, they actually have showroom factories.

Vicki: They do, they do.

Vashti: So they bring you through a showroom factory that is all above board. This is what we’ve been told, and it looks nice, and it looks like it meets all of the criteria that you want, but the real factory is actually…

Vicki: Somewhere else.

Vashti: It’s the slum factory type thing.

Vicki: And you know what, this is all hearsay, 100% hearsay based on what we have been told over the years from getting in with, me personally, I build relationships with my manufacturers, and so a lot of the times, I ask a question and then I’ll ask it again a couple of weeks later in a different way. So I kind of get the answer. How many times did I ask pretty much those same sort of questions? It was almost every time I was in the car, but I asked them in a different way. Because it’s like asking a child something. The story will change if it’s a lie, but if it’s the truth, you start adding in more facts. But anyway, back to the story. So Happy Flute and Alva split ways. So Alva is down south, and Happy Flute is up top, and there’s also An An Baby. They’re also up in northern China. We went past their factory actually.

Vashti: Oh really?

Vicki: It surprised me too. And there was one more as well.

Vashti: Is it Happy Baby?

Vicki: Might be, not 100% sure. But what I do know is Alva’s the one that’s down in southern China and they seem to do most of the rebranded China cheapies. So you know what, as I said, that is all 100% hearsay, and you can take from that what you like. Would I stake my life on it? No. Because I haven’t seen it with my own eyes. I can only repeat the conversations that I’ve had.

Andrew: That’s actually not the conversation I was thinking, talking about.

Vicki: Oh, which conversation were you thinking about? The one before or after the accident?

Andrew: Oh yes, we’ve experienced a car accident in China. You know those little bikes that go around? Yeah, sometimes they don’t squeeze between cars.

Vicki: And buses.

Andrew: And buses, yes. It wasn’t even his car.

Vicki: So this is going way, way, way back to kind of 2005-ish. We would, the industry was very, very young then and we would co-op fabric.

Vashti: That was the time when the industry was mums working at their kitchen table and having six month wait lists.

Vicki: Yes, literally.

Vashti: And if you managed, if one of those businesses, like Vicki from Bubblebubs, Sue from Itty Bitty, Davina from Baby Behinds, if they managed to get a bulk lot of nappies done, they would have it go up on their website and be sold out within five minutes. It was hyena days.

Vicki: It was hyena days, we used to call them the hyena days.

Vashti: What about you, I think we’ve mentioned it before, you had a customer…

Vicki: I had someone pinging my site, waiting for me to do a stock in.

Andrew: Every minute.

Vashti: Her husband had created an app to ping your site.

Andrew: No idea how much that used to cost us in memory though, in space.

Vicki: Exactly, and sites would crash and all sorts of stuff. So this was back before pretty much anyone was manufacturing offshore. So what would happen is we’d be able to get the fabric, so the only way, actually no, sorry, Gab from, can’t think, her business isn’t around anymore, but she was the first to bring in hemp fabric. So we’re talking hemp, this is way before bamboo even. And so what would happen is I’d go and buy a roll, because Gab was just up the road from me, and we’d co-op it. So we’d all go in to buy the roll of fabric, and I’d just cut it up and ship it out to everyone. And what happened with Sue was she was a bit too stingy, and actually cut her nappies a bit too short, too small. And that’s how Itty Bitty became a super trim nappy. It was from an accident. But I wouldn’t say I taught her how to sew nappies, but certainly we had spent a lot of time together discussing different ways to make nappies and stuff. But Davina from Baby Behinds was the first to go offshore and have the nappies produced. And she had them made in a hat factory actually.

Vashti: Oh really? I didn’t know that.

Vicki: Yeah, it wasn’t a traditional textile factory, it was a hat factory.

Vashti: I did know, Davina was actually a RAAF wife, her husband was in the RAAF up in Townsville, and he left the RAAF because Baby Behinds started doing so well. So he actually came to work for Davina. So that was way before Andrew came to work for you.

Vicki: It was. Completely. And she did, she really took off. And Sue went over not long after that.

Andrew: You know in the early days I used to cut the nappies.

Vashti: Yeah, I know, but you weren’t getting paid for it.

Vicki: Not in money.

Andrew: That’s true, that’s true.

Vicki: Now I’d give him 90 bucks a week. So I don’t have to pull it out.

Vashti: Is that all he’s worth?

Andrew: You’ve got to stop putting it next to the bed though. It gives the wrong sort of…

Vicki: Yeah, so then Sue went over to teach. The one thing Sue and I had very much in common is we’re both absolute perfectionists, and we’ve both been sewing, well I think so, Sue had been sewing as long, I’d been sewing since I was eight. And my mum’s a dressmaker.

Vashti: I used to work for Sue. Sue I was her expo manager.

Vicki: I know she was a perfectionist.

Vashti: She is still a perfectionist.

Vicki: See, the difference with cloth nappies in Australia versus the States, is America still has, they still have a big manufacturing sector, and same with Canada and Mexico and what have you. And look that is honestly due to their terrible labour minimum wage. Whereas in Australia, we’re a lot tighter on that. That’s just the reality of it, that’s why we can’t manufacture in Australia.

Vashti: It’s interesting, because a lot of my U.S. brands, they are very proud of the fact that their products are manufactured in the U.S. They’re manufactured onshore, so they are supporting, it’s an American brand, made by Americans, sold in America. And so yeah. Although I am looking at a Canadian brand at the moment. Are they Canadian? They might not be Canadian, they might be U.S., I don’t know.

Andrew: Do you want to mention the brand, or you’re not ready yet?

Vashti: Well, I don’t know, [beep] listening?

Vicki: Maybe one of your competitors is listening, and now they’re going to go, oh my God, who is this?

Vashti: Actually no, you better cut that out, I’m not ready to release that information yet. Cut that out.

Andrew: OK, let’s go back a little bit and I’ll ask you the question again. Rebranded versus China cheapies.

Vashti: We’ve pretty much covered what a China cheapy is. So a rebranded China cheapy is pretty much exactly the same thing, but somebody gets their own label put on it and they might get their own prints done. So they’ll either pick the stock standard prints and colours that the factory offers, or they’ll bring in their own…

Vicki: Digital printing has really helped with that, because you can get minimum orders, I think 50, 100 metres now, which is like six nappies, 6 by 300 nappies, 300 odd nappies per print.

Vashti: That’s a really good way of doing it.

Vicki: That’s making it harder to be able to spot, because they’re no longer just a generic…

Vashti: And they can employ, they can get their own prints, they can get their own artists to design prints for them. They can pick prints off Spoonflower. And have them sent over in a digital format.

Vicki: No different to what we do. I go, here’s a fun fact everyone probably knows. I go on Instagram. I find most of my artists on Instagram. I’m looking for an artist. I’m looking for someone who is on brand with what I’m actually doing. So that has really opened up the market with China cheapies. They can do exactly the same thing.

Vashti: And a rebranded China cheapy may also, well I have noticed that some of the stock standard China cheapies are now giving you the option to upgrade your inserts. Traditionally a China cheapy insert was a microfibre or a charcoal bamboo…

Vicki: …charcoal bamboo.

Vashti: …now just to make it clear, charcoal bamboo doesn’t actually have bamboo in it. It’s a layer of fleece with microfibre inside. But that was, that’s your stock standard insert with a China cheapy. Some China cheapies are now offering you a bamboo upgrade, like a three layer bamboo.

Vicki: Even Alva do that now, I’m sure they do a five layer bamboo.

Vashti: Yeah, they do a five layer bamboo.

Vicki: Because they’ve learned. They’ve learned that that’s what the customer wants.

Vashti: But your rebranded are actually starting to do their own inserts. So they’re starting to custom make or to request specific products in their inserts and a specific way of having their inserts made.

Vicki: OK, I’m going to play devil’s advocate here. So with that in mind, then does it matter that this nappy is now $28 if it’s got upgraded inserts? Is it more the whole ethical manufacture that, like I said, do people have issues with…

Vashti: You know what, it actually doesn’t matter what nappy you use, because literally they’re designed to catch poo and wee. I think it comes down to more…

Vicki: Knowing what you’re buying?

Vashti: …knowing what you’re buying. Knowing that if you’re spending $28 on a rebranded China cheapy, jump up to $30, $35 and you’re supporting a mum or dad who have designed the nappy from the ground up.

Vicki: And are paying licencing fees and are paying the workers well. Yeah, you’re right, it’s the whole chain.

Vashti: It is, it’s not just about the end product. Yes, the end product, the $35 nappy works the same as the $5 nappy. They catch poo and week.

Vicki: Longevity wise?

Vashti: The $5 you might need to change a little bit more frequently and it’s probably not going to see you all the way through because the elastics aren’t quite as good, the P.U.L.’s not as thick. That sort of thing. The $35 nappy you’d be wanting it to last…

Vicki: Birth to toddler. A birth to toddler nappy should…

Vashti: And if not into a second child, if you’ve got a decent sized stash. If you’ve got a stash of 20 nappies and you’re using, washing every single day, the chances of them seeing you a second child aren’t going to happen.

Vicki: Having said that, well I know the expectations that I have with my nappies is that they will see a second and third and fourth child, with minor repairs, like elastic. I would not expect elastic to last four children. I’m not saying it won’t, because I’ve seen some of my nappies that are nine years old. However, I expect them to be in a reasonable to condition to be able to reach that…

Vashti: I’ve got some of your all in ones that are eleven years old. Yes, they need elastics repaired, but the nappy itself is in immaculate condition.

Vicki: That’s right, as soon as you repair the elastics you have a brand new nappy. That’s my expectation of a quality nappy versus, it’s that whole throw away society, isn’t it? It’s the difference between buying a Smeg and I can’t think of a really cheap, an L.G. as an example.

Vashti: But then I just bought an L.G. vacuum cleaner and it’s pretty damn good.

Vicki: It wasn’t the right, I can’t actually think of, I probably picked the wrong type of appliance. OK, so a Kogan versus a Smeg. So you would expect the Kogan one, you pay $100 for, OK, let’s go air fryers, so you pay $100 for a Kogan air fryer, and you pay $400 for a Philips air fryer. You would expect the Philips air fryer to be lasting you a heck of a lot longer than the $100 one, because it’s designed as a throw away product. That’s pretty much what a China cheapy is. It’s designed as a throw away product. I can’t talk for other brands, I know I can talk for my brand, that our products aren’t designed as a throw away product. They’re designed to be repaired and passed on.

Andrew: Every time I hear somebody talk about Smeg, I think that the guys who created that company must be really, really big…

Vicki: Red Dwarf fans. I know. I knew he was going to go down a Red Dwarf path. I should have gone Bosch.

Andrew: If you don’t know what a Red Dwarf is, as your husband.

Vashti: We just bought a Smeg dishwasher on the weekend…

Vicki: And that’s why I picked it, by the way, we were just talking.

Vashti: …ours has died. You know, a slow death, but it’s died, and so we decided it was time to upgrade. And my other half chose the Smeg over the Bosch because it was a Smeg. That was it. He was like, I’ve got to have it because it’s Smeg.

Vicki: Seriously, don’t even, if you don’t know what that is, just wipe it from your brain. There is no need to know. Oh no…

Andrew: So any other subjects you want to cover?

Vashti: I think as long as you know what you’re buying. So don’t buy an Alva or a Happy Flute or any one of a myriad of rebranded China cheapies that are on the market, and expect it to have the same quality as a Baby Behinds and Itty Bitty, a Bubblebubs, a Thirsties or a Rumperoos. There are so many other amazing brands on the market. And really, once you do all the upgrades and pay for your postage and stuff like that, the price difference isn’t that much. Especially if you’re looking at buying 24 Alvas versus 24 Econaps, you can get, yes it’s still going to be more expensive to get the Econaps, but you can get the price of the Econaps down quite nicely, or any of your major brands…

Andrew: By buying in bulk.

Vicki: By buying in bulk.

Vashti: By buying in bulk. And there’s lots of ways to buy in bulk as well. There’s all of the buy now pay later schemes that are available.

Vicki: Also this is where I didn’t go with the multi-brand retailer, is they can do up packs of 24 different nappies. That’s a huge thing. That’s a huge bonus that a multi-brand retailers has over a single brand. I can only sell you 24 of a single product.

Andrew: An actual shop is actually going to have the nappy so you can touch it and feel it, and you’ll be able to tell pretty much straight away which is the quality nappy and which isn’t.

Vicki: And unfortunately, going back to the baby expos, unfortunately it generally tends to be brands that are at expos because they’re so expensive, they’re more a marketing exercise than a sales funnel, or anything like that. So to get a multi-brand retailer to actually have a stand at the expo is unrealistic, which is why I actively encourage my multi-brand retailers to run, either run the stalls or be on the stalls so they can answer those questions. If someone wants a pocket nappy, I don’t make a pocket nappy. I can’t help you. But I can say, well on the weekend, Hayley or Nicole sell pocket nappies. Let me go grab one of them and they can answer your questions for you. There’s a lot to be said about, instead of going direct to the brand, go to a retailer.

Vashti: The retailers, we deal with a myriad of brands. And we don’t just deal with the brands that we sell. We also deal with brands that we’ve sold in the past. We deal with brands that our customer have brought into us and said can you give me a hand with the fitting of this? Look, I bought this online, I bought it second hand, and I’m just not getting a great fit. And we can look at it and go that’s because your elastics have gone. Do you mind if I have a quick look at that nappy? I haven’t seen that brand before, I’d really be interested in seeing it. So we deal with a wide range of nappies, so we have a greater understanding of what is available on the market.

Andrew: And you tend to not stock anything that you’re not happy with.

Vashti: No, definitely. As I said before, I’m very particular about the brands I stock. It’s got to be something that I’ve used on my own kids. It’s got to be something that I would be prepared to put on my own child.

Andrew: It’s all prepared to put on your own child now, because all your kids are out of nappies.

Vashti: Yeah, all my kids are out of nappies.

Andrew: Unless you’re looking to have another one?

Vashti: No. No, this…

Andrew: You don’t want to make that announcement?

Vashti: …this shop is closed.

Andrew: We’re not going to break any new news or anything like that?

Vicki: Let’s have another baby, Andrew.

Andrew: Sure, you just have to go and find somebody else.

Vicki: I just got a pass. Ryan Reynolds.

Vashti: No, Brent’s had the snip, there is definitely no more babies.

Andrew: Well I didn’t want to make this public as well, but me too.

Vicki: You never got tested.

Andrew: No, I never got tested.

Vashti: Well, I didn’t think Brent did, but apparently he did.

Vicki: Yeah, but see I pay him now. I don’t have to worry. We were talking about wages before. I pay you now. I used to have to pay you in other ways. I don’t have to anymore.

Andrew: Oh, that’s right, yes.

Vashti: But you still don’t leave it by the bed.

Vicki: No.

Andrew: I’m so much more comfortable now you’re putting it into my bank account. I feel like a real paid person. Any other things you want to touch on, ladies?

Vashti: Just make sure you know what you’re buying. And if you…

Vicki: Ask. Ask.

Vashti: And if you are buying a China cheapy, that’s fine, it’s great because you’re putting a cloth nappy on your baby’s bottom, and that is fantastic.

Vicki: But don’t actually, there is a little bit of a stigma that comes with China cheapies, but you know what?

Vashti: Who cares.

Vicki: You have to just be confidence in your own decisions, and this is why we focus so much on education. It’s not about bagging out a particular brand or a particular style or anything like that. It’s about giving you, empowering you with the knowledge to make the right choice for your family. And as I said earlier, if you’re, whoever is doing the nappy changes and the washing is…

Vashti: And paying the bills.

Vicki: …and paying bills, they’re the ones that make the choice, not anybody else, and be damned with anybody else’s judgement.

Vashti: It’s no-one else’s business, absolutely none. But if you are buying a China cheapy, have realistic expectations on it. That’s the main thing. Is just have those realistic expectations on what your nappy is capable of doing, and if you aren’t sure, ask someone. I’m always happy to answer questions. Send me a message on Facebook or Instagram. Send a message through to Nappy Leaks and Andrew will forward it to me or Vicki. It’s not an issue, and we’ll give you a rounded and honest answer, and it will be a non-judgemental answer. I don’t care, as long as you’re using a cloth nappy. And even then…

Vicki: Depends on the question. If you want to know a style or particular brands, send it to Vashti. If you want to know composition and stuff like that, that’s my forte. The actual making and what works and what doesn’t work, versus different brands and styles, which is your forte.

Vashti: And whenever I get a question about how a nappy is made, I always say, I’ll get back to you, and I ask Vicki. Or I ask one of my other manufacturers, because they’re the ones that are doing it for a living. I’m in the front, selling for a living.

Vicki: So if you need a salesperson, get Vashti on your team.

Andrew: OK girls, I think we’ll finish it up then. Love your work. Thank you Vashti.

Vashti: Thanks, Andrew.

Andrew: Thank you, Vashti. Thank you, Vicki.

Vicki: Thanks, Andrew.

Andrew: Bye.

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Andrew: Vicki Simpson is a wife and mother to three children, President of the Australian Nappy Association and owner and founder of Bubblebubs. Vicki has been making and selling cloth nappies through her website for 15 years. Bubblebubs is now one of the most recognised and awarded cloth nappy brands in Australia, and is currently expanding to other countries. You can find out more and contact her through her website, bubblebubs.com.au. Vashti Wadwell is mother to three children and has been using cloth nappies for 13 years. She is the owner of Australia’s first cloth nappy store, Nest Nappies, located in Brisbane, Australia. She can be contacted through her website, nestnappies.com.au. If you would like to give us feedback, go to nappyleaks.com.au. If you are finding this podcast helpful, the way to thank us is to leave feedback in the iTunes store or wherever you listen to podcasts. I am your host, Andrew Simpson.

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#35 Questions and Answers Live April 2019

Nappy Leaks is recorded in front of a live studio audience. I always wanted to say that, but I do have a few corrections. We were not in a studio we were in the office of Bubblebubs and the studio audience was 12 and 50% of those were babies. But it was fun doing this series of live show were the audience asked Vicki and Vashti all the questions.

Transcript: Questions and answers live April 2019

Andrew: Welcome to Nappy Leaks with Vicki Simpson and Vashti Wadwell. How are you doing, Vicki?

Vicki: I’m good, Andrew, how are you?

Andrew: I’m excellent. How are you doing, Vashti?

Vashti: Wonderful, thanks Andrew.

Andrew: Excellent, and we have another guest. We have Catherine. Hi Catherine.

Catherine: Hi. 

Andrew: How are you?

Catherine: Yeah, well thank you. Thanks for having me along.

Andrew: You’re a teacher.

Catherine: I am a teacher. Yes indeed.

Andrew: Tell us about being a teacher. [background laughter]

Catherine: Vicki will be glad to know that I’m not a high school teacher. I teach Prep actually.

Vashti: We’ve got two teachers in the room today. 

Catherine: [inaudible word, 00:44] Teacher represent!

Vashti: Oh three, sorry.

Catherine: That’s all right, we understand bureaucracy too. 

Andrew: So you’re still learning about the cloth nappy world?

Catherine: Yeah, we’re only eight weeks into our journey, so still feeling like we’re finding our feet, but it’s been really great, and Vashti gets visits from me, I think even before Theodore was born she was getting multiple visits from me going so, what do we do about this? and what about this? It’s been really good to be able to navigate alongside someone who knows what they’re talking about.

Andrew: Nice. Well, I’ll let you ask your first question.

Catherine: Alright, so my questions are very kind of nappy and fit specific. Obviously it’s what we’re experiencing in the early days. I’ve got a very chunky boy here…

Jenna: No!

Catherine: Yeah, no.

Jenna: He’s gorgeous, the rolls are beautiful.

Catherine: Eight weeks, seven kilos. So chunking up. So what are some good tricks with getting a fit for the snapped one size fits all? Or Candies, let’s be honest, that’s what we’re talking about, when his legs seem to be kind of between snap sizes.

Vicki: Do you do more fit… do you want to take it, or do you want me to take it?

Vashti: Well it’s about Candies, so you take it.

Vicki: OK, what I find is, and I did a video on Ryan. I really need to redo that video, and Jenna will just write it down now, because that’s what she does. I did a fit video on Ryan. What I find actually is running your fingers along the elastic to actually move, it kind of moves the bunchiness of the elastic into kind of right around, to get it more into the groin. That’s what I find is by far, the easiest. And as long as the marks aren’t super nasty red, a lot of, what we actually find is a lot of people get an underwear type mark and go oh my God, I’m getting really bad red marks. And you look at it and the nappy is on super loose, and marks are normal. Red marks are normal. Deep red welts are not normal. If you liken it to your own underwear, or wearing a pair of tights…

Vashti: A pair of tights or jeans. A red mark isn’t going to hurt. It’s like when we wear bras, because let’s face it, most of us listening to this podcast are mums.

Vicki: I’ve got a bra on today.

Vashti: Woo hoo.

Jenna: Vicki’s checked. 

Vicki: But if you’ve got a red mark from your own clothing, if you get red marks from your nappies, it’s a similar sort of mark. If the mark from your nappies is welted, if the skin is broken, or if that mark doesn’t disappear by the next nappy change, then we’ve got a problem. Or if their toes turn blue. If their toes turn blue, the nappy is on too tight.

Catherine: Yeah, I think early on that was daunting, and even my husband was like, it’s too tight, I can’t put it on him any tighter. And I’m like no, you’ve got to really get in there. And I think that was a big thing, building confidence and seeing that…

Vicki: They’re not breakable.

Catherine: That Teddy’s response was, he was quite comfortable with it, and wasn’t complaining and that kind of helped me to be reassured that I wasn’t harming him in any way.

Vicki: He certainly will let you know if he is not happy. There is no, it’s a bit like being in labour. Not that I’ve even been in labour, because too posh to push three times, apparently. But you know, when you’re in labour and I think I’m in labour, and then oh yeah. OK, yeah, this is labour, yeah. And it’s the same thing. Bub will certainly let you know if it’s too tight. But I do find running your, and any nappy, front snap, side snap, front Velcro. Running your finger along that elastic line, it just moves the elastic out a little bit. Another hint is with any of your nappies, to actually stretch the rise. So put your palm on, at the top of the nappy and actually stretch it. And that kind of evens the elastic out. So that can help a lot. 

Catherine: That’s good. Now, I have found videos about replacing Candies elastic, and I can be really bold with some of my second hand ones that I picked up and doing that. Can you do the same thing with Bam Bams? I haven’t opened one up to have a look, but also, they’re overlocked, so I was curious what that would look like.

Vicki: You will need some way of resealing. So you’ll either need to zigzag or re-overlock. Because you’ll either, look, the lazy way to do it is to cut it off. Cut the overlocking off. That is hands down the quickest way to do it, because you just cut it on one side. Actually, I cut it on both sides, and then you can just get in, take the elastic off, put the new elastic on. Or you can actually unpick the overlocking, which obviously takes a lot longer. But personal preference as to… it’s not going to affect the actual fit. Being a fitted nappy, even if you end up moving the elastic in, like a little bit, to make sure that the…

Vashti: The frill.

Vicki: …the frill is still nice and thick, it’s not going to impact on the function of the nappy, enough for it to be a concern. 

Catherine: And my last question is just, what are the best ways to boost absorbency with the least bulk? At the moment we’re finding that with Teddy just being super chunky but not terribly big, putting the bulk in with the booster means that it’s quite gapey around the leg. And this is hilarious Vashti that I’m looking at you, because we totally were at Nest navigating this only a couple of weeks ago.

Vashti: So it’s really about trying to manoeuvre that absorbency, trying to get the thinnest absorbency you can, and manage it into that position. So trying to get that bulk into the centre and bring the shell out and around it. So there’s no reason why the elastic from the shell of the nappy can’t actually be sitting sort of over the top of the absorbency, almost once it’s on, if that makes sense. It’s really, really weird to try and describe it. But you get the elastic of the shell in on the undie line, and then the shell sort of comes out and around the boosting. Obviously it is really, really hard to boost an all in two, or an all in one nappy, because the more absorbency you put inside the nappy, the further it pushes the shell away from the body, which is one of the reasons why I love fitteds and flats and prefolds, because you can boost those until the cows come home, and a shell goes over the top, and as long as you’ve got the nice fit on the shell, then you’re set, it doesn’t matter. But boosting an all in two or an all in one is a lot harder. Things like microfibre work really good for quick absorption, and they’re generally reasonably trim, a little microfibre booster. But for holding in your absorbency, your cottons and your hemps and your bamboos are a lot better, so all your natural fibres.

Jenna: I’m really loving them…Hello, I’m Vicki now.

Vashti: Sorry, Vicki’s just had to step out.

Jenna: Vicki had to step away and now Vicki is Jenna. I’m really loving at the moment for trim boosting, muslin or birds eye flats.

Vashti: Yeah, they’re great.

Jenna: They pad fold down to the size of your palm, and especially because I’ve got a little boy, you just chuck it in the front and I find that works really, really well for extra absorbency, while being quite trim. And the other thing is of course double gussets. Anything with a double gusset will handle that boosting better. It gives you that different shape to get it around and really handle that boosting. Again for a boy, I assume it would be a little harder for a girl, because you’ve got to get it between the legs, whereas a boy you just chuck it all at the front. You’ve got experience, you’ve had both.

Vashti: Yeah, well yes and no. Girls do pee, we do say try and put your boosting for a girl in the middle, and your boosting for a boy at the front. But that also comes down to, if you’ve got a younger bubby, they’re spending a lot of time on their back, so you do need to get more of your boosting towards the back of the nappy, because when they’re lying on their back, that’s where all the moisture runs.

Jenna: Yep, whichever way gravity goes. 

Vashti: Yeah, once they’re up and moving and stuff like that, yes you do need to get more of your boosting down the bottom of the nappy because they’re up.

Jenna: The great thing with the muslin flats I’m finding is, and this would be quite flexible for a girl and a boy, is I can fold it to the exact width that I’ve got at the front, so you could make it longer and thinner for a girl to get through that crotch without making it too uncomfortable for them.  But I’m just finding them, they’re my favourite at the moment for boosting, because they’re really trim and super absorbent. You can get them bamboo, cotton, whatever you’ve got, all those good options. But I just find they’re really good for trim boosting at the moment. It’s my favourite flavour of the month.

Vashti: And you know what? Something as simple as a face washer folded in half is also a fantastic booster. It’s generally enough to just give you that little bit of extra absorbency that you need, without bulking the nappy too much. So you don’t have to go out and spend masses of money on buying these super dooper fantastic boosters. Use what you’ve got at home. You’ve got old flannelette sheets that have seen better days, chop them up, overlock the edges or…

Jenna: Tea towels that you don’t like anymore that are really absorbent.

Vashti: There you go, cotton tea towels, anything.

Jenna: Big fans of reuse.

Vashti: Anything you’ve got around the house.

Jenna: Big fans of reuse around here, there’s no need to go out and buy a whole bunch. And that was kind of, I had some flats that someone had given me to try out, and I’m not a big flats fan. But I found that for a night nappy, a fitted nappy and then folding that muslin at the front, and that’s all, my son is two, and that’s all he wears at night for 12 hours. Theoretically, except for last night, where he slept three hours. He normally sleeps 12 hours. Putting that at the front, that gets him through the night. So it really is a lot of boosting. So I suppose if you want a day boosting you could even cut those in halves or thirds and get a few uses out of them, they’re flexible in that way.

Vashti: Definitely. 

Jenna: Does that help?

Catherine: Yeah, yeah, that’s helpful. I just disappear, you guys can chat, over it, that’s cool. I actually find using the boosters from the Bam Bams that they’re that little bit thinner, that I’ve actually found they’re useful now we’re in one size fits most nappies, because they work like having a face washer folded in half, so you’re using the collection, what I’ve already got in my stash. 

Jenna: I’ve got a friend who’s just starting and I’ve told her to take all the, most all in twos have a long, a big insert and a small insert, and I’ve told her to take the small inserts out of all the nappies, and if bubba is sleeping longer at night to put them in the front of her fitted nappies for when baby is small. You won’t need those in the nappies until later. Use those for your boosting in your newborn fitted nappies, if bubba is nice enough to sleep for you. 

Andrew: Thank you, Catherine. Now, what advice would you have for new mums?

Catherine: I think the biggest advice, it’s all fairly fresh in my brain, when I was pregnant I’d done so much research, and trying to learn my washing routines and, thank you Amy for helping out with lots of those things. But I think the biggest thing is just try one. Just get one cloth nappy on bub and see how it goes, and the more that you do it, the easier it becomes. I’m not sure that rinsing poo out at the end of each night is getting any easier, but it’s not that unglamorous, and I just found that I was so nervous about it, I just needed to get in there and do it. And my husband was the same. He was so uncertain and the more nappies he changes, the more confident he gets. And we’re in cloth full time now.

Andrew: Cool. As far as washing poo out, just imagine it’s playdough, because that doesn’t smell. 

Vashti: Just say for instance there’s a video where someone washes blue playdough off a nappy. 

Catherine: I could deal with that if it was blue. My problems is, I really like the sweet potato dip, and often when he’s going down for a lunchtime nap, I just grab what I can for lunch to then sit down with him to feed. And sweet potato dip and I just can’t see eye to eye anymore. You get the last bit out of the container with your finger and then you go, I don’t know what that is now. That could be dip…

Jenna: It’s ruined now.

Catherine: …or not. So it’s ruined.

Andrew: That’s one of those foods that comes out the same way it went in.

Catherine: That’s it. 

Andrew: Thank you, Catherine.

Catherine: Thank you very much.

Andrew: Thank you, Vashti.

Vashti: Thanks, Andrew.

Andrew: Thank you…

Jenna: Vicki-Jenna.

Vashti: Hey, thanks Catherine, it was great to see you.

Catherine: That’s alright, thank you.

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Andrew: Vicki Simpson is a wife and mother to three children, President of the Australian Nappy Association and owner and founder of Bubblebubs. Vicki has been making and selling cloth nappies through her website for 15 years. Bubblebubs is now one of the most recognised and awarded cloth nappy brands in Australia, and is currently expanding to other countries. You can find out more and contact her through her website, bubblebubs.com.au. Vashti Wadwell is mother to three children and has been using cloth nappies for 13 years. She is the owner of Australia’s first cloth nappy store, Nest Nappies, located in Brisbane, Australia. She can be contacted through her website, nestnappies.com.au. If you would like to give us feedback, go to nappyleaks.com.au. If you are finding this podcast helpful, the way to thank us is to leave feedback in the iTunes store or wherever you listen to podcasts. I am your host, Andrew Simpson. 

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Bubblebubs BamBam cloth nappies on 7kg nine month old baby

I’m here with baby, who is nine months old and 7.1 kilos. We haven’t seen Matisse in a few months, she was about eight weeks old the last time we saw her. But, I wanted to show you how to fit on some of the nappies that were used early on. Even though Matisse has grown, she’s bigger, she’s a bit more wriggly and a lot more chatty, but I just wanted to show you how those nappies that were used in the newborn days can still be used quite a long way through.

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Bubblebubs Bamboo Stretchy Prefold on nine month old 7kg baby

Today I’m here with baby Matisse who is nine months old and just over seven kilos. We haven’t seen Matisse in a few months but I wanted to come back and show you how she’s grown and how you can still use some of the nappies that we used in those newborn days even though she has put on a few kilos. She’s up looking at the camera now.

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Podcast 30: Pre fold cloth nappies

the versatile pre-fold is pretty much a rectangle of material and it’s got extra absorbency through the centre. It’s broken down into three panels normally. And the centre panel is thicker than the two outside panels.

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Podcast 28: Washing your cloth nappies

Washing your cloth nappies is easy. You have been washing for years with your current washing machine. Washing cloth nappies just needs a few tweaks to your current washing routine. There is a few different angles on the subject and Vicki, Vashti and Jenna go down every rabbit hole.

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Podcast 26: How to survive christmas and the holidays away from home with your baby using cloth nappies.

Lots of people travel home for the holidays. This time when you travel home you are taking a new addition to the family that everyone will want to see, hold, cuddle. But how do you cloth nappy when you’re at someone else’s house? Vashti and Vicki give you some insight to living at someone else’s house with a baby or toddler for an extended period.

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Podcast 24: The top eight reasons people give up cloth nappies.

Some of you after saying that your using cloth nappies get a “Why I gave up on cloth nappies story” I came across a lot of articles on people who gave up using cloth nappies. Most of which were just click-bait, but I did find a lot of reasons people just could not use cloth nappies any more. So I picked a few and threw them at the girls and this is what they had to say.

So next time someone wants to give you one of those stories you can point them at this podcast and maybe help them over the line.

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One Size nappies vs Newborn Nappies

Ever wondered how a newborn nappy differs to a one size nappy in terms of fit? Vashti from Nest Nappies shows you the difference between them in this video. The nappies she is using are the Close Parent Pop In Newborn and One Size All In Twos. Our model in this video is Matisse who is nearly 8 weeks old and 3.5kg.

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Podcast Episode 017: Questions and Answers

Every month after the main podcast is recorded I sometimes manage to keep the girls in front of the microphone just a little longer to answer some listener questions. If you have a question just email them to feedback@nappyleaks.com.au

Questions we cover this week are.

Everyone is telling me different reasons why nappies are leaking. What are the causes and how do you fix them?

Which are better? All in two or all in one?

I’m really clean to knit some woollen nappy covers, but I’m not sure which type of wool to use. All of the super soft options at the wool shop were super. Can I use these? Do you have any favourite wool brand?

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Podcast Episode 013: Questions and Answers for May

As we are not getting time to answer questions during the episodes, we will be publishing an episode at the end of the month devoted to questions and answers. If you have a problem, you would like Vicki and Vashti to answer go to the contact page at Nappy Leaks

This week’s questions are.

What is the difference between microfleece and microfiber?
Do I need to use liners?
You had a long hose on your squirt, didn’t you?

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Podcast Episode 010: Night Cloth Nappies

Kind of the same and kind of different to day cloth nappies. Night cloth nappies have a whole new range of possibilities and challenges.

Some of the subjects we cover are…

What is the difference between a night nappy and a day cloth nappy?

How many are we going to need?

Do they take longer to dry?

Why do we have a dedicated night cloth nappy?

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How To Fit One Size Fits Most Nappy On A Small Newborn.

Matese is eight weeks old and a little over 3.5kg. This is how a one-size-fits-most nappy will fit.

One-Size-Fits-Most Transcript:

                   Hi, it’s Vashti from Nest Nappies, and today I’m here with baby Matese who is nearly eight weeks old and just over three and a half kilos. Now what I wanted to do today is show you how to fit one size fits most nappy on a small newborn. I’ve got the Pikapu all-in-one here today. The Pikapu all-in-one is one size fits most all-in-one.

                    An all-in-one is just that, one piece, nothing to get lost or confused. It has an adjustable rise through the front, and it does that with Velcro. Now, because Matese is so little, we are going to take those rise snaps down all the way to the bottom setting just like that. Moreover, with this tongue, we’ll probably end up folding it over, but I’ll show you that once we’ve got it on, and you can have a look on how it’s sitting on her.

                    Now, I like to put the nappy up nice and high at the back, so it covers the back crack and makes sure that there are no explosions out the back of your little one. Then, I always like to give it a little bit of a pull out there, to make sure it’s nice and flat. Then we’re going to reach in between Matese’s legs, and as you saw with that fold, I’m going to pop my thumb into that fold on both sides. You can see that there, so I’m just going to slide my thumb in there. We’re just going to pull that up as high as we can, and then we can fold the front of the nappy over.

                    Now, this tongue is way too long, so we’re going to fold that back over. That’s going to give Matese lots of absorbency in the nappy so that she’ll be able to get even longer. Now, we’re going to pull it over. I’m just going to have it nice and flat across her tummy. Then with the wings, I’m just going to pull up and then over to do them up, and the same on the other side, just up and then over. Now, pulling them up before you pull them over means that you get a nice snug fit around the back of those thighs.

                    Then we’re just going to pop that elastic into the leg crease. Nice and snug around the back of the thighs, so no escaping poos or anything. Pop that elastic out there, and we tuck that fold up so that it’s nice and snug. That’s it.

                    I’ll pick Matese up. Come here gorgeous. As you can see, we’ve got a nice snug fit around the back there. I can pop my finger in there, and it’s nice and snug against my finger, but it’s not too tight on her back. Then if we bring her over like this, we’ve got a nice trim front on the nappy, and it’s nice, and the elastics are set into the undie line, so it’s going to be a nice snug fit on her. That is a Pikapu one size fits most all-in-one on baby Matese who is eight weeks old and three and a half kilos. Thanks for visiting us at Nest, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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How to use the Pikapu Newborn All-In-One on a small baby

The PIKAPU newborn is an all-in-one. Thus, an all-in-one is just that. It’s one piece, it’s nothing to get lost or confused, and it does have little bit of adjustability through here.

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Taking your bub out of the Manduca

In this video I take the Manduca carrier off with your newborn in it. The Manduca is a soft-structured carrier that is designed to be work from around about three kilos through to about 20 kilos.

Transcrip: Taking your bub out of the Manduca

           Hi. It’s Vashti from Nest Nappies here, and today I wanted to show you how to take the Manduca carrier off with your newborn in it. The Manduca is a soft-structured carrier that is designed to be work from around about three kilos through to about 20 kilos.

            Today, I have bubby Matisse with me. Matisse is at 3.5 kilos, and I’m using the newborn insert with her in it. Now to take her out all you want to do is to start with is to take off the shoulder strap there. Just undo that and then we’re just going to slide our arm out of the carrier and make sure that we hold on to Matisse. Do you remember we’ve got her in the newborn insert? So we’re just going to undo those clips as well. We’re just going to let the Manduca fall around our waist. We’re then going to lift Matisse. Oh, darling. Hey. We might give Matisse over to her dad so that he can give her a lovely snuggle. There we go.

             That’s it. That’s pretty much how your bubby out of the Manduca. Once you’ve done with your baby and you’ve popped them down for their sleep, or you’ve done what you need to do, you can then take the Manduca off from around your waist by merely twisting it around and then just pushing on the two buckles and the extra little safety clasp and undoing it. That’s it.

             Now one of the things that I love about the Manduca is that it is so easy to pop it away. With the straps, all I do is fold them in half where they naturally fold and then fold it in on itself like. Tuck in all of that and you can actually roll the Manduca up to the waistband and then bring the straps around, click them together and tighten. That’s your Manduca all popped away ready to go in the back of the car. If you need to you can tuck that extra strap around just so that it’s nice and contained. As you can see it does travel quite well, quite comfortable and it’s nice in a line.

            That’s how to take your bubby out of the Manduca carrier. Thanks for visiting us at Nest and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Bye.

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Podcast Episode 008: Cost expectations

This time the girls talk about expectations of the cost of modern cloth nappies over disposable nappies. The girls even take into consideration the cost of washing, cost of detergent and also the water use over the cost of disposable nappies. They answer the question are modern cloth nappies cheaper than disposable nappies.

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Putting on the Manduca while using the infant insert.

Today I’m going to show you the Manduca Carrier. The Manduca Carrier is a soft-structured carrier that is suitable from about three kilos to 20-odd kilos. So, from the average bobby at birth through to the average toddler. It can be worn on your front, it has a built-in baby insert, so there’s no need to get any extra cushions or pillows to go into it, and it can also be worn on your back from when your bobby is sitting unassisted.

 

Transcript: Putting on the Manduca while using the infant insert.

                 Hi, it’s Vashti from Nest Nappies here, and today I’m going to show you the Manduca Carrier. The Manduca Carrier is a soft-structured carrier that is suitable from about three kilos to 20-odd kilos. So, from the average bobby at birth through to the average toddler. It can be worn on your front, it has a built-in baby insert, so there’s no need to get any extra cushions or pillows to go into it, and it can also be worn on your back from when your bobby is sitting unassisted.

                    The carrier itself is made from a beautiful cotton, canvas material. It has a nice, structured waistband, and there are webbed straps. The shoulder straps are beautifully cushioned so that it’s not gonna put any undue stress on your back, and it has been endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, so it’s not gonna put any undue stress on your back. Manduca Carrier has also been endorsed by the Australian Breastfeeding Association because you can breastfeed in it quite easily.

                    Today, I have baby Matisse with me, and after I show you how to pop your carrier on, I’m gonna get her dad to pass her over to me. Now baby Matisse is eight weeks old, and she’s about three and a half kilos, so she’s gonna fit in this beautifully.

                    Now to pop the carrier on, you’re just gonna get the waist belt, and you’re just going to pop the tag against your body. I always like to pop it around my back so I can see the buckle. You’re gonna pop the buckle through this little elastic band here, and then pop it into the actual buckle itself there. And the reason that we pop it through the elastic band is just as an extra safety precaution. The buckle itself is actually a three-point buckle as well, so you need to press on both of those and then that little button there for it to release. If for some reason the buckle does release, it’s going to … If for some reason the buckle does release, it’s going to get caught on that elastic, and bubby’s not gonna fall out. So that’s why we do that.

                    So just pop it in like that, and then we’re gonna turn the carrier back around to the front. Now as you can see, it’s got this extra flap here. That’s actually the baby insert, and baby Matisse, or your baby, is gonna sit in there, and then this will actually come up and clip onto the little studs that are on the carrier itself.

                    We always recommend when you’re first popping your baby in the carrier that you do do it assisted with somebody else around, and you do it over a bed or a couch, something soft, so if something does go wrong, bubby’s not gonna fall too far. We also recommend that you do sit down to pop bobby in the carrier, and lay the carrier on your lap so that you’ve got a nice, flat surface. So we’re gonna grab bobby Matisse … Hey gorgeous, hi. Hello. Hello Matisse. Sorry, and I’ve got a stool here, so I’m gonna sit on this stool, and I’m just going to lay the carrier on my lap there. And then I’m going to … Hi. I know. Just gonna lie … Hi. Oh, darling.

                    So all I’m doing is just popping that panel up in between Matisse’s legs, and then doing up the little studs. Hi. We’re then going to … Bring the panel up, and making sure Matisse’s legs are on either side. Now as you can see, the panels are a little bit too short for Matisse, so there is this zip here that we can unzip … Hi. And that’s just gonna bring the height of the panel up to provide some support for Matisse’s neck. Hi.

                    We’re then going to pop our arms through the straps here, and then we’re just going to tighten those straps just like that. You’ll see that the Manduca also has a strap here, that just gets done up at the back of your neck, and that will just stop your shoulder straps from falling down. There are also perfect fit adjusters at the front of the carrier so that we can just pull that down like that. And there we have it.

                    Now if you need to, you can actually slide your hands into the carrier just to adjust your bobby’s position, and you’ll see that ’cause Matisse is still so small, her feet are actually still sitting just inside there so that they’re actually contained within the outer panel of the carrier itself.

                    Now, if you need to, the Manduca also has a hood that is contained within the carrier that’s providing the neck support for really tiny bobbies, but it can be pulled out and popped up, and then clipped up to these little clips at the top here to provide some extra privacy or some sun protection if need be. Hey!

                    So that’s the Manduca on a little newborn bobby and how to pop it on. Thanks for visiting us at Nest, and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Bye!

Podcast Episode 005: Questions and Answers

Episode 005
More questions, this week Vashti and Vicki answer some more questions put forward by long-term cloth nappy users. The questions are things they were concerned about before they became full-time cloth nappy users.

Questions include.

 How you wash them?
Do you need to wash every day?
I don’t wanna spend a lot of time in the laundry.
What is the different between POL and minky?
Will the thicker profile fit under clothes and be comfortable to wear?
What are the pros and cons of all in one and all in twos?
Will I need to change the cover every time I change a bam-bam nappy? Do I need to add something, like a booster, for nighttime?
Is cloth less breathable than disposables?
Can I use the dryer?
Her next question is can she use nappy sand or similar products?
How do you get rid of mould?
How do you store nappies between baby?

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How to put on a Caboo + Organic by Close

Vashti shows us with the help of baby Matisse how to put on a Caboo + Organic by Close. Made out of 98% Organic Cotton, 2% Polyester this comfortable baby carrier is perfect for new mums and dads wanting to be able to carry the baby and have your hands free to do other things.

Transcript: Caboo + Organic.

Hi. It’s Vashti from Nest Nappies, and I’m here today to show you how to use the Caboo by Close. The Caboo is a light, stretchy carrier that’s suitable for newborns up until around about 14 kilos, although we do find that once they hit about six months, they tend to get a little bit in your face, and they want to get out and look at some other things. So, the Caboo, the one I have with me today is the Caboo Plus Organic. It is two layers, two passes, and it has some rings on the side. The back of the carrier has a little bit of structure. It comes in two pieces because on top of the carrier itself, and you also have an extra pass that will go around the outside.

             Now, I have baby [Matisse 00:00:59] with me, and I’m going to show you how to pop this on first, and then I’m going to get baby Matisse’s dad to pass her over to me. Now, with the Caboo, what you want to do is that part there is going to sit around about where your bra does up or about the middle of your back. Moreover, all you’re going to do is pop it on exactly like you would a T-shirt, so arms through and then over your head, just like that. I then like to fan out the passes, so that they’re nice and flat against the body, and the rings do up, just on your hips there. You have the passes no more than about 10 centimetres out from your body, so that’s a little bit far out. I’m just going to pull on these little tiles here to tighten that up a little bit. As you can see, that then brings it in that little bit closer to my body.

            So, once we’re ready, I’m going to grab Matisse.

             Hi, Bubba. Hi. Hi.

            So, this is baby Matisse, and baby Matisse is nearly eight weeks old. She is used to being carried, so fingers crossed. She’s a little bit sleepy, so we’ll try and keep her nice and quiet.

            Hi.

            There we go. Now, what we’re going to do is the pass that’s closest to my body, which is this pass here, we’re going to pop Matisse up on the other shoulder. We’re just going to pull that pass out and fan it over her bottom so that the cast goes from knee to knee. She’s just going to slide down in there.

            And then we’re going to get this other pass and pass it up over the other leg. Moreover, once again, make an X across Bubbie’s back and make sure that she’s fully supported from knee to knee with the two passes.

            We can then pull on these little tiles here, which I think I’ve twisted one. Just pull them to make it a little bit tighter for her and give her a nice snug fit in there. As you can see, that is around about where my bra does up, so right in the centre of my back. Matisse is fully contained within the carrier, arms free.

            The third pass that I mentioned is this one here, and this is just going … this has got some elastic across the top of the carrier above the pass and along the bottom. We’re just going to put that bottom piece just underneath Matisse’s bottom and then pop it up.

            Whoops, we can get that.

            And then tie it up behind my back, just like that. There we go.

            Do you want to come out? There we go. Moreover, I’ve worked on Matisse now.

            So, that is the Caboo Organic, and that’s how you pop it on. So, nice and hands-free so that you can get around and do everything that you need to do during the day.

            Thanks for visiting us at Nest, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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How to put a Bubblebubs Pebbles cloth nappy on a newborn

Vashti shows you how to fit the Bubblebubs Pebbles on a little baby. The Bubblebubs Pebbles is an all-in-one newborn nappy that will fit from around about 2 kilos through to about 5 1/2 kilos.

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Podcast: Episode 003 Questions and Answers

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This week on Nappy Leaks, Vashti and Vicki answer some questions put forward by long term cloth nappy users. The questions they ask are things they were concerned about before they became full time cloth nappy users.

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Podcast: Episode 002 What reusable nappies are made of.

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In this weeks podcast, Vashti and Vicki dive deep into the fabrics that are used to make modern cloth nappies. Explaining the long term environmental impact of all the fabrics and giving you the knowledge to know which fabric to have in your cloth nappies.

In this week’s show.
How many fabrics are used in Australian Modern Cloth Nappies?
Which ones are best to look for.
If you’re having trouble with your nappies, reach out. It’s not you, it’s the nappy, and you just need a little bit of help.

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How to put on a Bubblebubs Bambam and Thirsties cover on a one-month-old.

Vashti show us the best way to put on a Thirsties Cover with rise snaps over a Bubblebubs Bambam cloth nappy.

Transcript: Thirsties cover on a Bambam cloth nappy.

Hi, it’s Vashti from Nest Nappies, and today I’m here with baby Matisse who is one month old and three point three five kilos. Today I wanted to pop in and do a quick demo on fitting a Bubblebubs Bambam on a small bubbly and just show you how absolutely gorgeous and trim that they are. So we have our Bambam here. 

These gorgeous nappies, we actually co-branded because we love them so much. They’re fitted a nappy, and a fitted nappy is shaped, so it goes on nice and easy. It’s got elastic through the legs and through the back to make sure we keep in all those lovely poonamis. 

It breaks down into two pieces to make it quick dry, and all you do with the insert is just fold it in three and lay it inside the nappy. So we’re going to… Now, a fitted nappy does need a cover to go on over the top, and today we’re going to show you how to fit the Thirsties Duo size one cover over the Bambams and get a really gorgeous fit. 

The Thirsties will fit from around about three kilos through to about eight kilos, so they’re perfect for those early newborn days. So, all we need to do is just pop the Bambam under Matisse here, and I always like to line up the back of the nappy around about where the belly button does up. And we’re just going to bring the insert up in between the legs, and I like to grab the top of the elastic on the Bambams and bring that up as high as we can in between the legs and then just fold the front of the nappy down nice and snug like that. 

We’re then just going to grab the wings and bring them up and over. And then grab our snappy and pop it on from hip to hip and down into the groyne. As you can see, we folded that over quite a long way so knowing that, we’re going to be able to get a lot of use because you don’t need to, as bubby gets bigger, you just don’t fold it down as low. The Bambam is an excellent, snug fit around those legs, and we’ve got it up into the undie line just in there, so it’s nice and tight, and it’s going to hold everything in. If I lift Matisse up here. Hi. As you can see, we’ve got beautiful, snug fits around the back there, so that’s going to stop all those poos shooting up the back there and it means that you don’t need to change any clothes or bedding. It’s just fantastic. 

Now, if we pop Matisse back down. Hi, gorgeous. Now, with the Thirsties cover, these come in a Velcro or a snap closure, and they have a small amount of adjustability through the front, so that’s called rise snap, and because Matisse is so little, but she’s not really that little, but she is quite small, we’re actually going to snap these ones down all the way to the front. All the way to the bottom, sorry. 

Just so that we end up with a lower rise. Helps if I prepare myself earlier. Now we’re just going to pop that cover under Matisse, and we’re going to make sure that the elastic of the cover is higher than the elastic of the Bambam. And then anything with the rise snap, I’ll show you, I actually like to pop my thumbs into that fold so that we can get an excellent good fit in there, and we’re going to bring that elastic up and around the thighs and then just fold it down across the front. 

As you can see, that fold is actually folded uppermost, and I haven’t just brought it up like that or have it straight. We want that fold to come all the way up, and then we just fold it down like this. Then with the wings, we’re just going to pull it up and over and on the other side, and as you can see, we’ll just double check to make sure that there are no bits of nappy sticking out anywhere, and we’re all tucked in, and beautiful, and snug. And we bring Matisse up again. Hello gorgeous. 

As you can see, it’s covering the nappy there, and we can fit our finger in, and we’re not going to have any leaks or anything like that. It’s not going to be to tight in any way. So, that is Matisse in a Bambam with a Thirsties Duo wrap, size one cover over the top. So thanks for visiting Nest, and we hope to see you again very soon. Bye. Hi, how is that? That was pretty good, wasn’t it?

 

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Fitting prefold cloth nappies on a newborn

Want to use traditional cloth nappies without the origami?  Vashti shows us how to use the Bubblebubs stretchy bamboo jersey pre-fold on a one-month-old 3kg newborn baby.

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Traditional Nappies on a newborn

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It’s no secret we love a good Basic here at Nest! It’s not a prerequisite to love Traditional nappies if you work here but it sure does help! More than 75% of our customers are first time parents wanting to cloth nappy their babies from birth (or soon after).   Most of them walk away with at least one kind of Traditional nappy in their shopping bag!

Helping families to successfully cloth nappy from birth is about introducing them to products that are flexible, cost effective, dry quickly and are able to be used for a significant period of time (ie more than a few months). The added challenge is that most of our customers come to us before their baby has arrived.   This means we need to provide them with a product that is extremely flexible in regard to sizing, shape and fit to give them the best chance of success when their baby arrives. Cue the Basics!

What’s so good about Prefolds?

Along with fitted nappies, prefolds are one of our biggest sellers and with good reason.

  • Prefolds open out flat so they dry quickly (though this can vary according to fabrics).
  • With different folds they can be modified to fit any baby, regardless of shape and size.
  • They are economical and can cost as little as $4ea for cotton prefolds.
  • The separate nappy and cover means you get two levels of protection from leaks.  Caregivers can easily re-use the waterproof layer if it isn’t soiled.
  • Prefolds have a life span well beyond the newborn stage.  They can be used as pocket nappy inserts, lay in inserts, or night boosters.  Not to mention vomit cloths, breastpads, floor wiping cloths, carseat protectors!
  • They are an extremely cost effective birth to toilet training option.
  • Three simple folds means a quick turn around from washing line to storage.  This means no more sorting through inserts and snapping them into shells.  Just fold at the line and put them away!
  • Available in a variety of fabrics including bamboo terry, bamboo stretch, cotton, hemp and/or microfiber. Our most popular version is a stretchy bamboo – which pulls nice and tight around little legs.  This helps create a nice trim fit around those gorgeous little legs.  

What are Prefolds?

Prefolds are  traditional nappies that consist of two main layers of fabric.  They generally have three or four extra layers of absorbency sewn into a centre panel. This creates a flat nappy with three distinct panels; one thin, one thick, one thin. Despite the name ‘prefold’ the nappy still requires three quick folds to get it ready for use.

Fitting a Prefold on your baby.

When using a pre-fold on a newborn, take the nappy, which has already been folded into a pad and lay it on the change table. Spread out a small section of each of the side panels at the top to create two ‘wings’. Pull the front of the nappy up between your babies legs and then wrap the side panels from the back around your babies tummy.  Fasten at the front with a Nappy Fastener (you can just pull a good fitting cover over the nappy and skip the fastener).

Tips and Tricks with your Prefolds.

If the prefold is too long for your baby you can shorten it by doubling over the front panel when you pull it up between your babies legs. This is particularly good for boys as it gives lots of absorbency up high where they need it most. Alternatively a less bulky way to shorten the prefold is to fold it angel wing style and then fold down the fanned out fabric at the back. This is also a great tip if you have an explosive poo-er as it creates a bit of a ‘scoop’ to catch anything that might try to escape out the back!

Another tip for using prefolds on a newborn is to ‘scoop’ the fabric between your babies legs so it’s not so wide. Lay your baby on the back piece and then as you pull the absorbency up through their legs pinch the nappy so the piece sitting at their crotch is nice and thin, it will make a ‘scoop’ which helps to catch everything and makes it easier to get a tight fit around the legs. When fastening the back wings up and around your babies tummy, be sure to pull the fabric nice and tight around the hips and legs. As you pull the fabric it will create a gusset which should wrap snuggly around the legs and help minimize leaks.

Waterproofing your Prefold.

A good fitting PUL cover will ensure your prefolds are nice and trim and won’t leak. It pays to invest in one PUL cover for every 3 to 4 prefolds in your stash (ie 2 covers for 6 nappies, 4 for 12 etc) and have at least two newborn size covers to cover you for the early days, even if you’re planning to use predominantly one-size-fits-most covers. We also recommend a Snappi for fastening your nappy in the early days. Microfleece liners laid inside can help make cleaning a breeze, whilst keeping your baby nice and dry.

If you are thinking about trying prefolds or want some help with fitting your prefolds, drop in and visit us, gives us a call, leave a message here or send us an email and let us know!

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Cloth Nappy Overview

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Learning that you are pregnant for the first (or second or third or even forth) time can be a scary but exciting and exhilarating time.  When you finally let it sink in that there is a small human growing inside of you and will soon be in your arms, it’s time to start thinking about what you need.  After thinking about the cot, the pram, the car seat and the carrier.  The clothes, the bath, the bassinet and the toys, most parents will start to think about the nappies.  If you have thought about using cloth nappies (good chance considering you are here!), the next question is which sort?  Do you go old school and stick with traditional nappies or do you use a modern cloth nappy?  Today I thought I would explain all the different types.  As an added bonus, if you don’t want to read about them, Vicki and I have recently begun recording a Podcast and episode 1 is just this.  You can listen to us discuss the benefits of each style here.

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Breaking down the costs of nappies – cloth vs disposables

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I often get asked about cost comparison between cloth nappies and disposables.  It’s a really hard subject to tackle because there is so much difference in the price of each disposable nappy and even the different types of cloth nappies.  I’m going to give it a go though and try and break it down a little at the same time.  So here we go, what is the cost of cloth vs disposables?

 

How Many?

The first thing that we need to look at it how many nappies babies goes through and at what age.  At Nest, we have found that the average baby will need around 6,570 nappy changes from birth to toilet training.  This can be broken down in the following way;

Newborn (Birth – 3 months) approx 12 changes per day for a total of 1,080 nappy changes,

Infant (3 – 6 months) approx 9 changes per day for a total of 810 nappy changes,

Crawler (6 -12 Months) approx 6 changes per day for a total of 1,080 nappy changes,

Walker (12-18 months) approx 6 changes per day for a total of 1,080 nappy changes, and

Toddler (18 months -2.5yrs the average age of toilet training) 4 per day for a total of 1,460 nappy changes.

If you add in specialised night nappies from 2 years through until 5years of age (the average age of night training) you are looking at another 1,068 nappy changes.

If you have made the decision to use disposables, that’s 6,570 nappies that are going straight into landfill per child.  If you have chosen to use cloth, you will need as little as 24 nappies to do you from birth to toilet training and as a bonus you can use them on future children, pass them on to friends and family, donate them to charity, repurpose them and more.  This means your cloth nappies will take longer to reach landfill, if at all.  Now, while I say that it can be done with as little as 24 nappies, here at Nest, we recommend the following to make your cloth nappy journey that little bit easier;

Newborn (birth – 4/6 months) – 30 – 36 nappies,

One size fits most (6 months – toilet training) 18 – 24 nappies.

If you want a specialised night nappy, as well, Nest recommend three at any one time.  I you choose to go down the one size fits most, these could work from around the 4-6 moth mark all the way through top toilet training.  If you choose a sized option, three of each size will see you through.

Cloth vs Disposables – What does it cost?

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Caboo Giveaway and new Friday Freebie

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Caboo Winner

Did you watch our Facebook Live drawing of our lucky Caboo Winner from last week?  Toni C. was our lucky Friday Freebie winner for International Baby Wearing Week and we can’t wait to hear what she thinks of her gorgeous new Caboo + Cotton in the Limited Edition Orla print.  I loved my Caboo for my little man and we hope you love yours too Toni!  I would also like to thank Kylie and Brent (the brand new Close Parent Distributors) for making the giveaway possible!

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Friday Freebie

This week we have another giveaway from Close Parent – an awesome Rockets set!  This set contains a small legionnaire swim hat, a dribble bib, a balloon ball and a tote to carry it all in!  These balloon balls are not available to purchase and are super popular!

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Your little one will love playing with the balloon ball, will stay super stylish with the dribble bib and cap and the tote makes a perfect swimming or library bag.  I have to say, out of all the Close Parent prints at the moment, the Rockets is a clear favourite in our house!  There are even little aliens in the rocket ships!

How do you win, I hear you ask?  Well, all you have to do is review any Close Parent product on our website or head over to the Cloth Nappy Reviews website and review a Close Parent product there, then head back here and let us know which product you reviewed?  Haven’t used Close Parent before?  That’s ok, you can still be in with a chance just by promising to leave a review if you win!

The Giveaway Fine Print

– this comp is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Facebook, Instagram, the Cloth Nappy Reviews website, or any other platform except for Nest Nappies
– the prize is not redeemable for cash

– postage is the responsibility of the winner

– winner will be drawn by Nest Nappies on Friday 20th of October 2017
– winner will be drawn at random
– winner must be a follower of Nest Nappies and Close Parent on Instagram or like Nest Nappies and Close Parent on Facebook

– winner must have left a review for any Close Parent product on the Nest Nappies website or the Cloth Nappy Reviews website and / or be prepared to leave a review for the prize products
– Nest Nappies has the final say
– sharing isn’t required but is appreciated
– this is not a competition of skill, although we love hearing about your experiences with your little one

 

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International Baby Wearing Week 2017

Did you know that it is International Baby Wearing Week (IBW)?  I have spent all week trying to post something about this but have been so flat out that I haven’t had a chance.  So, here it is, 9pm on a Friday night and I’m finally getting to it. 

The theme for International Baby Wearing Week’s ninth annual celebration is Threaded Together. The inspiration for the theme comes from the many different threads that, when combined through the weaving process, form all of the carriers we use. All of these individual threads, once woven, create a material in the same way individuals and groups worldwide come together to create a global baby wearing community.

When I look back at my own baby wearing journey, I am filled with a multitude of emotions.  There have been times when baby wearing has been the only thing that has gotten me through the day.  Occasions when baby wearing has allowed me to get things done.  Times when baby wearing has calmed and soothed my tired / cranky / teething / overwhelmed baby and times when it has soothed me.  I have made a multitude of friends through carrying my children and I know that these friendships will last through the ages.  I think the best was when another school mum introduced herself to me by say “Your middle marker is on point love.” lol That one certainly cheered me when I was still feeling lost and alone after moving the kids to a new school and missing my mums circle at our old school.  I have felt so much love while carrying my babies and will carry that with me always.

My own journey started nearly 12 years ago and at the time I knew very little about being a parent.  In fact, this time 12 years ago, my first child was already overdue and I was anxiously awaiting his arrival.  I had my terry flats for his bum, I had clothes, I had a bassinet, I had a pram.  What I didn’t have was a carrier and I had no idea on what to look for either. In those days before Master B arrived, I went looking and ended up with a carrier from my local big box store that  looked like it ticked all the boxes.  The box said it would work from newborn and would allow me to wear my bub facing out. It looked perfect.  Mr Nest and I discussed it.  It fit the budget.  He agreed he would wear it and so it came home. 

When my little man finally decided to make his entrance to the world I was busting to get home and try out my new carrier.  Unfortunately, it put pressure on my ceasar wound and I found it uncomfortable.  Never mind, I thought!  Once the wound heals I can start wearing my bub.  But even after the wound healed, I still found the carrier uncomfortable and awkward to wear.  Weeks turned to months and I was consistently opting for the pram instead.  Finally, I decided to try another carrier.  This one stated that it had soft, wide straps designed to mould to the wearer and provide comfort whilst wearing.  As a bonus, I could also carry my bub on my back now that he was getting bigger!  So, this carrier came home and Mr Nest and I excitedly ripped it out of its box and took it for a spin.  Unfortunately I, once again, found it uncomfortable and was unable to wear my little man for anything more than half an hour before I was in pain.  Soon I was turning back to the pram and resigning myself that baby wearing just wasn’t for me.

When number 2 arrived, I had learned a little more and had friend who baby wore as well.  I decided to try a ring sling and a stretchy wrap. I loved them!  I was able to wear my little lady within days of leaving the hospital and having her close meant that I could still do all the things with my toddler that I wanted to.  As she out grew her stretchy, I reached for the ring sling more and even investigated hip carriers with masses of success.  Yippee, it wasn’t me!  It was merely the carrier I had been using. I was over the moon and loved the bond that carrying her close created.

Fast forward seven years to Master K making his appearance and I had learnt so much more.  I knew that I wanted to hold my bub close and with two older kids who needed school runs and play dates, I had to find something that worked.  I no longer had the carriers I had used with the big kids so it was  time for a new one.  I had researched and investigated.  I looked at carriers on and off the market.   I eventually decided that the Close Parent Caboo was the one for me.  It’s gorgeous, stretchy, organic cotton and ease of use meant that I would be able to do quick on and offs.  it held my little one in the optimal position for both of our comfort and it came in our family’s favourite colour – purple.  So, into Nest I trotted and ordered one in for myself.  When Master K arrived, my Caboo was in my hospital bag.  It was amazing!  When I started back at the shop, Master K was with me and tucked up safe and sound in the Caboo. He would stay snuggled close to my chest all day and it was easy for me to feed him while still chatting with mums and dads to be.  When I needed to take him out, it was simply a matter of loosening off the rings and sliding him up.  I remember him being such a chilled bubba (such a rambunctious toddler now!) and he would often go through hours just snoozing on my chest while I chatted nappies.  

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Vashti is wearing her Caboo while chatting nappies for the Australian Nappy Association at the Green Heart Fair

When he finally out grew our Caboo, I will admit that I shed a tear or two but I was also excited about what other options were available to me.  I have been lucky enough to test some amazing wraps and carriers over the last three years and have had several wraps come visit me (an awesome way to make friends near and far <3).  These days we no longer baby wear.  Master K has decided that he is too much of a big boy and loves to walk instead.  We have once again moved our carriers on and I am happy to say that our beloved Caboo went on to snuggle another gorgeous little man when we gifted it to our nanny when she fell pregnant.

So, what does all this have to do with Nest now?  Well, I have a gorgeous Caboo + Cotton in the limited edition Orla design to give away in celebration of IBW.  All you have to do is like our Facebook or Instagram pages, leave a review for a product that you have used on our website and promise to leave a review for the Caboo once you have used it and comment below with your Face Book or Instagram name and which product you reviewed here on our website. 

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Close Parent Caboo + Cotton in Limited Edition Orla

If you just can’t wait to see if you are a winner, we are doing 15% off all carriers* until Sunday 8th of October.  Head over and check them out now!

If you wanted to meet other baby wearers and try some different carriers, why not check out your local Baby Wearing Group.  If you are in Brisbane this weekend, come along and join the Mega Meet on Sunday at Roma Street Parklands.  There will be tons of lucky door prizes and even a couple from us.

The Giveaway Fine Print

– this comp is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Facebook, Instagram or any other platform except for Nest Nappies
– the prize is not redeemable for cash

– whilst this carrier is in new, unused condition, it will come with no packaging
– postage is the responsibility of the winner

– winner will be drawn by Nest Nappies on Friday 13th of October 2017
– winner will be drawn at random
– winner must be a follower of Nest Nappies on Instagram or like Nest Nappies on Facebook

– winner must have left a review for any product on the Nest Nappies website and / or be prepared to leave a review for the Caboo +
– Nest Nappies has the final say
– sharing isn’t required but is appreciated
– this is not a competition of skill, although we love hearing about your experiences with your little one

 

* discount only available on in stock carriers and not valid with any other offer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Freebie!

If you have been avoiding social media or hiding under a rock this week you may have missed the fact that Seedling Baby released their long awaited new prints!  Icon, Nurture and Bastion are all absolutely stunning and available in their super amazing Pocket Nappy, trim one size fits most Comodo Wrap, super stylish Paddle Pants and incredibly versatile Beach Bag.

To celebrate the release and the gorgeous weather we are getting we have a set of Paddle Pants and a Beach Bag to give away to two lucky people!

All you have to do is head over to the Cloth Nappy Reviews page and review any Seedling Baby product then head back here and let us know which one you left a review for.  If you are yet to try some Seedling Baby goodness, you can still enter!  Just promise that you will leave a review once you have used your goodies 🙂

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These beauties will see you ready to take on summer and your little one will love splashing about while you enjoy the convenience of popping the days swim stuff straight into the bag!

Winner will be drawn Monday 25th September 2017.

 

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Do you love prefolds?

It’s no secret we love a good Basic here at Nest! It’s not a prerequisite to love Traditional nappies if you work here but it sure does help! More than 75% of our customers are first time parents wanting to cloth nappy their babies from birth (or soon after) and most of them walk away with at least one kind of Traditional nappy in their shopping bag!

Helping families to successfully cloth nappy from birth is about introducing them to products that are flexible, cost effective, dry quickly and are able to be used for a significant period of time (ie more than a few months). The added challenge is that most of our customers come to us before their baby has arrived, which means we need to provide them with a product that is extremely flexible in regard to sizing, shape and fit to give them the best chance of success when their baby arrives. Cue the Basics!

Along with fitted nappies, pre-folds are one of our biggest sellers and with good reason.

  • Pre-folds open out flat so they dry quickly (though this can vary according to fabrics)
  • With different folds they can be modified to fit any baby, regardless of shape and size.
  • They are economical and can cost as little as $4ea for cotton pre-folds.
  • The separate nappy and cover means you get two lines of protection from leaks and can easily re-use the waterproof layer if it isn’t soiled.
  • Pre-folds have a life span well beyond the newborn stage and can be used as pocket nappy inserts, lay in inserts, or night boosters (not to mention vomit cloths, breastpads, floor wiping cloths, carseat protectors!)
  • They are an extremely cost effective birth to toilet training option.
  • Three simple folds means a quick turn around from washing line to storage – no more sorting through inserts and snapping them into shells – just fold at the line and put them away!
  • Available in a variety of fabrics including bamboo terry, bamboo stretch, cotton, hemp and/or microfiber. Our most popular version is a stretchy bamboo – which pulls nice and tight around little legs and creates a nice trim fit.  

Pre-folds consist of two main layers of fabric with three or four extra layers of absorbency sewn into a centre panel. This creates a flat nappy with three distinct panels; one thin, one thick, one thin. Despite the name ‘pre-fold’ the nappy still requires three quick folds to get it ready for use.

When using a pre-fold on a newborn, take the nappy, which has already been folded into a pad and lay it on the change table. Spread out a small section of each of the side panels at the top to create two ‘wings’. Pull the front of the nappy up between your babies legs and then wrap the side panels from the back around your babies tummy and fasten at the front with a Snappi (you can just pull a good fitting cover over the nappy and skip the fastener).

                                                                                   

(this is a great example from our friends at Oz Baby Trends)

If the pre-fold is too long for your baby you can shorten it by doubling over the front panel when you pull it up between your babies legs. This is particularly good for boys as it gives lots of absorbency up high where they need it most. Alternatively a less bulky way to shorten the pre-fold is to fold it angel wing style and then fold down the fanned out fabric at the back. This is also a great tip if you have an explosive poo-er as it creates a bit of a ‘scoop’ to catch anything that might try to escape out the back!

Another tip for using pre-folds on a newborn is to ‘scoop’ the fabric between your babies legs so it’s not so wide. Lay your baby on the back piece and then as you pull the absorbency up through their legs pinch the nappy so the piece sitting at their crotch is nice and thin, it will make a ‘scoop’ which helps to catch everything and makes it easier to get a tight fit around the legs. When fastening the back wings up and around your babies tummy, be sure to pull the fabric nice and tight around the hips and legs. As you pull the fabric it will create a gusset which should wrap snuggly around the legs and help minimize leaks.

A good fitting PUL cover will ensure your pre-folds are nice and trim and won’t leak. It pays to invest in one PUL cover for every 3 to 4 pre-folds in your stash (ie 2 covers for 6 nappies, 4 for 12 etc) and have at least two newborn size covers to cover you for the early days, even if you’re planning to use predominantly one-size-fits-most covers. We also recommend a Snappi for fastening your nappy in the early days. Microfleece liners laid inside can help make cleaning a breeze, whilst keeping your baby nice and dry.

If you are thinking about using prefolds or having issues getting a snug fit on your little one, take a look at this video that Elizabeth did for us.  Of course, you are always welcome to pop into the shop and we are more than happy to do a fitting for you – we just ask for a snuggle in return (with your little one unless you want one too!lol)

Are you a prefold user?  What are your tips and tricks when using them?

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Lanolising Your Wool Covers

Sheep naturally produce lanolin to keep their wool water-resistant and provide antibacterial qualities. This means that you will need to lanolise your wool cover to make it do it’s magic. You will need to lanolise before you use your cover and from time to time you will need to replace the lanolin. The period of time between lanolin treatments will differ for every family. A good way to tell if your cover needs treating is if it is still smelly after airing or if the outside layer is damp to the touch after use.

 

When I first heard this ‘lanolising’ word, I thought “No way, that’s too hard!” but guess what? It’s not hard at all! Once you’ve done it once, you will be all over it like wool on a lamb! (Sorry, couldn’t resist that one!).

 

I can hear you thinking, “So how do I do this lanolising business you speak of?”

Well, I’ve done a tutorial . . . (You are welcome lol)

 

Step 1.

Distract your children so you can get busy.

                                                                                                  

Step 2.

Hand-wash your wool cover using cold water and a gentle wool wash. Lay it flat on a towel to absorb the excess water.

 

Step 3.

Prepare you lanoline mixture. You can use the lanolin that you use for cracked and sore nipples. This one or similar:

                                                                                                   

Place a small amount of solid lanolin in a small glass jar. I used about half a teaspoon. Add a drop of baby shampoo and a tablespoon of hot water and shake vigorously to melt and disperse the lanolin. If the oil is not fully dispersed it will settle and can make oily spots on your wool. The first time I did it I used a cup and stirred with a spoon, instead of putting in a jar. This is totally doable if you need to, but it is easier if you can vigorously shake instead of stir really quickly with a spoon. My little ones are in love with this yummy jam, so we have heaps of these jars hanging around the place! It worked really well.                    

                                                                                                

Step 4.

Fill some water in a bucket. Enough to cover the wool cover nicely. Add the mixture to the bucket of water and swish to ensure it is evenly distributed.

                                                                                                   

Step 5.

Add your wool cover and massage the lanolin gently into the wool, concentrating on the areas that get the heaviest use. Gently squeeze the wool so that you feel that each wool fibre is getting wet.

        

Step 6.

Leave your precious woollies in this lovely lanolin bath for about 30 minutes.

 

Step 7.

Remove cover from the water and gently squeeze out any excess water.

 

Step 8.

Lay your cover flat on a towel and gently pat flat to remove any additional moisture. The towel will protect the delicate wool fibres from damage.

       

Step 9.

Shape the nappy to the shape you want it to be. As it dries it will stay in this shape. I just learnt this trick! You could do this with jumpers too!

 

Step 10.

Lay flat to dry, avoiding full sunlight. It takes a while to dry. Can take up to 24 hours.

Step 11.

Wrap that precious little woolly on your beautiful baby’s bum!

So there you have it! Lanolising! Tricky to say, not so tricky to do! Enjoy!

Heidi and the Nesties xxx

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Cloth Nappy Awards Winners!

Cloth Nappy Awards Gold Sponsor

Wow!  What a month July was!  The Australian Nappy Association Cloth Nappy Awards ran all month and it was great to see some amazing brands from both here in Australia and also overseas to vote for! 

Nest Nappies was super proud to be a Gold Sponsor and to have been nominated for Best Customer Service in the Awards.  While we didn’t quite make a place, I’m super happy for our friends at Bubblebubs, Baby Bare and Designer Bums.  I know that Vicki, Jenny and Carla are absolutely over the moon with their wins!

The Winners!

So, who were the winners I hear you ask?  Well, Nest Nappies is super proud to be stockists of nearly all of the winners! 

You can view the full list of winners over on the Cloth Nappy Reviews Site.

The ANA is in the process of contacting everyone who entered in the amazing prize pool of over $6,000!  I’m really looking forward to sending off an amazing starter pack as part of one of the prizes.  Will it be you?

If you want to see any of the winning products, why not drop into our gorgeous Paddington shop and have a play with them in person!

The next big event planned from the ANA is the Cloth Shot A Day.  It is going to be a great opportunity to show off your fluff and I have seen some amazing things happening in the background for this event.  Can not wait to start snapping some gorgeous pics.  Just wish Mr 3yo would be more accommodating with bum shots!  Oh well,  guess you guys will just have to put up with my quirky take on all the key words! lol

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Friday Feebie – Best Bottom Buzz

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It’s been a little while since we had a Friday Freebie draw so I thought I would share a little of the Nest house while doing this weeks.

Kids do the darnedest things sometimes and having three of them, I’ve been through most of it and then some!  We are fairly relaxed in the Nest house and the kids have the opportunity to do a lot of things for themselves to help with their learning and development.   Studies have shown that kids who are allowed to do things for themselves learn self sufficiency a lot earlier.  While they are our babies and we want to do lots for them, there has to come a time where they need to do things for themselves as well.  We have areas in the house where K can get his own drink, he’s able to help himself to certain foods and we are even teaching him how to use knives.  He absolutely adores sitting up at the bench and ‘helping’ me cook dinner!

Baby K (can I still call him a baby now that he his nearly 3?) decided to add a new experience to the repertoire this week – trying every single pear in the house!  I’m not sure if he was trying them to see if they tasted different or if it was all about the experience of biting into each pear. 

pears

Either way, he  got a LOT of pear yesterday and when I went to prepare lunches this morning, I had an interesting surprise!  Let’s just say that there was some creative fruit preparation happening!

It got me thinking though, what has your little one done to surprise you lately?  Cos surely, I’m not the only one who finds these surprises!

Share your stories below and have the chance of winning an awesome Best Bottom Buzz cover.  Money can’t buy these amazing shells.  With a wipe clean inner, double leg gussets and the ability to snap or lay any absorbent boosters you have at home, this beauty could soon become a favourite in your house 🙂  We will draw our Friday Freebie winner next Friday 02 Jun 17 around 2pm.

Vashti xxx

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Help! My Cloth Bummed Babe has Gastro!

Gastro is never a nice thing to have to discuss, however; after the week we’ve just had I feel compelled to share my gastro and cloth journey with you all. Sooner or later this is something that you will most likely have to endure and I’m telling you now . . . it’s not pretty! BUT it’s OK! I have tried a few things and done some research so I now have this little cheat sheet!

What nappy works best?

I figured out quite quickly that I didn’t want to be using nappies that had too much fabric, folds or anything fancy. I needed something easy to wash, to make sure all the bacteria was getting out of my nappies in the wash.

I decided to use only cotton terry flats. The great thing about terry flats is that they are a loopy fabric, which soaks up liquid quickly (either cotton, bamboo and hemp would do this). They are easy to wash. You can wash cotton terries in hot water to kill bacteria or soak them in a soaker of your choice. They dry really easily. You will want to put a nice PUL cover over the top preferably with double leg gussets as this will act as a double line of defence and keep everything in.

If you decide not to use flats, MCN would be fine if you made sure you washed them really well (see the washing section of this cheat sheet!). Also to keep everything in you could always put another PUL cover over the top.

Of course, if you want to take a break from cloth during this time, you could always use a one use or disposable nappy. If you choose this option, have a look at a biodegradable and compostable absorbent pad that you can put straight into a PUL cover and dispose of when you change the nappy (Gro Via and Cushie Tushies both offer these options). This way you can keep using your gorgeous nappies and only have the cover to wash.

What’s the best way to Wash?

If you can wash the nappies as soon as you can, or at least rinse them, there is less chance of the bacteria being spread.

In times like these, it is recommended to wash your nappies in at least 60 degrees c, which is the temperature that kills most bugs and nasties. You should run a rinse cycle first. Then of course dry in the full sun if possible.

nappies on the line

Unfortunately, I have an old-school laundry with only cold water as an option. If this is you, you may need to do what I did. I rinsed off my nappies in a bucket, threw the water down the toilet then soaked the nappies in hot water (If using flats you can add some laundry soaker- no soaker for MCN).

Some people have suggested putting Vinegar or tea tree oil in the rinse stage of the wash as an antibacterial. Just be careful when using vinegar on any elastic or PUL though.

Also be aware that gastro bugs can live longer than your bub’s gastro attack, so keep hot washing for about a week after bub seems better.

cellular virus

Of course just be extra diligent with washing your hands after changing and washing nappies (which you would anyway 🙂 ).

What about their little red bum?

To help with my baby’s sore little bottom I used a zinc-based cream. I know zinc isn’t usually recommended for cloth nappies, but I was washing in hot water and I was using flats. Washing in hot water with a full dose of detergent should get most of the zinc out. If you find that some is staying on the nappy, try scrubbing at it with a laundry brush, some hot water and a little detergent. Using a liner with zinc based creams is always a good idea. We also recommend making sure that the cream is rubbed in really well. You can sprinkle a little baby powder over the top to help reduce the transfer of the cream onto the nappy (steer clear of talc based powders though – maybe look for a tapioca based powder like Nature’s Child Organic Baby Powder).

So don’t fear the gastro. As with anything you put your mind to, you can do this! You will get through it and all will be back to normal before you know it!

Good luck!

Heidi and the Nesties xxx

 

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Welcome to our new website :)

nest nappies new website

Wow!  A new website to play with!  I’m super excited and hope you love it!  It’s been a few months in the works and we had originally planned to go live back in March.  Looking back now, I have no idea what I was thinking!  We had an expo and a trip to China planned for that month, launching a new website was a pipe dream! lol

I think I’m most excited about this blog feature!  I’m really looking forward to sharing things with you all here and hearing what you think along the way.  If you have any burning desires of things you would like to hear about from us, let us know and we will check it out and you never know, we might just dedicate a piece to you <3

As this is a complete rebuild of our site, there may be a few little glitches as we get used to the new way things work.  Please bare with us and we would love if you let us know if you find anything funny or out of place.  We’d also love to hear what you think of the site – good and bad!  Everything you tell us helps us to build a better site for you 🙂

Rightio, it’s nearly 11pm, I’m still at the shop and our stool really isn’t the most comfortable lol so I’m off home now to get some shut eye and make sure I look stunning for our very first Skype workshop tomorrow afternoon.

Lots of love from Vashti and the Nesties <3 

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