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#74: Spreading the word

For London mama, Caroline, making an effort to build a better future is even more important since welcoming her son to the world. While she started using cloth nappies part time to cut down on waste, she soon became a full-time user, and is now an ardent supporter of anyone wanting to make the switch from disposable. Realising you don’t need things is liberating, she says, as she encourages everyone to start with small sustainable changes in the hope we can reverse some of the damage we have wrecked on our planet.

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#73: It’s not that hard

New Zealand mama, Sam, wants parents to know that it is possible to do cloth nappies, even if you have very little time. Even more importantly, she wants parents to know they aren’t alone; that there’s a community out there ready to support you through the times when parenting can be as hard as being in a crisis. These messages and more she shares on social media, where she hopes the truth will reign over “Instagram reality”. We love her hope for the world of the future – one that is kinder, more accepting and more sustainable. A world where there is no war, love is love and all people are equals.

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#72: From novice to pro

What’s it like being a stay-at-home mother to three children under four years old? Alexandra will let you know. She opens up about her busy and crazy life, the closest she comes to a parenting philosophy, and her passions outside of her family. After a frustrated start on her own cloth nappy journey, Alexandra became a cloth nappy consultant, and today she helps parents with their own start into the world of cloth nappies. She has many insights into common concerns and misconceptions faced by those new to cloth, including differing formulas for success depending on whether parents are deadest on cloth or on the fence.

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#67: Make life easier by being prepared

Our interview with book and coffee-loving stay-at-home mama Emma has me dreaming of the day cloth nappies are the norm again. From making her decision to cloth because it keeps chemicals from young skin and assists with toilet training to being prepared and buying secondhand or in bulk, Emma is so full of practical and sensible advise that if you were to meet her, you’d never give disposables a chance. Here’s hoping Emma’s dreams – not only of more awareness of cloth nappies, but also a world in which women are more respected, heard and taken seriously – come to fruition.

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#64: A year of wisdom

Not a week has gone by since the first interviews were posted to this community on 1 April 2020 that I have not marvelled at the perspectives and wisdom offered by the parents who have generously shared their stories. As a latecomer to the cloth community (you can read my story here), I started this blog in the hope of encouraging more families to make the switch to cloth and supporting all families to make the best choices for their children and the future of all children.

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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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#51: Husband’s choice

It’s not a story you read too often, but in this household, it was Steph’s husband, Dave, who chose cloth. Steph says she was “scarred from the lingering smell of flats in the 1980s”, but Dave was to be stay-at-home Dad and set to become the cloth nappy advocate he is today, known to convert parents in the nappy aisle in the supermarket. Steph and Dave have four children, including three in cloth – two-year-old twin girls and a wee man born in August. Then there’s also their 16-year-old son but, back in 2004, cloth nappies weren’t on this couple’s radar. Today, Steph and Dave choose to reuse in the hope their children will have a world to inherit. “It might feel a bit overwhelming but, hey, so is bringing home a tiny human.”

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#49: Choosing love and trust

Careen’s world is a juggle of mum life and business life, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. Alongside nourishing a world of love and trust for the two little men in her life, Careen advocates for mothers investing time in themselves so they can give their best to those around them in return. She openly shares her parenting and other experiences, including her developing waste reduction values, on social media as a means of opening conversations with many, leaving it up to them to choose to take action or make a positive change.

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#36: Just go for it

Adelaide mum, Candice, shared her thoughts on reusable nappies just a few short months into motherhood. She writes, as many do, about how she found using modern cloth nappies far easier than she imagined, attributing much of the early uncertainty to learning the lingo of cloth. It’s like an in joke, she says, and urges others to ‘just go for it’. “It’s so much easier than you think and actually kind of fun.”

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#35: Eco rabbit hole

I’m not going to lie, today’s interview is long. But Christabel – who describes her house of two adults and two children as ‘loud and messy and fun and vibrant’ – tells so many relatable tales of motherhood with so much wit and charm, I know you are going to love reading her words as much as I did. Christabel lives in Greater Manchester, UK, and describes herself as a fun/ loving/ lazy/ working/ creative/ tired/ ‘anything for an easy life’/ funny/ ‘trying my best but not always getting it right’ mum who is still learning to be kind to herself.