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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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#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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#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.

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#50: Don’t give up

Today, I introduce you to Suzi, mother of four boys, photographer and designer behind the cloth nappy pattern business, My Little Sunshine. Suzi’s journey with reusables began 10 years ago when her first son was a baby. She quickly gave up, however, because she had no idea how to correctly or care for them. Fast forward to her fourth son, add a gift from her bestie, and Suzi is now an active member of the cloth community, where she represents many brands and even sells her own nappy pattern. Suzi radiates love for her boys, finds great joy in the simple things in life, and dreams of nothing more than eliminating hatred from the world. Join us to share in Suzi’s tips for getting started with cloth and to find out more about her passion for including mothers in the family photo album. You’re sure to empathise with what she has to say about her children remembering about her, too.

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#48: Colourful and enjoyable

For today’s interview, we asked New Zealand mum, Sara, what her greatest lessons have been since beginning cloth with her second child, one-year-old daughter, Clem. She shares her thoughts on buying second hand, her top five cloth nappy accessories, her routine and tips for managing the nappy laundry while working full time, and why she’s now a store-bought bamboo wipes convert. Sara says she didn’t realise until recently that every disposable nappy ever produced is still sitting in landfill or that disposables use a huge amount of water to produce and, if she had known those two facts earlier, she would have pushed harder to use cloth for her first child. Her story includes a heart-wrenching anecdote from one of her students that will have you, too, pushing to make cloth mainstream.

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#47: A peachy journey

Today’s interview with Kylie is about taking a passion for cloth nappies and turning it into a business that encourages other families to get into cloth. We discuss what it looks like to kick start a new venture as a first-time mum with a 4-month-old baby, the value in her background as a radiographer and why she believes cloth nappies are the product that brings communities together. For those who have entertained similar dreams, Kylie shares some sensible advice about small business not being a quick or easy route to retirement, but she also shares the joy she finds in wrapping up and sending out orders.

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#42: Finding friends

This week we introduce you to Rebecca. Rebecca has spent much time washing and stuffing nappies, as she is currently using cloth on her third child – one-year-old Soren. She is a mum who knows the worth of seeking support from and sharing advice with friends and family, and extols friendships as the most valuable by-product of using cloth. If you find great joy in colour coordinating and photographing your nappies, then you’re going to enjoy Rebecca’s take on life.

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#37: It’s good for everyone

Tegan is mum to identical twin boys, Jude and Leo. She is loving life as a full-time mum before she returns to work next year, and that includes the lack of nappy rash that comes with her cloth nappy use. Tegan admits she was hesitant to choose cloth nappies because of the extra washing that comes with two babies; her parents were not. She describes her parents as hippies and says they didn’t even ask if she was using disposables; they just started buying her cloth nappy items as soon as she was pregnant. Tegan shares how she has overcome some of the challenges that come with reusable nappies and her hack for easy nappy changes.