It’s Real Nappy Week 2017!

It’s arrived! I get so excited for Real Nappy Week every year, because it’s a week of guaranteed fun, discovery and lots of fabulous competitions.

cloth nappy week 2015 pretty nappies

Each year I tend to write a few posts to celebrate RNW and get more people exploring the joys of using reusable nappies. The popularity of cloth nappies has risen over the last few years, and no longer do parents have to battle with folding terry towels and safety pins, but can instead explore the wonderful range of patterns, styles and sizes of nappies available on the market. There really is a brand to suit everyone and every baby.

I figured for the 1st day of RNW17 I would give you a few facts about our journey using cloth nappies over the last 5 years (yup, 5!) and if I can do it, so can you.

THE FLUFFY NEWHOUSE FAMILY FACTS

  • We bought our first set of reusable nappies from Mothercare when I was pregnant with our firstborn, Willow. That specific range has since been discontinued but they remain some of my favourite newborn nappies.
  • The Mothercare nappies above have been used on all 4 of my kids, and have been kept for baby #4 due in September!
  • We have never had a day in TheNewhouseFamily home where we haven’t used cloth nappies, in 5 years. Most of that time has been spent with at least 2 kids in cloth. But now all 3 are potty trained it is only Ivy using them at night. But soon, we shall have a newborn in daily cloth and Ivy at night. Back to 2 cloth bums at once.
  • We have only used cloth for all 3 girls, with the exception of holidays and when they have stayed over with family. With each chid we have used more cloth.
  • We started using cloth nappies and then extended our cloth journey to baby wipes, women’s menstrual products and even toilet paper.
  •  We have only bought 4 packs of baby wipes in 5 years and around 6 packs of nappies.
  • Our family have spent around £40 on cloth nappies in total. Most of what we own are second hand and found at carboots and NCT sales.
  • My girls have never had nappy rash or sore bums.
  • All of our original nappies bought over 5 years ago are still in use at night for Ivy and will all be used on the new baby.

    Most of my nappy stash was given to us by a friend.
    Most of my nappy stash was given to us by a friend.
  • I make my own reusable nappy liners (keep your eyes peeled for a post on this!)
  • Because I’ve used mostly cloth nappies, cloth baby wipes and eliminated the use of nappy sacks, I have saved a whopping £1885 (approx.) PER CHILD – source Fill Your Pants. That figure will be £7540 after having 4 kids in cloth until potty training. The figure could be higher considering I’ve used the same nappies for all 4 children. Booooosh!
  • My girls have all potty trained sooner because of cloth nappies. Kids in cloth tend to train sooner because they are more aware of being wet, rather than sitting in ‘touch dry’ style disposables. My kids all trained within 1 week either side of their 2nd Birthday.
  • I have never broken a washing machine, had gross smells in my house or spent a fortune on laundry costs due to nappies-  despite what people’s stereotypical views may be. I shall write more about washing nappies later this week.

So this Real Nappy Week please have a look at the reusable options. It not only will save you money, but you shall reduce chemical exposure to your children, reduce landfill, save British tax payers money (for every £1 spent of disposable nappies, 10p is spent by the tax payer sending them to landfill) but you will also get to look at pretty, fluffy butts all the time. What’s not to love?

Visit the Go Real website for more information, exclusive RNW17 competitions and offers. If you have ANY questions about how we use cloth nappies do get in touch either by the comments box below or TheNewhouseFamily Facebook page.

 

Fluffy nappies off the line #baby #reusable #frugal #nappies #soft #white #savetheplanet

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Think Before You Book And Save Money On Your Family Holiday!

A family holiday is one of the great joys of being a parent. It is uninterrupted time that you get to spend with the kids; making memories and exploring new places. We have had 2 fantastic family holidays with the our 2 youngest kids. Clacton and Cornwall. This year we are off on a family holiday to Whitley Bay, Newcastle. Our first family as a holiday of 5, and with grandparents in tow. We even get to catch up with some much missed family and friends. We can’t wait!

We took a visit to Ox Pasture hall, Yorkshire back in 2013.
We took a visit to Ox Pasture hall, Yorkshire back in 2013.

We only holiday in the UK, it reduces stress and there is plenty of places that our beautiful country has to offer without whipping out the Passport or attempting any long haul flights.

But before you sign on that dotted line for your very own holiday, or click that ‘book’ button you need to consider some the issue around going away with kids carefully.

Accommodation

First of all, when planning a holiday, you need to consider the type of accommodation that you will go for. Of course, there are so many choices to pick from. You have hotels that are room only, half board, or all inclusive. Then you have camping sites and caravan parks as well as the option to rent a chalet or a villa. So many choice, but what will suit your family’s needs most?

What you really need to consider is the amount of space and types of meal that will suit your family the best. For example, if you have toddlers that are in a picky stage of eating, then you may want to go for a self-catering option. You can make sure that they will always have something you know they will eat, and just go to a restaurant a few times. This can also save a lot of money as well.  We tend to prefer self-catering when holidaying with the kids because we can grab lots of tins and packets of food for cheap that are easy to cook in the caravan or on a BBQ (think pasta, soups etc) saving money for activities and souvenirs. The only downside to taking your own food is that you have to pack and take it all with you, fine if you have a car but this can be tricky if you have to take the train or coach to your destination.

cornwall villa

If you have a larger family like us, or you are going away with friends, you will want to look at hiring a more extensive type of accommodation like a whole apartment, or villa. So everyone will have enough room to spread out but still get some privacy. If you are going with your parents or siblings it can be cheaper to book one large accommodation rather than multiple.

Activities

Another key issue that you need to consider before booking is what they’re will be to do there. A relaxing holiday by the pool might sound like your idea of heaven, but how much R&R are you really going to get if there is nothing to keep the kids amused?

That is why you need to ensure that the holiday that you book has plenty of activities to keep the kids busy and having fun.  A great way of doing this is to choose one that includes activities like checking out local museums, visiting farms, or checking out the local pier (who doesn’t love the penny machines?!). Check out these family summer holiday ideas for some more options.

Then not only will the kids be kept happy the whole time, but you get to make amazing memories with them that will last a lifetime too. Don’t forget to pack your camera, or a handy emergency battery charger for your phone so you can always capture the fun!

We aren’t a sun worshipping family so spending hours sat on the beach in one spot doesn’t really do it for us. But, the kids love the beach! Take buckets and spades and some fab beach games to play while you’re down there. We love beach combing for interesting artefacts and beautiful shells to bring home.

clacton beach

Distance to travel

Travelling long distances with kids in tow can be something of a trial. Even if they are fairly grown up kids like teenagers. No one really wants to be stuck in a car, plane, or ferry for long stretches of time with nothing to do and no way to get up and stretch their legs.

That is why it’s essential that you consider the distance you will need to travel to your chosen destination before you book your holiday. Remember somewhere far flung and exotic can sound like a lot of fun. But isn’t quite so good if you have to spend two days straight getting there, with the kids screaming ‘are we nearly there yet?’ in your ear the whole time. It’s bad enough taking a 40 minute journey into London let alone several hours, stuck in a tin can high up in the air.

Our journey up to Newcastle will take us just over 4 hours, but add in the kids needing a wee every hour and myself being heavily pregnant it’s likely to take much longer. We plan on letting the kids have a late night the day before we travel, getting them up early for leaving at 6 or 7am and with any luck they will still be so tired that they fall back to sleep for a decent chuck of the journey.

So with some careful planning, a holiday doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive. We are really looking forwards to our holiday away. Have you booked a holiday yet and have some fab tips for tripping with the kids? Where are you planning to go this year? Let me know in the comments!

Perranporth, Cornwall.
Perranporth, Cornwall.