Posts Tagged ‘green’

Baby and Toddlers Books

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Contrairement à mon habitude, cette fois-ci, je poste mon article en anglais. C'est qu'il s'agit de livres sur les bébés et les jeunes enfants, et que je n'en ai lu qu'en anglais. Et puis c'est pour mes ami(e)s non-francophones, pour leur faire un commentaire des livres que j'ai aimé/pas aimé.

If you’re not expecting a baby or are not interested by books about babies, stop reading here, you’re not going to like the rest. If you are, welcome to my post!


Rechargeable nappies

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

We’ve been trying out “rechargeable” nappies over the last few days. It has been our intention since the beginning, really, but during the first couple of weeks, everything is pretty full-on, and using disposable nappies (more on them in a moment) just means that there’s one less thing to worry about.

We have been phasing them in, and only using them during the day. At three o’clock in the morning, in a dimly lit room, you do not want to be messing about with a multi-part reusable nappy (to give them their official name). I don’t care if our mums used terry nappies and safety pins – you can bet that they would have loved disposable ones, too!

Anyway… rechargeables. You have to buy a kit, which in our case involves the plasticy outer bit, the bandage-like bit that you fold up and put inside, and the membrane bit that goes next to the skin. We haven’t got any photos yet, but we’ll get some up on Flickr ASAP. Karyn bought our kit quite cheap (I’ll find out the cost) at an NCT Nearly New sale.

So far, we’re not all that impressed. They’re all right, but they are necessarily pretty big – Cillian ends up almost doing the splits when he’s wearing one! If there’s an poo explosion, which is not uncommon, they crumble under the pressure! They’re not very well sealed around the thighs, so there can be a lot of overspill. So that means there can be a lot of cleaning up to do, and a pretty high “tideline” to deal with! then you have to rinse and wash them a lot. I am not sure quite how “green” they are, when everything is taken into account.

Having said that, if we all used two reusable nappies per day, in place of disposable ones, that’s nearly 700 less disposables going to landfill… Individually, that won’t make much difference, sure. But there were around 758,000 babies born in the UK in 2007. Now that lot could make a difference!