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Preparing For Baby: Nappy Changing

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Preparing For Baby | Posted on 03-02-2014

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Ah nappies. With Little Man having been potty trained and dry for months now I can honestly say I haven’t missed nappy changing. In the early days of potty training we did comment that putting one on him for long car journeys would be nice – there was a small incident in the rain on the hard shoulder of the M42 that we don’t talk about… – but on the whole, nappies are long forgotten and not something I’m looking forward too with Little Dude.

With Little Man we mostly used disposables, though we did enjoy testing out some washables from both Bambino Mio and gNappies. With Little Dude we are definitely going to start off with disposables and see how we go. I can’t bear the idea of washing those first few nappies and whilst I get to grips with the concept of having a newborn in the house again additional washing isn’t something I relish.

With Little Man we used big name brands to start with, but he suffered terribly with nappy rash, and his bottom would go from clear to neon within a few hours no matter how often I changed him. When we changed brands the rash cleared up and we also found we had no more leaking either. In preparation for Little Dude’s appearance in May therefore, we’re stocking up and with the Baby Event now on at Asda there’s no better time to bulk buy.

Little Angels nappies are brilliant. We’ve found no better. They kept Little Man dry, comfortable, leak free and didn’t cost us a fortune. Their Newborn nappies are currently just £3.97 for a pack of 44 and you can get a box of 80 for just £6. The size one nappies also come with a notch cut out the front of them to keep the umbilical cord safe till it drops off – a great feature that they didn’t have when Little Man was first born. I’m looking forward to testing these out on Little Dude, and I’ll be sure to pack plenty of this first size in my hospital bag when the time comes.

Little Angels also do wipes – something we mum’s seem to be constantly buying. You can get 12 packs of 64 wipes that are suitable from birth for just £8, making them a penny a wipe and cheaper than the leading brands. We never had any trouble with these wipes and I love that the packets have plastic lids so they get sealed properly and don’t dry out. Handy when you’re bleary eyed at 3am!

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As far as changing mats go, I have splashed out a little for Little Dude. One of Little Man’s least favourite activities when he was tiny was having his nappy changed after a bath. He was already wet and cold and was being put down on a cold plastic changing mat. Needless to say there was screaming. And to me, they never looked the most comfortable of things either. You may recall us reviewing the Cosyplay Play Mat which we absolutely loved, and which I so look forward to getting out again when Little Dude turns up. Well they now do a matching Changing Mat which is made from the same super comfy memory foam and has the same soft washable cover. Yes its a little more pricey than your average changing mat, but it is SO comfortable that I couldn’t resist. I bought one of these a few weeks ago and got myself a spare cover too – I have lots of memories of little boys peeing everywhere at nappy change time – and I’m sure Little Dude will appreciate the comfort when he gets changed.

Potty Training with Bambino Mio

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 15-08-2012

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At the beginning of July Bambino Mio sent me a “Potty Training Pack”. They were looking for bloggers who were going to be potty training that month to use, test and review their range. Now Bambino Mio wouldn’t be the first place I would look for potty training equipment, and when I was researching my last potty training post, I didn’t. Bambino Mio are well known for their range of washable nappies, but they also supply a selection of potty training essentials. This is the pack they sent me:

A strong yet compact potty with a rubber base to prevent slipping on bathroom floors. A step stool for easy access to the big toilet and also for reaching the basin to wash their hands. And a toilet training seat which I particularly liked because it fits between the rim and the seat on your toilet so there’s less chance of your little one pulling it off.

My favourite part of the pack however were the washable pull up pants. Now I have a couple of packets of disposable pull up pants, but I must say I do like the idea of washable ones. They feel much more like “Big Boy/Girl” pants and not like a normal disposable nappy so it should help eliminate the confusion of not wetting those and make Little Man much more aware that he’s wearing something different.

Now when I was sent the pack I was definitely planning on potty training. Little Man had been signing “Change My Nappy” quite a lot so was becoming aware that he was going and I took this as a good sign that we’d have potty training success. Unfortunately when the pack arrived the signing seemed to slow too and I became less convinced that he was truly ready. So now we find ourselves in August and my Little Man is still wearing nappies and has only sat on the potty a couple of times fully dressed.

I’m not sure when we’re going to start potty training, but he’s not quite 2 yet so we have plenty of time. I think I need to wait until he can understand a little more what the potty is and about “Big Boy” pants. He doesn’t seem overly keen on the potties which I have around the house at the moment, so I do wonder if he’s going to prefer sitting on the big toilet and using the training seats. At least with the pack from Bambino Mio we are fully prepared for when that happens.

For now I’ll keep pointing his potty out when I go to the toilet and he wanders after me, and I might try sitting him on the training seat occasionally to see what happens. I don’t want potty training to become a big deal or a nightmare and cause of stress for us, so I think the “Slow & Steady” tactic might be the way to go. Little Man won’t be 2 until mid October so we’re in no rush, but I think a few more pairs of washable pull up pants might be a good idea for when we do brave a no nappy day. If you have any hints or tips for potty training do post them below – I need all the advice I can get, and I’m sure other parents do too!!

You can find out more about the Bambino Mio Potty Training range here.

Mio Solo Nappy Challenge Week

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 21-01-2012

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Last week Little Man and I embarked on something new. We used real nappies. Since day one we’ve used disposables and I’d never really considered using anything else. I envisaged the washing machine being permanently on, and I wasn’t particularly keen on getting any closer to the contents of his nappy than I needed to – especially those early explosions! Just after he turned one in October last year and money seemed to become even tighter than usual I gave real nappies a thought. People kept raving about how much money you could save by using real ones, and how amazing they were, so I did a bit of research. The choice out there is wide and varied and I felt a little out of my depth. It was brilliant therefore when I was contacted by Bambino Mio and asked if I’d like to take part in their Mio Solo Nappy Challenge. I immediately said yes, and then, I must admit, wondered what on earth I’d let myself in for!

My parcel arrived at the beginning on January and I was rather excited to open it and take a look at the new Mio Solo. The Mio Solo is a one-size-fits-all nappy that is suitable from birth right through to potty training. It comes in six colours all with a sweet themed name, and is designed to be simple to use and super-absorbent. It features velcro fastenings, poppers across the front to adjust to fit any sized baby, and a pull out inner to make them quick drying.

 

In our pack we received the blue (Flying Saucer), yellow (Sherbet Lemon) and white (Marshmallow) Mio Solo, a Mio Boost – an additional absorbent pad to use during the night, some Mio Wipes, some Mio Fresh Nappy cleanser to use in the washing machine and a roll of Nappy Liners. The nappies looked simple enough to use – the fastening is very like that of the disposables we already used – and the washing didn’t sound unrealistic either. In theory I was ready for the challenge – but how would I fair in practice?

Challenge 1: The Stay At Home Challenge
This sounded a perfect way to start – staying in! I was glad to do this as it meant I had clothes on hand in case of a leak and a stock of other nappies in case I panicked. I also had cream to hand in case my Little Man’s sensitive bottom reacted to the real nappies by coming out in a rash. The first nappy went on without any problems. Little Man didn’t notice anything different and the elasticated leg cuffs meant he could cruise around the furniture with ease as he always had. When it came to changing they were simple to take one off and replace, though the liners did tend to stick to his bottom a bit. At the end of our first day I was still happy and there was no rash – perfect.

Challenge 2: The Out & About Challenge
One day two we had to venture out. This was fine as it was our Sing & Sign class that morning. Into a Mio Solo he went and into the car seat. The class is a short drive away but it would be the longest he’d sat with a Mio Solo on so I was curious about leaking. He also spends the whole class crawling and cruising around, standing up and climbing about – all that action would put some strain on the nappy. I changed him at the end of the class and it was simple to do even away from the well stocked changing table at home. The liner and wipes went into one nappy sack to be thrown out, and the wet Mio Solo went into another to be taken home and washed. A successful out and about challenge.

Challenge 3: The Overnight Challenge
This was the challenge that caused the greatest sense of dread and panic amongst the bloggers taking this challenge. I wasn’t going to take any chances so when we put the nappy on before bed I put the Mio Boost in straight away and added a liner. Little Man sleeps on his front with his bum in the air so I was worried that any overnight wee would gather at the front of the nappy and leak out. He went to bed at 7.30pm and the sceptic in me expected a wake-up call around midnight with a wet bed. I checked on him at 10.30pm when I went to bed and all was well – no leaking, no smells. Everyone slept through and he started chattering to himself at 8am as usual. Unfortunately when I went to get him up the front of the nappy was wet, as were his pyjama bottoms and the bed sheet. Thankfully he hadn’t got the duvet too! Admittedly there wasn’t anything like as big a leak as I’d expected, but sadly gravity won. I will be retrying this challenge after advice from the Bambino Mio team but I think I did everything they’d suggested. We’ll see what happens.

Challenge 4: The Dad, Grandparent Or Babysitter Challenge
Dad was probably more sceptical than me at the start of this challenge. His parents had used terry towelling nappies on all four of their children and being the oldest he can just remember the washing machine being on 24/7. He was concerned that I’d be spending my days washing and that nothing else would ever get done! Dad was impressed with the design of the nappies and happily changed a couple during the course of the challenge week. No problems at all. They really are totally simple. I plan to get Grandma to change one next week!

Challenge 5: The Washing & Drying Challenge
My biggest fear was all the washing. Would they dry quickly enough? Would they come out clean and reusable? Would my washing machine be on for the rest of my life? Well obviously with the fact I only had three nappies I can’t really comment on how often the washing machine would be on if we were doing this “properly”. To only use Mio Solo’s for every nappy change would require a larger supply and a few more washes, but that wouldn’t be a major hardship. Washing them at 60 degrees with the sanitiser in and my usual non-bio washing liquid was fine. I put them in with towels which could also withstand the temperature and I was pleased when they came out perfectly clean. After an incident involving poo and Mummy forgetting to put a liner in for the first time I was a little scared – especially with is being the beautifully white nappy – but even this came out crystal clean and sanitised. Pulling out the inner pad meant they dried very quickly and fastening the velcro tabs back during washing meant I didn’t have everything stuck together during the cycle.

If you disregard the minor overnight problem these nappies were great. A lot less complication and fuss then I’d expected, and the fact that Little Man didn’t seem to notice at all was a bonus. At the end of our challenge week I think we’ve all thought a lot about washable nappies, and whilst we won’t be making the change 100% we will definitely keep using washables during the day, and saving disposables for night time. I highly recommend trying the Mio Solo to anyone considering making those tentative first steps into washables, especially if you’re a past user of disposables. I’m always available on Twitter if you want to chat (@SussexMummy) or if you want to share any comedy poo related incidents. I don’t think my Twitter feed has ever been so full of chatter about poo, wee and nappies ever. Thankfully it wasn’t our house that experienced the “Poonami!”

Thanks Bambino Mio for letting me take the challenge – I had great fun!