As a first-time Mumma (bub’s due in December) it has at times been daunting ticking off the to-do-list of all the things I’ve been told I need for bub (and myself) before they arrive earthside, but do I really need them all?
Do I really need the $1000 birthing class (or do I intuitively know how to birth my bub as my ancestors did before me)? Will I need all the ointments and creams under the sun, or will a simple homemade beeswax balm do the trick? I guess it comes down to individual beliefs and circumstances, and that no one knows you, your body’s and your baby’s needs like yourself.
For me, living an organic, low-tox lifestyle is something that’s non-negotiable, and therefore for my bub too. It’s non-negotiable because I’ve experienced the way it has upgraded my health, flooded my body with more energy and mental clarity, and has benefited those around me. So when it comes to choosing products for my baby and its environment, it makes decision making much easier.
From the paint I choose to use on the walls in the nursery, to the toys in a box ready for bub’s arrival and the nappies I choose to pop on bub’s bum.
A family member recently introduced me to Disana Nappies, a reusable nappy system made from organic cotton inners and Merino wool overpants , and I have to say, I’m so in love already! And before you say I’ll change my mind when the washing piles up, I will say this family member has also imparted lots of tips and tricks to get ahead, and I’d love to share them with you shortly. But before that, why choose organic reusable nappies?
Approximately how many disposable nappies would you guess go into landfill each day in Australia? The answer may shock you… around 3.75 million. That’s approx. 700 kg of waste going into landfill every year per baby, taking approximately 150 years to break down (some 400 years!) Wow.
In comparison to disposable nappies, cotton nappies and wool overpants can be used over and over again, then handed down to other bubbas, and recycled at the end of their useful life. Being organic they also have the bonus of being free from harmful chemicals, plastics and other nasties.
Disana nappies also have one of the best ranges of reusable cloth nappies available in Australia, the complete system involves organic knitted tie-on nappies and brushed cotton liners (which are a great starting point), then you can add the woollen nappy covers and optional flushable paper fleece liners (the liners make it easy to remove solid contents when you change the nappy – they’re compostable, septic tank friendly and can also be rewashed if you’d like too!).
I also love that Disana nappies are designed to fit perfectly from birth to potty training, saving you lots of money in the long run. The neutral colour palate will also mean your bub will not outgrow them.
Tips and tricks when using Disana Nappies:
- A good basic starter pack for your baby would include 20 knitted tie-on nappies and 20 brushed cotton liners. This will mean you’ll have a great rotation cycle on extra-messy days.
- You can add to this three organic wool nappy covers and 1-2 rolls of the flushable paper fleece liners if you’d like
- Hand Wash the wool nappy covers for longevity, and for tough stains use natural ox-gall soap
- Prewash new nappies in hot water 2-3 times to gain maximum absorbency
- Wee nappies can be kept in a dry pail until wash day, whilst with poo nappies you can use a butter knife to remove the poop, then rinse the nappy before dry pailing- (please label your butter knife)! Dry pailing prevents ammonia forming which will extend the life of your nappies and stop the smell until wash day.
- I’ve been told the earlier you start using reusable nappies the better, as you literally build it into your routine, and it becomes second nature! Also considering on average a newborn bub will go through around 500 nappies in the first six months of its life, it makes good sense – environmentally, and financially!
- Reusable nappies and daycare: approach the conversation with kindness, show the staff how to use them if it’s new to them, and provide them with a wet bag and liners for easy use. You’d be surprised how many centres are reusable-nappy friendly.
- When you find the woollen nappy cover becomes less absorbent, simply soak them in lanolin, dry them and they’re good to go for another few weeks.
Author: Charmaine from @perryshillhoney (Instagram)