Coffee & Cloth Chat with Susanna from Tuutu Baby Box

September 19, 2017

We recently sat down with Susanna Heiskanen from Tuutu Baby Box to talk about their fantastic second  place in the 2017 Ausmumpreneur Awards Sustainability Awards to find whats its really like, what inspires her & where the Tuutu brand is going. We are so proud to have several of our Baby BeeHinds range in this game-changing baby boxes! 

 

Who was the most inspiring Ausmumpreneur speaker at the awards & why? 

I really resonated with Karen McDermott who is published author and runs her own publishing house Serenity Press . She is mother of 6 and she runs her own business, I think anyone can lift hat to that. I have two kids and I find it a challenge with best of times. All the speakers were energising and inspirational and I was blown away the comradeship amongst business women in this country.

 

You came 2nd place in the Sustainability Award, how do you feel Tuutu is making a real difference to sustainability? 

Been recognised on what we do was a great achievement. Taking home second place was mind-blowing as we have only been in business 12 month. For me sustainability is about making right choices when selecting products. We want to make sure they are as sustainable as possible and make the consumer aware of different products that might be off the mainstream offering.

 

What is a working week like for you as a kick –ass Ausmumpreneur? 

I am at home three days a week with my boys. However I work in the evenings, nap time and morning before they have woken up. Two days a week when my boys are in pre-school I get to do all my meetings, and really concentrate on running the business. Since the awards we have been really busy and all the hours of the days goes working on the business and following up on business leads. It is exhausting but rewarding and I would not have it any other way.

 

How do you balance the business V family V time for yourself? 

My guilty pleasure is to have a massage every now and then just to relax. I have promised myself to start running again once warmer weather is here. Living by the coast and having all these beautiful beaches near by is blessing. At weekends, I try not to work during the day but to have time to us as a family something I am sure other Ausmumpreneurs can relate to.

 

What goals do you see Tuutu achieving in the next 12 months? 

Increasing our brand visibility and signing our first corporate account. Expanding the products that we have available in our boxes is on going challenge and we have just launched our own Tuutu Baby Massage Oil, made from pure Clare Valley olive oil. The oil is now part of products we have in the box.

 

What are you most proud of achieving within the first 12 months of Tuutu? 

Getting our first sale! I can still remember the feeling like a marathon runner who had finished and won gold ! Also getting positive feedback from our customers and suppliers is always heart warming. We have donated some boxes to charities around Australia for vulnerable families and that must be my proudest moment knowing that we are making a real difference.

 

What feedback have you had from customers about the gorgeous products inside the box? 

We have been complimented the products and sustainable nature of them. Baby Beehinds cloth nappy has been mentioned in the feedback and there have been some parents who have converted to use cloth nappies so that is a positive achievement to us.

 

Well, we can’t wait to see Tuutu really taking off as they enter their second year in business. If you’re looking for something a little different for a gift, new parent or baby shower gift then head to www.tuutu.com.au for a gift that rally does keep on giving! 

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Updated: Detergents …. Your Eco or Mainstream Options

September 18, 2017

Ok so firstly, if your washing routine is working for you & you have clean nappies with no smells, then DO NOT CHANGE A THING! … We get asked so often ‘what detergent is safe to use on cloth nappies’ & if you ask different brands you will probably get different answers. We have complied an updated list of both mainstream & eco friendly detergents to satisfy both camps. There is no judgement what ever camp your’e in … Our aim is to increase awareness & get bums in cloth so making the washing accessible and easy for everyone has made us re-think our recommendations over the last few months and we have looked at plenty of research, talked to lots of customers & other industry manufacturers to ensure we are really giving you the best information possible.  So whether you are on the eco journey or prefer mainstream detergents, this article isn’t intended to sway you one way or another simply to give you some good options to choose from if you are starting out or need to tweak your routine. Personally for my cloth nappies, I always preferred the eco option of Rockin Green & still use it to this day for my general clothes washing too.

 

Recommended: Eco/Plant based Detergents

My all time favourite plant based detergent would have to be Rockin Green Classic Rock. I have used this on my nappies over 2 babies, with a either a 40 or 60 degree long, intensive wash every time & have clean white inner nappies still so I highly recommend this detergent. These recommended eco-detergents come from our personal & customer experiences using them. They are ranked in no particular order, and you can find some tips to get the best out of your eco-detergents down below. These are in our opinion the best of the Eco/plant based options and by all means there are other options available, but this is a good starting point. None of these contain optical brighteners or nasties, some contain enzymes as mentioned. 

  • Rockin Green Classic Rock (Powder, Vegan)
  • Rockin Green Hard Rock ( Formulated for Hard Water, Vegan)
  • Rockin Green Liquid Detergent (Vegan, contains Enzymes)
  • Abode Powder & Liquid (contains Enzymes)
  • Bositios
  • Eco Store Powders
  • Gumnut Clean Liquid Detergent
  • Amway SA8 (contains Enzymes)

 

To get the best results out of your eco/plant based detergents we recommend washing on warm/hot (max 60 degrees) every time. Start with the recommended amount of detergent on the packaging, and you may need to increase the dosage if you find it does not leave you with clean smelling nappies after each wash. Eco/plant based detergents are a fantastic way to go, you may just need to tweak the temperature or dosage amount to get it working perfectly for you.

 

Recommended: Main stream detergents 

Traditionally we have not recommended using main stream detergents due to the majority of them containing optical brighteners, enzymes and other chemicals however our aim is to keep it simple for new parents entering the world of cloth nappies. Some parents prefer a eco/plant based option, some prefer main stream detergents … its really up to you. As long as what ever you choose works for you & results in clean nappies then job done. Don’t over think it. Just do it. Below you will find our recommended main stream detergents available easily from supermarkets. Again, use the recommended dose on the packing, warm, long cycle.

  • OMO (All Types)
  • Radiant (Powder & Liquid)
  • Trimat Advanced
  • Biozet Attack (Powder)
  • Surf 2 in 1
  • Dynamo Professional
  • Duo Sensitive
  • Norwex Ultra Power
  • Modere

 

** On a side note, previously we have recommended using detergents that don’t contain enzymes or optical brighteners as some indications were that enzymes could break down natural fibres quicker and OB could be the cause of skin sensitivities. We have looked long & hard over a 12 month period at our detergent recommendations, plenty of research & we are confident in recommending main stream detergents that contain both enzymes & OBs. Enzymes are designed to help remove stains, eliminate fabric piling & increase whiteness & OBs are designed to make things whiter & brighter. … Hence you will see some options in the above eco/plant based list containing enzymes. In the eco/plant based list these are typically plant based enzymes. The majority of main stream detergents will contain enzymes & OBs, however they are 100% safe to use on your babies garments. Enzymes are designed to help remove stains, eliminate fabric piling & increase whiteness. Again, if the product you are using is working for you then don’t change a thing! 

 

Key things to avoid in detergents: Home-made detergents, Fabric Softener & Chlorine Based Bleach product. Don’t. Go. There. Fabric softener can build up quickly on your nappy fabrics making absorption difficult & chlorine based bleach products can do serious damage to your PUL fabrics & elastics. We are always happy to assist with any trouble shooting so don’t hesitate to get in touch with HQ info@babybeehinds.com.au

 

If you are ever in doubt about washing/nappy trouble shooting, then please get in touch with us before you take things into your own hands. We are always happy to help!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coffee & Cloth Chat with Eco Tree Baby Boutique

August 29, 2017

I recently sat down with the gorgeous Danielle from Eco Tree Baby Boutique who has been a long time Baby Beehinds stockist in New Zealand (under the name Envirobaby). Lucky for you they have moved back to Melbourne & I took this opportunity for a coffee & chat! 

 

Tell us a little bit about the history of Envirobaby in NZ & what made you decide to move to Melbourne & re-brand to Eco Tree Baby Boutique? I started Envirobaby in 2015 because I couldn’t quite find a store that sold a complete range of eco-friendly and reusable products for babies and families, I got sick of having to go to multiple sites and pay multiple lots of delivery fees so I decided to jump in and create something of my own which would cater to families who were wanting to be as waste free and eco-friendly as possible.
I am originally from Melbourne and my husband had also lived here for a few years before we met in the UK. We had always planned on coming back one day so it was just a matter of finding the right time. The rebrand was hard, I was just setting up all my business accounts when I discovered that the name Envirobaby had been registered and also had a trademark pending literally 4 weeks before I started to set up. I was gutted, the company that had the TM is a massive chemical manufacturing company in WA and had the name registered to manufacture baby bath products. After taking some legal advice, I decided I had to rebrand the business. This gave me an opportunity to really think about what the business meant to me and where I wanted to take it. I realised that I wanted to broaden the scope a little more down the track and branch out into a wider array of eco-friendly products.

What is your vision for Eco Tree Baby Boutique & what can customers count on your for? 
My vision is still the same as it was: We provide young families with financially friendly eco-parenting solutions. We do this by sharing much needed information, tips and help, allowing you to make an informed and clear decision about what is best for your family.
I really want to expand the core range of products (think more nappies, menstrual and breastfeeding, clothing (all natural fibres), more household products, sustainable nursery furniture) and one day I would love to have a physical location where people could come to actually touch and feel the products and get good honest advice around how to use cloth nappies, food wraps, skincare and have the opportunity to attend information sessions about waste free and eco-parenting.
Our customers can always count on us to provide honest information, I really like info sharing and I probably ramble on a bit too much but I can’t help it!

Obviously NZ is a rather chilly .. What tips do you have for managing cloth nappies in the colder months? Managing cloth nappies in the colder months – yeah I live in Melbourne now I think it’s rained almost every day for a month! In the winter months in Christchurch it would take two days for our nappies to dry! They didn’t see the fresh air all winter because it’s just too cold to even get them started on drying. Plus I have a heavy wetter so most of my stuff had to be bamboo as well. Microfiber can be helpful as it does dry faster (although I don’t stock strictly microfibre nappies in store, largely because I feel natural fibres are a better investment, plus microfibre particles now ending up in the oceans) but if you have a heavy wetter like I did that won’t work…..so for us we made sure we washed every 48 hours religiously. I’d have one lot just dry and then the next lot would go on the clothes horse. Invest in 1 or 2 clothes airers/horses, use the water cupboard if you can, a heated towel rail. Our nappies would get placed directly under the invertor which was the main heat source in our house, in our new house they will go directly in front of the fire or in my stock room as it is a small room with a central heating duct and heats up nicely. You need to be able to find a spot with a decent heat source otherwise you will need to have at least 3 days worth of nappies in your stash to cover the winter drying time.

What is your favourite work-horse, most reliable cloth nappy? Our work horse nappies are prefolds, I love them and so does my husband. They are reliable, easy to use, can be boosted easily and are cheap to buy so are great to start out with or for boosting a stash and can also be used to boost pocket nappies and night nappies. Plus you can then branch out into fitteds easily because you already have the covers.
What can customers look forward to from Eco Tree Baby ? Customers can look forward to more videos from us – eventually once I get a tripod and some better lighting. It’s soooo hard to make a decision to buy something when you’ve never even seen how it works. I’m looking to doing some on the infant feeding range and possibly skincare. The other thing I’d like to get back up and running are some cloth nappy 101 workshops. I was running these in Christchurch every few months and it gives people the opportunity to talk to someone, find out how they all work and actually touch and feel them. The feedback I got from participants was that they were really helpful in getting families to make the decision to use cloth and also putting parents at ease about the investment and how to actually use the nappies. It’s so daunting when you are trying to make the decision and I get really sad when I see some families start out but give up quickly because they haven’t had the help and correct advice about using cloth nappies.

Tell us a little bit about your family & why did you decide to cloth nappy your little ones? My family consists of me, my husband our 2.5 year old and another one about to drop towards the end of September. I choose to use cloth because I couldn’t justify spending that much money on throw away nappies when there was an alternative option which only required me to load up the washing machine. The cost savings and environmental impact really got me over the line. But I’ll be honest actually buying the nappies was hard, I had no one to talk to about them and no idea if they would actually work. I think I spent at least 6 months researching and trying to decide what to buy.

What does your spare time look like? 
I don’t think I have any spare time lol, but when I do I like to grow things in the garden. I’m super keen to have an edible garden one day when we buy our own place. Homegrown fruit and vegetables taste so much nicer and there is something really satisfying about seeing something come to fruition. I’m also really into netball and have been coaching and umpiring for about 15 years, hopefully I can get my ACL reconstructed in the next few years then I might be able to play again, I’d be hopeless though as I haven’t been able to step on the court in 10 years.

 

So there you go! Another fantastic, passionate cloth nappy company to try! We can’t wait to see more videos from Danielle & you can check out her online shop here or her YouTube channel with lots of great Baby BeeHinds reviews & videos here too.

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Lanolise your Baby Beehinds Wool Covers in 7 easy steps.

August 1, 2017

Lanolise your Baby Beehinds Wool Covers in 7 easy steps. 

When ever we have a wool question, there is only 1 expert I go to! Tennille Graham from Apikali aka The Cloth Nappy Doctor! So we went straight to the source to get a step-by-step guide on how to get the best results (and we all know dry nights on baby equals more sleep for mumma!) 

 

Words By Dr Tennille Graham

Wool covers are a powerful addition to any night-time cloth nappy routine. Here is a simple and well-tried method to lanolise your Baby Beehinds Wool Covers. And by a well-tried method, I mean used for 12 years on 4 kids and different types of wool covers. The Baby Beehinds Wool Covers are awesome as they use 100% Australian wool interlock material, with 2% spandex interwoven to give you just enough stretch to get the perfect fit over your night nappy or fitted.

You will need:
A laundry sink or a regular sized basin/bucket
Solid lanolin
A small jar or container with a screw top/tight fitting lid
Near boiling water from your kettle or very hot water from the tap

 

Time: 15 minutes to lanolise, plus soaking time, plus drying time.

 

Caution: You are using very hot water, please keep young children away and take all safety precautions.

Lanolise your Baby Beehinds Wool Cover

1. Grab a pea sized amount of solid lanolin (per wool cover) and pop it in the jar along with about a cup of very hot water. Put the lid on and shake like mad until the solid lanolin is all melted into the water. It should look creamy and a little frothy.
2. Fill the basin with enough slightly warm water to submerge the wool cover fully. Pour your solid lanolin mixture into the water basin and swirl around.
3. Pop in your wool cover and completely submerge. Squeeze the wool cover under the water to ensure they are completely saturated.
4. Leave the wool cover in until the water is completely cold (about half an hour).

5. Pull the wool cover out and gently squeeze the water out.
6. Press the rest of the water out between two towels (optional but your wool cover will dry much quicker)
7. Dry completely by lying flat on top of a clothes horse.

 

Cloth Nappy Doctor Tips.

~ When dry, if your woollies feel very “dry and squeaky” then you have not used enough lanolin, if they feel greasy then you have used too much.

~ Use a separate batch of lanolising mixture per Baby Beehinds Wool Cover. Adding more lanolin to do more than one wool cover can result in one being overdone and the other being underdone.

~ No leaks are what we are chasing so just the right amount of lanolising is important.

 

Bio: Tennille is the Cloth Nappy Doctor with over 12 years using and assisting parents on their cloth nappy journey. Learn more about cloth nappies in our Cloth Nappy Chats Resource or join our community of like-minded parents, Cloth Nappy Doctor Chats Group . You can also find a great range of lanolin products by Sheepish Grins over at Apikali, alternatively just make sure you are using 100% pure lanolin available from your local chemist usually to get the best results. 

 

 

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The scoop on poop .. Top 5 Tips.

June 8, 2017

The reality of babies is we have to deal with poo. In all its lovely shades, consistencies, smells & explosions. Mind you if you have chosen to use cloth nappies, then explosions are very rare thank heavens. So its a reality of parent hood you can’t escape. Yes, if you are choosing cloth you have to ‘deal’ with #2 in a slightly different way to than disposables where you simply roll up the sposie (poo included) then put in your rubbish, which then goes to landfill (& stays there for 400+ years… Ewww). The beauty of washable options asides from limiting your contribution to landfill is there are a range of options to help make the poo removal so much easier than you think. Here are our tip 5 tips on managing the poop process when using cloth nappies.

#1. Invest in Nappy Liners – You can choose something like BBH Nappy Liners (Trial pack or Bulk Roll options are currently on sale!) which are made of 100% Viscose, so they are super soft against the skin but let the wetness through into the absorbent layers of your nappy. They are designed to catch the solids, then you simply remove the nappy liner & pop the poopy liner in the loo & flush away (not all liners are flushable & we advise to only flush the poopy ones, & bin the wet ones). Or you can make your own washable liners made from micro fleece & you just add to your nappy washing.

#2. My favourite option. High powered pressure hose like Little Squirt (on sale too!) which attaches to your toilet (super easy DIY, no plumber needed). Simply take your dirty nappy, hold in the toilet (I used a clipboard & attached the nappy to the clip) & spray the poop off. These are awesome as they also remove any excess urine so your nappies get a better wash! These are the best sprayers & also great for toilet training to use as a bidet on those nasty poos which get stuck to the bum when toilet training!

#3. Trusty old, dedicated kitchen scraper (i.e. A spatula, a egg flipper for example) – Add a hook to the side of your toilet & hang it next to the loo for quick & easy access. Super cheap, works well.

#4. Have a pair of “toilet tongs” near your washing machine to assist removing the inserts from the pocket. If you’re a bit icky getting poo in places where it shouldn’t be, then this is a good trick. Just keep out of reach from the little ones!

#5. Shake It, Shake It .. When bub is fully on solids you might be lucky enough to get away with the “Shake & Roll” where a little shake into the loo & it just rolls off. Sometimes. If you’re lucky.

 

So the quicker you remove the poops, the cleaner your nappies will be & you will have less stains. Teamed with a great wash routine stains & smells shouldn’t be an issue. But if you do find you have stains, then you can make a paste out of Rockin Green Classic Rock (sample packs are awesome for these) with hot water, add to the stains & leave overnight, then wash in 60 degree water with another scoop of Rockin Green. This should get the majority of stains out (blueberry & panadol stains are super hard to budge with anything though!) We are always happy to help tweak your wash routine so as always get in touch with HQ with any questions. Time for a change!

 

BBH xx

 

 

 

 

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Baby BeeHinds …. War on Waste at HQ & some tips for you!

June 1, 2017

Ok, so the series #waronwaste was fantastic & hopefully a real eye opener for a lot of people although how amazing would it have been to see a discussion on disposable nappies & the damage they are doing! Although we are very eco-concious at home it made me re-evaluate what we are doing at home & in our business. Reducing waste has always been a big focus of our brand not only the nature of our re-usable products for mum & baby, but also how we manage our stock, orders, warehousing. So I thought I’d let you know exactly what we do at BBH HQ to help the #waronwaste.

  • ZERO product packaging .. Since day 1 of Baby BeeHinds, we don’t want a whole pile of plastic or cardboard thrown in the bin after you get your new fluffy nappies so we have zero packaging on all our products. What is the point of being an ‘Eco” brand if you packaging your product in plastic!
  • Recycle all cardboard boxes (including the occasional wine box!) from suppliers & our home to package your orders
  • Opt in for Product Info booklets – if you already have one, then you don’t need another to get thrown in the bin!
  • Any soft plastic bags that our stock arrives in from the factory (inside the large boxes) are taken to the Coles RedCycle bin
  • The soft bamboo ties, that the Fitted nappies are bunched together with are used in our Veggie patch to secure plants to stakes or to secure the climbing plants to.
  • Any faulty product is sent to Nappies on A Mission, to be repaired by local mums, then passed onto families & kids in need in East Timor (yes your old or broken nappies can continue their life!)

When it comes time that your baby doesn’t need nappies – you can donate them to Nappies on a Mission or talk to your local charity to see if they work closely with any disadvantaged local community groups for young mums. There are some fabulous community based programs to help young mums or families in financial need of some help & functioning nappies are perfect for them!

The bamboo inserts from your nappies make the best house hold rags! From car cleaning & polishing for hubby, to silver polishing clothes, to cleaning or dusting clothes! They will live on happily for years away from little bums so re-use them for a different purpose & keep loving them!

Wetbags just aren’t for nappies! They make brilliant waterproof swimming bags, library bags, shopping bags, dirty clothes bags for the kids room, storage bags for the car, car trip bags, day care bags .. The list keeps on going! Every mum should have some of these awesome bags!

We would love to hear about your own #waronwaste & what you are doing, what works for you!

 

 

 

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Thinking about Modern Cloth Nappies, but not sure where to start?

April 6, 2017

So you’re keen to try Modern Cloth Nappies, well here is the best guide on how to start out. A simple suggestion based on lots of feedback over the years! You can’t go wrong!

Easiest Style: All-In-One … Simply means that all the pieces of you need are built in the 1 piece. No hidden tricks needed. Simply open up the nappy, lay bub down & do up the Velcro OR Snaps around the waist (2 options with Baby BeeHinds) and you are done & ready to party!

Most Absorbent: Bamboo Fitted is our Award Winning Fitted Nappy. Imagine a super soft, cut to bubs shape & curves, with gorgeous elastic to hold everything in. The beauty of this style is it will last for a long time, is great for car trips, day or nights. Simply team with a PUL cover for a waterproof, poonami proof nappy. Deliciously soft & super absorbent. Fits from newborn all the way to toddler so also great value for money.

These two styles are always my go-to recommendations for starting out in cloth. On sale, it’s a great time to try these Award Winning Modern Cloth Nappies. If you enter the code work “firsttimer” in the comments section, we will also include a surprise in your order!

How Many Do I Need? 

If you are just starting out, then a great way to try is with a Trial Pack like our New Mums to Cloth Trial pack. You get one of each style of BBH nappy to see what you like. We recommend 12 to use cloth part time, or around 24 to use full time but firstly figure out what style suits you and your bub, then go from there. Start with 1 or 2, then build up from there.

Why do so many parents love Baby BeeHinds nappies? 

There are so many reasons we won plenty of awards at the 2016 Australian Nappy Association Awards … 1. We use double sided PUL so it feels smooth to touch inside & out. 2. We use nice wide elastics to keep EVERYTHING contained 3. Our bamboo fleece is custom made for the ultimate absorbency. 4. There are so many gorgeous colours to choose from. 4. We only use the best VELCRO brand & high-quality snaps. 5. Our nappies stand the test of time, with some nappies lasting over 4 – 5 babies worth of nappy changes. 6. We have all the accessories to match. 7. We know nappies and know babies. Celebrating 13 years, we know what to do best when it comes to your bub.

 

So, what are you waiting for, jump in. Start with one modern cloth nappy or two & see how you go! What have you got to loose. Our planet will thank you too. Got a question, ask away!

 

 

 

 

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A Woman’s Monthly Friend: EcoPads by Baby BeeHinds

February 7, 2017

Now this might gross out a lot of women, but what if I told you there was a reusable version of your disposable options? Something that would save millions of female sanitary items ending up in landfill each year? Well such things do exist – your equivalent tampon is the silicone menstrual cup and reusable cloth sanitary pads, made in much the same way as modern cloth nappies but a lot trimmer and for mums! I am not going to save this article from the gory details as let’s face it – we all have to deal with it once a month and frequently talk about our baby’s toileting habits!

 

Most women I discuss this with are not surprisingly, quite disgusted by the idea. But I was recently at our local swimming pool where I met a woman who noticed that my daughter’s reusable swim nappy has the same print as her Eco Pads. We got talking about these wonderful women’s accessory and as she quite correctly said – it’s only her blood so what’s the big deal?

 

Admittedly when I first started using modern cloth nappies I was quite repulsed by the idea of reusable sanitary items myself. But soon enough I realised that the idea actually made sense – why would I be environmentally conscious enough to opt to use cloth nappies and still allow myself to contribute my own personal sanitary items to landfill each month for several decades? So before I had to face the idea of using tampons and pads again I got myself some Baby BeeHinds Eco Pads.

 

In the USA alone, it is estimated that approximately 12 billion pads and 7 billion tampons end up in landfill annually. A single woman alone will use over 10 000 sanitary products in her lifetime. Just like disposable nappies, a sanitary pad takes between 500-800 years to decompose. They are made out of non-renewable petroleum based products hence they are doing significant damage to the environment before they are used! Environmental impact aside, women’s sanitary items contain chemicals, including dioxin (a known carcinogen), that are both environmental pollutants and harmful to the user. The rayon fibres used to make tampons are absorbent but also harbor bacteria that can cause toxic-shock syndrome.

 

The average Australian woman spends $120-200 a year on personal sanitary items, or between $4000 to $7000 over her menstrual lifetime! A silicone menstrual cup will set you back around $40-50, and reusable sanitary pad costing on average around $12 each, with both lasting many years.

I had many questions myself before I decided to start using eco pads so I will try to address some here…

 

Aren’t they big and uncomfortable? How do they stay in place?

Actually quite the opposite! They are quite trim and so much softer and comfortable that they disposable version! They come in different sizes both to cater for fit and flow. The resin snaps on the wings make sure they remain secure.

 

How do I know what size will work best for me?

Buy a trial pack! This is very individual; I have asked a few people the same question and everyone is so different. For women who have a very heavy flow they would need more regular and night sized pads, for women with a lighter flow lights and liners might be adequate.

 

How many do I need?

Most women would probably use around 5 eco pads per day/overnight; to account for washing every 2 days and drying around 20 ecopads in a mixture of different sizes is ideal.

 

Can they be used for postpartum bleeding?

Most certainly yes and they are so much nicer than the giant disposable ones that are like incontinence pads! The ‘nights’ size would be best to use in this scenario and change to a ‘regular’ size once the flow slows down.

 

Isn’t is messy? What about staining?

They are easy to care for. They just require rinsing in cold water after use, wash within 24 hours in cold-warm water with an eco-friendly detergent and line dry, too easy! Pop them in the dryer on LOW temp is totally fine too! The purple cotton velour hides any sign of staining.

 

What about when I am out and about?

Just like using modern cloth nappies, a ‘mini’ wet bag comes in handy here. I recommend having 2 pad bags – one for clean pads and one for the used pads. The wet bags just go straight into the wash along with the eco pads!

 

I only wish I had discovered these sooner. I am yet to try a menstrual cup but it’s definitely the next step for me after using eco pads. Hopefully as more parents become educated about using modern cloth nappies for their babies, they become aware of the availability of lady cloth and realise how much sense it makes to literally ‘cloth’ themselves each month when aunt flo arrives.

 

Now is a great time to try EcoPads by Baby Beehinds. On sale starting from $6 individually or grab a trial pack to test it out. We have customers from all ages using & loving this option so why not give it a go!

 

Article thanks to Jamie Errico

https://parentpatch.com.au/baby-beehinds-eco-pads/

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Cheats Guide to using Cloth Nappies – Top 10 Tips

November 26, 2016

After 6 years, 2 babies & 2 nephews in cloth nappies & countless nappy demonstrations I think I know a little about cloth nappies. Here are a few of my tricks to make life a little easier & save a little time while using cloth nappies.

Tip 1. Combined Washing Loads – Don’t have enough nappies to run a nappy only load every 2 days? Then take what ever soiled nappies you have every second day & run them through a pre-wash cycle (make sure your machine drains the water), then add in your baby clothes or sheets to the main wash cycle along with your nappies. Don’t add towels as this can cause piling on the nappies.

Tip 2. Use a flip-top bin instead of a bucket with a lid. The little bit of air circulation through these flip-top bins prevent mould & reduces the stink bomb smacking you in the face every time you remove the lid on a sealed bucket.

Tip 3. Place the inserts for a pocket nappy on the outside of the pocket (so it goes against the skin) – Saves time stuffing pockets & makes for quick removal when soiled. This only works for natural fibres like bamboo, organic cotton or hemp. Do NOT use micro-fibre inserts against the skin directly. If your baby reacts to the wetness against the skin, then go back to stuffing the inserts inside the pocket.

Tip 4. Any type of insert can be used inside a pocket to boost absorbency. Old terry squares cut to size, cotton face washers, Ikea tea towels can all be great boosters if you need something quickly.

Tip 5. Washing every second day, really does extend the life of your nappies.

Tip 6. For a super fast summer time combo for bubs under 12 months grab a bamboo fold up insert, fold in 3 and place inside a PUL cover. Super quick, dries fast & absorbent as you need!

Tip 7. You can never have enough wet bags when using cloth nappies. Once you have the hang of putting your nappies on at home, heading out is easy. Just make sure you have wet bags! Even after your babies are out of nappies, they make the best swimming bags, library bags etc.

Tip 8. Nappy Liners or a high pressure hose attached to the toilet like Little Squirt makes solids so much easier to dispose of!

Tip 9. Have your nappies folded, stuffed or snapped into their rise positions next to your change table ready to go – nothing worse than have a monstrous poonami to deal with on the change table, and no nappies ready to go. You will find poo in places you didn’t even know existed if you get stuck in that situation! So sit down with a cup of tea (or wine) or even better, get hubby to fold/stuff/snap whilst watching the tv. You would be amazed how calming the snapping/stuffing of nappies can be.

Tip 10. If you use Fitted nappies have the ready to go like this. Open PUL Cover, lay fitted inside with inserts snapped in & folded into place. Fold (but don’t snap the wings over) and do up the PUL cover. Then when its time to use the nappy simply open up the PUL Cover & open the fitted, lay bub down. Do up the fitted wings, then do up the PUL Cover. Done … Will save you having to put the Fitted on first, then lift baby up, then put the PUL cover on. Every second counts on the change table!

So there you go, my top tips for a cheats guide to cloth nappies. Have you got another tip to add then we would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Want the best for your baby?

October 13, 2016

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Every baby deserves the best!

Like every new parent or parent-to-be, we only want the best for our brand new bundles of joy. The best for their skin, the best for their health, the best to enable good sleep, the best for comfort, the best for travel. Being a new parent is a mine field of questions, opinions, new normals, smells & sounds you didn’t know existed.

There are some amazing products in the market for every need, but quite often one of the most essential baby items barely gets a second thought. Off to the shops you go to stock up on the main brand nappies because let’s face it, their branding is everywhere from the moment you see those two blue lines appear!

But there are alternative options when it comes to nappies & most new parents don’t even realise they have so many options when it comes to nappies. There are some fabulous eco brands of nappies which take substantially less time to break down unlike traditional disposable nappies.  Made free from chlorine, bleach, latex and other nasties… BUT have you thought about having materials like Certified Organic Cotton or buttery soft Bamboo against your babys’ most sensitive parts? No, bet you didn’t even know such a nappy existed! Then perhaps nappies with a real modern twist may be the answer!

There is a range of reasons we have just won 6 of the major awards in the 2016 Australian Nappy Associations Awards. Modern Cloth Nappies by Baby BeeHinds use only the highest quality certified organic cotton & bamboo materials. Sourced from the finest farms & manufactured to the highest, European standards modern cloth nappies really have changed & are a whole lot easier than you probably think!

We only use the best materials for our nappies. Certified Organic Cotton & bamboo velour for absorbency. Oeko-Tex certified fabrics, yarns, dyes & finishes. GOTS Certified. Nothing but the best for your baby & ours. If you value sustainability, protecting our world from less landfill & having less chemicals against your babies skin, then you should try modern cloth nappies!

There is a range of styles of modern cloth nappies to suit every shape, and suit every budget. Start with the easiest of them all the All-In-One Velcro which is as easy to use as a disposable, but a whole lot eco-friendlier! Or work your way up to our One-Size-Fits-Most styles that adjust to fit from newborn to toilet training. We have been leading the field in modern nappies since 2004, so we know how to find the best solution for your & your baby!

With inbuilt waterproof layering, super thirsty bamboo/organic cotton for absorbency & elastics that actually stop poo-splosions escaping everywhere, why not try modern cloth nappies. Washing is simple, there is no soaking, no bleaching required.

Just one modern cloth nappy in your nappy change routine can make a difference to our planet, your back pocket & there is nothing cuter than a little cloth covered bottom!

There are also other great reusable options to try – Swim Nappies, washable nursing pads, wet bags or our gorgeous all natural wet wipes!

So why not give it a go, it really is easier than you think. Remember even 1 cloth nappy is making a difference, so whether you choose to use 1 cloth nappy or 20, every nappy change in a modern cloth nappy is making a difference!

 

We are running a great promotion from Boxing Day until 30th December! A great way to try cloth nappies is our NEW MUMS to CLOTH Trial Pack …. Take an extra $10 off this trial pack buy using the code “BOXINGDAY” (must use capital letters when entering the code at checkout). Offer valid 26th Dec until 30th Dec. It will save you a huge $36 of the retail prices!

Grab one now, as there is limited quantities at this awesome price!

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Merry Christmas!

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