WITH a possible shortage of disposable nappies looming worldwide, mums and dads are turning to reusable modern cloth nappies to look after their babies’ bottoms.
Following an explosion and fire last Saturday at a chemical plant in Himeji, Japan, production has ground to a halt at Nippon Shokubai, the company responsible for the leading production of super-absorbent polymers used in the manufacturing of disposable nappies for the international market.
If work at the fire-damaged factory remains suspended, it could seriously affect the supply of disposable nappies to Australia and the world.
“One million disposable nappies are used every day in Australia. If the world is on the brink of a disposable nappy crisis, we could see empty supermarket shelves and parents buying disposables on the internet for inflated prices,”
mum and sustainable parenting advocate Janet Wright says “Modern cloth nappies are in ample supply, and once parents start using them, they’ll never have to worry about running out of nappies again. Wash them, hang them to dry overnight, and they’re ready for another round of bottom changes.”
Modern cloth nappies are so advanced in design that they’re just as convenient to use as a disposable, Janet adds. “And unlike disposables, they’re environmentally conscious and will save parents thousands. A One baby will need 6,000 nappy changes in the first two years of life, and at upwards of 50c per nappy, parents are throwing their money away.
“Nappies are something you really can’t do without if you have a baby. Modern cloth nappies can save parents $4,000 when compared to what you spend on disposables.”
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The cloth diaper is making a big comeback primarily because of major improvements in the fabric and design. In the above video, this group is among mums and dads in 500 locations across 20 countries who got together and all, at the same time, changed their kids into cloth diapers in hopes of setting a World Record!
YOU WILL NEED
A seedling tomato, herb, or flower (look for these at supermarkets, garden centers, or farmers' markets)
Fill your flowerpot or window box about three-quarters full with potting soil. If you are planting in your backyard, select a site. Make sure you check with your parents before you start digging!
With your trowel, dig a hole deep and wide enough to hold the roots of your plant. Be sure your flowerpot will provide enough space for the roots to grow. Place the plant in the hole, then fill in the dirt around the roots. Pat the dirt down gently, but don't pack it down too tightly.
Water your plant immediately after planting. A little water is best. If you are using a flowerpot or window box, place your plant in a sunny spot near a window. Water it every few days or if the soil is dry. When your tomatoes or herbs are ready for harvest, choose a recipe to make and share with your family, such as pico de gallo.
Isolated families with young children in Queensland are being sought to be part of an 'e-kindy' trial.
The Brisbane School of Distance Education (BSDE) will pilot an e-kindy program from next term for three or four-year-olds who cannot access a kindergarten.
Part of the program will be delivered by a teacher using web-based technology and parents or home tutors will also assist in "hands-on" activities.
BSDE spokeswoman Stacie Hansel says some of the program will be delivered via the web.
"Children will be invited to attend lessons via 'Illuminate', which is a web-based interactive platform," she said.
"The children will do their lessons through a qualified teacher - either that, or through a telephone via a teleconference.
"Technology is something that they are born around and born with using, so it is certainly a skill that they will use as they get older."
Ms Hansel says parents have been asking for this sort of scheme for many years.
"It's an alternative for our rural families who cannot access a centre-based kindergarten - to provide them access to an at-home kindergarten program," she said.
"The pilot will actually commence next semester and lessons will commence.
"We believe initially they'll commence one-on-one, building up certainly by the end of the year into small groups of two to three children."
Ainslee McArthur from St Lawrence, south of Mackay in north Queensland, already home tutors two of her children and says she is enrolled her son in e-kindy.
"Those children are already sitting in a home school room," she said.
"For them to have some interaction with a teacher like their older siblings, I think that's a good thing."
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