Thursday, 7 April 2011

Cloth Nappies

For as long as I can remember, I've known that when I had a baby I would use cloth nappies. I'm very traditional at heart and live by the theory that if my mum didn't need it thirty-odd years ago, then I don't need it now. But, to be honest, my main motivator to use cloth nappies is that they are just so cute! I like babies to look like babies and the image that first springs to mind when I think of a baby is of one crawling around with a big fluffy bum!

The nappies that I bought while I was pregnant were the bog-standard terry squares. These were the type I'd had experience of before when my mum used them on my younger brothers and sister. When my sister was a baby I used to love doing all the different folds. My mum used the old style rubber knickers and traditional nappy pins but this is where I differ from my mum as I discovered Nappi Nippas and modern nappy wraps.

The first wraps I got were MotherEase Rikki Wraps, which I used exclusively for about 7 or 8 months until I also discovered Wee Notions. Both these types of wraps are excellent. MotherEase Rikki Wraps because they come in small enough sizes for a new baby and are very slim fitting and have velcro fastening for perfect adjustment - And Wee Notions because, well, they are custom made and very individual and are always a talking point at baby clinic!
Once I'd discovered Wee Notions wraps I also decided to try their Northern Lights popper fastening nappies. These were the first "modern" cloth nappies I'd used and I think they are probably my favourite out of all the different nappies I now have experience of. I have added four of these to my nappy collection, along with Itti-Bitti, Bambinex and Mothercare Smart Nappies.

I would recommend that everyone atleast try out cloth nappies. They are no more messy or time-consuming than disposables. It literally takes 10 minutes every 2 or 3 days to load the washing machine and hang them to dry - and I love to see soft fluffy nappies hanging to dry! Economically, it varies as to how much money you save by using cloth rather than disposables. The terry squares I bought were £10 for a pack of six nappies. I bought 18 nappies and four MotherEase wraps at about £8 each. So that works out at about £62. There are starter packs available of the more modern shaped nappies and wraps from various companies but some of these are several hundred pounds so you'd obviously not be saving as much if you bought these. But another good thing about cloth nappies is that they can be used for more than one baby so in the long run they are a very worthwhile investment.

Nappy shopping can become somewhat of an addiction and it has been very difficult of late as my baby is now only in nappies for sleeps and I have had to curb my nappy buying habits. There really are some gorgeous nappies out there..... It's a good job my primary reason for using cloth nappies wasn't to save money though as, although I haven't worked it out, I think I have probably spent more on fancy cloth nappy paraphenalia than I would have ever spent on disposables - so bear that in mind!


Sunday, 3 April 2011

Thoughts for Mother's Day

In the UK and Ireland, Mother's Day falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent. Traditionally, it dates from Mothering Sunday, a 16th Century Christian practice where domestic servants were given the day off to, originally, return to their "Mother Church" and in later times to visit their mothers and other family members.

Fortunately, I spend time with my daughter every day of the year and the fourth Sunday in Lent is the same as any other day. It is my third Mother's Day as a mother. The only Mother's Day card I have ever had was one I bought myself for my first ever Mother's Day. She is still too young to buy me cards and presents herself (and hubby works away and doesn't buy cards anyway). But I don't mind. Her presence alone is enough for me.

We have had a lovely day today. Well, after the plumber had been to mend a leak! We've been to one of Lucinda's favourite places - Lotherton Hall Bird Gardens. It's somewhere we can spend a few hours of quality mummy and daughter time. Not that we can't spend quality time at home, but I love taking Lucinda out and seeing her excitement when she sees something new and interesting. Sharing experiences and learning together makes a strong parent/child relationship and that can happen on any day of the year.

Unfortunately, Mother's Day can also be a sad time, for people whose mums or children aren't around. I don't have any personal experience of this but can imagine it must be very difficult when cards and presents are prominently displayed in every shop. I hope all the happy memories of spending time together help those people through the day. I would like to let everyone whose Mother's Day is tinged with sadness know that my thoughts are with them and hope that their memories help them feel like they're not alone.