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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
As the year begins, I’ve taken the opportunity to look back over the past year, to where this blog began, to where it is today, and to all the words of wisdom shared by families from across the globe as we bond on the quest to dress our children in cloth and to give the planet a better chance at a future. There’s been many queries about my own experiences with cloth and my motivation for sharing the message to choose cloth, so when @shoshannah.shand asked again recently for an interview with the lady behind the blog, I decided to comply.
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.
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.”