Read on to learn more about this beach-loving mumma who first started cloth almost 11 years ago only to give up three days later, then take it up again more than 8 years later when her third child was 2 months old.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was the savings that drew Yondette into the world of modern cloth nappies, but it was the environmental impact of a throw-away culture that led her to become an active part of the cloth community. Two-and-a-half years on from that first fit, Yondette lives and breathes all things sustainable. Not only does she represent many nappy makers and manage an advocacy platform for supporting eco lifestyles, but she also co-founded a fabric business that supplies nappy making products to many WAHMs across Australia. And, through it all, Yondette says she will treasure forever the connection she has made with new and old 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.