Cloth Nappies

When I was pregnant, I looked in to Cloth nappies. People told me you don’t really save any money as you are doing a lot more washing, and it’s too much effort. For a little while I listened.

Even my mother was surprised that I was going for disposables, as she knows how much I like to recycle and make an effort looking after nature. She knew I was determined to breastfeed, and Cloth nappies almost go hand in hand with natural parenting, so made sense.

Just after Daisy was born, I revisited the idea. I had a think about it, and figured that being as we pay the same amount every month for our water, it wouldn’t cost us any extra for that part. We had also been breeding snakes for years, and had cut the collection right back from over 100 snakes to around 5, so we would be using a lot less electricity, therefore overall would still be using less.

So I decided to give it a go.

I bought a bundle of nappies from a friend who was selling the ones her boy had grown out of. These were big fluffy Tots Bots, and on my very petite little girl looked massive! I had to put her in bigger sleepsuits to go over the nappies, and she closely resembled a Teletubby in shape! They were a size too big, so the smaller ones in the bundle (size 1 Little Lamb) weren’t as bad. These worked ok for a bit.

There were also a few Bambino Mio prefold nappies in there. She said she only used those when all the others were used up, so I got the impression that they weren’t as good. I gave them a try… And haven’t looked back!

They fitted little Daisy so much better than the others (admittedly, they were actually her size), and once I figured out all the folding (many videos available on YouTube) I was away. I only had a few, so I sold the majority of the big fluffy TotsBots, and bought a birth to potty kit of the Bambino Mio.

These have been working brilliantly for us for a good few months now, however I have bought extra wraps, as for a while 3-4 outer wraps weren’t enough, as we had multiple poos per day. She has now settled down to not going every day, so we don’t go through as many, but it is always good to have extra spares, as they can be kept in the nappy bags for quick changes when you are out.

To begin with, we used disposables when out and for bedtime, just to use up the stash we had bought while I was pregnant, and we have now moved to using Cloth when out, and disposable just at bedtime. We have less than a pack left now of the disposables, so once they are gone, we will be using them at bedtime too, so will be Cloth full time.

There are some quite funky wraps available for the Mios, I love the cow jumping over the moon, and the love hearts ones, and am always looking for funky ones to add to the stash. We are planning on having more children, so they will be put away for the next one, so I will be using Cloth full time from birth from now on!

I am now branching out to other brands, as there are some very pretty nappies available, so I will be reviewing them as we go. I will do a formal review post on the Bambino Mio two part system soon, but for now, I will just say that I love them, and they work really well for us. I do a wash every day or every other day, and once you get in the habit, it really isn’t that much hassle. I tend to do it before bed, so I leave the wash on, and empty in the morning when I get up. They get dried on the radiator, so at any one time I normally have some clean in a basket, some in the nappy bucket and some drying on the radiator. When the weather improves I will probably do them on the washing line.

It has definitely saved us money. Since we switched to Cloth, we have only bought one pack of nappies, and that was to leave at my Mother-in-Law’s house for emergencies and for her spare nappy bag. Considering how many packs we bought when we were using them, I can’t imagine how much would be spending if we were still using them. We had to have size 0 nappies from Tesco when she was born (she was 5lb 15oz) which leaked regularly. Size 1 and 2 were great in Mamia nappies from Aldi, and we are now using up the last of the size 3 we bought, just at bedtime.

I will go in to more detail on the Bambino Mio in another post, so I will leave this one here. 🙂

Swimming with Daisy

For the past few weeks, Thursday has been swimming day for us.
We go to a swimming lesson for 0-3, and there has been a good mix of ages.
Daisy is nearly 6 months old now. There is about a 50/50 split between babies and toddlers. It’s mostly Mums that go, with the occasional Dad. So some are carried by mum, others have arm bands and are ‘swimming’ on their own, but are still supported by Mum. The class is for 0-3 years old. So even at 2-3 years, they do the same as the babies.

The session is half an hour long, where we lift the babies/toddlers in and out of the water to nursery rhymes, walking round the pool straddling a noodle, singing ‘Horsey horsey don’t you stop’,  dunking them under the water to ‘Jack be Nimble’ and other similar things.

The first couple of lessons were fun. It was good to learn what to do with Daisy in the water, but after a while I got a bit bored of it. It was the same stuff over and over, which I agree, repetition builds familiarity, but it would have been good to maybe introduce something new each week. We went for a total of 10 lessons, which were the Grand total of £44. This didn’t seem too bad at first, but then thinking of it as £4.40 for half an hour’s swim, where they didn’t really learn to swim, it seemed a bit much. I was also told it would give us unlimited free swim, which was great, just what I wanted while on Maternity leave, but then someone clarified, and it was Daisy that got the free swim, not me.
That’s no bonus at all being as kids are free until they are four anyway!

We started out at Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre, which I was told was warmer and they had just done it all out, so it was great. We actually found the pool cold, Daisy was always shivering by the end, and there were never enough changing rooms after a baby swimming lesson with baby changing tables in. Quite often we would be stood there waiting for a room, with a cold baby, and someone would come out of a baby change room without a child, so there obviously weren’t enough cubicles.

For our last two lessons, we swapped to Water Meadows, thinking if we were going, we may as well get a bit of a fun swim after the lesson. This may well have worked well if we had fitted in to a later lesson, but they don’t open the main pool until 12, and our lesson was 10-10:30. The lesson itself was better though. The instructor was actually in the pool with us, and there were more games geared around actually swimming.

Daisy is starting to try to swim now. She kicks her little legs trying to move through the water, so I want more for her than to be lifted in and out of the pool.

They were good for those that need more confidence in the water, those that want to just play, but for us, I think we are going to look for something more. I have heard Water Babies are good, although a lot more expensive (£100-£180 for 10 lessons I am told), but you do get what you pay for with everything. I have seen photos of a baby the same age as Daisy (born the same day!) swimming under water with no-one else in shot. As in swimming on his own. These lessons also teach them self preservation, to hold on to the side of the pool etc. So it looks like these are our next step. 🙂

We have a monthly membership for me now, so we can go whenever we want to. So far we have been going to the Parent and Toddler sessions at Water Meadows on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, but not always all 3 each week, but making sure we go at least twice a week. Have to get out moneys worth out of our monthly membership! It is fun. Daisy loves swimming, and you can really see her becoming more aware of where she is, and what she is doing. The first few lessons she was indifferent about it. She was relaxed, but it was just as if she was at home being held. Now she is actively kicking her legs, and starting to splash. She watches everyone else a lot, she loves to people watch, so I think she is picking up new ideas. Or plotting world domination. One or the other!

I’m online!

For so long I have wanted my own blog / website. I have had so many ideas going round my head. Things I wanted to say. Topics I wanted to blog about.
And now, finally… It is here. This week a lot of my ideas are starting to take place. I own 10 domain names now.
The idea was for me to develop a few different blogs. Give me a hobby, something to work on while I was on Maternity leave. But I found other things to work on (coming in a later blog post). Still, I was itching to start writing, so they needed to go up.

There are so many things I want to say, so much in fact that all of my thoughts are jumbled together and I can’t form a proper post. It is starting to ramble already. But it is 9:17pm, and I have a squirming baby next to me, wanting to get at my phone. She loves bright lights.

Thanks to the wonder of modern technology, I can feed Daisy and carry on blogging at the same time. From my phone. I love it. 🙂

So, being as this is my first blog post, I really should introduce myself. Or rather, the blog. There is an About Me page for stuff about me. For those that don’t know me that is. How many strangers will read this, I don’t know. But I suppose it is the way things are done.

I have such a constantly busy mind that I need an outlet. Somewhere I can release the random thoughts and feelings and articles I think about while doing other things. There are so many different things I want to blog about that I have a few different websites to do it. I like things sorted and orderly, rather than having all the posts in one place, I also have other websites specifically for those things. Although I may share them on both sides.

I don’t have much time to sit down and do nothing, but when I feed Daisy, I am forced to sit down and take it easy for a bit. I would guess this is where I am going to do most of my blogging. Night time feeds are easier for hands free, but I may manage to squeeze in some daytime posts too.

I have many plans for this blog. That is for another post, another time. But I am excited to start the journey. Who is going to come with me on this adventure?

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