I get emails from people almost every day asking if they can advertise on my blog. I reject them mainly because they don't share our values and because I don't like blogs that are weighed down with advertising. I often criticise mindless advertising in my posts so it would be hypocritical of me to criticise it and then accept money to feature it on my blog. Recently I asked for Australian nappy/diaper suppliers to contact me about an idea I had about bartering blog space for nappies/diapers for my soon to be born grandchildren. It was a slow start but eventually three suppliers made contact.
When I had my babies back in 1980 and 1981 we used terry squares and plastic pants. Disposables were available but just like today they were expensive and didn't decompose. Do you know that every one of the ordinary disposable nappies ever used is still sitting in land fill somewhere? They don't decompose; who knows when they'll be gone. Shane and Sarndra and Kerry and Sunny all want to use modern cloth nappies (MNCs) and I'm really pleased to be able to help them get set up.
I was new to MNCs and I needed someone who knew her topic to show me the way. Enter Rebecca at Bean Sprout Bubba. Not only was Rebecca timely and very helpful in her emails to me, her website and blog are a wealth of information. I thought nappies were nappies - not so! I'm grateful I found Rebecca who explained the world of big tummies, fat thighs and small bottoms to me. Thanks to her we won't be getting our fitted nappies until we see what our babies are like. We have some pre-folds and Whisper Wraps here and I'm very pleased with them. They're similar to the terry squares I'm familiar with, they feel soft and gentle and seem to be very absorbent. I am a happy soon-to-be-grandma and I'm also happy to help a resourceful and hard working woman promote her business.
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I have three young children (aged 4, 2 and 3.5 months), we live in Bunbury WA. My interests include sewing, knitting and of course MCNs! We're thinking of homeschooling our children, and am currently doing some informal work with Abi my eldest. As part of science/life skills we tend a little veggie garden that is starting to produce lovely tomatoes, supersweet strawberries, fresh cucumbers and big beautiful figs! The rest of the veggies weren't as successful, but now we know what grows well for next time.
Before I had children, I knew I was going to use cloth nappies, as mum had used muslin flats with all of us. I remember helping mum to fold and stack them ready to use for my younger brothers.
I first heard about MCNs from a Freecycle moderator in a neighbouring suburb, pre-baby. When Abi was born in late 2006, I used a mixture of muslin flats with terry flats. Muslin was very soft but not very absorbant, while terry was superabsorbent, but scratchy to newborn skin. We had a few rash episodes from unnecessary soaking in Napisan, and no nappy covers, as I didn't want to spend money on PVC pilchers while searching for modern nappy covers! I discovered that fleece receiving blankets wrapped over Abi actually worked very well in keeping the cot dry. I then bought my first every MCN and the rest is history.
Brienna was born in 2008, she was a petite baby, so what fit Abi didn't fit Bri very well. She was cloth nappied from the newborn-stage, and wore small sized nappies until she was about 1. With Calvin's birth late last year, I'm now experiencing how MCNs fit a baby boy, and how important it is to place absorbancy where boys need it! He's my biggest and cuddliest baby, so I'm finding yet again how certain nappies fit him so much better than on petite little Bri. I now know firsthand how different nappies fit different babies differently. I have used most Australian nappy brands, sewn nappies and knit woollen pants as nappy covers in the past 4-5 years.
I started Bean Sprout Bubba in mid-2009 when I took over 'Bubba J', a handmade nappy brand with a range including pocket nappies, fitted nappies and nappy covers. 'ecoBumba' was born when local mums requested for a one-sized version of the Bubba J pocket nappy. My first market appearance was in August 2009, and later the online store started at the end of Sept 2009. In 2010, I decided to become a stockist of different nappy brands sourced in Australia to provide a one-stop service for mums with babies with different body shape and different wetting behaviour. I post my products all over Australia.
I still sew my own nappies for Bubba J and ecoBumba, though progress is a little slow at this point with 3 young children to care for. I love that I am able to care for my children, and indulge in a bit of sewing on the side, while keeping house as best as I can. I love meeting with mums and giving advice on nappies that suit their requirements and budget.
On being real:
The house isn't tidy all the time, I give myself very generous deadlines, and rest when I can. Things are not perfect around here, sometimes life is rather energy draining, but I am happy and content.
So there you have it. I am sure if you need new nappies and advice on what type or brand to buy, Rebecca would be able to help you. Go and look at her website and blog and if, like me, you have no clue about MNCs, or are looking for sustainable gifts for a new baby, you'll find out all you need to know right there. If your baby is currently in disposables I encourage you to look too. Maybe you'll see a reason to change.