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Cloth Nappies and the impact of Microplastics

Added on 22 November 2019 in Darlings Downunder, Environmental considerations, General Info & Advice   |   0 comments

I know a lot of us are concerned about the number of news reports over the last few years regarding the shedding of microplastics from synthetic fabrics like polar fleece into waterways (and the wider environment) from the waste water of our laundries. While all fabrics shed in the process of their use and wash, microplastics don't break down, causing long term issues for marine life and the health of our waterways as well as the food chain. Microplastic originate from many industries, including... READ MORE

Our shop is now open on Saturdays!

Added on 05 January 2019 in Darlings Downunder, General Info & Advice, Out & About   |   0 comments

...well, Saturday mornings anyway. That's right, our Melbourne Cloth Nappy Shop at 42C Wantirna Rd, Ringwood, is now open on Saturdays from 9:30am to 12:30pm! So come and say hi! ... READ MORE

Super Undies Bedwetting Solutions

Added on 07 February 2018 in General Info & Advice, Super Undies, Toilet training   |   0 comments

Super Undies have a couple of reusable products suitable for older children at nighttime: the Super Undies Nighttime Undies and the Super Undies Nighttime Hero Pants. It can be confusing working out which one will suit you best as they seem similar to look at, but you may find one will suit your purposes better than the other. As an aside... When looking at absorbent night time options for older children experiencing bedwetting, it can be helpful to have an idea of your child’s output... READ MORE

Getting Started With Cloth Nappies

Added on 11 January 2018 in Darlings Downunder, General Info & Advice, Seedling Baby   |   0 comments

  A post shared by Seedling Baby (@seedling_baby) on Jan 21, 2018 at 8:12pm PST #startwithonenappy is campaign started by Eva from Seedling Baby to to help parents who are new to cloth nappies understand the impact that just one reusable nappy can have. Through this campaign we strive to equip parents with the information and resources they need to make a gentle, manageable and highly rewarding shift to reusable alternatives. Here's a round up of our most popula... READ MORE

Fabric Softeners and Cloth Nappies

Added on 08 August 2016 in General Info & Advice, Washing & care of cloth nappies   |   0 comments

One of the big ‘no-no’s about washing cloth nappies is using fabric softeners, which seems a shame, since a soft nappy sounds like a good thing…   How fabric softeners work There are three main parts to any fabric softener – a conditioning agent, an emulsifier and dyes/fragrances. The conditioning agent is what makes clothes feel soft, reduces static cling, and makes ironing easier. It does this by coating the fabric with a thin layer of oily residue. Depending on the brand, the... READ MORE

How much does it cost to wash cloth nappies?

Added on 27 June 2016 in Darlings Downunder, General Info & Advice, Washing & care of cloth nappies   |   2 comments

Can you help us? We want YOU to let us know how much washing cloth nappies costs YOUR family. The extra costs associated with cloth nappies can be a sticking point for some families, so we want to show that washing cloth nappies is the the huge additional expense you might assume. Please follow the guide below, and post your 'Cost per Load' in the comments, along with a rough outline of your nappy washing routine [ie quick wash followed by cotton cycle on 40 degrees in 6kg Samsung front loade... READ MORE

My disposable nappies are leaking - will a cloth nappy cover over the top help?

Added on 20 June 2016 in General Info & Advice   |   0 comments

This might surprise you, but this is a really common question we're asked - usually by parents who exclusively use disposable nappies, but have a baby or toddler who is leaking out of their disposables at night. In desperation, parents come to us to ask whether putting a cloth nappy cover over the top will stop the leaks. The answer is… probably. Many parents find a cloth nappy cover is better at containing the wee than a disposable (yay for great elastic!) and if there’s only a little bit o... READ MORE

The truth about flats and prefolds - traditional cloth nappies

Added on 20 May 2016 in General Info & Advice, Traditional Flat & Prefold Cloth Nappies   |   0 comments

Did you wear cotton terry square nappies as a baby? We both did :) And we both used terry flats for our eldest children over 10 years ago. Since then, the humble cloth nappy has evolved into the myriad cleverly designed modern cloth nappies that are available nowadays - with unlimited options, high tech fabrics, and so many factors to take into consideration! Is in any wonder that a significant number of parents are choosing to go ‘old-school’ and revert to the simplicity and versatility of ... READ MORE

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