Eight years ago, when I pregnant with our first baby, I began researching cloth nappies. I very quickly discovered that there were two types of material used – minky and PUL. I learnt that PUL was water resistant, and that’s why the nappies wouldn’t leak. A pretty important feature in a nappy, right? But without that visible, smooth waterproof layer, I didn’t understand why minky nappies even existed. How was such a soft, fluffy material waterproof? What was the point?
I honestly thought that minky nappies needed a cover or they wouldn’t work as well as PUL ones, and so actively avoided buying them.
Turns out, I was wrong.
Minky nappies are just as waterproof as their PUL counterparts. It’s just that the waterproof layer is hidden!
Minky fabric has the waterproof PUL glued to the inside, allowing the outside to remain beautifully soft and fluffy. A quick look inside any minky pocket nappy will show you the waterproof layer on the inside. (And of course, this layer is there in non-pocket nappies too.)
Which means they are just as waterproof, and work just as well, as PUL nappies!
With no functional difference, it means it really is just a matter of preference whether you chose minky or PUL. Some parents love minky because of how soft it is, whereas others like PUL because the design print can be sharper. Other parents really don’t mind at all, and will base their choice on whether or not they like the design.
If you haven’t given minky a try – Bambooty Basics are a budget friendly minky option that will see your babe through to toilet training. And the Bubblebubs range (Pebbles, Bo Peeps, and Candies) comes in a new, extra soft crystal minky. Both have become fast favourites in my nappy stash, and I’m sure the same will be true for you!
Have you tried minky? Or are you a firm PUL-only mumma?
It’s no secret that I love babywearing. A quick scroll through my camera roll proves it – about the only photos of me are ones with my baby in a carrier or wrap! In fact, my husband and I love babywearing so much that we even sold our pram while I was pregnant with our now 2yo.
We love the benefits of babywearing:
But now, as our world faces the Coronavirus pandemic, there’s one benefit of babywearing that is more valuable than ever before:
Babywearing keeps babies safe.
A stranger is much less likely to touch a baby who is in a carrier on a caregiver’s chest. That’s not to say it doesn’t happen, but it’s frequency is definitely reduced! And plus, it’s easier to swat someone’s hand away from your chest than it is from a pram!
It’s also helpful for toddlers. You only need to be around a toddler for approximately 3 seconds to realise that they just love touching everything around them. Which isn’t good at the best of times but should especially be avoided right now! Popping your toddler up in an appropriate carrier means they won’t be able to touch things, and it helps them to maintain the required physically distancing, rather than randomly tackling people out of the blue… (anyone else’s toddler done that before?)
Just as importantly, babywearing releases oxytocin.
And in these stressful, uncertain times, we could all do with a little feel-good boost!
If you already have a carrier, pull it out, even if it’s been months. If you haven’t got one, now is the ideal time to change that! Restrictions across Australia are lifting, but it’s still important we do our part to keep our families and each other safe.
Woven wraps are the most versatile option when it comes to wearing your baby. Because of all the options available, it does mean that some parents find them daunting. But there’s no need to be overwhelmed – a woven wrap will fast become one of your go-to parenting tools! Keep reading for 10 reasons why you should choose a woven wrap for your baby.
One woven can last you from birth, to toddlerhood, and beyond! My three year-old has long outgrown the first buckle carrier we used with her, but the woven we used when she was one day old is still comfortable for both her and me!
When somebody tells you “you have your hands full” because you have multiple children, you can wave your free hands and say “nope!” If you have older children, wearing your baby in a woven wrap allows you to have your hands free to help them with various tasks, or to simply hold onto them to ensure they don’t run off!
Sound too good to be true? It’s not! A study in the Paediatrics journal found that babies who are worn more during the day cry 43% less overall, with a 51% reduction in crying during the evening. The babies worn for longer periods were also more content and less likely to have colic. Amazing! In cultures where babywearing is the norm, parents often use minutes to describe their baby’s crying periods, unlike Australian parents who will often talk of how their babies cry for hours, particularly in the evenings. If nothing else about using a wrap (or any optimal carrier) appeals to you, perhaps this will persuade you. Happy baby, happy parents!
Are you a neutrals fan, or keen for something a little more bold? Either way, there’s going to be one to suit your preference. Stripes, spots, hearts, pictures, there’s a woven wrap design to suit anybody’s likes.
Woven wraps fit wearers of all sizes. They come in a variety of sizes, and because you can tie it in a variety of ways, you can always ensure the same woven wrap will fit wearers of various body types.
When worn correctly, your baby will be held with their thighs fully supported, knees above their bottom, and with a gently curved spine – the ideal way to support their developing body!
Did you know that you don’t have to wait until after you’ve given birth to use a woven wrap? You can use it during pregnancy, to support your growing bump! You can also wear your toddler in a woven, while you are pregnant. Just make sure to tie the knot above your bump!
Wovens let you wear your baby on your front, back, or hip. Does your little one need to feel close? Front carry! Got a curious bub who wants to see the world? Pop them on your hip! Headed off for a long walk, or doing some shopping? Back carry! Wovens really are so versatile.
A woven wrap takes up much less space in your car boot than a pram – making them extra convenient when heading away, doing the groceries, or whenever!
I’ve used my wrap as a blanket (for me, or my child!), a picnic rug, and even a change mat at times! My children use them as tumbling mats, rivers, and just about anything else you can think of. And once you have finished wearing your child for good, you can use the fabric for a variety of other projects – I’ve seen woven wraps made into cushion covers, blankets, handbags, even baby swings! The possibilities for woven wrap scrap creations are almost endless!
So there you have it – 10 reasons to use a woven wrap! If you have your own favourite reason for using a woven, let me know in the comments, and let’s celebrate the joys of woven wraps together!
Cloth nappies – they’re cute, they’re reusable, and they’ll save you more money than you expect. Here’s why:
On average, a baby will need 6000 nappy changes from birth, until they are toilet trained. No wonder parents get tired of changing nappies! At roughly 35 cents per nappy, using disposables will cost you $2100. Yes, you read that right – using disposable nappies means that you will spend over two thousand dollars just to catch your baby’s pee and poop. Kinda a lot, right?
Alternatively, you could choose cloth. A set of 24 cloth nappies, at $35 each, will set you back $840. Well cared for, those 24 nappies will last until your child is toilet trained. By choosing to use cloth nappies, you have just saved yourself $1260. Many nappies are able to be used for subsequent children too – if you use the same set on your next baby, that’s another $2100 saved!
While these little bags cost so little, they add up over time. 6000 nappies need 6000 bags, and at an average of 1.75 cents per bag, you’ll be spending $105 on something purely designed to throw away and end up in landfill. Instead, consider spending $50 on some good quality wet bags. Not only will they see you through your nappying days, you can use them in a variety of ways in the years beyond: beach bag, gym bag, toy storage bag, the list goes on!
While there are no guarantees, many babies and children avoid rashes while wearing cloth. A well-washed nappy, natural fibres, and timely nappy changes all make nappy rash less likely to develop. Not needing to buy multiple creams means extra dollars in your pocket!
While many parents joke that they couldn’t live without disposable baby wipes, our family hasn’t bought any in over three years. And not once have I missed them! When you are using cloth nappies, the next logical step is cloth wipes. You can toss them in the wash with your nappies, so there’s no extra work, just less waste! Whether you choose cloth wipes from a nappy brand, some face-washers from a department store, or even make your own, washing and reusing your wipes will easily save you a few dollars per week. (And just to make them extra useful, you’ll find that cloth wipes actually do a better job of cleaning your baby’s bottom!)
Ok, so this point is more of a general benefit rather than a money saver, especially as you may already have a full time cloth (wipes, nappy, wetbag) set-up. But I just couldn’t leave out!
There are no guarantees when your child will transition from nappies to undies, but children who wear cloth nappies often toilet train earlier than children who wear disposable nappies. So even if the cost savings (and utterly adorable designs) haven’t convinced you to try cloth, maybe this will. Because who wants to change more nappies than they need to?
So there you have it. Four ways that choosing cloth nappies will save you money, and an added bonus incentive to give cloth a go! Are there other ways that using cloth has saved you money? Share in the comments, so we can all benefit from your wisdom!
The dreaded number three.
Whatever you call it, I can guarantee you hate it. There’s nothing like smelling a dirty nappy and picking up your baby to find out it’s not just the nappy that is dirty. If you’re lucky, the poo has only escaped onto your baby’s lower back. But if you aren’t so lucky, you may be cleaning up their legs, back, and maybe even their head. Yuck! Nobody wants to be cleaning up such messes, which is why the Seedling Baby Multifit pocket nappy is so good. These nappies do just what they are made to do, and will make poosplosions a thing of the past!
The Seedling nappy has rise snaps on the front, so you can adjust the size as your baby grows. Snapped to its smallest, the nappy will easily fit a 4kg infant. At its largest, you’ll have no trouble fitting it on your 16kg toddler. Handy, right?
Your Seedling nappy has three parts: a bamboo insert, a microfibre insert, and the waterproof shell. The shell is soft, breathable, and has a wide opening (pocket) in the back, into which you place the trifold and microfibre. The microfibre insert works to draw in liquid quickly, so no moisture will sit on the surface of the nappy and potentially leak. The main insert (Diversifold) is a 70/30 blend of bamboo and cotton, providing great absorbency to hold even the biggest of toddler wees. When used together, the two pieces create a fast absorbing, incredibly thirsty insert. This makes them great for using when you know you may not be able to change as frequently as normal – nap times or road trips, for example.
This is a fancy way of saying they have two elastic layers at the legs. Why? Because it helps prevent leaks by ensuring a great fit on both tiny newborn legs and chunky toddler legs! Only the inner gusset sits against the leg, and the outer gusset adds a second layer of leak-protection. It also allows for the addition of extra boosters without compromising the fit of the nappy.
The soft but secure elastic in the waistband is what prevents the poosplosions from escaping out the back of the nappy. You know what this means, the really gross part of cleaning up will no longer have to happen!
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but we can all agree that Seedling’s prints are beautiful! Choose from a range of hand-painted designs or classy solid colours, or get a 7 pack that contains both!
Life is messy. Parenting is messier. And no parent wants to deal with more poo than absolutely necessary! With a Seedling nappy, you can be assured that your nappy will do what it’s meant to do and contain all the mess. No more wee leaks, no more number threes, no more outfit changes at the most inconvenient of times. Just a cute nappy for your cute little one, and peace of mind (and clean hands!) for you.
Are you tired of shopping for the person who has everything? Looking for a practical gift that isn’t simply another pair of socks or jocks? Here’s a list of ten unique Christmas gift ideas that you may not have considered before – from $4 stocking fillers to $40 stylish and practical eco-gifts.
Reusable Coffee Cup – from $32.95
Frank Green Smart Cups are spill proof and leak proof, making them ideal to toss into your bag and go! They fit into standard cup holders, are available in two sizes, and come in a range of colour combinations – so you know there’s going to be one your friend will love!
Stainless Steel, Insulated Drink Bottle – $39.95
Stylish and practical, these bottles feature a flip-up spout so you can use them one-handed, perfect for breastfeeding mummas! They also come with a straw (plus a spare), which you can use if you choose.
Cooling Towel – $14 (FREE postage)
Not just for babywearing! Perfect for anyone who feels the heat (which, let’s face it, is basically anyone in the Australian summer!), these towels help you stay cool but not wet. Packaged in a handy storage pouch, use it while out and about, or while relaxing at home.
Stainless Steel Straws – from $17.50
Eco-friendly products are becoming all the rage. Make sure your friend isn’t left behind by buying them a pack of reusable straws. A great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift.
Agreena 3-in-1 Wraps – from $22.95
Even the “person who has everything” probably doesn’t have reusable glad-wrap, right? These Agreena wraps are made of silicone and replace the need for glad-wrap, alfoil, and baking paper. Yep – three products replaced by one.
Babywearing Milestone Cards – $29.95
If your friend or family member is into babywearing, they are bound to love these cards. Each pack comes with 24 different milestones to celebrate their babywearing adventures. From the first carry, to “fluffy mail” and stash shots, these cards will be a hit!
Reusable Produce Bags – from $15.95
It’s always handy when Christmas gifts are useful, and these are useful for both the user and the environment! Help your friend be eco-friendly with a pack of reusable produce bags. They even come with their own carry pouch that can clip onto a handbag or belt loop, so they won’t be left at home like reusable bags so often are.
Vanilla Ozi Summer Candle – $38.95
We all know someone who adores candles, and the Summer Candle is just the gift for them. Choose between white and pink, these glass candles bring the summer scents of vanilla and spearmint into your home. Beautiful to look at and to smell.
Reusable Lunch Wrap – $12.95
Everyone has to eat lunch. So why not give a gift that makes lunch more colourful as well as environmentally friendly? The Onya Reusable Lunch Wrap is uniquely designed to wrap around all sorts of lunches: rolls, sandwiches, pizza, bagels or even croissants.
Bamboo Toothbrushes – from $4.50
I know what you’re thinking – “a toothbrush? Really?” It’s not your usual Christmas gift that’s for sure, but after all, this post is titled unique Christmas gift ideas! These brushes make a great stocking filler and are very environmentally friendly as well. Win-win! We stock them in 5 bright colours (adult and child size), or if that’s not your things, we also have plain bamboo with black bristles. Something for everyone!
So there you have it – our ten favourite unique Christmas gift ideas! Which ones will you have under your tree or in your stocking this year?
When my son was born in the middle of a scorching Adelaide summer, wearing him in a carrier was tricky. I loved the close snuggles, but did not enjoy the trickling sweat that accompanied them! Wearing a baby can be like strapping a hot water bottle to your torso – great in winter and pretty uncomfortable in summer! Wouldn’t you agree?
The problem is this: babies don’t suddenly stop wanting to be worn just because it’s hot.
Toddlers will still demand their lunch and you’ll need to make it at the same time that the baby needs to be held. Kangatraining classes will still make you work up a sweat, even more than normal! So what can you do?
The answer is both simple, and affordable: the Baby Mumma Babywearing Cooling Towel!
To use, simply wet the towel, wring it out, and wear! If it dries out or you find it isn’t cooling well enough after a time, simply follow the three steps again to reactivate. It really is that easy! The towel works by evaporation – when wet, the fabric will cool to 15 degrees below the outdoor ambient temperature. As long as the towel has moisture, and there is some airflow present, the cooling effect will continue.
Wear around your head or neck to stay cool, or if your baby is over six months old, you can slip it between them and the wearer. (Babies don’t regulate their own temperature well before this point, so best to use it on yourself only until your little one is at least 6 months.) These towels are also great if you attend a Kangatraining class, or any exercise or gym class.
Although called a “babywearing cooling towel”, this towel is the perfect accessory for any warm activities, or just whenever you feel hot!Use one around your neck when going for a walk or working in the garden, or drape it over your child’s legs while they are in their car seat or pram. These towels are also wonderful for those who are more prone to feeling the heat, such as pregnant or menopausal women. Our towel is made from a light microfibre material, similar in texture to a basketball singlet. It has a drapey feel to it, so it works well to mold around you or your baby, and it is delightfully soft!
Perhaps most importantly of all the features, caring for the towel is easy. While out and about, you can store the towel in the accompanying storage pouch, and then simply let it air out when you get home. It’s machine washable too, as all good baby-related products should be. Just what tired, sleep deprived parents need, am I right?!
Head on over to the product listing for the Babywearing Cooling Towel, and choose your colour. Available in six colours, there’s bound to be one you love! And to make them even better value, postage is FREE!
Guest Post by Eva Van Strijp
If you’ve perused the baby aisle in any major supermarket over the past 2 decades, you’ve probably noticed packs upon packs upon packs of disposable nappies. Nestled among these – usually between the night undies and the pull-up training pants – you’ll find swim nappies.
Single use swim nappies.
Literally, a product that is designed to be used for one swim and then disposed of.
Considering the length of time most children spend in the water in any one session, this is significantly shorter than the time between normal nappy changes, and as such, a disposable swim nappy has a useable lifespan that rivals the water bottle.
We’re talking about something that is used for approximately half an hour and then disposed of.
Reusable swim nappies, on the other hand, can be used for hundreds of swim sessions. Better yet, if you grab a one-size-fits-most swim nappy – such as Paddle Pants – you won’t need to purchase bigger sizes as baby grows and the same nappy will see you through from bub’s first aqua class all the way to when they’re toilet trained and no longer require swim nappies.
Let’s say a one-size-fits-most reusable swim nappy sets you back $25 and you go swimming with your bub once a week at the local swim centre, all year round. That’s 48 cents for each wear during the first 12 months.
Add to that the extra 18 months of weekly lessons you’ll get out of this swim nappy and the cost per wear comes down to 19 cents.
Add to that all the other times you go swimming with bub throughout the summer months and your cost per wear drops even further.
On the other hand, a disposable swim nappy will set you back around 1.37 every time. Over two and half years of weekly lessons, that’s $178.*
The difference between $25 and $178 is a delightful $153.
That’s two tanks of fuel, or a night out with dinner and a movie, or new books, or the next size up in clothing for your little one. It’s a haircut and colour, or the pink slip for your car or a zoo friends membership or a term of swimming lessons.
It’s a lot of great things.
But it’s also the satisfaction of knowing you’ve saved over 130 single use products heading to landfill over the first two and half years of your child’s life.
So if you’ve been tossing up whether or not to use cloth nappies, dive into the journey with a reusable swim nappy. Just #startwithonenappy and see where it takes you.
*Average price of premium brand disposable swim nappies across 3 sizes (small, medium, large).
Eva Van Strijp is a mother of six and creator of Seedling Baby. When Eva isn’t hanging out with her family or running a business, she’s eating chocolate, listening to podcasts or tending her veggie patch.
We can’t believe it’s 2018 already, but we’re ready and raring to go. And with the hottest days of summer still ahead of us, we’re already planning on how to beat the heat for our families so as to stay cool, and happy!
1. Stay hydrated
The number one rule of summer is to stay hydrated! The Australian government recommend a litre per day for children aged 1-3, and 2 litres for their mummas. Make sure your nappy bag always includes some water for everyone. Our Frank Green water bottles are leak proof, so you can toss them in your bag and go!
2. Protect yo’ self
Sun protection is so incredibly important in our harsh Australian summers. Sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses help protect us for the sun’s UV rays, and is definitely worth the “But I don’t wanna wear it!” battles we all go through at one time or another with our children!
3. Make a splash
You can’t go wrong with a bit of water play. Whether you hit the local pool, or head out to a nearby water play area, or even just play in the backyard while you water the garden. Don’t forget to pack baby’s swim nappy so they can splash too!
4. A cool bite
There’s nothing more refreshing than a cool treat at the end of a hot day. Or, let’s be real, in the middle and the end of a hot day. Using our Sinchies Pops makes it so easy to freeze your own ice block creations, ready to crunch and suck on the next hot day.
5. Use the right carrier
Babywearing does not need to stop in summer! Using a lighter weight wrap or a carrier with a mesh panel helps keep everyone just that little bit cooler. We love to use a ring sling in summer because they’re thinner and there’s only one layer of fabric over bubs. A cooling towel makes a great addition to any carrier also – and can keep both you and bubs cooler.
What are your favourite tips and tricks for staying cool in summer? Share them in the comments!
Its our 6th birthday today!! And what 6 year old doesn’t love to colour? To celebrate, we are giving away a Lillebaby Colour Me Complete Carrier!
Wanna win it? Head on over to Facebook, and make sure you are a fan of the Baby Mumma Page. Like the Birthday Post pinned to the top, share it amongst your friends, and give a shout out to someone you know who would love to colour in their own carrier. Wishing us a Happy Birthday wouldn’t go astray either 😉
I will draw the winner on Sunday (3rd of April) night, but if you get too excited, and want to win more stuff, there will be lots going on in our chatter group over the weekend to celebrate! Come and join in the party – Baby Mumma Chatter!
As always, this give away is only open to Australian residents! Xx.