Thursday, 13 September 2018
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.
Thursday, 13 September 2018
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.
24 CommentsFriday, 24 July 2015
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
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.
132 CommentsWednesday, 22 July 2015
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.
11 CommentsWednesday, 22 July 2015
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
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.
2 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
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.
1 CommentMonday, 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.
Monday, 20 July 2015
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.
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 women worldwide that they exist, so it is a question of assessing how important they genuinely are.
12 CommentsSaturday, 18 July 2015
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
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.
15 CommentsFriday, 17 July 2015
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.
1 CommentFriday, 17 July 2015
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.
Friday, 17 July 2015
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.
Thursday, 16 July 2015
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.