#startwithonenappy - Small Steps to A Simple, Joyful Life

March 15, 2017

#startwithonenappy is an educational campaign to help parents who are new to cloth nappies understand the impact that just one reusable nappy can have. Through this campaign we strive to equip parents with the information and resources they need to make a gentle, manageable and highly rewarding shift to reusable alternatives.

#startwithonenappy - just as one nappy a day can make a difference, so too can lots of other small changes

Just as one cloth nappy a day can make a difference, so can many other small changes. 

This week, I want to encourage you to pick one of these micro-steps to a simpler, more joyful life.

 

Walk daily

Start with just 10 minutes. Right before dinner, with the kids if you can’t go alone. Commit to it. Get it done. Before long, you’ll find you can’t get by without it.

 

Declutter

Start with one drawer or cupboard a day and declutter it. Here is one idea.

 

Grow your own

Find a pot, and plant some seeds. Start with something easy like lettuce, herbs, shallots or spinach.

 

Switch one snack

Instead of buying that packet of biscuits, grab another punnet of strawberries.

 

Have some hobby time

Set aside 10 minutes a day for your hobby. You know, that one thing you loved to do but haven’t found much time for since having kids?

  • Drawing – do it with your kids!
  • Photography – put the phone down and dust off your real camera!
  • Gourmet cooking – you have to cook anyway, why not go all out like you used to?
  • Play that instrument – the kids are your biggest fans!

You’ll be amazed at how happy this makes you and will soon find you make it a priority in your day.

 

Be grateful

If we want to thrive during this period with little ones afoot, then we have to learn to recognise and acknowledge the beauty in it all.

Because this is it. This is motherhood. This is our now.

We can’t change it or rush it and we don’t want to wish it away. One way that we can start to retrain ourselves to see the beauty in the day-to-day, is to keep a daily gratitude list.

Even on the really rubbish days as a mother. Even on the days when nothing seems to go right and we feel like we are constantly failing, constantly falling short of our own ideals, there is always something to be grateful for. Always.

Download this gratitude journal page to keep you on track.


Over to you. Tell me what small step you're working on at the moment.

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#startwithonenappy - Small Steps to Self-Sufficiency in the Kitchen

March 8, 2017
#startwithonenappy is an educational campaign to help parents who are new to cloth nappies understand the impact that just one reusable nappy can have. Through this campaign we strive to equip parents with the information and resources they need to make a gentle, manageable and highly rewarding shift to reusable alternatives.

#startwithonenappy - Here is a list of single-use items you can switch in the kitchen.

Reusing items makes sense, not just for your bank balance, but also for your health and for the earth. It can save you time and is a great starting point on your journey to self-sufficient living.


Here is a list of single-use items you can switch in the kitchen. Just pick one and go for it!

Once you’ve implemented these tasks, you’ll find you won’t be racing to the shops for items you’ve run out of which you once thought were a necessity.

You’ll be more independent of the shops and more in control of your life.

You’ll enjoy the benefits associated with a simpler way of life.

You’ll save money on reusing an item hundreds of times, where previously a single-use item was require.

Let’s get started! 

  1. Butter wraps make a great alternative to single-use baking paper.
  2. Switch plastic wrap and foil in favour of fabric bowl covers and reusable baking sheets. THIS is the tutorial I used to make some.
  3. Eliminate disposable kitchen wipes that are used and thrown out after a week or two, for the cloth variety that can simply be washed every day. Much more hygienic! HERE is a blog post about how this has worked out for us.
  4. Swap paper towel for fabric cloths. Fun tutorial HERE or you can just use rags.
  5. Eliminate disposable serviettes. Switch to the old-fashioned kind.
  6. Stop buying bottled water. Invest in a good quality stainless steel or glass drink bottle and fill it from your tap or rainwater tank. We are so blessed to live in a country with easy access to clean, fresh drinking water; it’s a shame to buy it. Keep a bottle in your car so that you won’t get caught out having to purchase water.
  7. If you love to buy a takeaway coffee, gift yourself with a reusable coffee cup and use that.
  8. Make your own baby food. Although there are now a number of organic baby food varieties on the market, it can be very expensive and it’s still packaged. So make your own. 
  9. Make your own icy-poles. In summer, we blend seasonal fruits and pour them into reusable icy-pole bags.
  10. Invest in reusable food packaging options and avoid buying pre-packaged portions of food such as yoghurt and fruit puree.
  11. Keep your old jars to store leftovers.
  12. If making your own yoghurt and ice-cream isn’t realistic for you, purchase larger bulk packs rather than individually packaged products.
  13. Apart from coming with excessive packaging and novelties (Kiwi fruit spoon, anyone?) pre-packaged produce is often less fresh than the unpackaged variety, and you don’t have the freedom to choose firmness or freshness. Berries are difficult to purchase without packaging, so make sure you recycle the plastic packs or reuse them for craft.
Butter wraps make great baking paper!
Butter wraps make a great alternative to single use baking paper
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#startwithonenappy - Ask the Experts: Their One Top Tip for Making the Switch

March 1, 2017
#startwithonenappy is an educational campaign to help parents who are new to cloth nappies understand the impact that just one reusable nappy can have. Through this campaign we strive to equip parents with the information and resources they need to make a gentle, manageable and highly rewarding shift to reusable alternatives.

#startwithonenappy - make the switch to cloth nappies and see just how easy it is!

We know that making the switch to cloth nappies can seem a little daunting, but one of the beautiful things about this parenting choice is that you can go as slow or as fast as you want! You can switch to just one a day, or use cloth full time. You can use them just at home, or just during the day, or just for day care. Seriously - there's no right or wrong way to make the transition to reusable nappies and once you've taken one small step, you'll find the next one to be so much easier.

Sometimes it's the idea that seems more difficult than the actual doing of a thing, and this is definitely the case with cloth nappies.

We asked some industry experts what their number one top tip would be for new parents considering making the change. This is what they said:

Erin from RAWr Nappies
"If you've decided to go to the trouble of trying a cloth nappy, make it a good one. Buy from a reputable retailer who offers after sale support and loves their product. You won't regret buying quality when it comes to nappies." 



Renee from Cloth Nappies Down Under 
"You get what you pay for. If you buy cheap, you will get cheap. I learnt that myself when I first started cloth. I bought the cheapest ones I could find and they just didn't work. They leaked, smelled and looked cheap, but when I bought quality brands they worked better then I could ever have dreamed! A small change makes a big difference in the long term!" 

 

Fiona from Darlings Downunder
"Start small with a trial pack of a few different brands/styles so you can find out what suits your family best.
Start at home: don't worry about going out with cloth yet.
Start a routine that works for you (eg. washing the evening/hang out in the morning; using cloth in the morning; using cloth on Wednesdays).
Adapt if necessary. Ask for help if you need it. Add to your stash as you feel more confident and as your budget allows." 

 

Vicky from Squiggles and Bubbles
"Try and see some in real life before you buy. Check out a local
Get Into Cloth Kit or meet with some local cloth mums and check out their stash. Start with just switching at home. Find a good routine - once you've got your rhythm you won't even notice the washing. Remember that it's ok to drop the ball once in a while." 

 

Jannine from Nature’s Child
"Considering the average saving of $4000 per child when you use cloth instead of disposable nappies, how else would you like to spend that money?" 

 

Cassandra from Mitch n Moo
"Take it one nappy at a time... there's no failure in giving it a go. Don't give yourself unrealistic expectations. Like anything, it takes time to get a routine and be comfortable." 

 

Brooke from EcoParents
"Start early. Newborns have 10-12 nappy changes a day. You'll be well practiced in no time and you'll get in the swing of a washing routine. Plus you'll be saving disposables going to landfill from the onset." 

 

Vashti from Nest Nappies
"Don't pressure yourself. If you do miss a few days, it's ok! Just get back to it when you feel up to it. 
Washing doesn't have to be an issue, give whatever nappies you have a rinse in the laundry sink and then wash them with your other laundry. 
Try and touch and feel some different styles first. Seeing nappies in real life before you start using them gives you a better understanding of how they work. Find a friend who uses them, visit a retailer, go to an expo or book into a workshop. Most cloth users love to share their knowledge and experience." 



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