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#61: Capturing cloth

Today’s interview with Sydney photographer and mother-of-two, Eli, is a reminder that there’s so much worth in joining the cloth nappy world at any stage of the motherhood journey. Eli had recently begun a quest to reduce her household waste last year when she was confronted with empty shelves where the disposable nappies should have been at the start of the pandemic. She took it as a sign to make the switch to cloth for her then 5-month-old youngest daughter. One year on, being immersed in a world of babies and cute cloth butts brings her much joy. Eli is passionate about connecting with and supporting other mothers and women in business, and saving thousands of nappies from landfill.

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#60: Refusing to rush childhood

Today, I introduce you to Stacey, a New Zealand mama of 4 (including 3 in cloth) who says she’s much better at appreciating the smaller things and moments since becoming a mum. Stacey and her family subscribe to a slow and simple lifestyle which, for them, includes being more purposeful in everything they do. Stacey talks about the simple task of changing nappies as an opportunity to be present and connected – an opportunity that became even more meaningful since she made the switch to cloth nappies. Now, she has an array of colours and prints to discuss with her children at change time. Join us for more on Stacey’s philosophy on life and parenting, and to find out how she has found success with cloth nappies after starting three years into the parenting game.

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#59: Focus on what’s important

Just start – you don’t have to be perfect! Leaks are normal! We love the sage advice of New Zealand cloth nappy brand founder, Alexis, and there’s much more to come in today’s interview. Alexis has developed her own version of the “perfect” cloth nappy (stretch was a must), but she continues to advocate for the use of multiple brands, for “there is no such thing as one brand that fits all”. As a midwife and nutritionist, she also advocates for parents following their intuition. We must learn to slow down and focus on what’s important, she says. And one of those important things is the environment. “We have a finite amount of liveable area; we don’t want them inhabitable.”

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#58: Eco perfectionism isn’t the answer

In today’s interview with Nicola – kindness and honesty advocate, and mother of two girls who is happy to wait for the teenage years, she shares a quote about not doing zero waste perfectly, but instead encouraging everyone to do it imperfectly. It’s an approach she takes around her home in an attempt to teach her daughters to be mindful and conscious of others and the world around them. Her approach includes refusing to spend unnecessary money on “eco” products and including disposable products in her routine as the need has arisen. Nicola takes great joy in using and sharing cloth nappies, “but they are pee and poo catchers at the end of the day and they need to be able to do just that.”

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#57: Go hard, go early

For Perth mama Krystal, a 10-year career in accounting was not enough to stop her pursuing her passion for food. With her husband and 21-month-old son by her side, she is studying a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics, and one day dreams of running her own health retreat for people with chronic disease. Until then, she will continue to teach her son to enjoy the science and magic of cooking, and to make sustainable choices where possible when in the kitchen.

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#56: It’s not too hard to try

Becoming more minimal in their home and more conscious of their waste spurred Larissa and her husband, Jeremy, to look into using cloth for their son, Mal. Add a love for laundry and a newfound understanding that cloth can be simple, and you have a mother on a fast track to cloth nappy love. Larissa is a kind-seeking ocean lover, minimalist and business owner. Read on to learn about her passion for natural toys and homewares, non-corny apparel and simple switches that can make a big difference.

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#54: The right attitude

Today on the blog, we interview Amy, a list maker, gardener, mother of one and partner to a diaper launderer extraordinaire. Amy shares the lessons she’s learnt from the Earth and why living a bit slower is good for the soul. Her interview is filled with heartfelt insights for appreciating the world and surviving parenthood with your sanity intact.

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#52: Don’t pressure yourself

Take it one step at a time. Don’t pressure yourself. You can do it. Your dedication and intention are key. These are just some of the wise words Mariz shares in her interview today. A mother of two living in the Philippines, Mariz urges all mothers to be gentle with themselves, for a happy mother makes for happy kids. Her pragmatic approach to cloth nappies – “One cloth is one disposable out from landfill and that’s something to be proud of always” – is one worth admiring in this world where the need to be first or best often reigns.