Sustainable Baby

Non-toxic Baby – Top Norwex Baby Shower Gifts

baby with Norwex hooded towel

Having a baby is often the reason people start transitioning to a less toxic lifestyle. That moment when you realise your baby is lying on carpet coated with toxic cleaning or fire retardent chemicals, dressed in cloths that are coated with laundry powder fillers, breathing in endocrin disrupting phthlatates from the scented candle you have…

DIY Disinfectant Cleaning Wipes

How to make your own Disinfectant Cleaning Wipes |

My three year old is currently going through toilet training fun. I’m not generally a fan of using a lot of disinfectant and anti-bacterial products. If hospitals have switched back to using plain old soap, to stop the rise of super bugs, then I think I can be safe sticking with mostly soap and vinegar in my house. In this case though, I was prepared to make an exception. So here are instructions on making your own disinfectant cleaning wipes.

PUL Fabric for Nappies: The Better of Two Evils!

Thirsties Duo Wrap Snap, Storm Cloud (blue)

PUL is a waterproof backing that was originally used in the medical field where waterproof material which could be sterilized and ready for reuse was needed. Its uses have evolved to include the manufacture of a variety of modern diapers and diaper covers which largely solved the leaking problems associated with older style cloth diapers.

Guinness Ratify Cloth Diaper Challenge Results

Guinness have ratified the evidence and the official Guiness World Record for most cloth nappies changed simultaneously is 5,026 people. The Great Cloth Diaper Change was held around the world on April 23 (US time) with the aim of raising the public awareness of the benefits and ease of cloth diaper use. The unofficial record…

PUL Fabric For Your Nappy Covers

PUL fabric, or Polyurethane laminate, is the most commonly used material for making nappy (diaper) covers. It is very popular largely because it is very water-proof but breathable at the same time. For that reason, PUL is also used in the lining of pocket and all-in-one nappies. PUL was orginally developed for medical use, where…

Update on Bamboo Fabric (How Sustainable Is It?)

According to a recent article in the Australian Choice Magazine, the soft “bamboo” fabrics on the market are actually rayon, or viscose – two names for the same fibre made from the cellulose in plants like bamboo. This is the fibre produced with the harsh chemical treatment discussed in my earlier article on bamboo nappies,…

Why I Love Modern Cloth Nappies

Cute baby wearing a lion Starbunz pocket diaper

Since Marion Donovan first invented disposable nappies in 1950 (and sold her company for $1 million a few years later), they have become the standard form of ‘diapering’ in the Western world. Back when my first child was born in 2002 I was one of only a few women I knew using tradition terry cloth…

Prefold Cloth Nappies

Flat and prefold cloth nappies (or diapers) are the least expensive of the modern cloth nappy family, but by no means the worse for it. Prefold nappies are really just as easy to use as pocket diapers, and  no more likely to leak, as long as you have a good nappy cover. While prefolds can…

Using Fitted Cloth Nappies

Three colourful bamboo fitted cloth diapers

Fitted cloth diapers (also called fitted cloth nappies) are a version of the modern cloth diaper that is easy to use and generally highly absorbent. They are better for the environment than disposable diapers (the jury really is not out on this anymore*) and many people claim their babies get less diaper rash with cloth than with disposables.