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Baby Essentials Checklist - Nappy Changing Station

This is a new series on baby nursery essentials.  It can be used a baby essentials checklist.  We are starting the series with the nappy change area.

When we had our little girl, we decided on a change table.  There are so many more options for changing trays these days and I would go that way next time around.  They are especially great if space is in short supply.  

For products that spend a lot of time on or near the baby's skin we suggest a non-toxic solution.

  1. Weleda Nappy Change Cream;
  2. Eco Originals Biodegradable Disposable Nappies;
  3. Bambeco Bamboo Wipes;
  4. Change Tray For A Dresser Instead Of Buying A Change Table;
  5. Diaper Caddy;
  6. Ubbi Diaper Pail (so HOT!!)
Baby Essentials Checklist Nappy Changing

The Baby & Toddler Show Review

Had a great day at the Baby & Toddler Show today.  In addition to my rock star park outside the entrance, I also found some great new products, services and gear that I wanted to share.

Ecoriginals Eco Disposable Nappies

So, I have bought a box to road test these disposable diaper's containing no chemicals and Australian owned.   There is wood pulp in the nappy that hold the 'deposits' so they do not have the same chemical composition of regular nappies.  I have a couple of samples that I will put on bubs tomorrow and see how it goes.  They also sell bin liners which are 100% compostable.

What I like about them

  • No chemicals!!!!  
  • soft and easy of the touch
  • seem to hold a lot of liquid
  • Australian owned
  • Largely biodegradable - except for the elastic around the legs and the velcro strap
  • buy them online and have them delivered

And price wise they are the same cost per nappy as your regular supermarket brands.  

Once I've tried them I will follow up with a facebook post.

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Bumboodle BioDiaper

One to watch - a new company launching a chemical free eco friendly disposable.  No samples yet for this one but can't wait to see them launch!

Bundle

I love this concept - a bag to take to the hospital with everything you need for your newborn. The clothes are beautiful - organic cotton, first time parents especially don't need to stress about what to take to the hospital.  

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bobux shoes

Great shoes for all feet - very soft leather.  Designs are varied - there is literally something for everyone.  Non-toxic treatment of leather;  the design of the shoe alters depening on the stage the baby is at; and they are extra wide at the toes so there is no pressure on growing little feet!

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Prams

Two prams caught my eye.  Well one is technically a stroller for older kids.

The bumbleride is launching in Australia and is a newborn to 20kg pram. It is an all in one - meaning that you do not need to buy a bassinet for it, it is a one handed, single piece close; 4 great colours; and very light. The outside fabric is recycled PETE - its is water resistant and UV protected. Internal materials are bamboo and polyester (50/50). The hood is large, the basket size is generous, the handles, footrests, backrest are all adjustable;  tires are air filled. 

And it folds easily, into a small frame. Great pram.  And there is a twin version also.  For Australian distribution keep an eye out on their website or call (03) 9588 0999.

The price point is $699, plus extras if you want to add the bassinet (I wouldn't), or the footmuff and liner (I would);  or snack pack, rain cover etc...

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Another new entrant into the market - the armadillo - an addition to the mama's and papa's range. It is coming to Baby Mode in Melbourne.  This is a really a stroller, it is not suitable for newborns.  One handed fold is what got me - and the size of it both folded and unfolded.  It is very roomy for a toddler, and folds into a very neat, small pack.

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Tips & Bits... Cloth vs Disposable Nappies

Big decision.  Lots of choices.  Lots to weigh up. This is seriously one of the most perplexing questions that parents face.  Of course, for some the choice is simple, but I would say that I have spent a lot more hours discussing nappy choice than pram choice.

Firstly it will have more skin to skin contact with baby than you will.  And we spend a lot of time changing them, so they are omnipresent.  (And they do take up a lot of space.)

Here is some food for thought.  (And don’t forget to check out our older posts on this subject.)

Cloth

Baby Bare Cloth Nappy

Baby Bare Cloth Nappy

  • Once you buy the full set, the main expense is done (only need to buy liners      which are relatively inexpensive)
  • Easier to toilet train – uncomfortable in wet diaper
  • Limited landfill issues
  • Good quality nappies can last multiple children
  • Better absorbency in the newer, modern cloth nappies
  • Home-delivery for cloth is an option although this obviously increases the cost
  • Cot linen changes likely
  • More likely to cause nappy rash
  • Smell from soaking nappies
  • Detergent, Power & Water usage increase, plus time for washing/drying
  • Can be slow drying depending on the cloth used
  • Can be reused for baby number 2 and even 3

Disposable

  • Highly absorbent
  • Minimising night time changing – maybe more sleep for parents
  • Less chance of nappy rash – with frequent changing
  • Don’t require any accessories –they are an all in one solution
  • Higher cost over the lifecycle of nappy usage
  • May increase difficulty of potty training
  • Environmentally unfriendly – take a long time to degrade in landfills

Cost

  • In the first year the costs work out to be quite similar (we based our costs on Huggies 144 packs of nappies versus Pikapu All-in-One Full Time Pack of Cloth nappies)
  • Year 1: cloth $1,308.55; Disposable $1,318.88
  • Year 2: cloth $653.35; Disposable $1,271.42 (cloth cost is based on using disposable liners for every nappy change)
  • Obviously kids toilet habits are different, volumes may differ; there are cheaper   & more expensive nappies on the market than Huggies; and costs fluctuate. The above does not include costs for buckets and nappy covers.  You need to do the exercise for yourself considering the brands you want.

     

     

    My advice – don’t sweat it.  And don’t be black and white about it.  It doesn't have to be either/or – it can be a combination.  Don’t forget that there are great disposable options now that decompose quicker than the mainstream nappies, if you are trying to balance environment with convenience.

    I am a combination user – the cloth nappies I have are amazing.  They just don’t leak.  They don’t.  Even when there is major stuff leaking out of the baby.  But I use them at home and during the day only.   

    Ultimately, you have to do what you feel is right for you.