So you have chosen to use cloth nappies for your new baby. Here are a few tips to ensuring your little one stays dry and snug. While leaks happen from time to time, there are simple techniques to help reduce discomfort. Here are some issues and how to resolve them:
1. Nappy was not prepped properly or prepped at all. To resolve, follow our instructions on how to prep your new nappies/inserts on the right of this article. This includes drying on high heat for approximately 20 minutes when you first receive your nappy to seal it around all of the snaps & stitching. After prepping, DO NOT wash or dry on hot or high heat.
2. The interior of the nappy is repelling liquid. You can test this by taking the clean nappies and dropping a few drops of water on the interior. If the water sits there for more than a few seconds and you can 'roll' a bead of water around, your diaper is repelling. This is often caused by using non-nappy safe detergents or nappy creams that cause a build up. The easiest way to correct this is to wash your nappy like normal, then wash once more using Nappy Laundry Treatment.
3. Your child is a heavy wetter. Each baby is different and some urinate more than others. When using a pocket nappy, you can add additional microfibre, bamboo, bamboo blend or charcoal bamboo inserts which will usually resolve most leak issues.
4. The seal around the legs is not tight. When putting the nappy on your baby, make sure that there are no gaps in between the elastic and their leg. To tighten, simply adjust the size of the nappy using the three riser snaps that run up the middle of the nappy. While they should be snug, the elastics around baby's thigh should not be so tight they are causing red marks. If you over stuff your nappy with too many inserts, you may cause gaps that can't be closed even if they are tight on most of baby's leg.
How Do I Prep My Bamboo Inserts?
Our Bamboo inserts (five layers - three microfibre and two bamboo) also known as Blend Inserts, are inserts that have two types of fabric.
Typically - and in our case, this is bamboo on the outside and microfibre on the inside.
We sell FIVE-layer Bamboo Blend inserts & Five-layer Charcoal Bamboo Blend inserts.
For the best results, pre-prep all of our Charcoal Bamboo Blends.
The Five layer Bamboo Blends will need to be prepped by following EITHER set of these directions.
3. The Connection Makes the Difference
The reason that I was able to get through to even the most difficult student (as well as my fiery toddler when she's upset) is because I take the time every day to forge that relationship with them. Spend at least ten minutes each day tuning everything else out but your child and then shower her with love and attention. Your connection will be strong and her responsiveness to your requests will be greater.
Remember that favorite teacher you never wanted to disappoint? Well, it's time to start sprinkling some of that flavor onto your parent/child relationship. The great thing is it works both ways.
4. Child Acting Out? Put Your Ears On!
Remember, children are new to this great big world and they don't always know how to deal with the situations and emotions contained within. When your child starts to inexplicably act out, remember that she needs you more than ever. Start listening, really listening to her and help her express what she's feeling. After the emotions have subsided a bit, you can then try to come up with and explain an acceptable way to channel that emotion or feeling for when it happens again.
5. Be the Rock
No I don't mean the wrestler, I mean create safety and calm for your child. You don't want your child to be afraid of you or label you as someone who flies off the handle. If your child can safely come to you and share their hopes, dreams, fears and everything in between, you will be able to help guide and steer her through rough times. If you appear unavailable or scary, your child will lean on someone else instead.
6. Don't Be a Broken Record
I had a mom who nagged, and frankly, I hated it. I quickly taught myself how to tune her out and during my teen years, we didn't seem to like each other very much. For recurring problems which make us feel like we are saying the same things over and over again, find a more creative solution. If you're repeating yourself time and time again, your children have stopped listening by now anyway.
If she has a messy room, try giving her some organizational tools to help clean it up easily.
If she has a messy closet and has cleaned it up recently, hang a world's cleanest closet sign on their closet door. How can you go back to being messy with that hanging there?
If your children are always forgetting to do their homework, make a standard family "table time" where common chores like homework, paying bills, and making grocery lists, are all done together.
7. Give Your Child the Power
Children need to learn from a very young age the concept of cause and effect. Instead of them thinking that you are making every decision for them and that you are punishing them, they need to realize that the decisions are actually their own. And with decisions come consequences. Consequences can be good or they can be bad, but they will always occur. Every cause has an effect and your child is in control of that. This is a lesson that will serve them well and will teach them to reflect on their own behavior and how they could have chosen to do things differently.
8. Above All Else, Be Consistent
This is by far the rule of all rules in my opinion, and it doesn't just apply to teaching or to parenting. You have to talk the talk and walk the walk. Do what you say you're going to do, or don't say it at all. Empty threats undermine your authority and make your child lose respect for you. Never say it if you won't do it and never forget to follow through if a line has been crossed. Children crave consistency. In an unpredictable world, your child wants to be able to depend on what you'll do and say at all times. If you begin to make idle threats, you will begin to lose that special relationship with your child. I've seen it time and time again...a child will push you and push you because she is merely seeking a boundary. Do everyone a favor and give it to her, each and every day.
This applies to both mom and dad. Consistency must occur between parents as well as within each parent. If dad's a pushover and mom always has to be the enforcer, both the spousal relationship and the parental relationship will suffer.
Well, there you have it...words of wisdom from a woman who became a teacher first and a mother second. What parenting tips did I leave out? Do you agree or disagree with any of the above? Don't hold back, I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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