This week Vashti and Vicki have a special guest. Jenna answers questions about how she went overseas and used cloth nappies on an international flight and the struggles she had when she first got into cloth nappies.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 🙂
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.
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)
Distract your children so you can get busy.
Hand-wash your wool cover using cold water and a gentle wool wash. Lay it flat on a towel to absorb the excess water.
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.
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.
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.
Leave your precious woollies in this lovely lanolin bath for about 30 minutes.
Remove cover from the water and gently squeeze out any excess water.
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.
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!
Lay flat to dry, avoiding full sunlight. It takes a while to dry. Can take up to 24 hours.
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
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!
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