August 28, 2014
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Louisa’s cloth nappy diary

Hi guys,
It’s a day later this week due to it being Tia’s birthday yesterday and my post being dedicated to her. I hope you don’t mind :-)
This week we have the very lovely Louisa with her cloth nappy story.

Hello welcome to cloth nappy diaries, can you introduce yourself please and tell us who you use cloth nappies on?
I’m Louisa, I live in the north of Scotland with my partner and our baby Sophie who just turned one year old, she’s been cloth bummed from 5 days old although for the first couple of weeks I used disposable nappies at night. I have since learnt that meconium doesn’t stain nappies so in hindsight I could have cloth bummed from birth.


When did you first hear about cloth nappies and how?
When I had my first daughter Alice who is now 22, I tried out mothercare’s shaped terry nappies but hadn’t realised they need a wrap over and obviously they leaked everywhere! When I became pregnant with my youngest I looked into it again and was astounded that there were things such as pockets and all in ones, and pretties, oh the pretties! I looked up my local nappy group (Moray Cloth Nappy Group) on facebook and went to a nappuccino and was hooked when they gave me a free incentive bucket filled with newborn nappies!


Why do you choose to use cloth nappies?
Primarily for money reasons, secondly because they are cute. Have to admit that the eco-ness of them didn’t really impact on me *blush*

Do you have a favourite nappy/brand which one?
That’s like asking me to pick my favourite child out of the three!!
My stash consists of a lot of ebay cheapies, Pop-ins, Bambino Mio Solo, prefolds/terries and wraps, a few pretty ones, and odd ones of others like Easy Fits, Bumgenius. My current top 3 are my Chaplin Flip, my cheapy moustache pocket and my terries have made a come back!

What do you find hardest about using cloth nappies?
Not buying all the nappies!!
Sometimes needing to size up clothing like leggings to accomodate big butt.


What is the best part about using cloth nappies for you?
They look awesome and I get lots of lovely comments from people. I love the big squishy butt!
Stuffing the nappies is therapeutic.

Can you give our readers your top three cloth nappy tips?
Buy and sell preloved – I have probably spent about £250 all told in the first year on mostly preloved nappies, and sold on what I didn’t like or what she outgrew for about £100. So £150 for approx 3 years of cloth nappying = totally bargainous!

Go to a Nappuccino/cloth library and hire some out before investing in your own (don’t invest in one brand only!)

Washing isn’t difficult or as time consuming as people may think – it takes me 5 mins to fill machine, 10 mins to hang it up, ten mins to put away. And no need for special washing stuff or fancy routines, just bung it on a fast cold rinse then a 40/60 wash with your chosen detergent (I used Bold at first and now use eco egg) and you’re done.

And finally, would you recommend cloth nappies?


Thanks Louise for agreeing to take part in the nappy diaries. I found myself nodding along and agreeing with most of it!
Do pop back next week when we’ll be back to our normal Wednesday post for the next instalment of the cloth nappy diaries.

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August 27, 2014
by admin

Happy second birthday Tia.

Dear Tia,

It really doesn’t seem like two years ago that we first met, when I instantly fell head over heels in love. Never had I know feelings like it, and they’ve grown stronger everyday over the last two years. IMG_1429.PNG

You make me prouder than you can ever imagine, you drive me batty at times too but more often then not you make me smile. You’ve become such a performer, you dance and twirl and sing. You’ve become slightly obsessed with the Disney film Frozen! You adore Elsa and Anna and sing along to all the songs, you’ve been asking me to put it on daily. I don’t mind, it’s a great film and it’s sweet watching you sing along.


Happy birthday sweetheart, I hope you have an amazing day today, lots of love mummy and daddy xx


August 25, 2014
by admin

Last dummy update.

Hello, it’s been ages since my last update on taking Tia’s dummies away.
She goes to sleep both for naps, and at night without them perfectly now and without question every now and then she randomly tells me that the fairy came and took them, but she doesn’t ask for them.

Twice whilst shopping she’s randomly asked for her nummy. I’ve no idea why as she never had one unless sleeping, I can oh assume it’s because she’s spotted another child using one.

So if you’re thinking of getting rid of the dummies, I can recommend the fairy dummy program. She’s done fantastically, better then I hoped for really. Though I wasn’t saying that the week we took them away, which if you missed you can read Taking the dummy away, part one. | More than just a mummy


August 22, 2014
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Wake up mummy.

How Tia has woken me has changed massively over the last few months. We’ve recently installed a new system upstairs so she has a free run of the upstairs now. She still has a gate on her bedroom and it’s closed until she falls asleep, then when we go up we shut the new large one to stop her getting downstairs and open her bedroom one.
So now instead of her screaming for me in the mornings, she comes and gets into bed with us. Super cute.
How she wakes me often depends on her mood. Here’s a few examples from this week.

“Mummy, I hun-a-grey”
“Mum, mum, mum, mum clean bum”
“Awwwwww love you darling”
“Want a snowman” <<<<-------- this one made me smile soooo much. What a total cutie!
She always either cuddles me or strokes my head whilst talking and it's impossible to wake up grumpy.

I honestly love this kid so much, sure she has horrid tantrums now she's very nearly two. But the cuteness (and funniness) is far outweighing them so far, I'm truly loving this age.

How does/do your children wake you up?


August 20, 2014
by admin

Lucy’s cloth nappy diary.

Week two of the cloth nappy diaries and I have the amazing Lucy with you today. I’ve been talking to Lucy online for a couple of years now, she’s honestly so very lovely. Find her on twitter here.

Hello and welcome to cloth nappy diaries, can you introduce yourself please and tell us who you use cloth nappies on?

Hello, I’m Lucy. The wife of an exiled Scot and mother of two girls, Lily and Iris. I try to keep myself amused while being a full-time stay-home mum with some part-time proofreading and a lot of blogging. At The pie patch I blog about all the things I love and want to share with the world – food, crochet, and cloth sanitary pads. Here are a few thoughts about my experience of cloth nappies.
We’re very nearly at the end of our cloth nappy journey. My youngest and last baby, Iris, is two-and-a-half years old. She’s been potty trained since January but still wears cloth training pants with a booster at night.

When did you first hear about cloth nappies and how?
I’ve always known that old-fashioned cloth terry nappies exist. When I was pregnant with my first baby in 2006 I very briefly considered modern cloth nappies. I liked the way they looked but the initial outlay seemed vast and I couldn’t fathom how I’d cope with all the washing. It didn’t take me long to dismiss the idea.

Skip ahead to 2011, pregnant with my second and final baby. I was now a full-time stay-home parent and the idea of cloth nappies was much more appealing. During one of many hospital appointments, there was a lady in the antenatal waiting room promoting them. She was lovely and helpful but made the mistake of telling me that initial outlay would be £400. FOUR HUNDRED POUNDS!!! So that was that. We were wondering how we were going to afford a cot and pram, no way could we add on the cost of cloth too.

Finally in December 2012, I made the change. A friend told me that the real cost was nowhere near £400. There were cheapy “workhorse” nappies you could buy on eBay. A full set would cost around £80 or £90. That was all I needed to know. So after she’d just turned a year old, Iris was finally in cloth.

Why do you choose to use cloth nappies
At the time it was probably for financial reasons. Forever running out of disposables and having to buy more. I only ever bought own brand nappies but it still adds up. I was also becoming ever more concerned about how much waste we were sending to landfill as a family of four.

Do you have a favourite nappy/brand, which one?
I never really had a favourite brand. My entire nappy stash consisted of two dozen eBay pocket nappies, one lonely Totsbots, and half a dozen “pretties”. The one pretty nappy that I really truly loved and have kept as a momento of our cloth bum days is a Little Red Riding Hood Chubba Chops that I won in a giveaway. But as much as I adore cloth nappies, they were still very much a functional item.


What do you find hardest about using cloth nappies?
At the moment, the hardest thing is finding adequate night protection. Iris has always been a mahoosive night wetter. I cannot convey to you just how much she wees at night. I swear there’s GALLONS of it. As a baby, she wore disposables at night. It was the only realistic option. As a toddler, she even started out-peeing those. How is that even possible?! Despite already being potty trained, we forked out for half a dozen XL Bambooty night nappies. Success! They were great.

But Iris is a very tall toddler and she was soon outgrowing them. And we really wanted her to be in a pull-up so that she can easily use her potty at night with mininal fuss. We are trying to get her dry at night … and failing spectacularly. She has some second hand Bright Bots cloth training pants that I bought on eBay, which we add a cloth booster insert to (from her old pocket nappies). But every single morning she is waking up soaking wet. The waterproof mattress cover is working overtime! Disposable pull-ups work best but I really don’t like them. So we’re at a bit of a stalemate. There doesn’t seem to be a solution, other than carrying on and trying to keep up with washing a lot of wet bedsheets and pyjamas, or putting up with disposables.

What is the best part about using cloth nappies for you?
There are so many advantages. Better for the environment, better for baby’s skin, better for your wallet. And they look super cute too. Bonus!

Can you give our readers your top three cloth nappy tips?
i) Build your stash gradually, buying a few from different brands in different styles to find out what works for you.
ii) Sell them on! If a particular nappy isn’t working for you, recoup some of the cost by selling it on a “pre-loved” site.
iii) Sunshine. A few hours on the line in bright sunshine does wonders for stains. It’s astonishing how well it works. Must be voodoo.

And finally, would you recommend cloth nappies?
I would highly recommend at least giving cloth nappies a go, particularly if your baby suffers with eczema or nappy rash in disposables. It’s really not as much work as you think it’ll be and it could turn out to be the best decision for you both. But if I could, I’d also send out a free cloth sanitary pad to every single new mum. Feel the difference yourself – itchy, sweaty, smelly, plasticky disposables pads … or … clean, pretty, soft, chemical-free, odour-free, reusable pads. You’ll never look back and you’ll want your baby to share the same luxury on their delicate parts as you have on yours!


Thank you Lucy, do pop back next week for another cloth nappy diary.

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August 18, 2014
by admin

Britax King II LS stage 2 car seat.

We’ve been testing out the new Britax King II LS car seat* the last few weeks and mainly I’ve been massively impressed. There are both good and bad points with this seat as I’m sure there is with all seats. For me though the good has massively outweighed the bad, so here goes…

The King II LS car seat came in a huge box as to be expected. Tia was very excited and wanted to open it immediately! I had watched the installation video twice before, but wanted to watch it again before fitting it myself just to make sure. You can find the installation video here. Armed with the knowledge and smug satisfaction that installing the seat would be a doddle, I went out to the car with Tia to swap her seat. Only after following the video exactly the seat wasn’t fitted correctly. I may as well have just sat it on the backseat for how safe it was. I Immediately thought that the seat wasn’t suitable for my car. I waited until my husband got home, after explaining to him the problem, he came out to look at it with me.
Turns out it’s actually a lot harder to instal than the video makes out. It actually needed the two of us to get it in properly, this just means I cannot quickly change cars and I’ve kept her old one in case we ever need to go in another car. So I would say if you will be switching the seat from one car to another to bear this in mind, if you will be purchasing the seat and it will stay in one car please read on as the seat itself is actually pretty awesome.
The fitting of the seat was totally different to any other seat I’ve seen, the whole front of the seat lifts up, I’ll never be able to explain it as it’s pretty cool. Do have a watch of the video link I posted for full fitting instructions.

Once fixed into place we tried Tia in the seat, I had adjusted the head cushion indoors before taking the seat out to my car. So she just needed strapping in and off we could go. The king ll LS has a very clever tension indicator system. Once the straps have the correct tension a light flashes and you hear a clicking noise. This means you won’t ever have to worry about the straps being too tight/loose anymore! A few other handy features include little pockets to keep the straps In so you don’t lose them and a hidden pocket on the back on the seat to store the manual.

The king II LS has four seat positions, upright and then three reclining settings. I’ve found this to be really helpful for Tia who often falls asleep in the car and has always looked uncomfortable before. The seat it’s self is deeply padded and the cover is fully removable to make washing it easy.




The king II LS is suitable from 9 months or 9kg up to 18kg which is around four years. The headrest is fully adjustable and it has a five point harness. The chest pads are performance ones made to reduce your child’s movements in the event of a crash. Speaking of crashes, the king II LS passed the roll over test which means,
In case of a roll-over, side impact or an offset impact where combined vertical, lateral and or oblique loading lateral forces can lead into ejection or submarining, the shoulder contact points and the crotch strap (of a fivepoint harness) stop those risks and keep the child safely in the protecting seat shell.

The battery for the light is built in and has a lifespan of around seven years, so no need to worry about changing that. It only comes in black and is exclusive to buy at kiddicare here.

August 16, 2014
by admin

Sunday photos.

I haven’t done a Sunday photo post in ages, I had a flick through and found a few that made me smile, take a peak at a rainbow of colours.



This is some of my many beautiful cloth nappies, I sort them into prints and blocks and they make me smile everyday.


And this super rare photo of Tia napping on daddy who then napped. Tia hasn’t fallen asleep on her dad since she was teeny tiny so this was a very warming sight.


August 13, 2014
by admin

Francesca’s cloth nappy diary.

Hi guys, welcome to the first ever instalment of the cloth nappy diaries. I’m planning on running this weekly and I hope you find it helpful, if you want to take part then please do contact me using my contact me page or commenting below.

Hello welcome to cloth nappy diaries, can you introduce yourself please and tell us who you use cloth nappies on?

Hi, I’m Francesca, mum of 17 month old Farrah. I work full time for a tv commercial production company and live in Norwich.


When did you first hear about cloth nappies and how?

I came across them online when I was pregnant and loved the idea. I soon discovered numerous forums and nappy company websites and realised it was something I really wanted to do.

Why do you choose to use cloth nappies?

A few reasons, initially landfill as was horrified at the amount of disposables we’d get through, plus we have fortnightly bin collections here. Then it was the chemical smell of disposables and a terrible poonami at 4 days old that just made me bin the disposables altogether. The fact you can save money, they are better for babies bum and are very pretty just seal the deal.

Do you have a favourite nappy/brand which one?

Yes. A Mama Knows bamboo velour nappies. So brilliant at containment plus being a hybrid they offer more options and work as a night nappy.


What do you find hardest about using cloth nappies?

Drying them in winter.

What is the best part about using cloth nappies for you?

Containment and reliability.

Can you give our readers your top three cloth nappy tips?

Don’t put them on like a disposable, the fit is totally different. There are some great video links online that help.

Always use fleece liners, they keep baby’s bum dry, allow you to use ‘banned’ creams like metanium and prevent stains on nappies.

Always use fast absorbing materials like microfiber closest to baby’s bum and the slow absorbers like bamboo and hemp furthest away. This combination gives us a good 4 hours.

And finally, would you recommend cloth nappies?

Most definitely!


Thank you Francesca, don’t forget to pop back next Wednesday to meet another cloth nappy user.

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August 11, 2014
by admin

One of those days.

Do not read this post if you’re looking to be cheered up. Unless of course other Peoples bad days makes you feel better!

It all started so well, Tia let me have a lie in, I even got to drink a hot cup of tea before she finished her breakfast and needed more attention. I got two loads of washing done and on the line in the beautiful sunshine, one of those loads were nappies which take 2.5 hours to wash. I was in to accept a parcel, this months Birchbox before we left to go and take my poor car for its VIC test. Some of you may remember I was hit by another car in May, the first bank holiday Monday in May and its taken all of this time to get an appointment. The test centre I had to go to is in Chelmsford, I’ve never driven there before and my sat-nav informed me it would take 24 minutes. I always double what it says in case of traffic, better to be early than late right? One hour fifteen minutes before my appointment I was ready so we left. Five minutes up the road we came to a complete standstill. The heavens opened up and stayed, my poor washing. A lorry have overturned just before the turning I needed meaning huge tail backs and a diversion. One hour later and I finally got onto the main road, I’m feeling really stressed now as its taken me months to get this appointment, so the last thing I want to do is rock up late!
My sat-nav was informing me we would reach my destination at the exact time I needed to be there, IF I didn’t hit any more traffic. After getting stuck at a set of temporary traffic lights and nearly getting wiped out by a white van who veered into my lane (on his phone) I finally got to the test centre on time. Just.
Turns out that your appointment time doesn’t really matter. You’re seen in turn of turning up. After a ten minute wait it was my turn, then disaster! They couldn’t see me because I had Tia in the car. It didn’t say anything in my appointment email about children not being allowed, but it apparently did in the original booking form. The one I had filled in FOUR times and I can honestly say I had never seen that warning. So I had two choices, go home and re-book and lose my booking fee of 40 odd quid, or run back home and get someone to have Tia and get back. Everyone is at work, and my fuel light has just come on. I’ve no idea about the area im in or where the nearest petrol station is. I also have no idea who is going to have Tia, all I know is I cannot afford to lose £40 and have to wait ages for another appointment. So I ring my MIL in desperation, after getting permission from her boss im given the go ahead to take her there. My fuel light had started flashing before I found a station and my phone cable decided to become an unsupported accessory *Shakes fist at Apple*
Eventually I made it to where my MIL works, just as it flashed up *battery low* my phone is my sat-nav so im getting really stressed now. I also have two parcels in my changing bag that ive promised to post today but they’re the least of my worries now. I drop her off, and shoot straight back, it’s another 30 mile drive back and traffic is getting heavier by the minute. On the way there, my sat nav decided it was going to take me a totally different way to what it did the first time, I cried. I actually cried as I was so sure I had tapped in the wrong postcode. It was about this time that I had realised I was now desperate for the toilet. I’ve been in my car just shy of three hours now and im on my period, my bits and pieces that I need to clean up are in the changing bag that ive dropped of with Tia. I cried harder.
I finally got back to the test station and I notice that three of the four shutters are down and not a single car is parked up. There was easily 20 when I was there earlier, so now im thinking its shut. I parked up anyway and waited and waited for what seemed like ages. After fives minutes a guy knocked on the window making me jump out of my skin. It had started raining again and I was thinking about how soaked my washing was going to be, and how I wished I had brought a coat out with me. He asked me to wait in the waiting room which thankfully had a toilet! After less than ten minutes he returned with my car, it is all ok and he apologised for sending me away earlier, I told him not to be silly it was his job. He then went on to tell me that him and his co-worker had actually stayed on late to wait for me, I cannot tell you how thankful I was I could have hugged him!


July 26, 2014
by admin

Goodbye tiasmum12

Hi guys,
Thank you all for reading and continuing to read my little blog. When I signed up just over a year ago, I had no real idea just how much I would love this little space. A place I can write about whatever’s going on in my head.
I also didn’t really think my name through and it’s with a real sadness, that I’m going to leave if behind. Start afresh with a brand new shiny name!
I’ll still be me and I’ll still write tons about Tia. But I also want to write about beauty and fashion and books.
I am more than just a mummy.
I’ll set it up so anyone who searches for my old URL will be directed straight to my new one.

I hope to see you all soon!