#30: Success the second time around

Melissa’s story is proof you don’t need to get it right immediately with cloth nappies. She started using cloth from birth with her son, gave up, then started again when he was 15 months old. Just over a year later, her daughter was born and, this time, her cloth journey has been a continuous one. She credits the cloth community for its help and support in her stronger trouble-shooting ability the second time around. Her advice is to take it one nappy at a time and to try not to become overwhelmed – “at the end of the day they are just nappies”.

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#25: It’s the small things

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.

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#23: Small cost for gains

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.

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#20: An appreciation for simplicity

Simple and meaningful are the principles by which Sunshine Coast mum, Naomi, lives her life. She believes in owning less, making things with her own hands and being thoughtful about where her time and money goes. Of course, this approach extends to the way in which she is choosing to raise her 18-month-old son. Naomi says using cloth nappies for her son was a given – especially considering her ongoing attempts to minimise plastic waste, and she credits elimination communication for him being out of both day and night-time nappies by 10 months of age. But, don’t go calling her a “super mum” just yet; you’ll have to read on to find out why this term brings her displeasure.

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