Cloth nappy keeps mum happy

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Kather­ine Forbes

Vicky Mair and daugh­ter Ruby are keep­ing it real.

The Herne Bay mother is among a grow­ing num­ber of par­ents turn­ing away from dis­pos­able nap­pies in favour of mod­ern cloth nap­pies.

Vicky says she be­gan us­ing cloth nap­pies when Ruby was five months old and she’s never looked back.

“They were bet­ter than I thought they were go­ing to be,” she says.

“At first I wasn’t go­ing to use them be­cause I thought they were re­ally bulky.

“But then a friend from my cof­fee group showed me the ones she had and they were re­ally beau­ti­ful and stream­lined.”

Vicky says un­like old cloth nap­pies which needed fold­ing, big safety pins and con­stant soak­ing, mod­ern cloth nap­pies are sim­ple to use and easy to clean.

“They’re re­ally easy and once you’ve started us­ing them you re­alise they’re not a has­sle at all.

“You feel like you’re do­ing some­thing for the en­vi­ron­ment and you save money too,” she says.

The Nappy Net­work, which next week is help­ing to cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Real Nappy Week, says par­ents like Vicky are a grow­ing trend.

Mem­ber Shyrel Burt says the use of cloth nap­pies has grown in the last two to three years be­cause of in­creased aware­ness of en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues and re­cy­cling.

“More than half of par­ents are us­ing them at least part­time now,” she says.

The Nappy Net­work will kick off Real Nappy Week with a nappy expo, to be held this Satur­day at the West­ern Springs Gar­den Com­mu­nity Hall from 10am to 3pm.

Shyrel says the expo is a chance for par­ents to see the huge range of cloth nap­pies avail­able and watch demon­stra­tions.

A sew­ing tu­to­rial will also be held for peo­ple who want to try their hand at mak­ing their own nap­pies.

Vicky says peo­ple think­ing about us­ing real nap­pies should look at all of the op­tions avail­able and choose a sys­tem that’s right for them.

“You can get them in so many dif­fer­ent colours and styles. It’s just a case of try­ing them and see­ing what’s best for you and your baby.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on The Nappy Net­work and events planned for Real Nappy Week, visit www. thenap­pynet­


Nap time: Ruby Mair, 15 months, shows off her mod­ern cloth nappy as mum Vicky looks on.

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