Af­ter five ba­bies, Mum loves cloth

Townsville Bulletin - - About A Baby -

NAPPY EX­PERT: Renee Doyle with Abby, 5, El­lie, 3, Trent, 7, Paris, 9, and Kobi, 10 months MOTHER of five Renee Doyle knows a thing or two about nap­pies.

She reck­ons she’s changed thou­sands of nap­pies in the past nine years.

‘‘ There’s not been one day dur­ing the past nine years that I haven’t changed a lit­tle one’s bot­tom,’’ she said.

‘‘ I can prac­ti­cally change a nappy with one hand, that’s how efficient I’ve had to be­come.

‘‘ I know a good nappy when I see one and I know the im­por­tance of com­fort and ef­fec­tive­ness. Leaks are a has­sle.’’

That’s why Ms Doyle de­cided to use mod­ern cloth nap­pies when her old­est child was six months old.

‘‘ I was hooked on mod­ern cloth nap­pies from the get-go,’’ she said.

‘‘ They ri­val any dis­pos­able nappy for ab­sorbency and are ex­tremely gen­tle for bub to wear.’’

Ms Doyle – mother to Kobi, 10 months, El­lie, 3, Abby, 5, Trent, 7, and Paris, 9 – was so taken by the mod­ern cloth nap­pies she started hand­mak­ing and sell­ing her own ver­sion.

She es­tab­lished Ab­byGro nap­pies nearly eight years ago and sells to lo­cal par­ents at var­i­ous mar­kets across the city.

Ms Doyle also has a loyal na­tional fol­low­ing via her web­site www. ab­bygro. com. au.

She has re­cently added a new bud­get, im­ported, line of mod­ern cloth nap­pies to her busi­ness, the Funky Bots.

‘ ‘ T h e F u n k y Bo t s i s a n affordable line of mod­ern cloth nap­pies, cost­ing a third of the price of most other hand­made mod­ern cloth nap­pies, in­clud­ing my Ab­byGro range,’’ she said.

‘ ‘ I ’ v e f o u n d t h a t m a n y par­ents that have an in­ter­est in us­ing mod­ern cloth nap­pies some­times feel the cost of the t r a d i t i o n a l mo d e r n c l o t h nappy was too high.

‘ ‘ Most tra­di­tional mod­ern cloth nap­pies cost on av­er­age $ 30 a nappy while the Funky Bots line are $ 12.50 a nappy.

‘‘ The Funky Bots nappy line al­lows more par­ents to get a taste of us­ing a mod­ern cloth nappy for a frac­tion of the price.’’

Ms Doyle said be­fore she s t a r t e d s e l l i n g t h e n e w affordable nappy line, she road­tested the en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly prod­uct on Kobi for six months.

‘‘ I’m rather sur­prised how won­der­ful this im­ported line is. I can’t fault them,’’ she said.

‘ ‘ T h e y h a v e t h e s a m e ab­sorbency and com­fort of other, more ex­pen­sive brands of hand­made mod­ern cloth nap­pies.’’

Ms Doyle can be con­tacted at w w w . f a c e b o o k . c o m / funky­bots, on 0468 737 593 or at the Cot­ters Mar­kets.

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