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Using Cloth Nappies out of the House

 

 Easy Tips for Using Cloth Nappies When Out and About!

  • Take a reusable waterproof nappy bag for wet nappies when you are out. Or use brown paper bags or biodegradable cellophane nappy bags to store used nappies. These can be washed, reused or composted. Wotnot bags and other brands are biodegradable if you prefer to buy a brand in a box. Wotnot nappy bags can be purchased here http://www.natureschild.com.au/store/wotnot-nappy-bags-biodegradable.html
  • Take a wet terry face washer in a container for wiping bottoms. Nature’s Child Organic Cotton Baby Wipes are $9.95 for a packet of 3. This can save you a small fortune instead of buying wet nappy wipes all the time. If you prefer wet wipes, I recommend Gaia, Wotnot or Seventh Generation Wipes. View our full range of cloth and disposable nappy wipes here http://www.natureschild.com.au/store/search?orderby=position&orderway=desc&search_query=nappy+wipes
  • Flushable nappy liners are great for when you are out of the house or for every nappy change so you don’t need to store stinky, wet nappies. Flush poo in the loo wherever you are and just bring your wet nappies home.
  • Invest in a wet bag or make your own! A wet bag costs between $9 – $18 or you can make your own wet bag. It needs to have a zip or cord for easy closing and opening and holding in the smells and wet nappies. It needs to be easy and effortless to transport or you won’t use it! Nature’s Child Sells Wet Bags at this link http://www.natureschild.com.au/store/nappy-bags-and-changemats/baby-beehinds-wet-bag.html
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HOW TO GET YOUR CHILD TO BEG TO GO TO BED by Margaret Saunders

As you know, it is not always easy getting your child to go to bed, let alone staying there and then falling asleep. Your child may be the “stay-up late, no matter what” type. You know, its ten o’clock and you’re bleary eyed but he is wide awake and bushy tailed. Or its 3 a.m. and it’s the fifth time your angel has woken up and called for you from her bed. Perhaps it seven-thirty, bedtime and your “adored one” won’t budge from the television set and lounge room. Or, all of these scenarios apply to your household or its something else and you too are drop dead tired. Sound familiar?

 

It was like this too in our house, and on top of all this one of my daughters liked to wake up at 4.30 a.m. and that was the time she expected us to start our day, and for a while we did. However, the time came when all this stopped and I invented a fool-proof never-fail-go-to-bed-routine which also included both my daughters falling asleep fast! Yes, a dream come true – for us all!

 

It did take a while, but not forever, and it did happen and now daughter number 2 who is 7 goes to bed happily at 6.00 p.m. and is asleep by 7.00 p.m. without a fuss and her older sister who is nearly 11 goes to bed at 7.30 pm. and is asleep by 8.30 p.m. Night after night after night!! I have the philosophy that there is no guarantee that I will have my daughters tomorrow. Things can happen. Just as life is given to us it can be taken away. I use the attitude that this day may be the last I have with them, and that this night may be the last one that I put them to bed. And that if this is the last night I have with them, well I want them to have bedtime bliss and fun at bedtime.

 

When I wake up I want to remember that the last moment I had with them was a happy one. So with this in mind, I make going to bed fun. Sometimes there is a treat for my child by her bed. Sometimes I may do something amusing, like dress her favorite teddy in her pajamas and have her tucked into my daughter’s bed. I use a lot of humor. We all laugh a lot at bedtime, and my routines and activities are strictly adhered to over and over again and they are now embedded into my children’s subconscious minds. So if your child won’t leave the television set at 7.30 p.m. why not try horse backing him all through the house with outrageous horse noises and jokes until you eventually get him to the bedroom.

 

If it’s the fifth time your angel has woken up calling out for you why not sing in your sleepiest voice a go-to-sleep song that you have made up just for her as you tuck her in one more time. And if it is ten o’clock and your child is still wide awake and bushy tailed this is the time to get serious about considering a bedtime routine to get him into bed at say 9.00 p.m. for a week, 8.30 p.m. for the next week, 8.00 p.m. for the next week and then 7.30 p.m. for the rest of the year.

 

This takes planning and tenacity and courage, which is definitely worth while which eventually leads to the “in bed by 7.30 p.m. and asleep by 8.00 p.m.” stage and you all become wide awake and bushy tailed at 7.30 a.m. and ready for your day. When I did this for my eldest daughter the routine fell into place so well that there is one memorable night that she actually asked to go to bed early and it was a Saturday night. It was 6.30 p.m. Who were we to refuse such a request. It sounded too good to be true. And to top it all off she was fast asleep before 7.00 p.m. We had the rest of the night all to ourselves. Heaven and bliss! Until … we remembered that this was the night daylight savings was changing over and the clocks were to go back an hour. She had sort of gone to bed at 5.30 p.m! Oops! By now it was too late to change things, and we braced ourselves, and yes, she woke at 5.30 a.m. bright eyed and wanting to start her day. So we did! There were other times when she wanted to go to bed early, and that was OK with us, but, when it came to daylight savings change over we always took note of what time she went to bed. Both my daughters really adore a “go to sleep song”. I made one up and with individual words just for them. I am not musical, I do not sing well, but when I sing their song, especially at night I sing it very, very sleepily and the words are very, very sleep orientated. I cannot recommend this enough especially if your child is a baby or very young. After you have sung your own song a few times, your child will recognise that this is a go-to-sleep time and it is especially handy, if your child has woken in the middle of the night, had a bad dream, is restless or is sick. It can also be used to relax your children as you are driving in stress inducing traffic. These are just a few ideas and suggestions for getting your child to beg to go to bed. Here’s a summary Step by Step 1/ Use the attitude as if this is the last night you may have with your child. 2/ Make going to bed fun, use humor, jokes, horse-back rides or something unusual or funny on or in their bed. 3/ If your child stays up really late, start a go to bed routine, and put him to bed half an hour earlier each time on a weekly basis until he is in bed at a designated time of say 7.30 p.m. (More details of how to do this are in my manuals – see below.) 4/ Make up your own tune and add your own words and sing it to your child or children in a really, really sleepy voice when they are in bed. Please do not under value the simplicity of these suggestions and ideas which work best by implementing them over and over again. This article was written by Margaret Saunders at Bedtime And Toilet Training Solutions. visit www.BedtimeAndToiletTrainingSolutions.com.au

Aware Parenting – it may work for you!

Aware Parenting – What is it? Will it work for me?

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Parents drawn to Aware Parenting are attracted to the idea of listening to their baby’s feelings.  They believe that holding and being “present” when their babies cry, allow a baby to be fully heard and accepted. Parents who practice this, report great healing, joy and many other benefits from viewing crying in this way.

If you believe that children and babies cry because there may be sadness, grief, confusion, and frustration. That needs to be “heard” then the journey of aware parenting will be a very fulfilling one for you.  Aware parents believe that if we can accept all of a child’s feelings, and allow, and teach children to be present with their feelings, children will not repress feelings via habitual behaviors or physical discipline. Do you believe you can help your children to stay connected to their true essence through being unconditionally loved?

Next time your baby or child cries, hold them in your arms, or sit next to them, and just be. Do not be distracted but find a way to be fully with your child and hear them. Once the crying if finished, notice your child’s behavior. Notice how you feel? When babies and children regularly laugh or cry to express their feelings, a great sense of emotional safety is created for painful feelings to be expressed.  Families will notice more connection and experience joy in seeing children get to heal from fear and powerlessness, and healing happens all round.

Aware parenting is not just about crying! It is about laughter, valuing everyone’s needs, and finding ways for everyone to get their needs met.  The more you value yourself, the more you can contribute joy and laughter and fun to your family.

Marion Badenoch Rose from Parenting with Presence says that “Babies and children who are not given the opportunity to express their painful feelings with loving support may seem contented, but tend to express less joy than babies who have been loved and supported in their painful feelings.  Babies and children who are distracted from their uncomfortable feelings may smile less, and may make less eye contact. On the other hand, as I mentioned above, when we play laughter games with our older babies and children, we also help create more safety for them to express their more uncomfortable feelings with us.  Laughter and crying both get freely expressed, and the paradox is, babies and children then become more present.  They are more aware of what is going on in the here and now, are more available for connection, and are more able to take in new experiences and information.”

If you would like to learn more about aware parenting. We recommend www.awareparenting.com and www.parentingwithpresence.net

 

 

 

A new way to think about babies crying?

A different way of looking at crying by Marion Badenoch Rose
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Often crying is seen at face value, a child cries when put in his car seat, or when picked up.  This is interpreted as “he doesn’t like the car seat,” or “he doesn’t like to be cuddled.”  But what these other parenting options suggest is that crying in these types of situations can be a way of healing from past pain.  This beholds the parent to work out when the child is crying to say that his needs are not being met in the present moment, and when the child is crying to release his hurt feelings related to past incidents.

This is the key to Aware Parenting – distinguishing feelings related to present needs – such as hunger, closeness, support, choice, play, respect, etc. – and those related to the past.  How on earth can this be done?

Distinguishing between the two is to some extent an experimental method.  Day by day, a parent can discover what their child is expressing by watching his responses.

For example, when my daughter was between 12 and 18 months old, she would protest and cry whenever I tried to put shoes or socks on her.  For months I would try and then stop when she cried, and so for that period she did not wear shoes or socks at all.  But eventually I began to think that perhaps her protests and crying were to do with feelings that were being triggered by me putting her shoes on – I imagined it might be to do with the trauma of the heel prick test at 3 days old – when the nurse pricked her heel several times …as well as other feelings related to being independent and making choices.

When you have tried meeting your child’s need in many different ways, and the crying still occurs, that might be an indication that some healing is ready to happen.

Telling the difference is not always straightforward, but knowing that crying and protesting may be about what it seems to be about, or may not, gives us parents another option to help our children.  I still love learning to tell the difference!

 

For more articles by Marion Badenoch Rose  visit http://www.parentingwithpresence.net

What is Aware Parenting by Marion Badenoch Rose

AWARE PARENTING – A Brief Introduction

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The first key is self-awareness and self-responsibility.  If we are stressed, then our children will probably be stressed too.  Finding out what we are telling ourselves, what we need, what we are feeling, and doing our own healing; all of these are essential when we want to be “Aware Parents.”

The second is asking the question – is this expression of upset indicating a present need, or is it releasing a feeling from the past?  This can often be the most tricky – most other parenting methods tell us that an upset child is expressing a present unmet need, and so do everything to stop the feeling, They believe that if a feeling isn’t being expressed, then all is well. With Aware Parenting, being present with feelings related to the past leads to true calmness, rather than suppression or dissociation.

The third is finding the balance of emotional safety and connection with the feeling.  A baby or child needs to feel safe enough to heal.  If a baby is left alone to cry, this is not safe but traumatic.  A baby needs to be held in order for healing to occur when he cries.  On the other hand, an older child might sometimes need a little distance from their parent in order to feel the feeling enough to let it out.  For each child, at each age, in each situation, there is a point at which the balance occurs and the healing can happen.

For more articles by Marion Badenoch Rose  visit http://www.parentingwithpresence.net

Attachment Parenting and Babywearing

Extract from longer article by Hugabub Owner Suzanne Shahar (childbirth educator, Doula, and mother of 4)

In our culture, there is currently a resurgence of an ancient practice called attachment parenting. Still widely practiced, mostly in non-western countries, attachment style parenting is an instinctive way of raising an infant where the baby is carried close to the parent in a sling or pouch for a substantial period of the day, fed when hungry and comforted when distressed. This method of parenting allows a busy parent the freedom to continue their normal daily routine while still able to meet their infant’s essential needs for food, warmth and security.

Baby wearing is hailed as the single most important factor in the healthy physical, intellectual and social development of infant by baby health researchers and physicians. Doctor William Sears devotes one whole chapter to the benefits of ‘babywearing’ in his book “The Baby Book”. He said in his book ‘if we were stranded on a deserted island without the advice of baby books, doctors psychologists of in-laws… you would care for your child instinctively – breastfeeding, holding and carrying your baby during the day and sleeping with your day at night.

Social conditioning has led parents to believe that if a baby is held or carried too much they will be ‘spoilt’, ‘clingy’ or ‘demanding. Modern Research reveals quite the opposite. Physical and physiological benefits associated with babywearing encourage children to feel secure and content with a solid state of self-esteem.

With modern living, the invention of the telephone and faster transportation, families spread out and nuclear families replaced the extended one, leaving the task of raising children generally to one person- the mother. Of course the sooner babies could sleep alone, feed themselves and soothe themselves the easier… and so was the beginning of denial of infancy as a time of deep dependency.

 

The famous ’behaviourist’ John Watson led the movement toward ‘detached’ parenting. Mothers were told, “hold your babies too much and later they will hold on. – Let them cry it out and they will become self reliant, hardy” – the qualities necessary to survive in a competitive world. The following excerpt form his 1938 book ‘ the psychological Care of the newborn” reveals the severity of his views which shaped our parent s and grandparents upbringing. ” Never hug and kiss them, never let them sit on your lap. If your must, kiss them once on the forehead when they say goodnight”

In one foul swipe, these anti –touch ‘experts’ denounced the womb comforts that have served babies for eons. Deprived of necessary holding, warmth, rocking and sucking, babies spent long periods hungry and frustrated, and parents turned form being a source of loving comfort to one of frequent frustration.

Anyone, who has ever been to Indonesia,  South America, Africa where these traditional styles of parenting are still practiced, would have noted something very unusual. They rarely cry and they are usually attached to a busy working parent. By age 3 or 4 these children take an active roll `in the family chores and the caring of other babies. Responsibilities we would rarely leave to our children.

Attachment parenting works because it respects the individual temperament of the child. All babies come hardwired for survival with certain needs, and the ability to give cues about what these needs are. The parents, by first being open to the child’s’

Cues learn how to read them and respond appropriately. The response helps the child feel right. He learns to cue better and parents learn to respond better. A cue giving child and a responsive parent bring out the best in each other. On the other hand, detachment parenting with its restrained responses brings out the worst in both. The child’s cries become more disturbing and parents become angrier. Baby and parent learn not to trust each other and eventually become insensitive to each other.

 

There is a wonderful website called the Marni co. collection which has an article called ’43 Reasons to Carry a Baby”. In it she lists benefit after benefit for babies who are carried and touched frequently. From lowering stress hormones, enhancing motor development, balance, co-ordination, reduced crying and colic, strengthened immune system, aides digestion, sleep deeper and learn better – these are just a fraction of the benefits for the baby not to mention the benefits for the mother.

As humans we are all born premature. We are completely reliant on our parents to provide us with life giving nourishment for many months. Providing our infants with the richest environment to grow and learn is simple matter of holding them as you go about your day. As their parent we are the only experts worth trusting when it comes to knowing what is best for our child. All we need to do is listen to our heart.

There is no place more wonderful for a baby to thrive than in his parent’s loving arms.

Suzanne is co-creator of the wonderful baby carrier Hug-a-bub and is very passionate about the reasons we ‘wear’ our babies as well as her own creations.

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10 Facts About Chlorine and 10 Things you can do about it now!

FACT 1: Dioxin is  a chemical by-product of the manufacturing of
chlorine-bleached paper, is believed to be the single most carcinogenic chemical known to science.

ACTION: 1 – Do not buy any products for your family that uses chlorine bleach. Just check the packet before you buy. 2 – Start planning now if you want to finish what’s in your cupboard first.

FACT 2: Scientists can find residue of this cancer-causing dioxin from chlorine-bleaching may be found in
products like disposable nappies, paper towels, toilet paper and coffee filters.

ACTION: Its easy to buy chlorine free alternatives to all these products either in the supermarket or shops like Nature’s Child. It’s worth the few extra cents.

FACT 3: Dioxin has been linked to endometriosis,  immune system impairment,
diabetes, neurotoxicity, birth defects (including fetal death), decreased fertility, testicular atrophy, and reproductive dysfunction in both women and men.

ACTION: Detox and stop buying chlorine based products. Start slowly. Start with easy things like your tea and coffee, your butter and milk, your bread, your cleaning products. Once you change these simple things, you will find the rest of change easy. Change may take a year or more…be kind to yourself. Set a goal, take your time.

FACT 4: If you suffer from asthma and other lung problems, Chlorine products should be avoided as the vapors can irritate your lungs, increasing the risk of onset.
ACTION: 1 – Ask your friend or relative who suffers from asthma if the following products bring on their asthma, and share this information with them. 2 – Research a good mattress before you next buy one! Latex, wool or organic cotton are not usually made with any chemicals that can off gas.

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FACT 5: If you use commercial dishwasher powder that has appealed to you in ads where plates and glasses shine, remember that when you open the door of your dishwasher, the toxic volatized chlorine from dish detergent and tap water is released into the air.  That’s the smell that makes you step back and gasp when you open your dishwasher.

ACTION: Tri Nature Citrus Dishwashing powder is one of the products you can purchase that will not have this affect and does not use chlorine bleach but will make your dishes sparkle! Available from Nature’s Child of course! Just click on cleaning products.

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FACT 6: Most household poisonings are caused by household cleaning products that are chlorine based. Don’t get sucked in by cheap prices and fancy commercials. Just don’t buy their products. IT IS MUCH CHEAPER TO PURCHASE LESS PRODUCTS THAT HAVE MORE USES MADE FROM ORGANIC COMPOUNDS. View our cleaning products here http://www.natureschild.com.au/store/natural-cleaning-products

ACTION:  Good old water, vinegar, bi carb and essential oils will clean most surfaces! Use your search engine to look for recipes and ideas that do not include chemicals. Purchase TRI NATURE products or SONETT products found on our website. We have done the research and chosen a few simple products that cost very little and last a long time. Contact the companies and let them know why you are not buying their products. If they don’t hear from people regularly, they won’t make an eco-friendly product. Boycotting is good for your family but to help the whole planet, we need to educate our family, friends and manufacturers so they will stop using these products that pollute our waterways.
FACT 7: If you love your coffee and especially filtered coffee, think carefully before you next drink it. Studies show that forty to seventy percent of the dioxin in bleached coffee filters can leach into your coffee; dioxin. Likewise, if you love your tea, choose unbleached tea bags and leaf tea where possible.

ACTION:  Buy unbleached coffee filters or drink espresso. There are many organic and fair trade coffee and tea companies on our supermarket shelves, at health food stores and on line stores. Everything we do is  a habit, just create a new one by finding a fair trade organic brand that you love. Leaf tea has a higher dose of antioxidants and minerals. Purchase an easy to use tea pot with a built in filter making it just as easy to drink leaf tea as teabags.

FACT 8: Many White food containers such as milk cartons potentially contain chlorine bleach that leaches into the milk you drink.

ACTION: 1 – Ring your milk company and ask them if they use chlorine bleach. If they say yes, tell them you will not be able to buy their product any more because they do. 2 – If you have access to a farm, purchase milk direct from the farmer – unprocessed. 3 – Many farmers markets offer local milk. 4 – Ask your local health food store. They may know a source, even if they don’t advertise it. 4 – Buy on line.

FACT  9: Pregnant women in their first trimester who drink five or more glasses of chlorinated tap water a day may be at a much higher risk of miscarriage than women who drink non-chlorinated water. Sorry, don’t mean to be scary but I find this amazing!

ACTION: Buy a good water filter and only drink filtered water, especially if your council adds chlorine to your tap water.

FACT 10: Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Cancer-causing chemicals like chlorine found in many household items and personal care are easily absorbed through the skin.

ACTION: Check your ingredients. Use only organic skincare and chlorine free household products. Buy in bulk to save money. Check out Tri Nature Products at Nature’s Child Online Organic Baby Store or visit your local health food store for alternatives.

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Greenpeace Campaign.

Huge thanks to Greenpeace who was the lone voice on the dangers of plastic for many years. We are grateful for your voice and your impact on our children’s world.

Greenpeace actively campaign against the dangers of Chlorine. Avoid PVC products, it is so easy to phase out this product and produce safer items like toys, furniture, flooring and even window frames. Of all the plastics available, it is the most damaging but the good news is that its also the easiest to avoid. The same goes for BPA free products. Bisphenol A is a hormone disrupter and thankfully is now easily avoided through the ready availability of BPA free products. Nature’s Child was one of the first companies in Australia to educated consumers about BPA free products. We were seen as a bit of a cowboy to have this philosophy until the Canadian government finally banned the chemical in products such as baby bottles. This changed everything! It made commercial manufacturers, who denied it for the first few years, final wake up and make the change. It took people like you and me and organizations like Greenpeace to campaign to make the government listen. We are all connected in the future of manufacturing. Take a stand, make that step and let manufacturers know that you don’t want their chemical laden products. Suport business’s who only sell chemical free products. Its best for your health, its best for our environment. PVC production requires vast quantities of toxic substances, and toxic by-products are released into the environment in the process. When PVC products are burned by intentional waste incineration or in accidental fires, toxic emissions such as hydrochloric acid result. It is not necessary and YOU and ME have the power to influence this.

 

Easy Product Alternatives to Chlorine and Plastic

Unbleached printing paper and notebooks.

Eco Pens.

Chlorine free nappies.  Cloth and Disposable.

Water Filter in your home.

Chlorine free household cleaners.

Unbleached toilet paper and tissues.

Hydrogen peroxide is not chlorine bleach; you can use this if really necessary.

 

Article by Jannine Barron, Nature’s Child.

How To Choose A Nappy That Is Right For You?

How to choose a nappy? This is a short article designed to be an overview of the different styles of nappies available for Australian Babies.

There are 5 criteria to help you decide what nappy you need.

1.      Convenience: It needs to be easy to use

2.      Price: It needs to suit your budget

3.      Environmentally Issues: It needs to take care of our earth

4.      Healthy Issues: It needs to be good for your baby

5.      Washing Needs: It needs to be simple and organised

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1 – Convenience: It needs to be easy to use

There are four styles nappies on the market. Standard disposables, eco-disposables, moderncloth nappies and traditional terry towelling square nappies.

You can buy standard disposable nappies from most supermarkets and chemists. These are made from layers of paper and plastic and contain gels that hold moisture. Looking the same as mainstream disposables but with significant differences, eco-disposable brands are available with limited release at some Australian Supermarkets but primarily sold online or in health food stores. More on eco-disposable nappies below.

Modern cloth nappies have been developed over the last two decades and are now very efficient in design. Available primarily online, they are a response to the contemporary need for an easy to use cloth nappy. They retail between $15 – $40 each, depending on the quality, country of origin, fabric used and whether it’s a business or cottage industry. Some brands are one-size fits from newborn to toddler and other brands have small, medium and large sizes. They are very economical and easy to use, and can be used on more than one child in a family. Modern or fitted cloth nappies look like disposables; they have gathered elastic at the legs and use Velcro or snap closures. Velcro, snap, or pull on nappy covers can be used as well. No folding or pinning is required. Ninety-eight percent of cloth nappy brands can be found online. Before you choose the nappy, ask yourself what is most important. The fabric they are made from? The design? The price? Narrowing down this criteria will help you significantly when you are browsing. For example. Decide Organic Cotton or Bamboo only. This will narrow down your search. It gets very confusing with all the choices once you start looking if you don’t have a criteria in place!  Cloth nappies are still in the minority as a nappy of choice, but this trend is changing fast due to better designs, better information and a passionate drive from the creators.

Many people find traditional square nappies to also be convenient with practice and a well-organised system. It’s no secret that these are certainly my personal favourite. Ask your mum what nappy folds and tips she can give and share these with other mums, or else consult the internet. Terry towelling nappies are available at most major department stores and on the Internet. The Nature’s Child Organic Cotton Luxury Towelling Nappies are in my view, the best quality nappy available, the cheapest organic cotton nappy you can purchase and have the added benefits of one size fits all, easy to dry, inexpensive and more. See our YOU TUBE channel or just search you tube for HOW TO FOLD A CLOTH NAPPY NATURE’S CHILD – you will find this one minute video helpful, informative and educational. Watch the Video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_eBRVGf-TE

There has been a flood of “eco-disposables” on the Australian Market in recent years. Disposable Nappies that have no bleach, have biodegradable parts or that can be composted can all be found conveniently and introduced as part of your cloth nappy system as a back up. The Gently Nappy has the added benefit of having a traditional disposable shape with the majority being biodegradable. The tabs are not. Many councils will now take these nappies as part of a green waste disposal system. Ask your local council or contact us for a list of participating councils. View our recommended biodegradable eco-disposable nappies here. http://www.natureschild.com.au/store/hybrid-nappies-

Eenee Weenee Disposable Nappies have been available in Australia for over 15yrs. They are still little known but make a great disposable nappy pad that can be used alone as a disposable nappy or combined with a cloth nappy for extra absorbency.

We also love BAMBO disposable nappies. We think Bambo are a premium, affordable disposable nappy for parents. View Bambo Nappies here. http://www.natureschild.com.au/store/disposable-nappies

Remember, this article is a summary, we could go on and on but we are aiming to make this an introduction for you to discover the types of Nappies available for your baby. Once you have a feeling for a style of nappy you like, then you can delve more into that type of Nappy for your baby.

 

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2 – Price: It needs to suit your budget

If you choose a full-time disposable (or eco-disposable) system, you will need to spend between AUS$3,000-5,000 on disposable nappies for one child from birth through toilet training. Then there are accessories like wipes, bibs (WHAT ARE BIBS?), change mats and swimmers, which are an added cost.

Fitted-Cloth nappies for the same period for one baby will generally cost approximately AU$400-800; these nappies can sometimes be used on second and third children too!

Square nappies that you fold in terry towelling, muslin or flannelette cost under $200 to set up in the beginning. You have on-going costs of nappy liners, fasteners and covers but these are minimal.

Environmentally friendly washing powders and nappy soak costs approximately $120/ year. Environmentally-safe washing products are surprisingly cost-effective compared to their conventional counterparts and sometimes cheaper, too. Additional costs of water and electricity need to be considered at approximately $3 a week.

 

3 – Environmentally safe: It needs to take care of our earth

There have long been arguments around about cloth and disposable nappies being equally environmentally safe. In 2005, a UK Environment Agency report concluded that ’overall there are no environmental benefits to using either disposable or washable nappies‘. After a four-year study involving more than 2,000 parents, the agency found that ’there is little or nothing to choose between them‘. The findings were attacked as ’seriously flawed‘ by the Women’s Environmental Network, who questioned how the disposal of about three billion nappies each year in Britain’s landfill sites could be comparable with using washables.

Belinda de Montfort, the waste reduction officer at Kent County Council, which campaigns to persuade women to use washable nappies, even offering a £30 gift token for all ’converts‘, said she was ’astounded‘. Disposable nappies create about 400,000 tonnes of waste each year in the UK.

The disappointment from cloth nappy advocates regarding the scope of the research could be heard with a roar when this report was produced. The list of flaws was longer than the terms of reference. Environmentalists agree that there still has not been a worthy report looking at this issue with complete accountability or independence to give us an accurate picture. A packet of disposable nappies may use similar or less resources than a set of cloth nappies to make. But if you need to buy three years of packets, vs. one set of cloth, the differences to cloth advocates seem too obvious to mention.

Until an independent study is undertaken that looks at all factors, you need to use your own intuition and what facts you have on waste, cost, health and landfill.

If you choose a conventional or eco-disposable nappy, make sure you follow the instructions on the packet and don’t throw the poo away with the nappy. Raw sewerage in our landfill is a health hazard and is illegal. While disposable nappy companies take care in telling you this in their instructions, the design of the nappy means it is more likely people will throw the whole nappy with undisposed poo away in the bin. Untreated sewerage is a health hazard.

Please read our article Responsible Use of Disposable Nappies to learn more about this topic.

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4 – Healthy: It needs to be good for your baby

The main issue with nappies that people fear is nappy rash. Nappy rash is primarily caused by an acidic diet or skin trapped by warmth and wet. Speak to your naturopath for advice on your diet and give your baby lots of nappy free time (see sidebar). See belowWhen using cloth nappies, use a cloth or disposable nappy liner that absorbs the wetness away from baby’s skin or a compostable disposable nappy liner that will protect their skin and also ease the mess at change time.

If your baby regularly gets a rash in a disposable nappy, it could be chemical burn or other reaction to the bleach and gels in disposable nappies. Many parents put up with this thinking it is nappy rash but our babies sensitive skin can react to these ingredients. Try an eco-disposable. They use a lot less gels and cloth nappies have no gels at all. Many parents who switch to cloth report an instant improvement in their babies skin condition.

Another reason babies may have nappy rash, is due to a digestion issue. See your naturopath for assistance with nappy rash that seems more dramatic than normal. To try our world famous certified organic bottom balm. Click here. http://www.natureschild.com.au/store/lotions-and-oils/nature-s-child-bottom-balm-50ml.html

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5 – Washing: It needs to be simple and organised

The big appeal of disposable nappies is no washing. The action of taking a fresh, clean nappy out of a packet, using it, throwing it away and grabbing another one equally neat and clean when you are ready is very seductive. When it comes to throwing them away however, the horror of a full and smelly nappy bin may not impress you at all. Many councils are now reducing their pickups to fortnightly as well which is creating a longer lasting stench in wheelie bins. This experience has led many parents to wonder, how bad is it washing nappies? The fear and hassle about this chore has been so blown out of proportion over the years that simple help instructions are now required to assist parents. We mentioned above that some councils have green bin waste for disposable nappies, but only for two brands that we know of when this article went to press. Gently and Eenee Nappies are the only nappies approved for Green Waste Disposal in Australia. View both these nappies here. http://www.natureschild.com.au/store/hybrid-nappies-

 

So here is the good news – it is simple to wash cloth nappies. Read our other nappy articles to learn how to wash nappies with ease. For now…here is a little bit of information.

Cloth nappies need to be washed every day or every second day using a dry or wet system. You can have a day off washing if you have a well-organised system and enough nappies on hand. Bleach products have traditionally been used to whiten nappies when soaking, if you are concerned about environmental impact, it is not suggested you use whitening products. Bleach is a dioxin that is a major cause of animal and soil chemical contamination. Modern cloth nappies are less likely to require bleach and there are many environmentally-safe and cost-effective soakers available online and in health food stores. We recommend Tri Nature Pre Wash Soaker as the best, Australian Made, Eco-friendly detergent and Pre Wash Soaker for Australian Nappies.

We recommend our ULTIMATE NAPPY PACK which gives you a variety of Nappy styles to try. Mention that you have read this blog and we will include 1 x FREE pkt of eco-disposable nappies for you as well at no extra cost. View our ULTIMATE NAPPY PACK here http://www.natureschild.com.au/store/search?orderby=position&orderway=desc&search_query=ultimate+nappy+pack

 

 

Babies – Temperature and Clothing

Until a child is at least 14, they should not be left unaided to make choices in how warmly they dress according to Lisa Romero, Anthroposophical Healer and Teacher. Romero recommends Children need to be thought of as ONIONS! They need LOTS of LAYERS.

A baby is born without physical protection; they begin their life dependent on the care of their parent. It is vital that a hat and shoes (beanie and booties) are placed on a baby upon arrival into the world and daily until the toddler years. Their body is learning from this very young age to balance heat and cold. As your child grows, s/he has to re-establish warmth if they are to grow as a full and healthy person. This sense of balance is one of the foundation senses that are acquired gradually during the first seven years of life. Often when the child says they don't want to wear a cardigan/singlet/long pants/long- sleeved top they are saying it from their sense of life. That is, they may not like the "feel" on their skin or the sensation of something around their neck.

Adults need to take responsibility to help a child dress appropriately for the weather. For the child under 7 it is vital they are kept warm, this is when they are working with the development of their organs.
 

Two points to consider when dressing your child for these winter days are:

1 Layers of clothing - Undergarments: singlet and tights. We often see children running around with bare backs and tummies. The region of the liver and kidneys so these organs need warmth.

2 – Fabrics - Are they wearing natural fibres or synthetic fabrics? The skin is an organ, the outer boundary of the body. It continuously has a relationship with the body and the surroundings. It needs to be able to breath and it is the organ that constantly experiences the sense of touch. Touch is also a foundation sense that is important to the first seven years.

This may support you in considering why it would be beneficial to choose natural organic fibres rather than synthetics where possible. Clothing has become about fashion more than health. The power is in your hands as the parent for as many years as possible to be practical more than fashionable. Take charge in this area for as long as possible to give your child a healthy start more than a fashionable one.

Redirection the best way… Creative Discipline

'Creative Discipline' is a bag of useful tools for those trying moments that naturally occur with all young children. Redirection is one of eight 'Creative Discipline' techniques that can positively transform challenging moments; whilst parent and child remain connected together.

Isolate the 'action' a child is displaying and redirect the 'action' into a safe and positive play idea.
 

Scenario: a young child is running inside at a social gathering.

  •  "Can you run to that tree and back three times in the garden? I will watch from the window. Outside is where you can run".
     

Scenario: a young child is banging on the window with a hard object (makes a lovely sound!).

  • "We bang on a drum, let's tap on a saucepan with a wooden spoon. This is how we tap, well done, not on the window". 

Redirect to a whole new activity, when trying moments occur. Redirection can also quickly change a child's mood.

 

Scenario: a child is tired but do not want to rest ('niggles' will follow!).

  • Throw a big bed sheet or bedspread over the kitchen table to make a cosy den underneath with cushions and books.
  • Start reading a story to big teddy on your bed, your child will soon follow. 
     

Scenario: a child is upset, waiting for tea.

  •  "Look at that bird in the tree; it sounds like it is calling your name. Listen, Roger, Roger…!"

Redirect to something new (children live in the moment!). Redirect by saying the 'positive' way to behave, rather than "Stop…" "No…" Children are more open to being guided in this way (even teenagers!). Each time your child displays a challenging behaviour is an opportunity to guide (redirect) your child on how to live in this world.
 

Scenario: Children are walking in mud on the way to the classroom (teaching)

  • "Stay on the path!", rather than "Keep off the mud!"

It is subtle but children respond to the positive way to behave (with less defensiveness), and learn what to do next time.
 

Scenario: a young child is hitting a playmate to get a toy.

  • Say 'hands down' in a firm manner, redirecting the child to keep his hands to himself.
  • Redirect the child to use words to ask for a turn, and for the hurt child to say, "Stop! I do not like that".
  • Redirect the child to help you get a timer to play a turn taking game when the bell pings! Practice 'sharing' with teddy at home.
  • Explain gentleness throughout the week with toys and other people.

Remember that no child or parent is perfect, and neither should we be as it is our mistakes that help us to learn and grow. Try to be conscious of how things worked out during and after each incident with your child. Understand where you could have parented more positively (redirecting) to change inappropriate behaviours, and make plans to act differently tomorrow (and then try again!)… Lou Harvey-Zahra's book 'Turning Tears into Laughter: Creative Discipline for the Toddler and Preschool Years' (Five Mile Press) includes all eight Creative Discipline tools. Along with free and inspiring parenting tips (newsletter), her book can be found at www.skiptomylouparenting.com