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Snazzypants - The Nappy Shop leads the way
in potty training.
It’s said that there are key stress times in
everyone’s lives, marriage, divorce, Christmas
and holidays, but many mothers would add Potty Training
to that list.
There are many books and articles indeed programs
about how to be a good parents, how to look after
baby and manage child behaviour, but is very little
written about Potty Training.
Kerry Newton owner of Snazzypants the online cloth
nappy shop found that many of her customers were coming
back after a couple of years seeking help and advice
regarding the minefield that is toilet training. Having
potty trained all 8 if her own she felt that she could
offer meaningful and helpful advice as well as offering
the widest range of potty training accessories.
Every child is different, and will learn at a different
rate, some children just become dry overnight whilst
others seem to be forever having accidents, and parents
often feel that the child is falling behind their
peer group or doing it on purpose. Many parents will
hear that they were on the potty at 6months, or that
the little playmate is dry all day and night adding
to the increasing pressure that is put upon overburden
At Snazzypants we researched the training pants available,
and asked parents what they expected the products
to do, and using this information stocked a variety
of products ranging from the simple and funky Bright
Bots Trainer pants to a range of training pants to
suit children with special needs up to 12yrs old.
As well as offering underwear Snazzypants is able
to offer a wide range of bed protection products,
from the disposable bed pad to the range of waterproof
duvet and mattress covers, Snazzypants can even supply
sleeping bag inserts so that camping or sleep overs’
need ever be a source of embarrassment for older children.
Training pants start at as little as £3.75
and bed protection from £9.99, packs of trainer
pants or potty training kits include a star chart
and stickers to help get encourage the child.
Kerry Newton can be contacted on 01369 830040 or
Cloth Nappies Stink – NOT!
So often when I’m giving talks about cloth nappies
the first comment people make is “Oh no I remember
the stinking nappy bucket when my baby brother/sister
was wearing them”. Well in the last twenty years
washing machines and washing powders have come a long
way. They are more efficient and more effective than
before, reducing the stains and smells. You only have
to watch the TV adverts to discover that many soap powder
companies are promising to get rid of 99 different stains;
I personally am waiting for some enterprising company
to guarantee the poo stain promise!
When my first son was born just about everyone used
cloth nappies or rather terry squares and plastic pants,
rare was the parent that used disposables and even if
they did it was generally only when going out or for
night-times. So parents often had to soak nappies in
a solution of Nappysan™ (not recommend now), often
the bucket wasn’t emptied until wash day so of
course it would get a bit smelly in the bathroom. Often
parents would have to put the nappies on a boil wash
to remove the smell and kill bacteria, but then the
nappies were just squares of terry cotton so little
damage could be caused by a 95°wash, today of course
it’s very different.
Real nappies are generally shaped and contain elastic
and Velcro so a really hot washes will cause damage.
But then a hot wash is rarely required.
Washing nappies is very easy if you follow some basic
Soaking nappies, change the water everyday, this prevents
the nappies sitting in dilute wee! Use a nappy soak
such as Nappy Fresh™ or use Tea Tree Oil or Lavender
Oils. Keep a lid on it! Not just to keep possible smells
in but to keep prying fingers and noses out.
When changing the water I found that if I stood the
bucket in the bath and then removed the nappies to drain
over the plug hole, then I would tip the bucket of water
into the toilet. Refill the bucket and put the nappies
Use a nappy net, a net keeps the nappies together and
easier to handle when changing the water, you can shove
the whole net into the washing machine complete with
nappies. A net also means that the squeamish don’t
have to handle dirty nappies.
Washing your cotton Nappies, place in washing machine,
add non-biological powder turn dial, go and play with
baby. That’s not too hard is it? Generally a 60°
will be sufficient, just occasionally a 95° might
be required for especially stubborn stains, this usually
coincides with teething.
Drying, Sunshine and fresh air are the best way, it’s
cheap and free. Sunshine is a natural stain remover
and fresh air blowing through the fabric will make them
smell great, beware though you will develop the habit
of sniffing the freshly dried nappies as you take them
off the line, it’s a well known condition and
your neighbours will get used to seeing you do this.
Another well known habit is hanging the nappies in order
(newest or cutest where they can be seen best, less
favourite less prominent), it can’t be helped
and could be considered therapeutic.
You can dry indoors on rails near radiators, or occasionally
on your radiator (this will stop heat circulating to
the room though, so not very efficient) – and
of course using a tumble dryer is the quickest way,
but again not very earth friendly and expensive.
Storing your nappies, cloth nappies take up more room
than a pack of disposables so you will need something
fairly substantial to put them in. If possible having
your nappies close at hand downstairs so that visitors
can admire them!
Snazzypants The Nappy Shop
Kerry is mum to 8 children and works from her home in