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How to fold a flat nappy

Kite fold

  1. Start with the nappy as a flat square.
  2. Fold the sides of the nappy into an imaginary centre line to match the pictures.
  3. Fold down the top triangle.
  4. Fold the bottom up to square off the front of the nappy. You can alter the amount you fold up to change the size of the nappy.
  5. Fold up the front of the nappy between your baby’s legs, bring the sides around and fasten with a snappy if desired.

Mini kite fold
The mini kite fold is great for infants and smaller babies. As the name suggests, it’s a version of the classic kite fold seen above.

  1. Start with the nappy as a flat square.
  2. Fold all corners into the centre, to create a smaller square.
  3. Bring two opposite corners into the midline. This will give you your “kite”.
  4. Fold top corner in, so now you have a triangle.
  5. Bring bottom corner up. This step will determine the rise and will depend on the size of your baby.
  6. Fold up the front of the nappy between your baby’s legs, bring the sides around and fasten with a snappy if desired.

Origami fold
The origami fold provides excellent absorption and a great coverage.

  1. Start with the nappy as a flat square.
  2. Fold the nappy in half horizontally.
  3. Fold the nappy half again, but vertically this time to make it square.
  4. Take the top layer of fabric from the top right-hand corner and…
  5. …pull to the left to make a triangle.
  6. Flip the whole nappy over to the back.
  7. Fold the top two layers in thirds to create an absorbent pad through the middle of the nappy.
  8. Place baby in the middle of the nappy and fold front flap up. Fold side flaps to centre. Wrap on a nappy to secure in place.

Pad fold
A simple pre-folded flat nappy. This fold can also be used as an additional insert for the All-in-One and One-Size nappy.

  1. Start with the nappy as a flat square.
  2. Fold the nappy in half horizontally.
  3. Fold the nappy half again, but vertically this time to make a square.
  4. Fold one side towards the middle and repeat with the other side.
  5. Place in nappy cover.

 

 

 

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CLOTH NAPPIES FOR NEWBORNS/INFANTS

Cloth diapers and nappies for newborns

Getting started with cloth nappies can be a daunting task. There are a lot of different brands and types of cloth nappies on the market and it can easily be overpowering for the new parent trying to find the “right” nappy for your baby. To make it easier for you, we have put together our best tips on choosing cloth nappies for newborns.


SIZED NAPPY COVERClassic nappy covers for cloth diapering

Our sized nappy covers provide an excellent and snug fit even for the smaller babies. The front on the smallest size on our nappy covers is slightly lower around the belly button to make sure it won’t rub or chafe on the umbilical stump.
A nappy cover is used over an absorbent layer and is the leakage barrier of the cloth nappy. We have two excellent alternatives to use together with the sized nappy cover; the classic and inexpensive flat nappy and the form-fitted terry nappy. They are both excellent choices for your newborn with their perfect fit.

 

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FLAT NAPPIES / MUSLIN SQUARESClassic cloth nappies and diapers

A muslin flat nappy is a square piece of thin cotton fabric and is folded and put in a nappy cover. Fold the muslin cloth after desired preference. There are several different ways of folding the flat nappy and we’re sure you’ll find your favourite in no time!
After folding the muslin square, place the baby in the nappy and put a nappy cover over it to prevent it from leaking and keeping the nappy in place. A snappy can be also be used to keep the nappy in place. Here are our three favourite nappy folds!  HOW TO FOLD FLAT NAPPIES >>

Muslin cloth is undeniably one of the most versatile products you can invest in for your baby. They can be used extensively, such as a burp cloth, a comfort blanket, as sun protection and during the warmer season of the year it makes a cool blanket. It dries really quickly and can easily be washed by hand. It’s without a doubt the most affordable nappy you can buy.
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FORM FITTED TERRY NAPPYFormfitted terry nappies and diapers, use with a diaper cover from ImseVimse

The form fitted terry nappy reminds you of a conventional disposable nappy in its construction and fit. The terry nappy is put on the baby and is the absorbent layer, put a nappy cover over it to avoid leakage. The form fitted terry nappy comes with an extra insert when that extra absorption is desired.
This nappy is a popular night nappy as it has great absorbency and provides great coverage.

 

 

 

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ALL-IN-ONE NAPPY

Another nappy that works really well on infants are the All-in-one nappy. Just like our sized nappy covers, the All-in-One is also slightly lower around the belly button to protect the umbilical stump.
The all-in-one nappy is unbeatable in its simplicity! With two absorbent layers permanently attached to the nappy cover, no extra inserts are needed. This nappy makes a very popular night nappy. The downside is that the whole nappy needs to be washed. With the two-part system, only the inserts need to be washed after use. The all-in-one nappy might be the most convenient cloth nappy, but it’s not the most affordable if you choose to stock up on only the AIO. On the other hand, cloth nappies have a really good second-hand value and you can easily sell them in various Facebook groups and on eBay.

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ONE SIZE NAPPYOne Size cloth nappies are adjustable and fits babies from 5 kg

Can I use the one-size nappy for my newborn?
The one-size nappy fits babies from 5 kg and upwards. It tends to be a little too bulky and loose around the legs on the smaller babies. Therefore we rarely recommend the one-size nappy for infants.

 

 

 

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TO SUM IT UP

All babies are different and so are their needs. Finding the optimal nappy for your baby may take a few tries to figure out what is right for you. Our best tip is to have a few different types of nappies to vary between and to suit different needs. The All-in-one is a babysitter’s dream!

How many nappies do I need?
(calculations based on washing them every three days)

– 4-6 Sized nappy covers

– 3-4 packages Flat nappies/muslin squares (4 nappies in each package)

– 1 package Form fitted terry nappies (4 diapers in one package)

Extra: All-in-one diapers – optional if needed

Good luck and if you need any further assistance, we are available on our live chat to you out!

 

 

 

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Earth-friendly and personalized gift ideas for christmas

Running out of gift ideas? Here are some earth-friendly gifts you’ll feel great about giving.

  1. A gift for grandma and grandpa that have everything.
    Create a lasting memory by putting together a scrapbook of pictures from the year. When you deliver it include a set of washable wipes for the tears of joy that will be sliding down their cheeks.
  2. The perfect gift to give a girl on her period.
    Green is the new black. Besides a box of organic chocolate and a sweet note get her a monthly kit of organic and reusable menstrual pads, makeup pads and wipes. Mix and match sizes and prints, giving her a conscious start to her new year.
  3. For your SPA loving cousin.
    Make your own massage oil, bath oil or face mask that you think they’d love. Put reusable cleansing pads in a glass jar, write a personal note and your gift is ready. Personal, eco-friendly and guaranteed to be appreciated.
  4. For your siblings’ new baby
    A parent’s lifesaver is wipes. You can never get too many and what a better way to ease their way into parenthood by supplying them with a lifetime set of reusable organic cotton wipes.
  5. For your sleep-deprived partner or best friend
    Give the gift of rest with a luxury sleep mask made of organic cotton and silk. Add a subscription to an audible they’ve been wanting to listen to or create a soothing playlist on Spotify. You’ll be their favourite way past the holidays.
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Green Friday

Let’s turn BLACK FRIDAY into GREEN FRIDAY!

Stressing out about the upcoming Black Friday craze?
Black Friday is a commercial day that is known to trigger people into an over-consumption of things they don’t really need. We don’t want to be a part of that. Instead, we’d like to share our 25 environmentally friendly tips on how you can turn your BLACK FRIDAY a little bit greener.  #greenfriday 

25 environmentally friendly tips for a greener Black Friday

  1. Replace your regular menstrual protection with reusable options. For example, fabric cloth pads, reusable cloth tampons or menstrual cups.
  2. Reduce the use of plastic bottles by replacing bottled shampoo with solid shampoo bars.
  3. Swap your conditioner with apple cider vinegar. Instead of using regular conditioner simply rinse hair with apple cider vinegar. It will leave your hair super soft and silky smooth.
  4. Replace your regular toothbrush with a bio-degradable one from Humble Brush.
  5. Replace the cling wrap with beeswax wraps. Or why not take it a step further and make your own wraps?
  6. Replace household rolls and disposable wipes with washable cloth wipes made of organic cotton. Or if you’re feeling nifty, why not try making your own?
  7. Zero waste your makeup routine by swapping your one- time cleansing pads with reusable organic cotton ones. You can also make your own cleansing pads from an old t-shirt.
  8. Eat more plant-based! By eating less meat and dairy, you’ll be doing your body, your planet, and future generation a favour. Brian Kateman coined the term “Reducetarian” – a person who is deliberately reducing his or her consumption of meat. Join the movement.
  9. Choose organic produce and food whenever it’s possible. For your health, the animals well being and for the planet.
  10. Eat seasonally and support your local farmer’s market. It has a very low climate impact.
  11. Put up a No Junk Mail sign on your letterbox to reduce the amount of advertising you get.
  12. Plan your car trips to avoid any “unnecessary” driving. Municipal, bicycle and public transportation are trending in 2019!
  13. Bring your own shopping bags to the grocery store. A large shopping bag and small reusable produce bags for your fruits and veggies will help reduce the use of plastic bags and make the oceans happier.
  14. Got a hole in your pants or do your shoes need repairing? Mend your clothes and leave the items you can’t fix yourself to someone who can. Or drop them off to a local shelter. Your local cobbler is your new best friend!
  15. Recycle, reuse and compost everything! Waste is not waste until it’s wasted.
  16. Buy a washable swim diaper instead of disposable ones. Also, reusables are so much prettier than disposable swim diapers!
  17. Bring your friends together for a clothes swap event. Someone else’s old party top might make you look like a rock star on the dancefloor
  18. Replace the disposable diapers with cloth diapers or bio-degradable diapers from Swedish brand Naty.
  19. Don’t send chemicals into our waterways. Choose non-toxic chemicals in the home and office.
  20. Choose your purchases wisely with a long-term plan and a conscious mind. Before buying a brand-new garment, ask yourself: do I really need it? Perhaps you can find a similar product on eBay or in a thrift shop? Second hand is a gold mine! Or why not sell your old clothes and shoes on eBay or on Facebook. Your trash could be someone else’s treasure!
  1. Washing your clothes in a lower temperature will still make your laundry clean while saving energy and being better for the environment. Use eco-labelled detergents and follow the dosage on the detergent package. Air drying the laundry is the absolute best from an environmental point of view, the dryer is a good second option.
  2. Fabric softener is not the best option for the environment, your health or your clothes. Use a little vinegar instead. Works just as well and your clothes will last longer.
  1. Wash your clothes less frequently. Many of us will use a garment once and then throw it in the wash. Let your clothes air dry between uses and you can easily use the same garment more than once before washing. Small stains can often be removed with a laundry bar. Washing too often is not only bad for the environment but will also shorten the lifespan of your clothes dramatically.
  2. Replace your regular nursing pads with washable and reusable nursing inserts. Environmentally friendly and cost-effective.
  3. Stay on the ground! Find other ways to travel than by plane. For example, train, long-distance bus, collectively or with sustainable driving.

 

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Life with cloth diapers – Part 2

Acke is already 5 months old and the diaper changes are starting to look more and more like a wrestling match. He’s constantly moving around which is making the changes quite a lot harder, sometimes almost impossible, and with the risk of getting sprayed in the face at any given second, it doesn’t exactly make the changes more realexed and calm.
Since i’m quite comfortable by nature, I am beginning to get more and more fond of the All-in-One Diaper. It’s just as convinient and easy to use as a disposable diaper. Apart from the washing of the diaper afterwards of course.

Speaking of being comfortable and lazy, I have to admit to not following the care instructions completely. Instead of letting the diapers hang dry after washing, I have taken the easy route and simply thrown them in the dryer. My excuse is that we live on an island made of limestone which makes the water extremely hard. This makes the terry cotton quite course and hard. But since spring has finally come I will try to hang dry the diapers outside to see if the sun will make them any softer again.

/Astri

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Life with cloth diapers – Part 1

Hello!
Here we are! Your extra super ordinary family of three, trying to embrace the green(er) lifestyle with all the challenges that comes with it.
Astri and Erik, that’s us, the parents. The latest edition to our little family is baby Acke, only 2 months old.
We live in a house on the country side of the pitoresque little Swedish island Gotland, where we share our daily lives with Rei, the dog, Ice Cube, the cat, five really confused hens who’s names we can never remember and of course the rooster Tage, who although might be small in size, has some major attitude problems.

Cloth diapers vs. ‘space diapers’
When we got pregnant we decided that we wanted to use cloth diapers instead of conventional dispospable ones (or space diapers as we like to call them, since they NEVER get wet?) for our baby.
Using cloth instead of disposable diapers  has already proved to be a bit of a challenge for us and our own comfort at times. Apparently babies pee and poop A LOT and ALL THE TIME (Who knew right?). Cloth diapers proved to be nothing like ’space diapers’ in that aspect, since they actually get wet and our precious little gem will certainly let us know when the diaper is soaked and it’s due for a diaper change. Which of course is a great thing, BUT if the truth should be told, can be a bit frustrating when you finally managed to sit down with a steaming hot cup of coffee ready to be indulged and certainly not being in the mood to get up and change yet another diaper. We try to take comfort in the rumours saying that babies using cloth nappies are usually potty trained a lot quicker than their peers using those ‘space diapers’.

Come join us on our journey with baby Acke and the cloth diapers for more daily life adventures.