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Nappy Ever After launch

As you know I was invited to the Nappy Ever After nappy launch.

https://funmammasa.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/nappy-ever-after/

 

I was really excited as i’d like to learn more about cloth nappies (see future blogs mammas) and I wanted to see the vibrantly bright Sugabums range.

Nappy Ever After

I arrived at Primi at the V&A waterfront not too certain what to expect. 

I was immediately greeted by the warm smiles of Shaakira Mathews and Rufqua Abbas Hoosain,  the two dynamic moms behind these brands.

Their passion is infectious and one just has to listen how they knowledgably guide you and speak of their own cloth experiences to understand the dedication behind their businesses.

A perfect setting

Primi was the perfect setting. Quiet and stylish to host a group of moms and relaxed enough for those with children to allow them to play or be cared for by the babysitter.

I took my seat and watched as an array of moms joined the launch. Each with their own cloth nappy  journeys….

Thank you …

At each setting a neat little Thank you adorned our plates. A quick peak inside revealed a branded biscuit treat and a sample of the newly launched Sugabum bum cream .

Treats

Nearby an assortment of visually appealing products were on hand for us to sample , purchase and both ladies were avaliable to answer any questions .

The nappies are bright and appealing. Soft and durable.  I personally love how neat they look when stored.

I was most impressed with how affordable they are. These are stylish nappies that grow with baby and are tailored to suit a new parents budget.

All products are handmade , except for the imported Little Lamb range.

Cloth display

Newly launched was the Sugabum bum cream. This product is exclusively made by Roots so you can trust in it being 100% natural and organic. With its fresh scent and smooth application this  is soon to become a favourite in most households.

Sugabum bum cream

A lovely healthy breakfast menu was offered and moms could choose from one of Primi’s three yummolicious options 

  • Eggs on toast
  • A breakie burger
  • Muesli bowl

I opted for the muesli bowl and wow was I suprised at just how delicious this beautiful breakfast was. ( ps ..the cocoa balls were my favourite. )

Muesli bowl delight

All in all an enjoyable morning spent with fellow mommies and fabulous hosts.

Thank you ūüėė

Thank you again to Nappy Ever After and Sugabums for our prize. I can’t wait to try bear in cloth.

Cloth prize

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Nappy Ever After

I used cloth nappies with all my bears but way back then it was a white towling square folded into one of two shapes …boy or girl! 

We affixed our nappies with a plastic Snappi ( because pins were going to hurt those wriggling bottoms) and hoped the waterproof of choice held the moisture long enough.

For less mess we added a nappy liner .

So when I looked at this option for Bear I was completely overwhelmed. …

Firstly at how amazingly gorgeous and stylish  the new cloth nappies are but also at how to use a modern cloth nappy. 

So many options,  new terms and choices …..

Where to begin???????

Launch Party

 Due to my ignorance I went with the disposible choice and so I was super excited to see the news of the Nappy Ever After launch party hosted by Shaakira Mathews  and Rufqah  Hoosain.

These remarkable ladies are the owners of the cloth nappy companies Nappy Ever After and Sugabums.

Together they have put together the first Nappy Ever After launch party with the intention to educate mamas like me who may want more information on modern cloth nappies and to introduce other cloth mamas to their brands.

What you waiting for

Treat yourselves to a yummolicious Primi breakfast at the V & A this Saturday as you browse these stunning products and get to meet the business mamas behind the brands. 

A wonderful opportunity to have all your questions answered by experienced cloth mamas. 

You can even bring the kids along …as a childminding service will  be provided. 

Have you booked your space yet ?

 

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Modern cloth nappies … what you need to know¬†

Social media is full of beautifully clad baby bottoms , all wearing modern cloth nappies. Bear uses disposibles as I was overwhelmed by the new cloth nappy choices. When my other bears were little we used plain old towling squares held into place with a snappi. And so I was eager to learn more.

Jolene Smith from Smitten  Baby  Boutique was happy to answer my questions .

Can you share your personal journey using cloth nappies?

I started using modern cloth nappies with my little boy and my passion for cloth encouraged me to open my own cloth store manufacturing and supplying other mommies with modern cloth nappies. Every time I used a cloth nappy it was a massive achievement for me. I loved the way they looked on my little boy and loved the fact that they were environmentally friendly. They also contained no chemicals!! It was a win-win for me.

What made me start using cloth nappies? My boy suffered serve chemical burns from disposables and I needed to find an alternative solution for him. 

As a new mom what would the mom‘s need to purchase and how many of each?

I started with basic pocket nappies. I purchased 10 new ones and found 10 preloved ones in my area. I washed nappies with his bodyvests and towels every 3-4 day and dried them on the washing line. 

After a few month’s I discovered other types of modern cloth nappies (All-In-Ones, Hybrids, SIO’s, Flats etc). My complete nappy collection now contains various brands and various types of nappies. My toddler is now potty trained but baby number two is nearly here. So I get to reuse all my nappies again on another bum. So where the nappies cost me a little bit to start out, I will now pay nothing for baby two.

How many nappies does baby use daily (disposible 4 to 6 ) and How does this compare to disposibles.


Full time cloth users can use between 5-8 nappies a day. The amount you need completely depends on how often you will be washing your nappies. 

How do you wash cloth nappies?

Some mommies wash daily and some do it 2/3 times a week with other washing. Washing routines are much easier than the ‘old school’ toweling nappies. We don’t soak or sterilize modern cloth nappies. Dirty/wet nappies are placed into a ‘dry’ bucket (washing basket, large bucket) when taken off baby’s bum. Then when you are ready you wash you place all the nappies into the washing machine and do a rinse cycle. This rinses excess urine etc. off nappies. Then you just do a normal wash (not a quick wash), cold water is completely fine with only washing powder, no fabric softeners. Once this wash is done you hang your nappies to dry on the washing line. You can even add other washing into this wash. Like towels, linen, clothing etc. Save on water and electricity. You don’t need hot washes or tumble dryers.

Why do you think cloth nappies have become so popular?


When I started using modern cloth nappies it wasn’t something I saw when I went to the shops or people spoke about at baby showers. Now I can walk into any mall or play area and see a cloth bum. Mom’s are becoming more aware of modern cloth nappies and choosing them over disposables for various reasons. Some of those reasons: disposables are becoming expensive, you are paying more for poorer quality nappies. Another reason is modern cloth nappies are completely breathable and chemical free. You don’t even require bum creams or barriers with modern cloth nappies.

As a preschool teacher I didnt encounter babies on cloth nappies , do you find schools open to parents nappy choices


Cr√®ches are slowly coming around to the idea of using modern cloth nappies. I think it’s intimidating for any cr√®che owner or caregiver to be handed a bag of modern cloth nappies and expected to use them. Luckily all cloth moms absolutely love teaching others how to use cloth and are only to happy to show cr√®ches how they work. There are a large amount of cr√®ches that actually don’t mind cloth bums and enjoy embracing it.

Why would you recommend cloth?

Ask any cloth mom how modern cloth nappies work and you will see the passion and love they have for modern cloth nappies.

What do you do with your nappies when baby no longer needs them


There is a huge market for preloved modern cloth nappies so when you are finished with your nappies you can sell to another mommy and you will recoup even more of your initial investment back. 

As a completely overwhelmed  mom what advise would you give me with regards to cloth nappies

I have been running Smitten Baby Boutique since 2014 and I can’t tell you all the success stories I hear everyday from my customers. I always tell all new cloth users that it’s very overwhelming in the beginning to get started. But within a month or two they will be pro’s and talking all the cloth lingo like the experienced cloth users do.

Best tips for new cloth users

Best tips I can give potential new cloth users: Find a mommy in your area that uses cloth nappies. Ask to be able to come look at her nappies. She will happily explain all her different types of nappies with you. 

You mentioned not buying bulk nappy packages, why is this

Don’t buy bulk packages of one specific brand of nappies. Buy a variety of different brands and types. Each nappy fits differently on each baby (no two babies are alike). Get a feel for what you enjoy using and invest in more of those. Sell those you don’t reach for. That way you don’t get stuck with 15-20 nappies you don’t enjoy using. That’s why Smitten Baby stocks a variety of different brands and types of nappies, so that Mommies don’t have to shop around at various stores. They can shop at one store and get everything they need. I also courier all over South Africa.

My website is: www.smittenbabyboutique.co.za

My facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/Smittenbabyboutique/