Change table organisation

I completely forgot to take a ‘before’ picture but I will describe the state of our changing table. The top had all sorts stuffed down the sides of the mat from rogue socks to different creams that had been gifted to us that I had meant try.

The second shelf wasn’t too bad but the ‘dirty’ container for our reusable wipes was forever overloaded because I would forget to put them in the wash with nappies (once our front loader starts there is noooo stopping.) Nappies were piled but not really neatly and I forever digging to find one.

The bottom shelf was the biggest mess with a myriad of STUFF. Nipple pads, cotton wool balls, disposables that had been given to us, blankets… I honestly can’t tell you what else there was – just STUFF. Basically it wasn’t working and my fears were coming true of owning a nappy change table! A big fat mess!

Sorry the photos are quite dark. It is a steaming hot day here and we closed all the heavy curtains to keep the heat out! I also snapped them on the iPhone as I was rocking Bonnie off to sleep.

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The ‘after!’ It is so much neater and more organised and I feel in control when I go to change her now! Whereas before I would panic slightly knowing stuff wouldn’t be available to me.

Let me take you on a your of our change table.

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Here’s the top.
The change mat is minky, backed with PUL. I love these as I can easily whip it off when it gets soiled and throw it in the wash. I have three – two for here and one I keep in the car in my emergency pack. I keep coconut oil and the paw paw balm I spoke about the other day tucked at the top as I use these two the most. The amber bottle is a natural hand sanitiser. I get weird, ouchy skin burns from other regular hand sanitisers.

Now we move down a shelf. On the left at the back is a small pink basket where I keep things I might need at hand. A digital thermometer, Perfect Potion baby moisturiser, nail clippers, baby sun cream, baby room spray etc.

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In front of that sits the cheeky wipes ‘clean’ container. This houses bamboo cloth wipes, water and lavender and chamomile essential oil. We love our cloth wipes and find them very easy to use. We also have the ‘dirty’ container but as I mentioned above are trying without!

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On the right sits a wicker tray with pocket nappy bamboo inserts, including the night inserts.

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And my wonderfully newly organised bottom shelf! The two wicker baskets are from Kmart at $10 each… I love them. They hold our cloth nappies. One holds the fitted, sized nappies and the other holds our osfm (one size fits most) pocket nappies. On the far right is a pack of disposable nappies that were put in a gift basket for us – we haven’t yet cracked them.

I really hope it stays a bit more organised now – it was a bit crazy there for a while!

How do you organise your change station?

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Modern Cloth Nappies

Yep, I am a cloth using mumma bear. I weirdly love it. I enjoy washing and hanging out nappies! There were a number of reasons we decided to use cloth nappies. Yes, hubby does use them as well, without complaint.

nb – This post ended up being hugelyyyy long so I have chopped in and will talk more about different types of nappies at a later date. x

1. Environmental factor My understanding is it takes 300-500 years for 1 nappy to break down, they are not biodegradable. With an average of 7 nappies a day, that’s a lot of impact on the envronment. The planet that my child will grow up in. I am sure there was some carbon footprint making the cloth nappies, however, these will last her to toilet training and then future children. 23-01-15 Modern Cloth Nappies Pt 1

2. Savings.

The hidden cost of babies can quickly add up and we knew when planning for our daughter we wanted to keep things as simple as we could. We estimate to save at least $1000 a year using cloth nappies. Any future children that come along will use this stash of cloth nappies, saving more again. 23-01-15 Modern Cloth Nappies Pt 1b

3. Ease factor.

We have enough nappies to have some dry and folded, some washing and some dirty. We can’t run out unless I dont wash for seven days! This means we don’t run out, there are always nappies available to us.We totally have our favourites we use first up, but they all get used and put through the cycle. 23-01-15 Modern Cloth Nappies Pt 1j

4. Generally no nappy rashes.

So far (14 weeks), Bonnie Mae has not had a single rash from nappy wearing. She might have a small bit of redness diretly after a number two, but it dissappears by next nappy change. I generally use coconut oil or paw paw to give her a helping hand.

5. Cuteness factor!

There are some super cute designs available. As she has been a summer baby, it has been really sweet for her to hang out in just a singlet and a coulourful nappy. 23-01-15 Modern Cloth Nappies Pt 1k23-01-15 Modern Cloth Nappies Pt 1l

Some factors to consider when using cloth are

1. Washing.

Dirty Nappies go into a ‘dry pail.’ A pedal bin with a washable pail liner. They are then all thrown into the machine. I do a cold rinse cycle then a cold cycle with 3 rinses. I wash nappies every second day. You need to use detergent that is MCN (Modern Cloth Nappy) safe. These products are usually free from enzymes and fillers. I haven’t found a powder that is MCN safe yet and my understanding is powder is out – liquid wash is in. We already used eco store liquid wash and this happened to be MCN safe. This was great as we didnt have to switch or have separate detergent just for nappies. Two others options are Earth’s Choice and Biozet Eco or Rapid. All available in the local grocery store. Again only the liquids not the powders. There are others out there such as Rockin’ Green and natural soap nuts. Sun is your friend, soaking powders are not. I didnt understand the magic of sunshine until using cloth. MCN’s are made from beautiful fabrics like bamboo, hemp and minky, any powder soaker like Napisan will destroy your beautiful nappies. Any marks that are left after washing are hung in the sun. VOILA, it dissappears. I have only had one stained nappy so far from a fabulous number two. When I pulled the nappies in from the line that afternoon, I couldn’t find which had been the nappy with the stain! The sun will also freshen the scent of your nappies if you feel they are becoming a little musty. I am still cautious on leaving them too long in the sun on these super hot summer days we have been having. If you still find you need help moving a stain out you can use pure sodium per carbonate (Coopers Home Brew sanitiser – REALLY!) This doesnt have any fillers or other things that will destroy your precious bundle. 23-01-15 Modern Cloth Nappies PArt 1n

2. Creams and balms.

Rash creams containing zinc oxide will be very difficult to remove from your nappy and mess up the absorbency. A lot of creams contain this. Lanolin may leave traces after a wash as well. There are a number of products you can use on a cloth bottom including coconut oil (just from the grocery store – I use organic unrefined), some paw paw balms (not Lucas’ Paw Paw) and the very  popular CJ’s butter. Again there are many more, these are just a few. I use coconut oil and Natures Care paw paw. I really would love to try some CJ’s butter one day soon. They use both natural scents and synthetic and both are ok to use, however, I only want to try the naturally derived scents. I rarely need to use anything down there but I have these two products ready in my battle kit. 23-01-15 Modern Cloth Nappies Pt 1m

3. Out and about.

Initially for the first few weeks we did use disposable nappies. We used Naty eco nappies as our little bundle was too small for her cloth nappies at this stage. Once we transitioned to cloth we used a ‘wet bag’ when out and about. This bag stores our dirty cloth nappies and doesn’t leak through the rest of the nappy bag. The first few times I was a little nervous being out and about using cloth as I was still mastering the fit and I was still new to parenting rooms. I was, and still am a minority when changing a cloth bottom and some parents are really interseted, some intrigued and some disgusted. At first, I was a little anxious about this but I am TOTALLY over it now. I don’t judge a mumma bear for using disposable so ask those mummas not to judge me for using cloth. I am also MUCH better at fitting a cloth nappy now. It is different to putting a disposable on, so I was all over the place initially but now I can fit them with my eyes closed. 23-01-15 Modern Cloth NAppies Part 1o

5. Cloth nappy obsession.

I could spend hours pouring through the amazing cloth creations. You can buy them from established companies like Bambooty, Baby Bee Hinds, Bum Genius, Eco Naps (there are hundreds of other companies.) But there are also some incredible embroidered creations from WAHM’s (Work At Home Mums.) You can become easilly obsessed. I joined a closed facebook group for modern cloth mumma bears and we are all just as obsessed with cloth! 23-01-15 Modern CLoth Nappies Part 1p

Told you it was a super long post! I will talk about the different kinds of nappies at a later date. My little one had some Bowen Therapy today. She had a feed when we got home and has had a wonderful peaceful sleep, but I can hear her stirring – time to make a quick cuppa before she is ready to wake!

Are you a cloth mumma or a disposable? xx

Welcome back to me…2015

Yay! Our Internet is finally all fixed and we are back in touch with the cyber world! We did really miss it but it was also good for us not to have constant access to email, social media and www. It wasn’t us that broke the net here it was something at the exchange box (I don’t really know) but we are backkkkkk.

Hoping you all had a jolly Christmas and festive New Years. Ours was a hectic whirlwind with visiting family members and a new baby.

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Bonnie (now 13 weeks) was so spoilt with gifts we were so incredibly blessed. We decided to share the love and donated a box of her things to Assist-a-sista. We aren’t trying to offend any wonderful gifters however,  with her being born in October then having  Christmas 10 weeks later we were heaving under the love and genorisity of family and friends. We felt we could help others by sharing the love around. Assist-a-sista is a volunteer community who support survivors of domestic violence rebuild their lives. This time our parcel went to them. You can check them out on facebook too.

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Have you made any goals for 2015? I gave up calling them resolutions in 2014 and tried to set a goal every month last year and put it in a jar so I could look back on it come year end. I really loved the idea and made up a chart like the one below. I modified it so we both fit on one chart (nb-I pinned the below goal chart from Pinterest but the link to the original source does not exist anymore.) We had a weekly and a monthly. I lasted about 3 months last year- hope you can do better! This year we have one big goal in the pipeline but I won’t share it just yet as it is still in ‘goal creation mode.’

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I have quite the list of things to talk about since my little break…you can expect a post at least every second day this year – unless the Internet wants to break up with me again…

Share your 2015 goal…..x

Sleep Routines?

Hello cherubs.

How is your day going? Mine has been a little rough since 2am. Cluster feeds until 4.30am. Then, in and out of sleep till about 8am when she relaxed and we both had a better rest. However, she has gone for a good sleep again now and I have washed my hair, eaten something decent (bruschetta – yum!) and am now sipping a tea. We usually do tummy time and mat time in the mornings. Today we had a small mat time session but she got upset after a few minutes and I didn’t push tummy time. Hopefully, after this sleep we can enjoy some time together and get those neck muscles working.

So, having a newborn is a whole new experience – especially at night. She got herself into a wonderful habit by about 5 weeks of only waking once during the at around 2am. Then quickly moved that feed 4am, again I had nothing to do with it, she asked and I fed and was thankful. But the past week she has moved back to a 2am feed and then is up and only taking short naps until about 8.30am – meaning I am awake from 2am.

My sister leant me Save Our Sleep by Tizzie Hall. She thought it helped get her girls into some routine, but did highlight that she didnt follow the routine to the exact minute, she used it as a guide. Feeling a little weary, I had a read and gave it a go.

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For those that dont know, Tizzie Hall is known as a bit of a ‘baby whisperer’ around the globe and her book is quite popular through parenting searches. She has a different routine for the different stages of your baby. The ultimate goal is to get them into a sleeping pattern, hence the title. The book itself was clearly laid out and wasn’t confusing to follow at all. I read it a couple of times and copied the relevant pages to put on the fridge so I could easily glance at it through the day.

The first day, I followed it pretty much to the minute, as best as I could. I found she fell into line pretty quickly but at 2am she woke and this time was absolutely wide awake ready for mat time, tummy time and was all grins. I stayed calm and quiet and whispered but that little munchkin stayed awake until 4.30am when she consequently crashed out until about 6am.

The next day we had a doctors appointment and so the routine was a little skewed but I did start to pick up times that she had big sleeps. Reading Tizzie’s book I realised her short nap should be in the afternoon. This was something I hadn’t even thought of, but totally made sense! I made sure she was awake by 5.15pm as the book suggested and she hung out in her bouncer or with her daddy when he got home until it was time for the night sleep.

I can honestly admit I didn’t know when Bonnie slept or for how long for. The first six weeks looking back were a blur and when she was hungry, she fed and when she fell asleep, she slept.

After a few days following the routine I realised it wasn’t really for us. However, it really highlighted her sleeping patterns and I did use it as a loose guide for her during the day and it has helped. She now tends to have two big sleeps in the morning, generally going down at 8.30am and 1.30pm for about 2 1/2 hours at a time. I am not adament she goes down at that exact time, however, I know if she starts grizzling then, tiredness is the likely cause and a good hug and rock puts her out.

The book did help her (and me) to go down in her sleeper while awake and not once she has fallen asleep in my arms every time. I have learnt that I can lay her down and sit with her and she will happily lay down and nod off. I do still nurse her to sleep as well.

The bath time suggestion for her age was 5.40pm. For us this doesn’t work. My husband gets home around 6pm and I like to have dinner as ready as I can and have her changed into night clothes and ready for handover. Once hubby gets home those precious few hours together seem to fly by and we both want them as enjoyable as possible. Things got chaotic trying to finish and eat dinner and do bath and settle for the evening. In our house, baths work best in the morning. When she is older we hope to transition to a night routine.

We found that getting her to sleep for 7pm was a task and she was really ready by 8pm so we have allowed for that change as well. We do still ‘dreamfeed‘ at 10pm though to try and push her sleep out longer.

The book has definitely helped me as a new mumma pick up on her own routine and assist her with it. I have used the book in conjunction with my newly found mumma bear intuition that tells me what works best in our household. I believe we now have more time to have mat play, tummy time and stories. Before I was starting to feel like my days were a melting pot of chaos. Yep, she still loves that 2am wake up but I feel I have more knowledge of her daily routine and I know it will change with time. x

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Have you followed a sleep routine? Did it help you?

The First Post

Gemma here. Curator of this blog and currently first time mumma bear to a beautiful little girl (Bonnie Mae.) Having a career before becoming a full time mummy I knew I would still want to dabble in something, but I didnt know what. As soon as I was home from hospital nearly 7 weeks ago I knew it was a blog. However, it has taken me this long to find the time to start one. Yep, I am still playing with the look and feel but it is up in the big wide world.

These are my experiences and my thoughts on subject matter relating to all things parenthood and they may relate to you or even help (yay!) On the other hand something may not and this isn’t a blog to tell anyone how to do anything. One thing I have learnt in my first 7 seven weeks is that EVERY baby and EVERY parenting experience is different and what might be awesome for one bubba/mumma might be the absolute opposite for the pair next to them.

Hopefully we can create a little mummy family and share our love of being mumma bears to little cubs. x

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