Real Nappy Week 2016

It’s Real Nappy Week everybody! For some of you who may not know the history of this blog many years ago I was offered the chance to test out a cloth nappy brand that was due to come to the United Kingdom and they wanted a parent who used disposable nappies on their baby to try it out and get their opinion. I was that parent and my son was the baby and you can still read that same review on my blog.

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I read it now and can see what a total newbie I was to cloth nappies. Since then I have run a nappy library, I have campaigned for supermarkets to bring reusable nappies in to their stores and part of their Baby & Toddler Events and they actually listened (might I add Boots and Aldi have since joined in) and I’ve made friends within the cloth nappy community. My first step in to the real nappy world was over 5 years ago! And so much has happened. And as it took me a while to learn what I have learnt I figured I should least help out so if you are interested in giving cloth nappies a try then you won’t be confused and lost as I was back then!

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Drying Time
You can tumble dry on low some cloth nappies, however this may affect the PUL (which is the breathable waterproof fabric used in most nappies) over time. Do you have an outdoor area for drying or an airer? Certain fabrics take longer to dry such as bamboo, whilst microfibre dries out very quickly.

Heavy Wetter?
Is your child a heavy wetter or pretty average for a child their age? If your baby is a pee monster then you’ll need something that is thirsty such as hemp or organic cotton. If your child isn’t much of a wee machine you could get away with microfibre.

Systems
This is where it can get tricky. You can get all sorts of nappy systems. If your child is going to nursery perhaps you want something easy like a pocket nappy or all-in-one for no hassle. Or perhaps like the idea of wraps where you can re-use the wrap two or three times as long as it’s dry and clean by simply adding fresh inserts to the wrap each change. There’s hybrids, two-in-ones and so much more to look in to. It really is up to what works for you and your baby.

Price Tag
Whilst they make seem expensive for something they will poo and pee in on a day to day basis it works out much cheaper in the long run, specially as you can sell them on or keep for another child. There are different nappy brands for different budgets. Bummis and Daisybirds are simple nappies that are budget friendly, whilst Bumgenius and gNappies are a little bit more on the expensive side.

Try Before You Buy
There’s over 100 nappy libraries and nappy advisers around the country and many stockists of reusable nappies also offer advice, some have trial kits as well. If you want to see where your nearest nappy library is check out this very useful map. If you aren’t near one then feel free to speak to them on Facebook and I’m sure they’ll help you out in the best way possible.

Good luck on your real nappy journey!

gNappies Teams Up With Every Mother Counts

The launch of the Gentle Giants gPants signifies the official start of a partnership between gNappies and Every Mother Counts, though the connection between the organizations began when gDiapers (gNappies in the UK) Co-Founder Kim Graham-Nye & EMC Founder Christy Turlington Burns met at Fortune’s ‘Most Powerful Women in Business Summit’ in 2011. Since then, Kim and husband and Co-Founder, Jason Graham-Nye, have run several races around the world in support of Every Mother Counts. Most recently, Kim and Christy visitedTanzania together with Team EMC to run the Kilimanjaro Half Marathon and visit initiatives that are supported by the organization.

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“Of course, maternal health is a cause close to my heart, I have worked in orphanages in Africa and held those babies in my arms; to know that a mother dies every two minutes just from giving birth, and that up to 98 percent of these deaths are preventable is just shocking and very motivating,” says Kim Graham-Nye. “We need to stop mothers from dying while bringing life into the world. We are committed to using our voice as a company and as part of a community of engaged parents to do so. That’s why I’ve been supporting the work of Every Mother Counts since 2011, and have been privileged and proud to be able to help kick off a project that can help pregnant women get to the medical care they need for safe birth around the world. I know our customers will see that these gPants are not only fabulous in design, but designed to create a fabulous change in the world.”

“Every Mother Counts was born out of a need to improve maternal health and reduce preventable maternal deaths. We know we can’t do this work on our own, so we welcome partners like gDiapers with visionaries like Kim and Jason who are committed, as we are to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother,” said Christy Turlington Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts.

gNappies Gentle Giants gPants features prints of mama and baby elephants, inspired by the beauty of Tanzania and the mothers and babies the gTeam and EMC met during their time there.

“Both teams share a love of Africa, and elephants are close to my heart, so the design direction took shape immediately,” said Kim-Graham-Nye. “We then layered in the Every Mother Counts colour palette and worked on keeping it both gender neutral and appropriate for newborns through toddlers,” she said.

Gentle Giants gPants are sold through websites and retailers worldwide at RRP £17.95.

Additionally, gNappies is committed to providing more than financial support to Every Mother Counts and will also be focused on raising awareness for maternal health across all their programs, particularly their running initiatives. One of the biggest barriers to care is distance, with women often living up to 26 miles away from the closest emergency services.

“That is a long walk, and now imagine doing it during labor with complications,” says Kim Graham-Nye. “For that reason, Every Mother Counts focuses on running and walking as a way to raise both funds and awareness around maternal health. And we want to support them in solidarity as much as we can.”

ABOUT EVERY MOTHER COUNTS
Every Mother Counts is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. Every Mother Counts informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world. The organization was founded by global maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns in 2010. With funds raised, Every Mother Counts supports programs that improve access to comprehensive maternity care in Haiti, Uganda, India, Tanzania, Nepal (emergency relief fund) and the United States.

ABOUT gNAPPIES
gNappies is changing the world of disposable nappies—top to bottom, inside and out. The simple system pairs adorable soft cotton gPant diaper covers with disposable inserts that are flushable and compostable (wet ones only). gNappies inserts are Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver — a mark trusted around the world for ecologically intelligent design. gNappies is also proud to be a certified B Corporation. B Corporations use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

Above all, gNappies is dedicated to keeping babies clean, cute and comfortable — as part of a growing global community of parents who are looking for beautiful products.

Tots Bots Easyfits Comparison Video

I rarely do video posts anymore but I will soon change that! Please forgive my god awful “erm”-ing I will work on that over time. I just need to be more prepared and less shy! So here’s a video showing the Tots Bots Easyfit V3 and V4. The V4 is the latest version and you can buy them here. You can also find the Birthday Print seen in the video here.

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