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Still making the switch!

So I am sure you have all seen some pretty cute photos of Hazel with cute nappy designs on her bum. Well sit back and let me tell you about our cloth journey, yep you heard that right, those cute little designs are CLOTH NAPPIES!!!

Let start with the facts!
- Approximately 3.75 million disposable nappies are used daily between Australia and New Zealand and make it to landfill.
- It takes 1 cup of crude oil to create each disposable nappy, this equates to 1625L of crude oil per child from birth to toilet training.
- The plastics in disposables can take up to 500 years to break down.
- Disposables use 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth nappies.
- Overall it takes 6 times more raw materials to make a disposable nappy.
- Disposable cost $3278 vs Modern Cloth $1500

I decided while I was pregnant to give cloth a go with Hazel. It took me a while to find a brand I am happy with and fits amazingly. I honestly originally decided to go this way because of the cute designs not so much due to environmental factors. It didn't take me long to discover the environmental impact of using disposables which absolutely shocked me and really reinforced my determination to make cloth work for us.

You all know how crazy my life is and most people I talked to thought I was crazy for taking on this journey. Let me tell you it was the best decision I made for Hazel, she has never had nappy rash in cloth nappies, her nappy is always super cute and we are doing our bit for the environment. We became that obsessed we now use cloth nappies, wetbags, nappy pods, playmats and cloth wipes!!

We love cloth that much we represent Red Panda Stitching which are the cute nappies you see Hazel in constantly. They are Australian owned, made and designed by a beautiful Work At Home Mum (WAHM) Amanda Abraham. Now lets address the thought on everyone's mind, how do you deal with washing poo. Well the nappies have special inserts for absorption which are stuffed into a special pocket, these pockets are lined with special material that makes the poop slide right off. Then at the end of the day its a matter of chucking them on for a quick 1hr 60 degree wash cycle and placing them in a nice airy container. This process is repeated and then at the end of the day 4 1hr cycle they all go back in for a 60 degree 2.5-3hr cycle with napisan as needed.

It is literally that simple! The most amazing thing is you only need 30 day nappies and 4 night nappies for a full time stash (personal preference) although I don't know if there is ever a maximum number of pretties to have! If I can do cloth with all the other stuff going on in my life, legit anyone can do it. By far the most amazing aspect for sustainability is the fact they will last for more than one child, that's right you can re use your nappies for a second child down the track!

Check out the attached photos for some cloth cuteness and check out the RPS VIP page linked above! Also happy to answer any cloth questions

The Medicalised Mumma x

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