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Tuesday, 23 July 2019
Red Diaper Syndrome

Until last week (July 2019) I'd never heard of this before. It's an infection that leads babies nappies (and in feeding mothers breastpads, breast pumps) to turn pink.

Sunday, 21 July 2019
Menstrual Cup Comparison Chart

Menstrual Cups come in different sizes, diameters, capacity and stem lengths. Use this chart of the cups we stock to find the one best for you.

Sunday, 21 July 2019
Choosing a Menstrual Cup

It can seem very daunting choosing a cup but the female anatomy is very accommodating and many people can use any cup without problems however like shoes some fit your feet a bit better than others.The key things to consider are; Height of Cervix, Menstrual Flow,Firmness of the Cup

Saturday, 20 July 2019
Menstrual Cup FAQ's

FAQ's about using a Menstrual Cup. What is a cup? How often to change it? Can I exercise with it?

1 CommentSunday, 10 February 2019
How to Care and Wash your Reusable Sanitary Pads

Washing your reusable sanitary wear is very simple. Store, rinse cycle, 40deg wash and then dry. In this article I explain the simple steps you need to take to keep your pads in great condition.

Saturday, 9 February 2019
How Many Pads Do I Need?

This really varies woman to woman. It depends on length of your cycle, how heavy you are and how your flow varies across the month.

Friday, 8 February 2019
Cost Comparison Cloth Pads V Disposables

It is estimated that the average woman spends £18000 on menstrual products over her lifetime.* This huge figure isn’t all made up just of sanitary wear but pain killers, chocolates, new underwear. I’d rather give you a comparison for just sanitary protection so you can compare the cost of disposable pads v reusable pads.

Thursday, 7 February 2019
Reusable Sanitary Pad Fabrics

Reusable pads come in a variety of fabrics so there will be a pad for you no matter your requirements. We stock pads made of cotton, bamboo, hemp and synthetic fabrics. The drying speed and absorbency will vary depending on the fabric used.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019
Using Reusable Sanitary Pads Out & About

This is one of the questions we get asked the most. Don’t stress the solution is simple, use a small wet/dry bag. Whenever you’re at work out in a public toilet have a small bag that one side keeps your clean pads and the other separate compartment has your used pads. Bags come a in variety of colours and look like fun make up bags.

37 CommentsSunday, 3 February 2019
A Beginners Guide to Using Your Cloth Nappies

Using real nappies is not hard, just different from using disposables. You need to bear in mind that a "cloth nappy" will usually comprise of a number of parts; the nappy itself provides the absorbency, whilst the outer wrap (pant) provides the waterproof layer. On some nappies, this may be a single combined "all in one", like a disposable is.

229 CommentsSaturday, 2 February 2019
Washing & Drying Nappies

The Real Nappy Association recommends washing nappies at 60 degrees to sterilise them thoroughly. However, like it or not, you and your family share your bugs with your baby, and so it is not necessary to sterilise nappies in this way every wash, and a 40 degree wash is perfectly adequate for the most part.

Friday, 1 February 2019
Bio V Non-Bio Detergent

The Nappy Lady does not recommend the use of biological detergent (also known as bio). In this article I will explain why with links to some of the research we have had shared with us over the years. I will also cover why some people do recommend it but we believe it is a bad idea.

28 CommentsThursday, 31 January 2019
Prewashing Cloth Nappies

It is VERY important that you prewash your nappies before you use them. If you don't prewash them, they will not be absorbent enough and they will leak. We recommend that you prewash them twice before use. This can be done at 30/40 degrees centigrade and you only need a tiny bit of detergent. There is no need to dry the nappies in between the two prewashes.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018
Plastic: Disposable Single Use v Cloth Nappies

I am very grateful to TotsBots for supplying this article regarding the use of single use disposable nappies compared to cloth nappies. The "Blue Planet" affect has led to people finally realising that disposable nappies are just another "single use plastic" just the same as coffee cups and plastic straws. We've had increasing enquiries on how cloth and disposable nappies compare and this article does it very well.

2 CommentsTuesday, 16 October 2018
Wing Droop - Nappy Fitting Problem

Wing droop is when the front panel of the nappy works it's way loose and slips down underneath the securing side tabs. This can cause the leaks to gape and not a snug seal at the tummy which usually leads to nappy leaks.

Thursday, 19 July 2018
Nappy Fitting Guides

Getting your nappies to fit right prevents leaks and irritation to babies skin. Cloth nappies fit entirely differently to disposables so it's easy to make some fitting mistakes when you first start out. We have some fitting guides to help you get the best fit from the start.

Thursday, 19 July 2018
How to Store Nappies For Future Use

It is important you store your nappies correctly if you want to use them for future babies. If you store them where there are large extremes of temperature or a damp atmosphere this can lead to degrading and damage of the PUL, elastics and fabrics. Here is our guide to keeping them in the best condition as possible.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018
Nappy Fitting Photo Bank

We're still building this section so more images will be coming soon. We hope this section gives you a visual guide as to how not to and how to put on each nappy.

Thursday, 5 July 2018
Are Cloth Nappies More Breathable Than Disposable Nappies?

Modern cloth nappies ARE more breathable than disposable. The outer waterproof layer is made of PUL (poly urethene laminate) which is a clever modern fabric that allows air to pass through while still remaining waterproof. Parents often worry that cloth is going to be warmer than disposables when actually the reverse is true.

1 CommentWednesday, 28 March 2018

Knots are Dots are one of our fabulous "small" suppliers that we love to support. Emmaly makes beautiful wool nappy wraps, cord ties and her strawberry hats and matching covers are just scrumptious!

1 CommentTuesday, 13 March 2018

Bambino Mio is the UK’s most widely used reusable nappy brand.* They’ve been providing parents
all around the world with an award-winning range of reusable nappies, baby accessories, swim
nappies and potty training essentials for the last 20 years.

11 CommentsFriday, 29 September 2017
Which Reusable Nappies To Choose?

There is no simple answer to this, it all depends on your circumstances and your priorities. These are my suggestions for how to choose the right nappy system first time. Contact The Nappy Lady for tailored advice specific to your circumstances!

1 CommentThursday, 18 May 2017

Motherease is probably the oldest manufacturer of modern cloth nappies. Motherease began as a small basement company in 1991 and today, Erika and her husband Rick work together running their 10,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing, offices and a boutique store serving the Niagara region.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

TotsBots is the best know and biggest UK manufacturer of cloth nappies. TotsBots started back in 2000 and was created by husband and wife team Fiona and Magnus Smyth. All TotsBots products are made in Scotland in their own factory. TotsBots nappies have on the Mother and Baby award for the best reusable nappy 8 times. Today approx 60,000,000 nappies are diverted from landfill by TotBots users every year.

Friday, 24 July 2015
Cloth Nappy Myths

The minute you tell people you are considering using cloth nappies, you’ll be met with a barrage of objections, I promise you. Here are a few of the most common ones, along with some suitable replies (assuming you decide to avoid the simple "what a load of tosh", which would be an equally correct response, but would be unlikely to win friends and influence people).

Thursday, 23 July 2015
Parts of a Nappy System

There is a massive diversity of cloth nappy styles, this can make then seem more complex than they really are. That’s what this website is all about, and why we encourage you to let us give you advice and hold your hand while you make your decision. If you are new to the idea of using a washable cloth nappy system then I will briefly explain the different parts.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Two Parter, All in One, Pocket Nappy or All in Two Nappy?

There are different styles of reusable nappies. They all do the same job to absorb wee and contain poo but are put together in different ways. You can choose which types suits your lifestyle best.

4 CommentsWednesday, 22 July 2015
Advantages of Cloth Nappies

If you thought I was going to start off by mentioning the environmental cost of disposables, you thought wrong. Not that this is not important (quite the opposite, as you will see), but, in my opinion, no-one should ever choose real nappies because they have been "frightened off" disposables. You should choose them for positive reasons – and there are plenty of them, as I'll explain.

3 CommentsTuesday, 21 July 2015
Reusable Nappy System Shopping List

One of the things I'm asked about the most is how to put together a reusable nappy system and just what someone should buy if they haven't a clue where to start. So, with this in mind, I've put together a quick list of reusable nappy system essentials to help everyone understand just how and what you'll need. As always, if you have any other questions, let me know!

1 CommentTuesday, 21 July 2015
Nappy Fabrics - Pros and Cons

We frequently get asked what is the “best” or most “environmentally friendly” fabric to use. Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer and it’s not as clear cut as all microfibre is bad and natural cotton is great. I've tried to outline the main issues relating to each fabric but remember whatever nappy fabric you choose you'll be making a step towards a greener, healthier life in comparison to disposables.


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