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Quick guide for caring and prolonging the life of your Ecopipo adjustable cloth nappies.

By Laura, Ecopipo UK

 

Quick guide for caring and prolonging the life of your Ecopipo adjustable cloth nappies

We are right in the middle of the European Week for Waste Reduction and there is no doubt that cloth nappies are an alternative to reduce the waste we produce, the matter how many arguments in pro of disposables can be put on the debate table, more than ever, single use  products have starting to show  their true colours, in terms of the damage that they can cause to the environment and to the economy, as we, the tax payers must contribute to the landfill tax.

However cloth nappies, like any other cloth, require the specific care to prolong their usability span so they can accomplish their mission of helping to reduce waste to landfills.

We have produced a comprehensive guide to washing and caring for your Ecopipo cloth nappies and if you want to check it just follow this link here,  what I intend in this short article is to highlight some of our recommendations.

This week I would like to talk about our really absorbent adjustable night nappies, this super soft nappies are insanely thirsty, and can be used for 12 hours throughout the night, however this means that the following morning the nappy will be super heavy as it is full of pee and  odours (normal for any night nappy). Our two recommendations for this nappies are:

  1. Preferable rinse them (machine or by hand whatever you prefer)  in the morning to reduce the amount of pee and therefore ammonia, then  remove the excess liquid (quick fast spin) and dry pile them.
  2. Wash them in no more that 48 hours,

The problem of not doing these two recommendations is that when the ammonia combines with O2 works as a caustic agent and literally will burn your bamboo nappies.

On the other hand if you follow these recommendations your nappies will last much longer and they would reduce any waste you could have produced with disposables.

Just for two days grab a very special offer for  Zero Waste week

To finish this year Zero Waste Week in a high note, we want to do our bit to help you to switch to cloth nappies or to increase your stash, so you have always a handy cloth  nappy without out having to reach for a disposable.

Disposable nappies not only have a detrimental effect on the environment in their making and some babies can react badly to them, in addition they will take 500 years to disintegrate. We will not see that of course, but can you imagine the pile of rubbish everywhere in years to come.

We think that washable nappies will add extra work to our everyday busy lives, but in reality they are easy to use and with a little bit of practice, easy to combine with our everyday routine, Don’t you believe that a little bit of effort is worth it, to leave our children a better world?

The more we keep using them, the more they will take up in our now very few landfills. Right now, they take up from 2 to 8% but as we recycle more and try to reduce more, like in the case of plastic bags, the proportion of nappies is going to increase!!

As part of the Zero Waste Week 2017, we, at Ecopipo want to do something to encourage more mums to give cloth a go. So for these reason we are offering a whooping 20% in all our online shop, including all our new prints for this Summer, only for two days, Saturday 9th  and Sunday 10th of September (48 hours of price madness). Avail this offer here. 

If you think someone else might benefit from this offer too would you please share this post with them!

We, together, can be part of the solution!

 

After all, cloth nappies might be beneficial for your baby’s hips!

By Laura

Nobody can argue that cloth nappies are bulkier than disposable nappies as the absorbency of cloth nappies is achieved by the use of fabrics that contain your baby’s pee, while  disposable nappies contain chemicals that trap liquids. I am going to leave the chemical bit to one side  for the time being (I will come back to it, as this was my main motivation for not using disposables with my daughter in the first place).

Some parent are repeatedly told that their babies bulky cloth bums will cause hip problems to their little ones. However the following reason show us clearly how the bulkiness of cloth nappies do not cause hip dysplasia, on the contrary they might be beneficial for your baby’s hips, as they contribute to the prevention of hip dysplasia!  Let start presenting some arguments to support our opinion.

 

M position of frog legs position
The position of new-born legs is well apart from each other. This posture is commonly known as “frog position” or “M”. It is the natural posture (if you look at tiny baby without clothes, it is the one that naturally adopts). It is also the position that must be taken when carrying them, for instance in a sling.

This position does not force the hip to adopt an  unnatural position or angle . There are people who mistakenly believe that using cloth nappies forced open their hips making movements difficult, preventing crawling or delaying walking.

Quite the opposite! The use of disposable nappies is a relatively modern invention and they are becoming thinner and thinner. Prior to the 60’s babies wear bulky cloth nappies (way  bulkier than modern cloth nappies)  and the vast majority of babies did not  had trouble walking, or did not end up with open legs forever.

On the contrary more and more paediatricians around the world recommend cloth nappies, because they help to adopt the correct position of the hip, without forcing the union of the femur to the hip. In other words using  of cloth nappies means that we keep the baby’s legs apart, which may help reduce the risk of dislocation or hip dysplasia. There is clear evidences that cultures that encourage their babies to adopt a legs open, M position, such as African mums, have a much lower incidence of these problems. You can read more about it in here

African mother carrying a baby on back

 

Baby’s hips and the use of cloth nappies

Babu with hips dysplasia wearing harnesses

When doctors notice that there is mild hip dysplasia, one of the recommended treatments is to put a cloth nappy, to put two disposable nappies or to carry the baby in an ergonomic carrier, aiming to adopt the correct posture of the hip. When the problems is more severe babies are prescribed to  wear harness to keep their  legs in the frog/M position  for at least 6 weeks; some babies have to wear a harness for longer.

 

The fact that cloth nappies encourage babies to adopt this position is an added bonus to their already, well documented, benefits. As it  can be seen  in this pictures, the use of disposable nappies makes it easier for the baby’s legs to become stretched in a dangerous position.

On the other hand, the use of the cloth nappies favours the correct position for a natural hip development. As parents we will always have doubts about the health and upbringing of our children, and we all try to make the decisions we think are right, but sometimes the lack of information unable us to make the right decisions.

Although cloth nappies do not correct the existing problem, they encourage the correction of a mild or unnoticed case and instead of damaging the hips cloth nappies prevent these problem form manifesting clinical signs in babies.

After all, cloth nappies might be beneficial for your baby's hips!With the right information it is easier to make the right decision! And with all the above information we can confidentially say that cloth nappies are beneficial for your baby. You can learn about other benefits when using cloth nappies on your baby. Benefits for him, for his world and for your wallet! Read more here

Did you hear that we have restocked our online shop? We leave here a taste of the new gorgeous prints we have for you. Which print is your favourite one?

Busting some breastfeeding myths during World Breastfeeding Week 2017

Taken from NHS Choices and shared by Laura from Ecopipo UK

Busting some breastfeeding myths during World Breastfeeding Week 2017

 

On reflection of World Breastfeeding Week 2017 I wish I could have got the help that is now available for new mums that want to breastfeed.

I was an oddity when I tried to breastfed my daughter a number of years ago and probably the words that I will never forget from that experience, were what a midwife told  another midwife, she loudly said  that they needed to prepare for a long, long night as another girl and me had decided to breastfed, this is 2 out of 32 mums, OMG only 6.25%. Therefore reading that more than 73% of women in the UK start breastfeeding is fantastic news!

Of course there is still work to do to increase the percentage of mums who exclusively breastfed their babies at three months and at 6 months! I hope that sharing these myths encourages mums to breastfeed. By the way, I always said to my friends that my breast went saggy at the 8th month of pregnancy, well before I gave birth to my girl!!

Myth: “It’s not that popular in this country.”
Fact: More than 73% of women in the UK start breastfeeding, and 17% of babies are still being exclusively breastfed at three months.

Myth: “Breastfeeding will make my breasts sag.”
Fact: Breastfeeding doesn’t cause your breasts to sag, but pregnancy hormones can stretch the ligaments that support your breasts. Wear a well-fitting bra while you’re pregnant.

Myth: “People don’t like to see women breastfeeding in public.”
Fact: Most people don’t mind. The more it’s seen, the more normal it will become. The law protects women from being asked to leave a public space while breastfeeding.

Myth: “Formula milk is basically the same as breast milk.”
Fact: Almost all formula milk is made from cows’ milk. It can contain bacteria, which is why it’s vital to make it up with water hot enough to kill any bacteria (70C). It doesn’t protect your baby from infections and diseases like breast milk does.

Myth: “Some women don’t produce enough breast milk.”
Fact: Almost all women are physically able to breastfeed. Early, frequent feeding and responding to your baby’s cues give you the best start to establishing your supply.

Myth: “If I breastfeed I can’t have a sex life.”
Fact: There’s no reason why breastfeeding should stop you having sex with your partner. Your breasts may leak a little milk while you’re having sex, but you can try feeding your baby beforehand or wearing a bra with breast pads in. Your vagina may feel a little drier than usual because of your breastfeeding hormones. Using some lubricant and taking things slowly will help.

Myth: “Breastfeeding hurts.”
Fact: Breastfeeding is the normal way to feed a baby and it shouldn’t hurt. If you experience pain in your breasts or nipples, it’s usually because your baby isn’t positioned or attached properly. Ask your midwife, health visitor or a breastfeeding specialist to watch a whole feed to help spot the problem.

Myth: “My nipples are flat or even inverted, so I won’t be able to breastfeed.”
Fact: Nipples come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Holding your baby skin-to-skin after birth will help them find the best way to attach themselves. Your baby breastfeeds, not nipple feeds, so as long as they can get a good mouthful of breast they should be able to feed perfectly happily.

Myth: “Babies don’t need breast milk once they start solid foods at about six months.”
Fact: Breastfeeding still has lots of benefits for you and your baby after six months. It protects them from infections and there’s some evidence that it helps them to digest solid foods. It also continues to provide the balance of nutrients they need. The World Health Organisation recommends that all babies are breastfed for up to two years or longer.

If you have got a breastfeeding question contact Start4Life for a trusted NHS advice anytime, day or night.


Reduce, reuse, recycle, recycling, recycled!! Once you get into a routine of recycling, it just becomes second nature!

By Jenni  Ecopipo cloth nappies’ champion,

I always have been passionate about recycling. I remember when I was about 14/15 years old, living at home, when the council introduced the big blue recycling bins to our area. I was so excited, I managed to order two instead of one. I used to raid the house for suitable materials, under sofa cushions or in the bathroom cupboard. Anything to fill that blue bin for collection on a Thursday.

After I moved to Scotland, the enthusiasm continued throughout my university life and into my adult life.

James and I have always tried to make environmentally friendly choices where we can. Walking or taking the bus instead of driving, physically bringing rubbish home with us to recycle instead of just throwing it away in a city centre bin, as well as actively donating unwanted items instead of just taking to the dump.

But it does concern me when I witness people not thinking about the planet and not recycling. Simply landfilling waste, or worse, illegal fly tipping rather than donating to a charity. Recently in Edinburgh, our landfill bin has decreased in size (unless you are a family of four or more) and our recycling options are now split between a large bin, blue box for glass, a brown bin for garden waste and a food caddy, and still I see landfill bins overflowing and recycling bins unused.

Once you get into a routine of recycling, it just becomes second nature!

Recycle, recycling, recycledMaybe it is the actions of other family members or the lack of education that causes these decisions to be made. It can be difficult to make lifestyle choices like this while still living at home, especially when the family doesn’t support you, but we need to think of future generations. Once you get into a routine of recycling, it just becomes second nature, this is definitely true with us, especially with our cloth nappies and wipes. I could not imagine doing things any other way, and it has encouraged me to explore other environmentally friendly options such as eco eggs for laundry rather than using washing powder etc. and using my black and blum water bottle with recyclable charcoal instead of buying bottles of water while out and about.

I have also recently started supporting our local walled garden (Gracemount Walled Garden, if any of you are local 😉 ), which helps me again reduce my consumption on packaging, as I get most of my vegetables from there and no longer from the shop. I have also made some lovely new friends 🙂

Recycling really isn’t that hard, it’s a simple and easy choice that helps you do your part, and helps us all make this planet a nicer place to live and also protects it for the future.

Jenni   XX

I am an Ecopipo cloth nappies’ champion.  I am always willing  to advise you to find the best nappy system for your baby and to help you how to make the most of your Ecopipo cloth nappies.

If you would like to find out how easy is to reduce your waste by using cloth nappies why don’t you come to Mum2Mum Market Dalkeith this  Sunday the 11th of September to  have a chat with me and to see  my lovely range of  Ecopipo cloth nappies

You can also contact me on Jenni@ecopipo.co.uk or visit my FB page Jenni’s cloth nappies

#Jennisclothnappies   #GrowStrongerEdinburgh

Ecopipo cloth nappies is proud  to support National Recycling Week

#nationalrecyclingweek

By Jenni. Ecopipo cloth nappies’ champion,

When I found out I was pregnant with my rainbow baby, George, I decided I was going to breastfeed. 
Formula was never an option for me. I wanted to give my baby the best possible start in life, so I began taking pregnancy multivitamins with the plan of progressing onto breastfeeding ones after labour.
I spent many a sleepless night searching and reading all I needed to know about being a first time breastfeeding mum and I actually began producing colostrum at 24weeks of pregnancy.
My pregnancy was pretty straight forward, I was active right up to the day I delivered, but my labour was long and painful.

George ended up back to back after 23hours of labour, and we both ended up in theatre under general anaesthesia for a forceps delivery. George was born at 6lb 7oz.
When I regained consciousness I was introduced to George by my partner and the midwife immediately brought George to my breast for his first feed. 
We both took to breastfeeding very well, the nurses on the ward were very attentive, especially when I requested help or even just reassurance that my latch was right. Some were even a little too attentive, one woke us up at 4am to ensure I had fed my baby even though I was up at 3am! 
There was also a lot of breastfeeding literature available on my table, which I still have to this day.

Jenni's breastfeeding experience
Once we got home, my partner and I just concentrated on the baby, and without James, I know I would not have been able to do as well as I have. I fed the baby and he fed me. He kept me hydrated, he kept the house tidy and walked the dog.
I ended up with mastitis at 2weeks, but my determination to keep feeding drove me on. I got all the medication I needed combined with nipple shields and after two days it was gone. 
Since then, it’s been onwards and upwards. George turned six months last week and was weighed today at 20lb 4oz!!

Breastfeeding support has improved in the UK but more work to do

I can definitely see how things have improved for breastfeeding mommas in the United Kingdom, but we are not there yet.
The support on the ward was incredible, but once I came home, it was really down to us. My health visitor is very supportive, but has also given me incorrect information in the past.

I believe women should be educated more on the benefits of breastfeeding but also  to how it affects our bodies. No one ever mentioned the night sweats or leaky boob’s to me.
The public’s attitude to breastfeeding needs to change also. Most people don’t notice or are supportive, but I have also had people tut at me, I have had wives switch seats with their husbands, men try to ‘catch a glimpse!’, and one woman who asked me to cover up even though you literally couldn’t see anything!
I’m incredibly proud of my breastfeeding family! My son for gaining weight and being healthy as he is, my partner for supporting us as he has. Without him it would have not been possible. And myself, for being so determined and willing to educate myself on how to feed my son.
Happy Breastfeeding Week to all you currently feeding, thinking about it or how to those who have in the past! You are amazing!

Have faith in your body, if it can grow your baby, it can feed them 🙂
#normalisebreastfeeding #celebratingbreastfeeding

Jenni is an Ecopipo champion. She is always willing  to advise you to find the best nappy system for your baby and to help you how to make the most of your Ecopipo cloth nappies.

Jenni can be contacted on Jenni@ecopipo.co.uk

Ecopipo is fully supporting the National Breastfeeding Celebration Week 2016 visit UNICEF’s website to know more about this and how to support. Share your breastfeeding support stories on social media #celebratebreastfeeding

Breastfeeding Week 2016

It is very interesting to know that nearly a year ago, in September 2015 precisely, the world’s leaders committed to 17 goals with the purpose of ending poverty , protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all, all written in a document called “Sustainable Development Goals”.

With this in mind, is even more interesting to learn that the current World Breastfeeding Week 2016 has, as the core of its objectives, to raise awareness and help us to think the value of wellbeing from the start of life, as well as caring for the world and respecting each other.  In addition, UNICEF has stated that breastfeeding is not only important to a child’s development but to the progression of an entire community.

All the above is a perfect combination of words that if applied will solve enormous problems, however, there is still so much taboo and sadly some of them stimulated by public figures who condemn it as offensive to others.

I was lucky because I grew up in a society where breastfeeding was still very much the norm and where mums only fed their babies formula as a pure necessity, not a choice. I knew I was going to breastfeed my daughter, not only because I grew understanding the natural simplicity of the process, but also because I had spent 6 full years training as a Vet, and as far as sciences was regarded it was never expected from me to provide a queen cat with the choice to feed their kittens with formula, if she was able to nurse them, especially after I had studied and understood, from many angles, the benefits of it on mums and offspring alike.

16 years ago, when I naively thought breastfeeding was as simple as the baby was hungry, you put the baby on your breast and  baby latched and sucked all nutrients away, there were two things that stroke me more than the fact that my inverted nipples where a huge barrier for my daughter to latch comfortable.

The first thing that took me aback while in the hospital, was to hear the nurses asking me, nearly in disbelief, if I was going to feed her and one nurse shouting to another, in the middle of a quiet night that  she was going to have a long shift as she had two mums breastfeeding (out of 12!!) . Their tone for some of the hospital staff was as close as “are you mad? why you bother when the formula is a more straight forward approach?”.

The other thing that stroke me was that the well-intentioned relations of a young  girl who was suffering from mild post-natal depression,  right in front me got excited every time they heard my little one was crying for a feed, I even overheard them saying I was given my baby booby OMG! and that I was  going to undress, I really felt they thought there were scenes from an XXX movie behind curtains.

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The reality on these days was that support was nearly nil, my daughter could not find the nipple (neither could I) so she chew me all over little by little.  When I mentioned about plastic nipples, the ward’s sister came in to tell me they were completely banned in her ward, no reasons given. However when the milk came down and I was in agony due to pain, the sister sent a young student that did not have a remote ideas what she was doing, to express my breast with the end result of total maceration of both of them and a bout of mastitis that made me feel I was about to die. It did take me a while to lose the idea that this young lady had been sent to me to give me a lesson.

Sheer determination made me look for support and it was then when I came across with a marvellous group of women that belong to a local branch of the NCT with extra support from the La League Leche. With their support I was able to reinitiate my milk production, that was  completely gone by then,  my little one never latched again but she was fed proudly with mum’s milk during her first 6 months of age.

I thought for a long time in suing the hospital and my local section of the NHS for receiving such as little support and for making me feel they have denied my right to choose to breastfeed, my health visitor arranged a home visit with the nurse in charge of breastfeeding promotion in my local hospital, I would like to think that my tears and sadness have an impact on this lady to understand that for some mums breastfeeding was really important.

Many years after my own experience I can see a lot of progress on our breastfeeding approach, especially as the number of mums that want to do it increases, so does the support at all levels of the process.  Still some people choose not accept breastfeeding (especially in public places), hopefully, they just need to learn no to watch and with that attitude they will be endorsing one of the points of this world breastfeeding week initiative, respect each other.

My suggestions for successful breastfeeding

These are my personal suggestions for a successful worldwide breastfeeding week (and any further weeks of the year):

  1. If breastfeeding bothers you, just do not look!
  2. If you do not like seeing babies fed in public places, do not attend any public place.
  3. If you want to do it but not sure how to do it, look for support and get as much information as possible.

My wish for this World’s Breastfeeding Week 2016 is just a simple one, that nobody, and I repeat NOBODY is so poorly supported and treated, the way I was, if breastfeeding their baby is their choice!

Ecopipo is fully supporting the National Breastfeeding Celebration Week 2016 visit UNICEF’s website to know more about this and how to support. Share your breastfeeding support stories on social media #celebratebreastfeeding

Ecopipo All in One nappies

We are pleased to introduce the new addition to the Ecopipo range. Say hi to the Ecopipo All in One

Say hi to the Ecopipo All in One nappies!

This All in One nappies are very versatile, anatomic, really easy to use.

Tiny firefighter with All in one Ecopipo cloth nappyThe inner layer of this new nappy is made of luxuriously soft bamboo velour. It also has already attached 2 layers of microfiber and 2 layers of bamboo. If extra absorbency is required, each nappy comes as standard with an extra absorbent made of 4 layers of absorbent bamboo that can be snapped to the nappy.

If your baby has sensitive skin, this nappy might reduce any problem, as bamboo velour is one of the softest fabrics, with hypoallergenic properties, apart from being moisture wicking which keeps your baby’s bum comfortable and dry.

When compared with our pocket nappies they will need to be changed a little bit more often and they will take a little bit longer to dry, however, these nappies are winners when your baby is in childcare or daddy/granny are looking after your little one, as they can be put together simply. 

Ecopipo All in One nappies are real BTP nappies fitting snuggly babies from 9 lb 14 oz. to toddlers of 37 lbs 8 oz. approximately. 

 

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