Mother-ease Giveaway

Mother-ease One Size Nappy Trial PackDo you want to win a Mother-ease trial pack? We have been given two trial packs to give away. Each trial pack consists of a mother-ease one size nappy, one booster and a cover (RRP $42).

The Mother-ease One Size Nappy, fits from newborn to toilet training (3.5-16kg). This amazing bamboo or cotton terry nappy actually grows with your baby! Soft rib-knit binding covers the elastic at waist and leg openings. The strategically placed snaps can be manipulated to accommodate your baby’s growing needs, and are reinforced to ensure that they never pull out of the nappy. The brushed terry fabric provides your baby with a wonderfully comfortable and beautifully-fitting garment.

This nappy requires a waterproof cover. Use the One-Size Nappy with the Air-Flow or Rikki covers for a leak-proof nappy system. These nappy covers are sized and have been designed specifically to cover Mother-ease one size and Sandy’s nappies.

The Snap in Booster will add three layers of extra absorbency (essential for overnight and recommended for older babies). 

How to enter

To enter visit the website and let us know by commenting here which colour Mother-ease one-size nappy is your favourite.

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* Leaving a review on any product in the Australian Baby Supplies store. Once you have left your review please comment here with the product the review is on.
Please leave a separate comment here for each entry (maximum 5 entries).

Competition ends 12th May 2013. Entries are only open to Australian residents and will be selected by Australian Baby Supplies store owner. Two winners will be chosen and each will receive 1 mother-ease Nappy Trial Pack (RRP $42). By entering you agree to our terms and conditions.

New Nappies

I’ve bought new nappies now what do I do with them? Do I really have to wash them 6+ times before I can use them?

It’s so nice to get new cloth nappies. The first thing I do is have a play so I can see how any inserts/boosters attach.

After this you will need to wash them before use. Tip: Put your new nappies in a bucket of cold water overnight! Some cloth nappy manufacturers recommend you wash your nappies many times before using them to build up absorbency. Placing them in a bucket of water for a few hours does the same thing. If you do decide to only wash them once before use to get rid of any manufacturing residue that’s fine too, just be aware that your nappies won’t be as absorbent as they will be after a few uses and change your child more regularly in the meantime. 

Why all the pre-washing? washing prepares the nappy fibres and helps reach full absorbency. It “raises all the tiny threads on each fibre loop – kind of like pulling the branches out on a fake Christmas Tree … so that there are more ends for the moisture to catch onto. More washing = more fluffy ends = faster absorbency and less chance of leaking” (Tiffany Sirisisavath, Bumboo). If your nappies haven’t had enough pre washes you run the risk of your child’s urine being repelled and running straight off the fabric.

Once washed put your nappies together (if required) and they are ready for use.

Pikapu Newborn Cloth Nappies Review

I started using the Pikapu Newborn Nappies when my baby was a few weeks old. This was about when they first came out. They are available in 3 colours white, lavender and baby blue and are designed to fit from 2 to 6kg.Pikapu Blue Newborn Nappy

My son was born at 3.77kg so I thought I would not have long to use them. How wrong was I! He didn’t start putting weight on until he was almost 5 months old. He is now 8 months and we are still using our Pikapu Newborn Nappies. At 8 months and just over 7kgs, they do require one of the newborn inserts to prevent leaks but they are still going strong.

These nappies are really easy to use. Just put baby on the nappy and velcro closed. There is no snapping required. I just put one insert under the all in onePikapu Lavender Newborn Nappy insert that is attached to the nappy, to increase the absorbency.

I have been using these a couple of times a week for the last 8 months and they are still in great condition. The only problem I have is that the laundry tabs are fluffy and do not hold as well any more. The rest of the nappy- elastic, velcro etc is perfect.    

For $22.95 RRP I think they are great value and while most children won’t get as much wear out of them as mine has, look after them correctly and they should be in a good enough condition to store for a future child or to sell second hand.

I would recommend these for anyone starting out with cloth nappies for their newborn. The microfleece they are made from means they dry quickly, a PUL outer makes them waterproof and the leg gussets really help to prevent any leaks or explosions.

Why Use Cloth Nappies?

One of the most common questions I’m asked is why would I want to use cloth nappies? Most people have the vision of the olden days of flat nappies, of folding, being tied to the laundry and ewww, what about the poo???? But cloth nappies have changed over time. Modern cloth nappies now look like disposables and are as easy to use. Poo is relatively easy to discard especially if you use a flushable liner and have a nappy sprayer attached to your toilet.

Ease of Use- With modern cloth nappies there is no soaking and hours spent folding, although depending on the sort you use you might need to spend time putting them together. Many modern cloth nappies look just like disposables. WhenBaby Beehinds Magicall with Velcro you take them off your child simply empty any soiling into the toilet, put them into a dry bucket and then every couple of days, depending on how often you are washing, tip the bucket into the washing machine. Hang them on the line to dry and then put them together (if required) before reusing them.

Cost- Cloth nappies are cheaper over the long term compared with disposables, although they do have a larger up front cost. You can use cloth nappies reasonably cheaply by using terry squares or prefolds. Other middle cost options are buying OSFM (one size fits most) that should last until toilet training. Other people prefer to use sized nappies which have a larger up front cost as you need to buy larger sizes as your child grows. Cloth nappies can sometimes be reused with future children and can be sold second hand when you are finished with them if they are in good condition. 

Environment- Cloth nappies are better for the environment as it takes hundreds of years for disposable nappies to break down. Imagine all the disposables that are currently sitting in landfills around the world with their chemicals leaching into the soil. Every time a cloth nappy is used it helps lessen the amount of disposables going to landfill.

Your Babies Health. Disposable nappies do contain chemicals that contact the skin of your child. There has also been debate by medical professionals over the possibility that using disposable nappies leads to increased infertility in boys.  Grovia Plane All in One Nappy

They are cute! There are so many different types you can get and you can personalise them by getting embroidered nappies or fabric choices which match your childs interests.

Do you use cloth nappies? If you don’t is there a specific reason why? Let me know as i am always interested in other people’s opinions.