What is a Wet Bag?

What is commonly referred to as a Wet Bag is a bag made from PUL (a waterproof material) that is usually sealed with a zip and designed to store used or wet items before they are washed. They can be used for swimming and gym wear but in this context are for cloth nappies.

The design means that they keep moisture and any smells contained within the bag so that they are a practical storage for soiled and wet nappies.

Wet Bags are available in a range of sizes, from small which may store 1 or 2 nappies or your reuseable wipes to the largest in which you can fit 15-20 nappies and large enough to use as your at home, before wash storage. The advantage of using a wet bag like this is that you simply unzip the bag, allowing the nappies to fall out during the wash cycle, and put the whole thing inside the drum. No need to touch or even look at the nappies.

For use out and about most people opt for a medium size bag, enough to hold a days worth. Again, unzip and place this bag inside your largest storage bag and wash the whole lot together.

Some wet bags have two sections with protection between so that when you are out of the home you can keep your dry unused nappies in one half and your used, wet nappies in the other. They tend to have some kind of handle, either one that snaps together to form a loop or else permanent strong handles.

They are a crucial part of making the use of cloth nappies and wipes easy and practical.

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What is a Two Part Cloth Nappy and How do I use one?

All cloth nappies are made up of two components:

  • An absorbent part
  • A waterproof or water resistant part

As the name may suggest in a Two Part  cloth nappy these components are separate entities. They are not attached to each other in any way.

The absorbent part can be either a ‘flat’ nappy such as a Terry square, Prefold or a simple long absorbent soaker . Or it can be a ‘fitted’ nappy which is shaped to fit the baby and fastens together, coming in various sizes.  Another possibility is a disposable soaker.

Over the top, in order to contain the absorbent part and stop clothes getting wet you need a ‘wrap’ or ‘cover’. These are usually made from PUL (a waterproof material), shaped, size adjustable and fastened by hook and loop or snaps. There are also fleece and wool covers available, again in a shaped style or as a pull-up.

Depending on the combination you use you will either put your absorbent part on first followed by the cover or you will lay your absorbent part on top of the gusset part of the cover and put on baby together.

The Two Part cloth nappy combination is usually regarded as best for containment and maximum absorbency. You can boost the absorbency without compromising on the fit  by adding more layers beneath the wrap.

The wrap or cover will dry faster than the absorbent part meaning that you can use again sooner and therefore need less. They are often the cheapest system to buy.

They do require a little more time to use which can be a negative. A Two Part system is very popular for night time use or for children with a larger output.

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What is an All In Two Cloth Nappy?

All cloth nappies are made up of two components.

  • An absorbent part
  • A waterproof or water resistant part

An All in Two cloth nappy is one in which these two parts are attached but can be removed. This is usually done by a snap connecting the back of the absorbent soaker to the inner part of the waterproof shell. The absorbent soaker can come in a variety of shapes, from a long straight piece that folds over to create layers to a shaped piece that mirrors the shape of the shell.

You can see in this image an outer shell and two absorbent soakers which all snap together to create the All in Two nappy.

The parts can be separated to speed up drying or added to in order to increase absorbency. The flexibility with this type of nappy makes it popular. Another appealing quality is the high potential for containment. Once any urine or faeces has been absorbed by the absorbent material it then has to broach the elastics of the shell making leaks rare.

During washing the parts to tend to come apart so there is a small amount of preparation to put the nappy together again before use.

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What is a Night Nappy and How is it different?

A Night Nappy is a cloth nappy that is worn over night, for most it must last from bedtime until morning. It is recommended to change newborns throughout the night as they still poo after feeds and their skin is particularly delicate.

This means that, in general, they must be more absorbent that a nappy used during the day time. The amount of absorbency needed varies hugely depending on a few factors:

  • overnight fluids
  • amount of awake time
  • age of child
  • natural variations e.g. bladder size

A nappy described as a ‘night nappy’ will be designed with many layers to maximise absorbency and can be any type. Many nappies are suitable for use over night but are not described as such, most commonly these are Two Part nappies (absorbent nappy + wrap/cover) which are often boosted as required. However, many people have success over night with all kinds of nappy.

Night nappies are available in all sizes and both hook and loop and snap closure. 

Due to the extra layers they can be bigger than expected which can be a surprise and extra consideration should be taken to provide maximum comfort. You might consider the softness of elastics, fleece integral lining or adding a fleece liner yourself. If you reach the morning without leaks it’s a success. A fully saturated, wet nappy is one that is doing it’s job.

Bee’s Needs Week July 2018

Last week, 9th July to 15th July, was Bee’s Needs Week! All sorts of activities happened all over the United Kingdom! The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed a famous street in London renamed Carnabee Street for the week.

Bees are a vital part of our landscape, economy and food industry. Over the last week, you will hopefully have been seen how important it is to respect and appreciate the bees that live with us.

Did you know not all bees make honey? Some you see buzzing around might make the yummy syrup you have on toast, but lots don’t. The other bees do the exciting job of pollinating the flowers so they grow and produce fruit, vegetables and more flowers and plants. The amount of honeybees is slowly decreasing as the amount of flowers decreases too.

If you want to help at home, there is a lot of things you can do, and encourage your children to do:

Grow wildflowers in a portion of your garden. The pollen will attract lots of bees. If you are living in a smaller space, could you fit a window box? Or have a pot with wildflowers in? Children will love seeing all the varieties of flowers they grow and counting how many bees they can see!

Install a bee box. Give your local bees somewhere to rest and install a bee box. If you’re handy with wood and nails you could even try making your own. There are lots of instructions online. How many cylinders can you fit in the frame of your bee box?

Buy local honey. Not only will you be supporting local beekeepers, it can help to alleviate symptoms of hay-fever. Bonus!

Put a small basin of water outside for the bees to have a drink. It’s a common misconception that it needs to be sweetened with sugar. They will more than appreciate fresh tap water.

How have you tried to help the bees this week? Could you dedicate a patch of your garden to planting some lovely flowers these summer holidays? Can you visit any local green spaces to see if you can spot what they are doing to help the bees? On a walk yesterday, we saw a bee bank of flowers, bee boxes and much more!

Let us know what you have been doing to help the bees!


Organic clothing: is it worth the price tag?

organic clothing labels, washing lineWhy buy organic? It’s a question I have asked myself before now. Why bother to spend extra money on produce that is grown without pesticides, without chemicals – the way it should be? Why should I pay more for something grown the way nature intended it?

My personal conversion to organic was a slow one. It began when I started reading about the plight of the bees, and how many of the pesticides, herbicides and GMOs used in commercial farming affected them, and other wildlife too. I began looking into how other things we “consume” were grown and processed; what had to happen to wool, for example, to make it machine-washable (hint: it’s coated in that dreaded p-word we’re all trying to avoid right now). How so many synthetic fibres we wash and wear daily are either made with, or coated in, plastics for our convenience, how washing them sends the micro-plastics they shed down our drains and straight into the water table…

I began to look into the chemicals that were used in the manfacture of man-made fibres, and the dyes, many of which contain metals, that pass regulations for use in clothing. Chemicals I would never dream of letting my child near in any other form, but which can leave a residue on clothing that we are all quite happy to put next to their precious, delicate, porous skin.

Organic cotton is grown in such a way to minimise the impact it has on the environment, and often with the intention to replenish soil and help improve biodiversity. It uses 60% less water and releases none of the carcinogenic toxins into the environment that are now associated with non-organic cotton production. That’s a win for the water-table, a win for wildlife and a win for us.

And then there is the ethical angle. We should care who makes our clothes. We should care about working conditions and fair play. We should accept that if we want to live in a world that treats every man, woman and child with respect, we have to pay toward that. Because somewhere along the cheap clothing super-highway, someone, somewhere always pays. It might be the local environment where those cheap fabrics are chemically processed , the factory where the clothing is made, or our oceans where the marine life is choking on the plastic waste those cheap fibres we so love create EVERY TIME we wash them. But if we’re not paying, someone is.

If you want to reduce plastic, buy cotton, tencel, silk, hemp, linen, wool or cashmere clothing that requires gentle (or even hand-) washing to care for it. But if you want to pay your way? Buy organic. Yes Bébé stocks an amazing range of gorgeous organic clothing, much of which is currently on sale! So grab yourself a plastic-free, organic, ethically-produced and fairly-traded bargain – then pat yourself on the back, safe in the knowledge that you’ve done your bit toward a better world today.

Why Should I Make Lunch To Go?

Lunch time. Whether we’re at home, shopping or at work, we find ourselves having a lunch break wherever we are. Home cooking or a restaurant? Or how about popping to the local supermarket or work’s canteen for a quick meal deal to go?

Food is so ready for our convenience, with packaging and cutlery we can use once and throw away without a second thought. After all, what difference will one more sandwich wrapper and crisp packet make to the environment? The answer? A huge difference.
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Saving Energy – Around The Home

Over the years, we have been adding more and more plug-in devices to our homes. Internet has gone from dial up in a few houses to plug-in routers everywhere. Thermostats have gone from a simple dial to a digital device that links to your mobile phone. There are little and big changes you can make to your home and lifestyle that will contribute to smaller energy bills and greener living.
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Saving Energy – Driving

We all know there are things to do around the home to help save energy and reduce our Carbon Footprint, but how many of you drive?

When’s the last time you thought about how efficient your car is?
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Saving Energy – Winter Warmers

It’s the new year. A time to make and break resolutions after over indulging with food and finances throughout the festive period.

It’s also winter, and the one thing we all know about winter? It’s cold. So, what could be better than starting the new year, and our Going Green 2018 project, by finding ways to keep warm, save some money and reduce our carbon footprint?

6 Winter Warmer Tips:
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