Nappy Help & Advice

2 CommentsMonday, 5 September 2016
Reusable Nappy Demonstrations

We offer one to one nappy demonstrations at our warehouse in Mytchett where you can see and feel the nappies we've recommended. You can also take away anything you'd like to purchase on the day (if it's in stock). We also offer Skype demos for customers who don't live near us.

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.

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.

1 CommentWednesday, 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.

5 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!

Tuesday, 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.

7 CommentsMonday, 20 July 2015
Leak Proof Night Nappies

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
MAD - Master Advice 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.

7 CommentsMonday, 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.

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

3 CommentsMonday, 20 July 2015
Washable Wipes, Cotton Wool or Disposable Wipes?

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.

31 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.

22 CommentsFriday, 17 July 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.

1 CommentFriday, 17 July 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.

Friday, 17 July 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.

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.

19 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.

3 CommentsWednesday, 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.

Sunday, 26 April 2015
How To Stop Disposable Nappies Leaking

There is a common myth that cloth nappies leak more than disposables however those of that use cloth know the opposite is true. We get many disposable nappy users come to us asking for help to stop their disposable nappy poo explosions or night time wee leaks. We'd love everyone to change to cloth but if that isn't an option for some families we do have steps to help them use their disposables more reliably.

25 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.

2 CommentsFriday, 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.

4 CommentsThursday, 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.

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.

8 CommentsFriday, 17 April 2015
Nappy Liners- Disposable or Reusable

The liner does two things. It allows urine to pass through, but as it is non absorbent, it cannot return, thus keeping baby's bottom a bit drier. Also, it catches any poo, and the whole thing is then easy to drop into the toilet for flushing. While a baby is breastfed and before it is weaned, any poo will not normally smell offensive but, equally, it will be very runny.

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