<![CDATA[Blog]]> https://www.bambootyrealnappies.co.uk/blog/ Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:33:19 +0000 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Nappies leak - that's just the nature of nappies in general! ]]> https://www.bambootyrealnappies.co.uk/blog/why-do-nappies-leak/ So nappies leak, they always have, they always will. 

All types of nappies can and do leak at times! 

I've worked as a nanny in a few different countries, I've worked with children ever since I left school, I'm an oldest sister, I've worked in long day care, in the babies room, right through to 3-4 yr olds. I have 3 children of my own and nieces and nephews and friends with babies. Lucky me!

What all this means is I've changed tens of thousands of nappies! All sorts of cloth nappies, all sorts of rubbish (single use/disposable) nappies, they all leak at times. Why? Generally its just the nature of dealing with liquids! But there are some reasons and some things that can be done about it, so lets have a quick chat about why and what you can do :) 

 

Often nappies leak for 2 main reasons - 

1. They are full

2. They aren't fitting properly

Lets look at these 2 main reasons in more detail. Then we'll have a look at some "other stuff" to consider as well. 

 

Some quick questions to help you trouble shoot any "leaks"  

1. Does the nappy leak almost straight away? - Yes? - check the fit 

2. Did it seem to leak before you even picked up your baby? - possibly weed whilst nappy free mid change, in stealth mode ;)

3. Is the nappy saturated? Yes? - Add more absorbency --- No? check the fit

4. Does the nappy leak on the same side all the time? Yes - Is your baby a boy? Yes? - Did you point him down? Yes? - Did you check if pointing straight down was moved whilst putting on the nappy? No? Check again after the nappy is on, things can move while you stretch across the nappy to do up one side or the other.

 

They are full

If you put 10 litres of water in a 9 litre bucket, it will over flow. The same goes for a nappy of course! This might mean the nappy is saturated all through the nappy, or it might just be that the nappy is "full" in the wet-zone and the liquid is not getting to the other parts of the nappy before it is over flowing. Ever seen a toddler in a disposable that has been left on them so long it is hanging down between their knees? That's a quick way to understand where the wet-zone is. 

Boys and girls tend to have slightly different wet-zones, this also changes for sleep times too of course. 

Generally speaking boys tend to need more absorbency towards the front than girls. 

Tummy sleepers need a lot more absorbency towards the front and even up the front of their nappies.

With cloth nappies absorbency location can be customised. More absorbency can always be added to ANY type of nappy at ANY time of day or night. With bambooty nappies you can target the absorbency without adding more absorbency, by folding 1 or more flaps towards the front of the nappy instead of laying them all flat. Alternatively you can add in a mini booster in the wet-zone to target any extra absorbency needed in the nappy. For boys, towards the front, girls more in the middle of the nappy, sleep times, maybe at the back of the nappy or right up the front for tummy sleepers. Larger night inserts can also be added in at any time of day or night as well. 

While most people will use our nappies with the white, stay dry "suede-cloth" fabric on-top, you can also target the absorbency better if needed, but placing the absorebncy flaps the other way around and having the bamboo fabrics next to the skin in the wet-zone. As babies/toddlers get older and start holding onto their wee longer, they often start to flood the nappy all of a sudden rather than in smaller more frequent wees. This can cause problems for nappies trying to absorb quickly enough in the wet-zone. Having the bamboo fabric on-top in these times can be very beneficial. Bamboo on-top can be achieved by using the flaps already contained in (AIO) or provided with the nappy (AI2) or by using mini boosters or night inserts and laying them on-top instead of underneath the existing absorbency.

Frequency of changing - how frequently you change your baby's nappy is up to you of course. How much absorbency your nappies will need will depend on how frequently the nappies are being changed. Time of day can make a difference too. Here are some guidelines for you. 

The Mayo Clinic states, "Whether you use cloth diapers, disposables or both kinds, always change your baby as soon as possible after he or she wets or soils the diaper to keep the bottom as clean and dry as possible."

Childcare experience - when I worked in long day care, we changed or checked nappies every 2 hours to meet adequate hygiene standards for accreditation. 

Bambooty suggests - aiming for 2-3 hourly changes, for a balance of best practice in terms of frequency of changing and being practical about daily life in a family! Although we believe the very best thing is for mostly nappy free time, but that is long story. (and you thought this was a long blog post).

Personally I used to aim for 2 hrly changes, making a mental note in the morning of when they would be during the day, based on the timing of the first change of the day. I wouldn't wake a sleeping baby to change though and with my children's wetting habits, in the morning I needed to boost the nappy, by the afternoon a nappy could be almost dry even after 4+ hours.

 

 

They aren't fitting properly

If nappies don't fit properly they can easily leak. Gaps are highly likely to let liquid out of the nappy before it can be absorbed. 

Tweaking the fit of a nappy can sometimes take a few goes or more, usually once a good fit has been found, as long as a nappy isn't left on too long, (ie: isn't full or over flowing) they usually don't leak. Hooray! 

Fit tips - We have a few different blog posts on fitting different styles of nappies, generally speaking though, once the nappy is on, run your fingers around the legs to check the fit isn't too loose or too tight, if you can't get a finger inside fairly easily, it is too tight and needs loosening. If it is too loose you also need to adjust the fit. Either way, try to move the leg elastic as high up the legs towards the hip crease as possible. This makes it more comfortable for baby and better for containment.

Other fit tricks include, adding in a mini booster or similar, this can help a nappy size to fit a bit earlier if it was slightly too big. Some bambooty nappies come with cross over snaps and One Size Options and Easy One Size have hidden hip snaps that can also be used to tweak the leg fit if necessary. 

Tummy gape with a snap closure nappy? skip a snap across the tummy. See a demo here.

Easy Dry stretching the rise - see check out these demos to see how to stretch out the sizing of your Bambooty Easy nappies. This can and should be applied to all our easy nappies. Easy Dry, Easy Nights, Easy One Size and One Size Options too. Stretching out the shell of the nappy helps to get a great fit on your little or not so little one, as the case may be. 

Demo 1Demo 2

To fit your Easy One Size or One Size Options nappies with the newborn setting, here are some clips for you. 

Quick instructionsReal demo (5 week old baby) 

For tummy sleepers, we recommend higher rise nappies such as our Easy One Size, One Size Options or XL Easy Nights. Moving as much abosrbency towards the front of the nappy (without compromising the fit) and having the natural fabrics next to the skin. 

Boys need to be pointing down of course. Check this again after the nappy is on. 

Please do trial and error your own situtation and fix too! While we have A LOT of expereince with lots of types of nappies, we aren't there with you, so don't feel nervous about trying something new! and let us know how you get on if you find a neat tip or trick, we love hearing from you all! 

 

Usually tweaking the fit and/or figuring out the absorbency requirements fixes most issues, if not, then please do read on :) 

Other Stuff

Other stuff can include factors such as potty training readiness. This happens at varying stages for all children and varying beliefs on being ready to go no nappies! Exciting stuff, unless you will miss your cloth nappies, in which case my condolances, however this is a positive milestone for your little person, so we'll focus on the positives ;) 

Day time - potty training. 

When our little ones get ready to potty training they can start to hold onto their wee longer, thus flooding their nappy very quickly. This makes it challenging for a nappy to absorb quickly enough to meet the rush of liquid thrown at it. Sometimes this can cause leaks. As mentioned above, putting the natural absorbency next to the skin will help the nappy to absorb faster and therefore reduce leaks. You may also need to add in boosting with mini boosters or night boosters as the case may be. 

Side sleepers - tricky! 

Side sleepers tend to pose similar problems for a nappy that the potty training stages can also cause. Flooding the nappy quickly. This is particular for side sleepers as the part of the nappy that needs to absorb super quickly is the narrowest part of the nappy. Again having the natural fabrics on-top (next to the skin) helps the nappy to absorb as quickly as it possibly can. Making sure any night or nap time boosting is appropriately positioned as well. It can go on-top if that's easy :) 

Washing

While it is fairly hard to damage your nappies with your washing, the obvious things to avoid, bleach and fabric softener, will both obviously reduce the nappy's ability to function, both in the short term as well as the long term. They can deteriorate the fabrics, elastics and PUL, plus leaving behind unwanted residues. These are to be avoided! Or just cope with the consequences if you choose to use them anyway I guess. If you have used fabric softner, you'll need to thoroughly wash them again at least once to remove it. How many times that will take is a bit of trial and error, it isn't the end of the world though :). Washing is one of the harshest environments that a nappy goes through, that and being soaked in urine for hours or days at a time. For the urine, we suggest in our care/washing instructions to rinse them asap after changing, this dilutes the urine so increases the lifespan of the nappy. Also washing every other day to thoroughly remove the urine from the nappy. For the general washing factor, there isn't much that can be done about this, as of course they need to be cleaned! But keep it realistic. Start with some detergent and a regular wash with a prerinse, if this is not clean enough for you, then by all means wash for longer or warmer water or more detergent until you find what you are happy with, just keep in mind even the gentlest washing does impact the lifespan of the nappy's absorbency in particular. Which is how this is relevant to the leak factor.

PUL delaminating

Thankfully this is not a common problem for bambooty nappies hooray!! :D If it has happened, there isn't much you can do about it. Contact the retailer you purchased the nappy from if it is within a reasonable time frame. Eg: If your knickers lost their elastic or got a hole in them after you'd been using them for a year or so, would you contact the retailer to complain? I doubt it.

Old nappies

As we can see with old towels, other underwear, jeans etc, clothing does wear out. While hopefully your nappies will last at least 1 child, if not more! They aren't going to be perfect for more than 2 years and then suddenly die when you don't need them anymore. Over time they will become ever so slightly less absorbent due to natural deterioration. Mostly you won't notice it from 1 week to another, but you might start to notice it over the years of use. Snap in nappies can easily have absorbency replaced within them. AIO nappies can also get new absorbency easily enough by cutting out the suedecloth flaps and laying in or sewing in more abosrbency. The shells are the most expensive part of the nappy and they usually last for many years, with a bit of TLC. The absorbency can easily be replaced or added to with boosting so you can have reliable nappies for many many years! We have some customers who have used their nappies on 4 babies! Believe it or not, we love hearing this :D :D :D 

Clothing 

How tight or loose is the clothing that is getting wet? Sometimes clothing such as onesies can tuck themselves into the edge of a nappy (any type) and wick or draw the moisture out of a nappy. This may appear like the nappy is leaking however it isn't. The clothing has assisted the wee to get outside of the nappy. This can also happen for example with loose tees etc touching the insde of the nappy at the back or tummy of the nappy, especiallly for tummy sleepers. None of these are a problem of course! Just keep in mind this could be happening. If it is, try to be aware of it, change a bit earlier or pop a mini booster in the wet-zone, a nappy with more absorbency in it is less likely to have the liquid wicking to the outside of the nappy. 

 

If you are still having troubles, please don't hesitate to get in touch. We're always happy to help :D 

 

Resources

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diaper-rash/symptoms-causes/syc-20371636

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Mon, 09 Apr 2018 23:43:07 +0000
<![CDATA[Nappy change time - a plan]]> https://www.bambootyrealnappies.co.uk/blog/how-to-change-a-baby-nappy/ Keep Calm and Change your Baby

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Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:38:46 +0000
<![CDATA[Cloth vs disposables?!]]> https://www.bambootyrealnappies.co.uk/blog/cloth-vs-disposables/ Wanna hear something funny? Well, here’s a good one: Some people actually tell me that cloth nappies are worse for the environment than disposable nappies. Yes, that’s right – Worse. The only problem is, they’re not joking. 

Unfortunately, in an era where some politicians think climate change is rubbish, I suppose nothing should surprise us. But, as crazy as it is, we thought it was time to debunk this myth once and for all. 

For starters, CHOICE – the highly respected Australian consumer advocate – makes it clear in their 2014 Nappy buying guide: “For environmental and financial reasons you can’t go past MCNs (modern cloth nappies.)” 

But let’s break it down. A child uses an estimated average of 4000+* nappies in a lifetime. The plastic in disposable nappies is made from oil – about 1 cup of crude oil per nappy, to be precise. The absorbency is made from wood pulp. The manufacturing process creates carbon emissions (about half a tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent over two-and-half years).

And if you’re concerned about water usage, consider this: A disposable nappy requires about 37 litres of water to manufacture. By comparison, a cloth nappy only uses a few litres of water to wash in a machine (Most 4-star washing machines use about 10 litres of water to wash 1 kg of laundry, according to the Australian Department of Agriculture).

But there’s more good news. The most recent update to a study on the Life Cycle of Nappies, published by the UK’s Department for Environment, shows that reusable nappies are up to 40% per cent better for the environment, depending on how they are used. And that doesn’t even take into account, the impact of landfill and soil contamination from disposable nappies! Furthermore, you probably already follow the recommended guidelines for maximum environmental benefit:

  • Dry pail nappies, don’t soak them before wash
  • Air dry, don’t tumble dry
  • Use an energy efficient washing machine
  • Wash in temps below 60C
  • Wash in fuller loads
  • Use an eco-friendly detergent
  • Reuse on a second child, pass nappies on or buy them second hand 

Even better, here at Bambooty, our nappies are designed to make it easy to “do the right thing”:

  • Stain resistant layer eliminates need for soaking
  • All-in-two nappy options reduce drying time and minimise need for tumble drying
  • Bulk packages and BASICs options mean you can buy enough nappies to allow time for air-drying
  • Organic cotton and bamboo materials further reduce ecological footprint
  • High quality means they can be reused on more than one child. 

In short, using cloth nappies is not only a lot better for the environment, it puts you in the driver seat for controling the impact as well as controling what is going on your baby's skin.

 

Still not convinced? Let’s go back to Australia’s beloved CHOICE for the last word: “Despite the environmental costs of fabric production and nappy laundering, cloth nappies that are dry-pailed and mostly line-dried still come out ahead of disposables.”

 

So next time, someone tries to tell you disposable nappies are best for the environment, tell them they’ve got to be joking!

Baby holding earth


 

*an average of 6 nappies/day for 2 years

https://www.nct.org.uk/branches/dorking/nappuccino-advice-using-real-nappies

https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/dangers-of-disposable-diapers

http://www.goreal.org.uk/environment-2/

https://www.choice.com.au/babies-and-kids/baby-clothes-and-nappies/nappies/buying-guides/disposable-and-cloth-nappies

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/291130/scho0808boir-e-e.pdf

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:56:10 +0000
<![CDATA[Modern Cloth Nappy BASICS by Bambooty]]> https://www.bambootyrealnappies.co.uk/blog/Cloth-nappy-basics/ Introducing modern cloth nappy BASICS!

A brand new reusable nappy brand, proudly brought to you by Bambooty. So what's different about them? 

1. The style 

2. The outer shell

3. The absorbency

4. The drying time

5. The options

6. The price

7. The colours! 

 

1. The Style

Modern cloth Nappy BASICS by Bambooty are snap in nappies. The Outer shell is water proof as usual, however instead of our usual All in One Style of nappy, these nappies are Snap in Nappies, meaning the absorbency can be simply snaped in, swapped over or changed separately. 

 

2. The Outer Shell

Deliciously soft and fluffy Minky nappies! The Minky is laminated with high quality breathable Polyurethane laminate as usual, only instead of our usually smooth outer PUL, these new Basics are gorgeously soft and fluffy! 

 

3. The Absorbency

These super trim nappies each come with a snap in booster for absorbency. These super long boosters made from 3 layers of super thirsty micro-fibre, are topped with suede-cloth for a stain resistant, stay dry protective layer and can be doubled or trippled towards the front for boys and/or tummy sleepers. 

 

4. The drying time

Drying time for these super fast drying nappies is just that, super fast! With no bamboo included in these absorbency boosters they will dry so super quickly you'll hardly believe it! Further, in the not too distant future, you can purchase more inserts for each whole nappy meaning if the shell drys faster for you, and you have spare inserts you can start using the shells earlier than the absorbency (helpful in winter with wet weeks). 

 

5. The options

Having the absorbency booster separate from the shells, if at change time the outer shell isn't soiled you can always just swap over the absorbency booster for a dry one and away you go! 

Further, these nappies also fit our EOS night time bamboo boosters into them as well. Giving you the option of using the 3 layered micro-fibre snap in boosters or the 3 layered super thirsty bamboo boosters. 

With both snap in insert options you can always add our smaller Plain bamboo boosters to all nappies at all times. 

For night times, you are likely to need both a micro-fibre snap in booster as well as the EOS Night time booster, 1 of these can be snaped in and the other simply folded underneath it within the nappy. 

 

6. The price 

As with all of the above options/modifications to our usual system, we have been listening to your feedback, asking questions and responding to your feedback. 

One of the key areas we know many of you are rather aware of is the cost of using cloth nappies. So we have been working with our manufacturers to find a way to bring you great quality nappies you will love at a price you will also love! 

Our dear manufacturers have been left in an unfortunate position of being dumped with 1000s of meters of fabrics that was especially ordered for a customer who has left them in the lurch. In working closely with this family run business (as we have done for 6 years) we are able to bring you these great nappies at the fantastic price of 10 quid each! (We are still wondering how we are actually going to do this at these prices, but we'll try!)

 

7. The colours

These super soft and fluffy nappies are available in 15 different colours! 

 

What's the same about them? 

1. The quality

2. Still fairly simple to use

3. Customer Service

 

1. The quality

At Bambooty we pride ourselves on our very high standards of quality. As we expect to buy top quality products in life, we also only wish to sell top quality products. Our new Basics nappies, while we have trimmed down the price we have not trimmed down the quality of the fabrics, nor the manufacturing expertise in making these great nappies for all of you!

 

2. Still fairly simple to use

Simplicity is another thing very important to us in our busy lives today. While our basics range is not quite as easy as our Easy range of nappies, once prepared our Basics are still very use! 

 

3. Customer Service

Our Basics range of nappies are still provided to you from the same fantastic members of the extended bambooty family. We are still always here to anwser your questions as quickly as we can, be it by email, facebook, responding to comments in blog posts or by phone, we will always do our very best to help you out. 

 

Stay tuned for launch offers and giveaways!

www.facebook.com.au/bambooty.real.nappies or via our newsletters.

 

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Thu, 30 Jan 2014 23:18:00 +0000
<![CDATA[Mother and Baby Magazine Awards - 2 years in a row!]]> https://www.bambootyrealnappies.co.uk/blog/Motherandbaby-award-winners-2-years-in-a-row/ The annual Mother and Baby Awards have been announced for 2013. 

Bambooty was shortlisted in 3 categories up against some pretty amazing baby and mummy products from around the globe and from much larger companies than little us! 

The 3 categories we were finalists in were - 

1. Reusable nappy of the Year (This is the one we picked up a Bronze award in last year too)

2. Mummy Cult Product - We were shortlisted, for our gorgeous Bamboo Velour Booby Nights nursing pads in this one.

3. Baby Cult Product - We were shortlisted in this category for our Anytime, Anywhere baby/change mats! Also Bamboo velour, and funky printed PUL, perfect baby accessory for all sorts of situations and purposes.  

 

Well while we didn't pick up an award for our devinely soft nursing pads, (can't figure that one out, they're so soft, super absorbent and water proof! But there you go, we'll work on them further and hopefully win next year), nor our super cool and amazingly practical Anytime, Anywhere mats, we still think being shortlisted though is pretty cool :D

 

We did pick up a Bronze award again in the Reusable Nappy of the Year category, and we're thrilled of course! Being up against some very popular and well known brands from all over the globe really, it is such a compliment for all the hard work that goes into designing each product and making sure they keep being the high quality reliable products we expect and love providing. 

 Mother and Baby Awards, Reusable Nappy of the Year, Bmabooty

The difference in these awards and other awards held around Australia and New Zealand are these awards are actually graded by Mums who are sent out actual products to trial, put to the test and report back on. Based on these tester results the best brands are collated and awarded accordingly. 

 

Granted of course relying on them being tested by people who haven't used them before, there are going to be some who will quickly fall in love with a product and find it easy to use and others who will have a few hiccups and would normally come back for some of our friendly customer service to help iron out any teething issues they may be having with getting going with the product. Providing customer support whilst the product is being tested is not an option in these scenarios, which hits home with me again and the driving force of Bambooty modern cloth nappies being (we aim for) "easy enough for anyone to give them a go!" 

We believe that us being the only cloth nappy brand to win the Mother Baby Awards 2 years a row is a testament to this and how easy they are for anyone trying them out, to not only give them a go, but give them a go and love them too!

Congratulations also goes to - 

Hippybottomus who were awarded gold for their pocket nappy and Cushie Tushies who were awarded Silver for their swim nappy. Also Bambino Mio and Itti Bitti who were shortlisted.

We'd also like to mention some of our other favourite products that received Mother and Baby Awards.

Mamas and Papas - for their prams and cot amongst other awards they received. 

Sophie the Giraffe was awarded Gold too, we love Sophie in this house. 

and Bio Oil in the Mummy Cult Product - I love this stuff as well. 

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Thu, 26 Sep 2013 01:26:01 +0000
<![CDATA[Best of Both Worlds!]]> https://www.bambootyrealnappies.co.uk/blog/Best_cloth_nappy_package_ever/ best of both worlds packages

BEST Of BOTH Worlds

Now that you've read Which nappy style is Best, I'll go on to explain what I would choose with the expereince I have now.

If I could redo my nappying career for our family, (keeping in mind that Bambooty nappies were first born with the sized All in One nappies out of a need for a simpler nappy design plus the financial aspects of course) I would choose a combination of Easy One Size Nappies and Easy Dry nappies. Mainly focusing on the Easy One Size nappies for their longer term cost saving aspect, but also throwing in some Sized Nappies too for simplicities sake, and to make sure someone else could help with the changes now and then.

As a result of our expereinces with our own children, our customers feedback, some common sense and some great accessories to add into the mix, we have designed the Best of Both Worlds range of Packages. Hooray! 

 

All Best of Both Packages come with 12 Easy One Size Nappies plus 6-12 of the size you choose. 

 

The Best of Both Worlds Newborn/Small comes with 12 Easy One Size and 12 Newborn/Small nappies. 

 - At this stage you are likely to need 24 nappies as you are going through a minimum of 8 nappies a day. (If you're lucky!) 

Honestly speaking, if it was my first over again, I would also have a packet of Naty newborn disposables on hand as back up as well. Just in case! - When I said 8 a day it can be 12! or even more! I'll ask my sister to write a blog post about that point.

 

The Best of Both worlds (or BOB) Medium comes with 12 Easy One Size and 6 Medium nappies. 

 - Often by this stage you are hopefully using 1 nappy for the night time shift (10-12 hrs) and then 5 changes during the day.               18 nappies will give you enough for 3 days worth, so you don't have to wash them every single day. 

 

The BOB Large is similar to the medium, only with 6 Large nappies instead of Medium.

 

Finally we are working at putting up a BOB NB/S and M package. This will include 12 Easy One Size Nappies, 6 Newborn/Small Nappies and 6 Medium Nappies. This would be my preference if starting over again with my first child. 

You may notice that there are only 18 nappies that will fit at each stage, this is true. You will need to supplement with some disposables at the newborn stage if you choose this package. I would recommend eco friendly disposables with as few chemicals in them as possible of course, for the health of your baby as well as the environment. (Naty seem to be one of the best we have found, and readily available in supermarkets) 18 nappies at the newborn stage will be a great start and if it is your first child, don't put extra pressure on yourself, there is a lot to learn in the beginning. Use the (gorgeous!) cloth nappies as often as you can and have some disposables on hand for times of emergency. That's what I would have done anyway.

 

Another positive note on the Best of Both Worlds packages is that it does reduce your initial outlay.

24 Easy One Size nappies (Full time - Easy One Size 24) costs $750.52

 

Where as the BOB - Newborn/Small + Medium is just $632.20. Granted there will be some extra nappies you will need to buy along the way (the very beginning and likely the very end) however you can still spend $120 on other nappies and be in the same financial position as having purchased the Full time Package, however this way you have half of the nappies as the neater, trimer easier sized nappies, packaged in their own individual wet-bags.

 

If you choose to use largely disposables in the very beginning and not many cloth nappies at all, going straight to the BOB Medium will further reduce your initial cloth nappy set up costs at only $569.93.

 

NOTE - If this is your first research into cloth nappies and you are horrified by the figures, please keep in mind the comparison figures of using disposable nappies which will cost you over a $1000 a year and I can guarantee you that none of those nappies will last for a second child! Choosing cloth is an investment, not an expense.

An investment in saving you money down the track.

An investment in saving your baby's skin from harsh chemicals.

An investment in the environment and reducing your baby's footprint.

An investment in feeling awesome! You rock!

An investment in making your baby look gorgeous! and Feel Gorgeous!

For more information on costs please read Cheap Nappies - Bambooty vs Disposables. 

Having said all of that, if you are still undecided about which will suit you better, we have 2 more options for you. 

 

1 - Grab one of our trial packages which will give you an Easy Dry, and Easy One Size and an Easy Night (To try for yourself and see which ones you like better) - OR - 

 

2 - Give one of these packages a go, don't wash and use all the nappies. Try 3 of them, keeping in mind they take up to 8 washes to maximise absorbency, and we are here to help if you have any teething issues. If you are still not happy with the nappies, any that are used, unwashed and still in a resalable condition with packaging/ tags on, return them to us and we will happily refund you. For more on this option, please read our post "Money Back Offer"


Please note - as with all our packages, these packages are designed to be enough nappies for roughly 3 days worth of cloth nappies. You are likely to need 3 days worth of nappies so that you have time to wash and dry them again in order to use them again on day 4. It is also common sense of course not to leave dirty nappies lying around for days on end, nor would it do the fabrics any good either. 
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Tue, 13 Aug 2013 05:53:43 +0000
<![CDATA[Which nappy style is better? ]]> https://www.bambootyrealnappies.co.uk/blog/OSFM_vs_sized_cloth_nappies/ Here at Bambooty we are often asked which nappy is the better nappy to buy? In our opinion there is no 1 right answer to this question. Different styles of nappies have different characteristics that will be more appealing to some than others. 

 

One Size nappies which last from day dot through to potty training, also known as OSFM (One Size fits Most) or BTP (Birth to Potty) nappies will save you more money in the longer term. They are often slightly more expensive to purchase in the beginning however with the one nappy usually seeing you all way through to potty training, you don't need to keep spending money to buy the next size up. 

 

OSFM or BTP nappies are bulkier and fiddlier in the early stages, however newborn babies grow so quickly it isn't an issue for most people for very long and a lot of people feel the long term cost savings out weigh a few months of fiddle.

 

Sized nappies often provide a neater fit, particularly in the early stages. This means they are less bulky, meaning more comfortable and fit better under regular baby clothes that often cater these days to plastic or paper nappies full of chemical absorbers.

 

Sized nappies are often easier to change with fewer snap options to remember or consider (for those who aren't doing 6-10 changes a day) and often easier to prepare for use, especially All in One nappies. Bambooty Sized day time nappies, called Easy Dry come packaged in their own little wet-bags for out and about.

 

The only down side to sized nappies is that you need to keep buying the next size up as they grow. You can hang onto them for future siblings or alternatively, if they are in good nick, believe it or not you can often sell them on and get some money back!

 

 

 Here are a few more tips about the different size options to help you in your journey of cloth nappies and babies - 

 

One Size NappiesOne Size Fits Most Cloth Nappy Sizes

 

One size nappies can be either more or less reliable than sized nappies for the new born stage. One size nappies that actually fit from day dot (Bambooty Easy One Size nappies fit from as little as 2.5 kgs) are often more reliable with more absorbency in them as they need to cater for older children with a larger out put as well. You can often of course remove some of the absorbency too though to make them less bulky so more comfortable and easier to fit under clothes. 

 

When looking for a OSFM nappy, checking that the nappy will have a good fit around the legs is crucial, as new born babies usually aren't born with much in the way of muscle or fat on their little legs. New born babies are often lying on their backs as they spend soooooo much time feeding and sleeping (we hope), so a nappy that is not bulky at the back is better for bub. 

 

(Now that I think of it, I wonder if that had anything to do with parents being encouraged to put us on our tummies to sleep when I was a baby, so that we didn't end up with wonky backs due to bulky nappies!)

 

Back to the topic - Some OSFM nappies will fit from very early on as our Easy One Size nappy does, starting to fit from as little as 2.5 kgs, some you will need something to use in the mean time until they are large enough to give the nappy a good fit so not going to be leaking on you. 

 

For our OSFM or BTP cloth nappies, (Easy One Size) once the baby is roughly 5-6 months old (or earlier if they are speedy growers), there really isn't much difference in bulk compared to using the sized nappies. Our One Size nappy style is a higher rise nappy than our sized nappies, so they will come up higher around the waist. This can be a positive thing too, as it can potentially give you better protection if needed. 

 

Sized NappiesCloth Nappies in action

Moving onto our sized nappy options, we have Day time sized nappies Easy Dry and night time sized nappies Easy Nights. 

 

Easy Dry nappies are an All in One, Modern cloth nappy, designed to be so simple to use anyone can give cloth a go! They come in the 3 sizes, Small/Newborn, Medium and Large. These nappies are seriously simple to use, however still give you multiple options to customise depending on whether you have a boy, a tummy sleeper or a bub who prefers the natural fibres next to her or his skin. 

 

Easy Dry nappies each come packaged in their own single nappy zippered wet-bags. This means when out and about you don't need to smell the nappy that you changed 3 hours ago, again at the current change, each one stays zippered separately. Stay tuned for a post on the many wonderful things that wet-bags are ideal for...

 

Easy Night nappies are again All in One modern cloth nappies, which means that in spite of having a super amount of absorbency to last all night long, they are still very easy to put together and put on :D First off there is no putting together, they already are together! 4 flaps of absorbency which can again be customised for tummy sleepers, boys, or having the natural fibres on top. 

 

Easy Night nappies are available in 3 sizes as well, how ever the sizes are slightly different. They come in a Medium, Large and X-Large. They do not come in a new born nappy as newborn babies are or should be changed every 3 hours at most, even during the night. Usually by the time a night nappy is needed, babies fit into the medium night nappies. 

 

There is also an X-Large size in the nights, as bed wetting up until the ages of 4,5 or even 6 are common (and considered perfectly normal by medical practitioners too). The X-Large nappy fits up to roughly 22kgs, depending on body shape and wetting habits too of course. Often people who haven't even used cloth nappies for most of the time will swap over to cloth for the night time nappies once potty trained during the day. Babies don't poo while they are sleeping so usually this 1 nappy a day is an easy one to get used to :)

 

Heavy wetting babies can or are often better off in Easy Night nappies during the day as well, for longer lasting protection. Having said that, we do recommend for adequate hygiene standards, nappies should be changed or checked every 2-3 hours. This is based on the hygiene standards set out by the Government for Accredited Child care centres, where from experience it is every 2 hours.

 

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments below or feel free to add in your 2 cents worth as well, if you prefer sized or one size and want to share your experiences :D

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Tue, 13 Aug 2013 05:07:47 +0000
<![CDATA[Money back offer!]]> https://www.bambootyrealnappies.co.uk/blog/Risk_free_nappy_trial/ Here at Bambooty we understand that investing in modern cloth nappies can be a steep financial outlay in the beginning and unfortuantely there are no gurantees that they will be right for you. We have designed our modern cloth nappies with ease of use as one of the most important factors - easy enough for "Anyone to give them a go".

We understand that once you decide to give them a go, you save the most money, time and post expenses if you purchase the larger 3 day or full time packages up front rather than starting with a 1 day package and building your stash. However this is more risky than starting off slowly and buying more as you go. 

To help with reducing the risk of buying the better packages with the most savings, we do offer you the opportunity to return them if (after a reasonable trial) you find they aren't for you, you are welcome to return for a refund any unused* nappies or accessories. 

Heres how it works - Full time modern cloth nappy packages

1. Purchase the 3 day package you desire (either by size, OSFM or best of both worlds)

2. Wash and trial 3 of the nappies from the package

2a) Find that you love them! Go to point 4

2b) If you find they aren't working for you, please go to point 3.

3. Please get in touch. We are super helpful people and will always go out of our way to guide you through anything that isn't working for you, to the best of our abillities. (We have changed 10s of thousands of nappies between us, if not more than a 100 thousand nappies! We are Mums, we have worked in long day care centres, we have been nannies, we have cared for other peoples children as well as ours for many years and are always willing to help).

3a) If after going through our help you are happy with the nappies please go to point 4

3b) If after going through our help you still can't get them to work for you please go to point 5

4. Now that you are loving your super cool, easy to use, modern cloth nappies carry on using and loving them and spreading the word to all who could benefit from your knowledge and expereince :)

5. If you have arrived at point 5, we are as disappointed as you are that we haven't found the right solution for you. (To date this has only happened twice, in the last 4+ years) Please return any of the *unused, unwashed, as new with tags on products to your nearest Bambooty Head Quarters (Guildford, Surrey, UK, or Bondi, Sydney, Australia)

We will refund you on all returned items in the above condition, no later than 3 weeks after receiveing your order. If your baby is not due for a little longer, just let us know, we're reasonable people :D

What to do with the 3 used ones? Well, you could hang onto them and trial them again in a few months time. With a bit more time, weight gain, better sleeping, less milk throughout the night, etc etc etc they may well work perfectly for you! Hooray!

You could give them to a friend or family member to trial who may well love them! Once they give them a go.

Or believe it or not you can acutally on sell them second hand. Many people purchase nappies second hand (and prewash them I'm assuming, to be on the safe side). We have found that bambooty nappies aren't around very often on the buy and sell nappy pages as most people love them! But yes you will be able to recoup some of the cost, even on the nappies that you have used! 

Any more questions please don't hesitate to contact us further. 

Cheers, Amelia

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Mon, 05 Aug 2013 02:37:54 +0000
<![CDATA[How many Bambooty Real Nappies do I need?]]> https://www.bambootyrealnappies.co.uk/blog/how_many_real_nappies_do_i_need/ Cloth or real nappies don’t have to be all or nothing, any cloth nappies used help save money, help landfill and most importantly in our humble opinion, keep chemicals away from your baby's bottom!

Did you know just 6 Bambooty Real Nappies  - 2 a day on the baby, 2 in the washing machine and 2 on the line (the other 4/5 changes in the day would be disposable) - saves over 700 disposable nappies a year from landfill? 

6 Nappy Packages

From experience and feedback, for full time cloth nappy use – 

In the first few weeks a newborn baby needs changing 8 to10 (or more) times a day. Therefore we recommend a minimum of 20 Bambooty nappies for full time use from day dot right through to potty training. This is based on enough nappies for roughly 2+ days in the beginning. For the first few weeks or so you will probably need to throw on a load of nappies each evening or morning.

Newborn Full time Nappy Package

As the baby grows and your baby establishes a routine you may need fewer Bambooty modern cloth nappies. Around 6 nappies a day, 5 Bambooty day time nappies and 1 a Bambooty night nappy or 6 of the Easy One Size nappies and an EOS Night booster. Therefore 20 nappies would provide comfortably enough for 3 days of nappies plus a few spare. Some people may find they prefer more than 20, however we feel 20 is a good place to start and see how you go. 

Full time Nappy Packages 

Full time package

WARNING – cloth nappies can be addictive, Bambooty takes no responsibility for any addictions to patterns or styles that may result from trying out these goregous nappies.

How many nappies do you have for full time use?

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Tue, 04 Jun 2013 01:20:30 +0000
<![CDATA[Fitting Bambooty Real Nappies]]> https://www.bambootyrealnappies.co.uk/blog/fitting_bambooty_real_nappies/ BAMBOOTY MODERN CLOTH NAPPIES – Making the most of the nappy’s rise. 

Bambooty modern cloth nappies are known and loved for being ‘low rise’ hipster nappies, but if you find you’d like them to be another centimeter or two higher around your babies middle we suggest you try the following:- 

STRETCHING PUL OUTER: 

To stretch the outer place the PUL print side of your bambooty modern cloth nappy over your fist and let the flaps hang down. You can pull gently on the flaps to make sure that the PUL is at its full size. Then place the flaps up one after the other  - they won't reach the ends of each other but this is a good thing as when you then turn the nappy the right way around for use it will mean the outer is fully extended. 

This will help the nappy fit better as it will be neater on the sides around the legs and a trimmer fit overall as there shouldn’t be any bunching of the outer shell. 

As usual, after putting on the nappy, lifting up the legs 1 by 1 and making sure the elastic is high up around the crease of the legs/hips will ensure a neat fit and protect from leaks. 

Any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

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Fri, 31 May 2013 04:20:56 +0000
<![CDATA[Strip Wash - How, When and Why?!]]> https://www.bambootyrealnappies.co.uk/blog/Bambooty_Strip_Wash_Instructions/ Strip Washing your Modern Cloth Nappies - How, When and Why?!
 
How:-

The Bambooty reusable nappy being strip washed need to be clean before you start so wash as usual. Then set temperature to hot (40 deg celsius is our recommendation). Put 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent (for top loaders) or 1/2 teaspoon dishwashing detergent (for front loaders) in the wash. Let it finish the cycle and then rinse another 3 times or so. You may need to do more rinses - you'll notice small soap bubbles on the first few rinses; ideally there should be none but after about three we find most have gone. Then hang your nappy to dry in the sun.
 
When and Why:-
 
You should strip wash your nappies as and when you need to.... i.e. we recommend doing a strip wash for nappies with lingering smells, nappy rash cream build up, mould spots or if you feel the absorbency of the nappy has decreased (this happens sometimes when residues of washing powder build up). People usually strip wash their nappies before storing or before passing on to the next child.
 
Have you ever tried a strip wash on your modern cloth nappies? Why did you do one?
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Fri, 03 May 2013 04:04:26 +0000
<![CDATA[Real Nappy Week 2013]]> https://www.bambootyrealnappies.co.uk/blog/RealnappyweekUK/ Last but not least, for 15% off individual nappies and all accessories, please pop RNW15 in the discount cart section during checkout :D

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Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:09:32 +0000
<![CDATA[app suggestions: everything from tracking nappy changes to recipes!]]> https://www.bambootyrealnappies.co.uk/blog/app-suggestions/ I confess, I am a smart phone addict after initially being very resistant to them. I have found it brilliant with a baby and now toddler! So I thought I would share a few of my favourite apps here. Obviously there are a million out there and a few options for each type…but this might give you a few ideas and you can have a look for ones that best suit you!

BABY SUPPORT:

So you have your precious bundle finally….now what?!? My husband and I have really fond memories of recording every feed and nappy change on a scrappy piece of paper until we worked out we could manage it on the phone!

I used one called Baby Connect (www.baby-connect.com) after trying a few different options at the time. The only thing it didn’t seem to do was actually change, feed and pop bubs down to sleep….so I felt it was well worth the $4.99 it cost. A great feature is you can log in anywhere, so in our case Dad could keep an eye on what baby was up to during the day while at work. It works great if your kids are in childcare too.

We also found it very handy that you could enter other useful information such as temperatures, heights, weights, lengths, and vaccinations. It even charted the stats on a graph for you.

I notice there is a new one called Baby Nursing/Breast Feeding Tracker which is free. It lets you time feeds, record which side, record nappy changes etc.

FEEDING:

There are lots of apps out under this topic and hence you can probably trial a few free ones, but the “Annabel’s Essential Guide To Feeding Your Baby & Toddler” by Annabel Karmel for $6.99 is the one I am excited about! Well categorised by age and from everyday ingredients, her recipes have been famous for years now.

MEDICAL:

Ok you should always seek medical advice from trained professionals when your kids aren’t well. With the 24h Healthdirect line (1800 022 222), give them a call if you’re worried. However, what about that emergency situation? Obviously you call 000 but having an app that talks you through CPR in clear diagrams can be a life saver!

First Aid by the St John Ambulance Australia Incorporated is $4.99 and covers a huge range of serious first aid issues (from allergic reaction, asthma attack through to choking). First Aid White Cross by Bruno Mandolesi is free and covers infants through to adults.

ENTERTAINMENT:

Whose entertainment – the parents or baby??? Realistically both have needs in this area.

For parents:

Social media apps such as Facebook and Twitter are free and invaluable when you’re not out and about as much as normal. They can also be a great way to learn more about everything from cloth nappies J through to the latest TV series to watch!

For the active toddler, what better than the Playground Finder, free from Teacher Learning Network. This nifty app allows you to search for playgrounds in your local area and read or contribute reviews about them. The more people that use the app the more information it has to share.

Now I won’t recommend specifics here (there are many options and it is quite area specific), but some ideas of other helpful apps for parents include menu apps (allows you to find certain cuisines in your area, peruse the menu and order), and grocery shopping online which usually include a delivery service. Most major supermarkets have an app and/or website service these days and there are some great “from the farm/grower” initiatives.

For Kids:

When they were little, Amelia’s girls went crazy for iwritewords (lite version for $2.99) which sings the alphabet, teaches letters and numbers; writing them, reading them and counting them.  Doodle Buddy, free, allows kids to draw, stamp and stencil to their heart’s content. Phone for Kids allows the little one to “play” with a phone keypad that is linked to 6 educational games.

I also love apps that allow kids to practice other languages. E Flash are talking flash cards that come in a variety of languages. Lingu Pingu is very cool too, a little penguin that speaks both English and German. There are many different language apps too so perhaps have a look in the app store for those in the language you want your bubs to learn.

Hope this has given you a few ideas and we would love to hear what apps/websites you recommend!

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