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I'm usually a cloth nappy user but as soon as I first saw Nature boy and girl nappies in our local Tesco I bought some. Our town is a bit "behind the times" and, despite hearing about them, I hadn't found anywhere locally stocking them so, if I wanted to use a disp. nappy for holidays or suchlike, I usually picked a leading brand. I'd heard conflicting reports about them though so I was a little curious. At least I could use a disposable nappy and have a slightly clearer conscience about it! they are said to be upto 70% biodegradeable and, while not being perfect, that's a big improvement on leaving a standard one in the ground for hundreds of years! I was VERY impressed!! Our son can fill a swimming pool with wee during a day, I'm sure and these nappies coped admirably! Even overnight ( with about 18oz milk inside him) they managed to contain it ( albeit only just!) They are a pretty good fit on him ( he's quite skinny mind you) and they are no more expensive than the likes of Pampers and Huggies. I say, try them for yourself before writing them off.
Now, I'm usually a cloth nappy user but, like most "clothies", there are times when I need to use disposibles for what they were invented for. Namely convenience when on holiday or out and about. I always choose the "greener" variety of disposable, there are several about but, until now, there has never been a "greener" alternative to the nappy sack. Nature Boy and Girl, along with their great nappy range, have recently launched a nappy sack that is 100% biodegradeable. They look and feel great ( lovely and silky if that's your thing!) and they don't have that horrid sickly smell that cheap nappy sacks have! ( but they don't let your nappy smell linger despite this) Sure they are a bit more expensive to buy ( about £1.50 for a roll of 50) BUT, in my opinion, they are worth it as the rot quicker, allowing the contents to rot faster alongside. I recommend them wholeheartedly!
I found the Kiddicare website a while ago and they seem to stock things a good bit cheaper than anywhere else with free delivery too! Brilliant!! I wanted a Babyden which retails at £80 normally, Kiddicare have it for £70 with free P+P. Who could resist?! Now, I shop on the net a lot, by that I mean at least once a week. I know the drill, fill in secure order form with credit/debit card details and the company will charge your card when the goods are despatched. At least, that's how it usually works. Kiddicare say that delievery of in stock items is usully within 7 days so when my playpen hadn't arrived after 11 days I rang to ask why. the site said, when I ordered, that it had been in stock and I had recieved my credit card bill with the order debited from it so I rang really to see if it was in transit ( petrol permitting!!) I rang them to be told that it was out of stock and not due till the following week. I was furious. They had debited my card even though they knew they would have no stock for 3 weeks!! Their excuse was that the credit card transactions are done by a different company but that doesn't help the fact that I now need to pay for something on my bill that I don't even have yet. What would they have done if they had found they were unable to supply me with a Babyden? I asked her and she said they would have credited my account again! Not much use if I have already had to pay it off, is it? So, moral of the story is, in my quite extensive online shopping experience, it is a quite sfe and easy thing to do, BUT if you want to order from Kiddicare, do it over the phone! And make sure they won't debit your card until goods are sent out.
The Popowrap is a lovely soft wrap that fastens with velcro and comes in an assortment of colours and patterns. It has a flap in the front to make it easier to slot in pad folded nappies and it is cut to a generous size to cover pretty much all makes of nappy. It's rise (middle front to middle back) is high and the velcro is secure making it a sturdy cover for nighttime nappies also. The fabric feels wonderfully soft too. The only gripe I have with it is that I found the velcro strip on the front of the nappy to be a bit stiff on my son's tummy and tended to rub a bit a make him red. That said, my son is a bit sensitive to velcro on his wraps and I am seeking out poppered versions of a lot of them for him. I know a lot of people who swear by the popo wrap though and, for the most part, no-one has any problems with it. Definitely one of the best selling wraps about.
The ProRap is one of the most versatile wraps available. It's not the most luxurious or the most attractive, but it is one of the most practical and will fit over almost any make of nappy. It is made of a soft, breatheable polyester and elasticated at the waist, legs and has a separately elasticated gusset for a better fit with prefolds and pad folded nappies. It's lightweight and trim fitting and will fit over most types of nappy from one size to terries. The gusset means that a pad won't slip or slide and the elastication means that it fits snugly. It fastens with velcro ( although popper versions are available in the US) and only comes in white. It has a shiny wipe-clean surface to make for easier cleaning if the worst should happen ( although, in my experience, it never has) and it is machine washable at 60 along with your nappies. At 5.99 it is one of the cheapest wraps available but in my opinion one of the best value. It does come in 4 sizes, small through extra large but they wash and wear well and would last through more than one baby.
I know that some people don't use cloth nappies because they are unable to afford the initial outlay for nappies and wraps. Well, a lot of places do hire schemes or budget schemes but for those who don't fancy that, prefolds might be the right way to go. They are made from layers of cotton, flannel or twill material sewn together to form 2 outer panels and an inner panel. Newborn size is usually 3 layers on each side of a 6 layer panel ( called 3-6-3) and regular is 4-8-4 and larger. You can also get a toddler size if prefolds are your main nappy option. You can use them for a variety of different methods of nappying. You can fold them round into a shaped nappy and pin them. They make lovely snug fitting, un-bulky fitted nappies and are very absorbent this way. You can pad fold them and just lay the into a suitable wrap to hold them in place. This is quick and easy to do.( good for hubby!) Lastly, you can use them as boosters folded into a pad and placed either in or over the top of a nighttime nappy for extra absorbancy at night. They are one of the cheapest type of nappy but definitely a must have in your collection. Some use them exclusively, some just as boosters but most of us have some!
This is my all time favourite cloth nappy! It is soft, comfy and works wonderfully. It consists of several layersof ultra-soft terry and fastens with velcro at the front. It is adjustable from birth to potty but changing the rise ( front height) of the nappy using a series of poppers. Because it fits from birth to potty, you only need to buy one size so it is an economical choice when first starting out on cloth nappies. Especially if starting early on. Being very absorbant, it is adequate for even the heaviest wetting baby and it rarely , if ever, leaks if put on correctly. The only drawback is, like all very absorbant nappies, it can take a while to dry. Definitely a must have.
Diasy diapers are my almost favourite cloth nappy of all time. Commercially made, anyway. The are shaped terry towelling nappies, make from a fabulously soft terry that fasten with a lovely soft velcro strip across the tummy. The come in 2 sizes, so from birth to potty, you would need more than one size, unlike the Mother Ease, but they look and feel much nicer. The have a sewn in terry liner and a lovely elastication for a comfy fit. I would really say that, apart from the Popolino Softie ( which is more expensive) it is my favourite nappy. All it requires after use is the flushable liner disposing of , prewashing on a quic machine wash and washing with non-bio powder at 60 degrees with no fabric conditioner. It's very easy! They are cheaper than a lot of other cloth nappies too which,in part, makes up for the fact that you will need 2 sizes. I definitely recommend them
This nappy is a great compromise between the ease of use of a disposable nappy and the long term savings of a cloth one. this nappy is made from lovely soft terry towelling and fastens with poppers. It is designed so that it can fit your baby from Birth to Potty. There are various rows of press studs that enable you to fasten the nappy into smaller or larger sizes and it come with it's own snap-in booster liner also. It's a no hassle alternative to throwing away. the only trouble I have noticed is that the rise ( between the top back and top front ) of the nappy is quite small and some babies/ toddlers might not suit the shape. That said, a lot of people I know swear by them. It's a case of trying before you buy. there are places that let you do this. A good nappy to start with.
My 8 1/2 month old son LOVES teletubbies! I've not done anything in particular to encourage it, except for having it on the TV, but I don't pin him down to watch it, I don't have to! As soon as he hears the music, he stops what he is doing and stares, smiling at the TV! So, I thought I would get hold of a teletubbies video. A friend lent me the Nursery Rhymes one and it is briliant. Firstly, it has the Teletubbies, which makes it a hit with my son, straight away! and secondly, it has singing and music, 2 things that I want, as a musician, to be a large part of my son's life. He loves it. He smiles at all the characters and hums along (the way babies do!) to the songs. As he grows, it will help him to be able to learn the tunes and songs too. Definitely a must-have video!
The Sam-I-am nappy is made from a brushed cotton fabric, and has a panel in the sentre that is padded for extra absorbancy. It also comes with it's own shaped booster that you can use if needed. It is a hsaped nappy, designed like a disposable, fastening with velcro and requires a waterproof wrap to keep wetnees from baby's clothes. they works very well. My son is a heavy wetter and can only use one for about 2 hours then he needs changing but an average wetting baby (like most are) would go 3 hours. Babies should be changed every 3 hours at max anyway, except at night, so this isn't a problem. The sam-i-am is nicely shaped and soft and comft and fits well too. A good nappy for those wishing to convert but you might want to hire or borrow one first to find out if it is right for your baby.
Kooshies are the leading brand of re-usable nappies in the UK. This is purely because they are the most widely available though, NOT because they are the best! Kooshies are availble in Boots, mothercare, Tesco and some other high street stores and supermarkets and this is the only reason they are the most popular. They are an all in one nappy that isdesigned like a disposable but you can wash it and re-use it making it much cheaper in the long run. Kooshies however are not the best make to convince a mother that reusalbes are the way to go. They are not very absorbant, they leak and they take ages to dry. There are lots of much better brands of cloth/reusable nappies you can choose from and it's very likely that anyone who tells you they are good probably hasn't tried anything different!
How often have you been carrying your baby/ toddler around and found yourself aching for hours afterwards? My son is 8 1/2 months old now and I love carrying him about, especially when we are out, but he is getting too heavy for me to hold for long. I had a toys r us front carrier but he has grown out of it and I didn't fancy the idea of a back carrier. I like to be able to see my son so I bought a "SLING EASY" from Kids in Comfort. It's a large piece of very strong cotton fabric with a shoulder pad, a clip for adjusting the size of the sling and padding all the way round the edge of the fabric to make sure baby is comfortable. It basically acts as a support (or sling) to help take the weight of your baby/toddler off your arms and spread it over a wider area. You can use it from birth upto about 3 years old, for about as long as you could carry your child, and it's is very versatile and comfortable. You can even use it to feed your newborn baby or lull him/her to sleep. I usually carry my son on my hip and this sling takes his weight so all I have to do is support him instead of carry him! (you can find details of it on the www.babyworld.co.uk product tests- front carriers) I think this product os excellent and will enable me to take my son out shopping with us without having to worry about a pushchair for months to come.
I love Anna...well....in a platonic kind of way, obviously! I think since Caroline left she has come out of her shell a bit and can be so amusing, especially when she has had a bit too much of the "pop" Some of the things she says are so funny and she really amused us all with her antics in the Diary Room after Nichola had received her birthday cake! I know she is favourite to win, I'm not so sure about that but she will be entertaining us for a few weeks to come yet, I'm sure (I had a vision....LOL)
I think Craig is a real sweetie!! He's been getting some stick lately and I was really shocked to see him nominated for eviction this week. He's genuine, honest,caring and good fun. It would be a real shame to see him go. He might come over as a bit cocky and a bit of a show off sometimes but it's just Craig being Craig.(as opposed to Nick being anyone you want him to be!) He's always willing to help the others and I hope he stays in, I would like to think he'll make it a few weeks further down the line yet.