Jenna is a case in point that cloth diapering can prompt a landslide of other eco-oriented changes. Before becoming a mum to her hand-me-down wearing, vegetarian toddler, Jenna didn’t have the passion for protecting the environment she has today. After swapping to a smaller garbage can, becoming more mindful about gift giving, reconsidering her transport options and converting to thrifting as a way of life, amongst many other things, Jenna now regularly shows up on Instagram to bring awareness to our ingrained habits and the importance of changing them. “As consumers we have the power of voting with our dollars, reading the labels, and asking the difficult questions. The more that consumers care about sustainability, the more that large companies will have to change their practices to retain their customers. Together our small actions make a very big difference.”
Tori says, that in order to exercise choice, you need to know what your options are. And I couldn’t agree more. There’s certainly a large cohort of parents out there who don’t make the choice to use reusable nappies because they don’t understand the options available to them. I invited Tori to join us to make the case for cloth diapers, and here she shares with us a chapter from her new book.
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.
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.
For Annie, motherhood has brought with it an appreciation for the simple things in life. While this often looks like family time exploring the fields around their home, Annie’s gratitude has also begun a determination to make eco choices she hopes will lead to a greater future for her daughter. Cloth nappies were the catalyst for Annie’s more eco-conscious approach to life.
Today, we are joined by Leah who wants to embolden everyone not to be discouraged by any negativity they encounter in beginning their cloth journey. As a mother of twins, Leah says she had double the reason to limit her environmental impact by choosing cloth nappies; still, with her babies in special care and the overwhelm that comes with being a first-time mum, she didn’t use cloth until many months later. Now, the family is in full time cloth and Leah is a strong advocate for reusable nappies not having to be all or nothing.
Victorian mum of two bubs in cloth, Jill, sums up the benefits of reusable nappies so well: save thousands of dollars, save thousands of disposables from landfill, support small business and dress your baby’s tush in the sweetest designs – all for the cost of an extra load or two of laundry each week. And the added bonus, she says, is that you feel like you’re doing a little good each time you use one.
With three children three and under, Chantelle changes a lot of nappies. From the time her eldest was 9 months old, these nappies have been cloth. Chantelle made the change to reusable nappies when the cost of disposables and the amount of waste going into landfill started to become overwhelming.
Today’s interviewee, Hanna, has followed a path to cloth nappies with which many will be familiar. She didn’t start straight away in place of mastering breastfeeding and becoming a mother, but soon realised reusable nappies were no more difficult than the many other eco swaps she’d been making for years.