Sunday, 10 February 2019
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
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
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 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
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.
26 CommentsSunday, 3 February 2019
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.
165 CommentsSaturday, 2 February 2019
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.
1 CommentFriday, 1 February 2019
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.
16 CommentsThursday, 31 January 2019
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
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.
Tuesday, 16 October 2018
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
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
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
A photo bank of how to put on each nappy correctly.
Thursday, 5 July 2018
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.
Wednesday, 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!
Tuesday, 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
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!
Thursday, 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
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
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
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.
2 CommentsWednesday, 22 July 2015
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.
1 CommentTuesday, 21 July 2015
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.
4 CommentsTuesday, 21 July 2015
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!
3 CommentsMonday, 20 July 2015
Perhaps you're surprised to see a page about the advantages of disposables on this website. I hope not, as I do try to present a balanced picture. It would be stupid of me to pretend that there are no plus points to disposables – after all, the manufacturers have persuaded millions of parents worldwide that they exist, so it is a question of assessing how important they genuinely are.
3 CommentsMonday, 20 July 2015
Midwives and health visitors routinely advise against using commercial wipes for cleaning the bottom of newborn babies, because of all the chemicals in them. Next time you are in the shop, take a look at the cocktail of chemicals that go together to make a baby wipe. Also, bear this in mind: these wipes are fantastic for removing ink marks that nothing else will shift, on all sorts of surfaces.
3 CommentsMonday, 20 July 2015
It is not generally wise to leave a child in the same nappy (of whatever variety) while they are still having night feeds. Apart from the fact that they are still presumably fairly young, babies tend to poo around feed times, and these are ideal conditions for nappy rash to develop. Also, a child still being fed at night will wee a lot more than a child who is sleeping through. Even the best real nappies cannot cope with this volume of liquid without a change.
Monday, 20 July 2015
Those of us who are familiar with cloth nappies often forget that the jargon can be confusing and intimidating, and that there is a real risk of people sticking with disposables just because the alternative seems so foreign. Remember, however, that cloth nappies are not harder than disposables, just different. Before looking at the different issues affecting your advice, I have therefore set out a list of the key terms.