All posts filed under: Reusable Lifestyle

How to Find Your Pause button: Being a Mindful Mum

Sometimes you just need to let yourself ‘be’ Do you sometimes feel that life is just rushing by in this fast paced, hectic world we live, where we are constantly striving to be ‘the good enough’ parent? I know I certainly do. Life is so full of distractions and worry about what the future might hold for any of us, but in particular our children. Mindfulness has been practiced for many years with roots in Buddhist traditions but has become a popular method modern society to help a person be present in their everyday lives. Mindfulness can be hugely beneficial to parents. It supports them to gain control and perspective on anxieties and fears and results in a healthier, happier you. Mindfulness will enable you to control your thoughts and prevent them from going in a direction you do not wish them to, whilst feeling grounded in the moment. It is a well used resource in mental health, cancer care and for healthcare professionals in general. There is a plethora of knowledge and information available …

Cloth Nappy Myths Busted!

Since starting out with cloth I have heard a plethora of wild and bizarre statements so I thought I would quash a few of the right here, right now.  The one true fact about cloth that can be a bit scary is that there is so much choice but really that’s like one of those ‘positive negatives’ that you have ready to wheel out at an interview, like ‘I’m a perfectionist’! I’ve used cloth for two children now and it’s easy, fun and gives you a sense of community with other cloth users, you wouldn’t hear that said about disposables now would you? If you are thinking of starting out with cloth or old hat, some of these may resonate with you. Cloth nappies are difficult to wash I picked this one first because it is a passion of mine to spread the word about easy wash routines. You will so often hear people talking about strip washing, bleaching, special laundry detergent and buckets full of smelly nappies. Nope. It’s really is super easy. In …

In Focus: Milovia

The Brand Milovia are a Polish company that have an ever rapidly growing fan base in the UK over the past three or so years since they started out in 2013. They sell a range of beautiful and functional fluffy goodness. I have been a fan ever since I came across their brand but in the last six months or so have really fallen in love with them. I have a big range of their pocket nappies and these are a firm favourite with both me and my husband (queue shouting “where are the Milovia honey” in the background). This month we’ve been trying out their wrap system and so thought i’d share a bit about how we got on! Features One Size – birth to potty (9-35lbs) The outer fabric is the waterproof,  PUL fabric with a micro fleece section at each end to protect babies skin Simple to use Can be used 2-3 times with only a change of insert if wrap clean Snap closure and rise setting Can use with a variety …

Tots Bots: Something for everyone…

I’m a massive fan of Tots Bots and have been from the word go. I first discovered cloth nappies when I was pregnant with Arthur. Me and hubby were at the national baby show and stumbled across the Tots Bots stand. They were super helpful and we got so excited by the idea that we made the investment there and then in a birth to potty kit made up of factory seconds so it was an absolute bargain! It’s one of the best decisions we made as expectant parents and its now become part of family life. Earlier in the year, Tots Bots released their new ‘playtime prints‘ which have proven to be real popular especially the Kaleidoscope print. So popular in fact they decided to release a wet bag and happy mat in the same print as limited edition! I love this print. Its bold, stylish and funky. We already have the nappy in the Easyfit Star and it’s gorgeous on the bum. If you are new to cloth or Tots Bots and want to …

Babygrow Veg Bag

This month I’ve been joining in with plastic free July and have been talking about reducing our single use plastic waste. Although the ultimate goal is to live ‘plastic free’, the most important thing is to cut down on plastics that have a life span of a few minutes. Coffee cups, straws, carrier bags and water bottles are four of the main offenders. Something used for a moment then chucked in the bin. I think a lot of people are on board with reusable bags these days, it just takes a little planning ahead. So why not go one step further and think of ways around stopping using those little flimsy veg bags you get in the supermarket? Can I hear you all shouting “count me in”?! Of course, glad you can join me. So i’ve got a super easy hack for you to turn unwanted babygrows into pretty little produce bags! If you’ve got some old babygrows / vests, scissors, cotton and can vaguely navigate a sewing machine (or have a willing friend who …

In Focus: Baba + Boo

The Brand Baba + Boo are are the creation of ‘accidental business woman’ Eve who started out in 2009 on a mission to make the planet a fluffier place. She is an absolute delight to deal with. You will know if you have spoken to her for any reason, that she really cares about the planet, her customers and your babies. Eve made the decision not to go back to work after having her two babies, so with her passion for cloth nappies and living a greener life this company was born. Personally, I am totally inspired by women like Eve. There is many a day when I think of alternative careers that would fit in better with family life but I’m not sure i’d ever have the guts to do it! So high five to you lovely mama. Features Pocket nappy (outer shell that requires inserts) One size (from 10lb to potty) Popper closure Bamboo + cotton inserts Microfleece lining next to babies skin which wicks away moisture direct to inserts Inserts made with …

Playtime From Tots Bots Is Here!

I am super excited about the release of the Playtime Prints from Tots Bots! Today I’m sharing with you three of the new prints; Kaleidoscope, Parumpapum and Rattle & Roll in Easyfit Star. If you follow my Instagram page you will know only too well my love for cloth nappies and especially all the gorgeous prints. In the last few years nappies have not only improved in functionality dramatically but become a really fashion item. Practical and beautiful, what more could you want for your baby’s bum?! I love all the Tots Bots prints from over the years, but the new Playtime collection brings something totally different. I have to say, they have surpassed themselves and they might be my favourite yet. Their fun and funky themes of play have a really retro feel which is right up my street and gives a real sense of nostalgia. They really are prints that you have to see in real life because they are just so gorgeous. Want to know more about what I think of the Easy …

In Focus: Tickle Tots 2’s

The Brand Tickle Tots nappies are the inspired creation of the lovely Sophia from Little Fox Designs. She is a mother of two in cloth, committed to producing quality products that are environmentally sustainable whilst ensuring sound ethical standards. They believe in the principles of reducing carbon footprints, so you notice their packaging is simple yet stylish and recycled too. They are committed to sustainability and for every 1000 nappies sold a native UK tree is planted. These principles fit nicely with our mission to becoming a more environmentally friendly household. Features Two part system Breathable PUL outer layer Pop in boosters Up to seven layers of bamboo fleece (when boosted) Rise adjusted by poppers Hook and loop closure Double gusset *Image taken from Tickle Tots The Nappy I’m a big fan of the Tickle Tots Original (an all in one) and have been using them for some time. I was really keen to try out the new Tickle Tot 2 when it was released as I quickly started hearing how great they were for absorbency, fit and also …

Tots Bots EasyFit Star: Elements 2016

The Tots Bots Easyfit Star nappy is the latest 2016 version of the incredibly popular easyfit nappy. Previously, we’ve seen V1-4 with various changes and adaptations along the way. I’m going to talk a bit about the features and benefits and also introduce you (if you missed them) to the awesome new prints; Soar, Bumbrella and Dazzle. If you follow my Instagram I make no secret of my love for Tots Bots. They are based in Scotland and their nappies are produced ethically within the UK. They are well known for their beautiful prints and I have collected quite a few (okay, nearly all of them) along the way. However, the first time I got the new ‘Star’ nappy I was in fluffy love. This version is so very different to all the others in design, feel, comfort and efficacy. Not surprisingly, its an award winner, and recently won ‘Gold’ in the Mother & Baby Awards in the ‘best reusable nappy’ category (again). So what’s so good about it?  It’s simple for starters. A nice easy all in one, perfect …