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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
Master Nappy Advice Issues Document

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.

8 CommentsFriday, 24 July 2015
A 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.

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.

9 CommentsThursday, 23 July 2015
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!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015
What you need in a Reusable Nappy System

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!

2 CommentsWednesday, 22 July 2015
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.

2 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.

Monday, 20 July 2015
How Often to Change Cloth Nappies

A real nappy's reliability in holding urine depends on its overall absorbency. A first point to bear in mind, therefore, is the less absorbent the nappy, the sooner you are likely to need to change it. As nappies become more absorbent with use, this is why you should prewash new nappies at least once before using them for the first time. It is worth investing in the best real nappy you can afford, for its superior absorbency and durability.

Monday, 20 July 2015
Advantages of Disposable Nappies

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 women worldwide that they exist, so it is a question of assessing how important they genuinely are.

9 CommentsSaturday, 18 July 2015
Using a Nappy Bucket

As with everything else to do with real nappies, there are no rules on what sort of nappy bucket to use, or how to use it. Essentially, however, a nappy bucket is simply a bucket with a fitted lid. You can either buy one designed for the purpose, or you can get hold of one of those lidded bins in a hardware store where the lid is held on by clip handles.

1 CommentSaturday, 18 July 2015
Disadvantages of Disposable Nappies

If you’ve got this far into the website, you already know I’m not a big fan of disposable nappies. You might think the only disadvantage of disposables is the landfill issue, but there are other things to consider as well. The total environmental cost is so much more, once you factor in the “hidden” impacts of the production line.

69 CommentsThursday, 16 July 2015
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.

Thursday, 16 July 2015
Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

It’s not that the information is wrong – but the way it's selectively portrayed ensures that it's misleading. Advertising of all sorts works on precisely this basis. What follows are a few classic examples used by the disposable manufacturers to show you how this works. Bear in mind that I am quoting from actual publicity material that comes through your letterbox and appears on your TV screens every day.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Soap Flakes & Cloth Nappies

Soap is primarily made of fat, animal fat, or vegetable oil (e.g. olive soap) and sodium hydroxide. This explains why soap is alkaline and not great for sensitive skin. (You see, we do beauty tips free of charge here as well!). It can leave a film that can affect absorbency. But the main factor seems to be hard/soft water. Hard water will leave a "fatty scum" on the fibres, no matter how much you rinse, and that will affect absorbency.

2 CommentsSunday, 12 July 2015
What to Use to Clean Baby's Bottom

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.

5 CommentsFriday, 10 July 2015
Care of Pocket Nappies

I've put together a help video which shows you how to care for and wash your pocket nappies, including Bumgenius, Fuzzibunz, and Charlie Banana. It's a really straight forward process, but if you're unsure of what to do then I hope this video and guide can help point you in the right direction.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015
Care of Wool Wraps

You only need to wash your wool wraps when they get dirty with faeces, or if they seem a bit smelly. This should only be about every other week or so, more frequently with a newborn, since they are more likely to get faeces on the wrap. Wool wraps are best washed by hand in plain white vegetable or olive soap.

2 CommentsSaturday, 25 April 2015
Terry Squares & Prefold Nappies

We've put together a massive selection of guides for folding nappies in varying styles and included step-by-step instructions to help show you how easy it can be to find the right fold for your baby. Many of our guides also come with pictures and videos to help you through the process.

Friday, 24 April 2015
Do Cloth Nappies Damage Your Babies Hips?

Cloth nappies keep a newborns hips slightly wider apart than disposables do but this is actually the optimum position for a newborn. When a baby is born their hip joints haven’t fully developed and at birth and at their 6/8 week check the Doctor will check for “clicky hips” or hip dysplasia. If baby has clicky hips they often need to wear a pavlik hip harness.

Thursday, 23 April 2015
What is Elimination Communication?

Have you considered introducing a potty at an early age? A very early age? This approach - known as Natural Infant Hygiene, Elimination Communication (EC), Infant Potty Training, or the very optimistic sounding Nappy Free - can be used from birth and is often more practical than it might at first seem.

1 CommentThursday, 23 April 2015
Eco-Disposable Nappies & Pads

Disposable pads provide a halfway house between real nappies and disposables. Where concern for the environment is more of an issue than cost, some people use them full time - however, they are around twice the cost of premium disposables, so they are by no means a budget option.

8 CommentsThursday, 23 April 2015
Fallacies of Eco-Disposables

Many people choose not to use cloth nappies, but instead use so-called eco-disposables. When asked why – out of interest, not criticism, I hasten to add – they usually say it makes them feel better because they believe they are less damaging from a landfill point of view. Sorry to disappoint, but that’s not the case at all.

Thursday, 23 April 2015
Nappy Laundry Services

If you are back at work, a nappy laundry service might suit you better than washing your own nappies, simply because it is one less chore to have to think about. You have to balance the cost with the effort saved, and decide whether this is a price worth paying for you.

Thursday, 23 April 2015
Revised Cloth Nappy Lifecycle Report 2008

In 2008 the Environmental Agency published a revised life cycle analysis study into the environmental impacts of using shaped cloth nappies and disposable nappies. The report shows that, in contrast to the use of disposable nappies, it is consumers' behaviour after purchase that determines most of the impacts from reusable nappies.

2 CommentsThursday, 23 April 2015
How to avoid a large upfront cost

I can advise you on how to split your order into a number of smaller parcels which build up to make a complete nappy system. If you've already had a recommendation from me please ask via My Messages about this. If you haven't had a recommendation yet please fill in our nappy advice questionnaire and i will write one for you.

Thursday, 23 April 2015
Infant Pottying - Parent Experience

I am following advice from my Nan, who did it, and my Mum. They told me to put my baby on the potty from day one. Yes, as a newborn baby! They both did this with their respective children and consequently had no problems with potty training. It just became a natural transition from being put on the potty to wanting to sit on it ourselves. So no problems of children being scared of the potty.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015
Buying and Selling Second Hand Nappies

Some people are really surprised but there is a very popular second hand cloth nappy market.


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