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It’s on its way! Real Nappy Week 2014

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It’s nearly that time of year again – the time where all the fluff addicts and newbies alike get quite excited.

The time of year where there’s SO many amazing deals out to be had on gorgeous nappies and accessories to make your cloth nappy stash just perfect.

The time of year where anyone who is new to cloth nappies can find a wealth of information easily through all the cloth clinics and chats that pop up on various Facebook groups and Twitter feeds.

YES! Real Nappy Week (RNW) 2014 is coming soon!

This year, it all kicks off on April 28th and lasts until May 4th and there will lots of exciting events going on.

To get yourself started, why don’t you take a look at the Go Real and Great British Nappy Hunt websites and Facebook groups. They’ll give you fantastic information and support!

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Time slips by…blogging vs. real life.

Oh my goodness! I thought I’d better write a quick blogpost to apologise for being so dreadful at updating this blog of mine.

Truth is – we’ve been SO busy that I’ve totally forgotten.

Now, from a blogging point of view, that’s rather remiss but from an enjoying actually life perspective, it’s brilliant!

Blogs are great.
Blogs are addictive!
But real life is better!!!

However, I have so much to share with you that I’m going to get cracking on some new blog posts next week.

I promise!

Hope you’re all having a good week x

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Perfecting Potty Training.

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This is a post that I have written and shared with the lovely people at Baba+Boo. We are using their training pants as part of our potty training and they’re proving to be brilliant.

There are certain events in your baby’s life that, well, to be quite frank – you slightly dread. Rolling is fantastic but crawling means that you have to start moving everything out of reach. Crawling is great as at least they can’t get up too high but walking means that almost nothing is beyond their grasp. I know that we love these milestones but each new thing comes with a slight uncertainty. A slight concern…

And that’s how I felt about potty-training. I’ve got to be honest, I’ve been dreading it. Really getting myself quite worked up about how on earth we were going to go about it. Some people bang on about using certain methods from books whilst others just go with the flow and are very much led by their child.

We’re taking the second approach in our household and have been leaving a potty around the place for a good six months plus. The Toddler has been using it as a very fetching crown for a while and I was getting concerned that he didn’t really understand what a ‘wee-wee-potty’ was actually all about.

But all of a sudden it’s been clicking and he’s been asking to sit down. Little sits have progressed to longer stays and he’s started to actually use the potty for wees. It’s been relatively quite relaxed and easy so far. As he’s in cloth nappies, he’s feeling when he’s wet much more easily and now that he’s doing full wees he’s really not happy when he feels very damp. This is where cloth has really started to pay off (thank goodness!)

Now that he’s starting to get used to this new way of weeing, we’ve decided that the next step is going to be using cloth pull-up pants. We’ve got a couple of absolutely gorgeous Baba+Boo ones that he’s been told are his ‘Big Boy Pants’ and so far he’s enjoying strutting around the house with the on, proudly showing them to whoever is near. The only hurdle that we’ve found at the moment is that wants a nappy back on when he’s about to do a poo, so the pants aren’t always on yet for as long as we would like. However, the excited look on his face when he’s at home and knows that he can wear his new pants makes me think that they’ll be the norm for him very soon. Here’s hoping!

daisytheclothbummum has written this post as my own post and as a guest post for Baba+Boo. I have not been paid for this and all photographs, words, thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Merry Christmas 2013!

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I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

I hope you all have an amazing and hopefully somewhat relaxing day with your families.

I hope that your day tomorrow is filled with awe and wonder and you savour those memory-making moments of adulterated joy.

See you on the other side!

Daisy xxx

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Craft Christmas: Stockings and Bags

There was a time, a long long time ago, when I used to be a lot more craft-orientated.

I used to make loads of stuff for my house, used to enjoy creating lots of cards and was even starting to get pretty good at baking (something which I had previously been quite atrociously bad at).

Then I had a baby…

The time that I could spare for those sort of activities floated away on a sea of breastmilk, nappies and generally babyness.

At first I didn’t miss it at all. Mainly because I was so sleep-deprived at first and then and caught up in a whirlwind that is the first year of a baby’s life and, for me, going back to work.

But now my baby is giving me more time, playing more independently and sleeping more solidly, I’ve been able to get back to doing the things that I really enjoy.

So, this Christmas I’ve made little Monkey Man his own, rather massive stocking out of felt, fake fur and scrap of material and ribbon that I had around the house. I’ve had great fun making up my own winter scene, creating my own patterns and running it all up on my very old sewing machine and I have to say that I’m quite chuffed with the result! Under the red felt at the top is his name, but as I don’t share that on here, I’ve covered it up.

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They grow up fast

I’ve just seen this on a Facebook page and I had to share with you.
This image both amazed me and actually made me feel a little sad.

Let’s treasure them. We don’t have them small for long!

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Our first Christmas Crafts and fun!

It’s funny how a toddler changes things. I used to not be at all interested in Christmas until really close to Christmas Eve.
I think it has something to do with working in a school.

Christmas in a school is a magical time. It’s wonderful watching the children get so excited.

The little ones waving at their parents (even though they’re encouraged not to) during their nativity.

Lots of fun, glitter and glue EVERYWHERE!

Christmas concerts, carols and musical madness.

It’s brilliant… but it’s also a little tiring at times! The children get SO excited towards the end of term and we always have lots to do to make it as magical as possible that when you get home, you often don’t want to do Christmassy things straight away.

BUT NOT THIS YEAR! THIS YEAR IS MARVELLOUS. THIS YEAR IS MAGICAL. THIS YEAR IS A…MAZING!

All because I have a 2 year old.

He is so excited at anything and everything that’s new, so we’ve been having a lot of fun.

Painting with glitter and glue.

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Using foam shapes and glitter to make Christmas wreaths that we’re going to string together to make garlands.

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And… well, what do you do with all that leftover glitter that you’ve shaken everywhere. The stuff that usually goes all over the place?
That’s right… Sparkly moonsand!

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Flour mixed with baby oil and add glitter for fun. This kept him particularly mesmerised and involved for about half an hour (a Christmas miracle indeed!) He loved mixed it, spooning and patting the mixture, building up towers and smashing them down, patting and stamping it and much much more.

Are you having a crafty arty Christmas?

daisytheclothbummum has just blogged this article for sharing/ fun purposes. All words, thoughts and opinions are my own and photographs are my own property.

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Cloth isn’t scary!

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(This post is linked into the Halloween ‘Cloth isn’t scary’ Hunt being held by The Great British Nappy Hunt)

Using cloth nappies was something that I kind of always knew that I’d do.
Ok – I was a little worried that with a newborn that I might find it a tad difficult to keep on top of everything, but it didn’t concern me too much.

But I’ve found that my lack of worry isn’t something that others share.

As I’ve met other mums through baby groups and through running my local cloth nappy library I’ve encountered a few funny looks.
A few worried faces.
A few, quite frankly terrified expressions.

Quite a lot of people have got this old-fashioned idea that somehow cloth is a LOT of hard work. That you’re going to be soaking nappies, boiling nappies and generally slaving over nappies all day and night long.
That they’re going to be a nightmare to use.
That disposables are just so much easier.

Ok, so whilst disposables might be easier to whip on and off, the bottom line is that they are going to cost you an absolute fortune and are pretty damn awful for our environment so there’s got to be a better option, right? One that isn’t going to leave you chained to your kitchen or utility room?

So – here I’m going to try to allay some of those fears. To reassure any new mummies-to-be or mummies who are just new to cloth that it’s honestly ok. That cloth really isn’t as scary as you might think.

Modern cloth nappies are seriously an absolute doddle to use. I’ve blogged about how easy they are before and nearly 2 years on from those original posts I still have the same views. Have a read here , here and here to find out in more detail!

Sometimes one member of a family might be more into the idea of using cloth than the other one. I’ve seen this a lot and I promise that once you both get into it, it’s quite easy and the reluctant party will wonder why they got so worked up! Have a read of this blogpost to help you get some ideas!

With cloth nappies nowadays they are shaped like a standard disposable (just a bit thicker!) and fasten with either poppers or a velcro-style system. They come in a range of styles and funky colours and you can even get ones that are personalised and custom-made!

When it comes to washing them, all you have to do is remove any liners from the inside and get rid of any solid waste down the toilet before popping them into a washbag. No soaking required at all! When you’ve got either a bag full or a couple of days worth, then just chuck them into the washing machine. I wash mine at 60 with a prewash (see my washing post) and I use sanitising powder.

And that’s it! When they’re dry all you have to do is put them back together, line them with a paper and/or fleece liner and you’re sorted.

No running out of nappies.
No having to do a last minute dash to the shops when you realise you’ve got nothing in.
No horrible chemicals against your little one’s skin.
No mountains of binbags going to landfill (see – that’s scary!)

Cloth is simple, not scary!

So what are you waiting for? Why don’t you give cloth a try?
Head on over to The Great British Nappy Hunt

to find out lots more about modern cloth nappies and join in the Halloween Hunt. You could win a fantastic clothy gift to get you started!

daisytheclothbummum has not been paid for this blogpost. All words, thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Cloth Nappies for the older baby: Tots Bots Bamboozle Stretch Review

Now that my little man isn’t so little anymore, we’ve been having to have a bit of a rethink with his cloth nappies.

Whilst our nappy stash is full of lovely nappies the problem is that most of them either don’t fit him properly anymore or he is outweeing them very quickly.

You see, the problem with toddlers (and ours is a particularly large one) is that their bladder muscles get stronger and they let their wee out in one large gush, rather than dribbling amounts little and often.

Of course, that’s not really a problem if your child is at the stage where they are showing clear signs of wanting to potty train but for those of us whose little monsters don’t seem to have a clue (or even care less) when they are wet/dirty, larger cloth nappies are quite important.

However, after having a very good look around I came to an annoying, resounding conclusion.

There’s not much out there.

So imagine my delight when Tots Bots announced a few months ago that they were bringing out a larger version of their wonderful, award winning Bamboozle Stretch
. That they were going to have a size 3. I was utterly delighted. I have bought some other nappies in a size 3 but they are very bulky, so to find out that such a slimline nappy was going to be available made me really happy.

The lovely people at Tots Bots sent me one over to review during the school holidays but, I have to be honest, I haven’t been able to review this nappy properly due to the fact that our little man has had to be in disposables for a little while due to an infection and various bugs.

So, as soon as we were able to get back into cloth I grabbed the gorgeously soft Bamboozle and put it through its paces.

I used it at the most wee-heavy time of the day for us which is just after his mid-morning snack. Most nappies cannot cope with what he throws at them at this time of the day, so I was so happy when it not only didn’t leak, but didn’t leak under some seriously tight clothing that I’d put on him just to really test it.

I combined this nappy with a bombproof Blueberry Wrap but Tots Bots do have their own range of wraps that work really well indeed.

I have to say that I will be purchasing a few more of these lovelies very soon as they are wonderful for taking out with us as I know, hand on heart, that they won’t let us down.

Thank you, Tots Bots, for adding these into your collection. They are amazing!

daisytheclothbummum has not received any monetary payment for this review. All words, thoughts and opinions are my own and I received a Tots Bots Bamboozle stretch for the purposes of this review.

I apologise for a lack of photo but at the time of posting this blogpost, the nappy is in the wash! I will amend asap!

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Parties with an allergic child.

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I’ve posted before about the joys of going out with a baby who can’t have certain foods but, oh the fun of toddler parties!

Summer has been great for us. With a summer born child there’s been so many exciting days out for our little man and he’s loved every second.

But, unfortunately, one issue has been all the parties and all the food. It’s a toughie because, as a parent, you don’t want them to miss out on a thing but they kind of have to.

They can’t have all the cool party food…

Everything requires taking your own food.
Being prepared.
Thinking ahead.
Having a nice little stash of allergen-free alternatives so your little one doesn’t feel left out.

That yummy birthday cake? Not a chance – usually dairy-laden, as are most of the cakes, biscuits, breadsticks, even crisps that often have lactose in their flavourings.

Then add in a salmon allergy and high intolerance to tomatoes and your little toddler suddenly can’t eat the majority of stuff in the room.

Now, please don’t get me wrong. Not for one second am I suggesting that people should alter their party choices. It’s one of those things and I’m always very prepared with a bag of carefully matched alternatives.

All my friends are wonderful and really help me to keep an eye on my monkey to ensure he doesn’t grab food he can’t have.

But it’s never easy at these things.

I find it impossible to relax.

I find it very hard when people who don’t know us roll their eyes when I have to grab a plate/piece of food off him quickly . There’s no time for an explanation – it just needs to be done.

I find it infuriating when people try to give my child food. I know they’re being nice but, oh dear god just DON’T. Do they then have to deal with the upset stomachs, vomiting, rashes, screaming, insane behaviour triggered by a reaction? No.

I hate the fact that I must look like a total neurotic mother when what I’d really love to do is just be able to let him go for it.

For him to be able to have the freedom other children have with food.

But at the moment he can’t.
And that sucks.

So, if you’re ever at a kids party – spare a thought for us frazzled allergy mums!
Put plates up high out of the way of inquisitive toddlers to give us a helping hand!

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