Totsbots

03 Jun 19
The Enchanted Mother

I was absolutely delighted to work with Bloom and Nora for their latest print launch. Reusable Cloth Sanitary pads are a small personal change to make but it has massive benefits for the environment. The average woman will use 12,000 to 16,000 disposable pads, party-liners, and tampons in her lifetime, that is a lot of […]

09 May 19
Young Mamma

So, as all of you who follow me over on Instagram will know, we made the decision to switch to reusable nappies! This is one thing on a long list of changes we have started to make in our family towards zero waste living. Me and Kieran have been conscious of our environmental impact for […]

02 May 19
Little Green Footpath

This is still a topic that will make a lot of people feel somewhat awkward, but just like breastfeeding it is something which is so much part of our biological make-up as a female mammal, it shouldn’t require a second thought. As a teenager, I spent a lot of time wondering about how “they” did […]

27 Apr 19
freerangemummy

Zeke is a Real Nappy Week baby. He was born in the middle of real nappy week and so far his birthday always falls in it! Which I find really exciting and lots of fun. Zeke wore cloth from birth. Being my second baby in cloth I was so much more confident about doing it […]

24 Apr 19
The Wee Family Blog

Since it’s ‘Real Nappy Week 2019’ I thought I’d better write a post about our nappies! Reusables nappies, real nappies, cloth nappies…whatever they’re called, I love them! Call me an eco warrior if you like but I’d encourage anyone to try reusables on their baby. They’re not as horrible and stinky as lots of people […]

23 Apr 19
The Sun
BABY slings are a hands-free way to keep baby close to your heart while still managing to accomplish stuff, whether it’s doing the weekly shop, having a coffee with friends or rocking out at a babywearing dance class. There are various types of baby sling to know about – and we’re focusing on the best, including ring slings and wrap slings, according to online reviews and fan favourites. The best baby slings are comfortable for parents and babies, and, best of all, let parents get stuff done while keeping baby snug A ring sling is typically a piece of non-stretchy fabric attached to rings at one end and slung diagonally across the body from shoulder to hip. The free bit of fabric is usually threaded through the rings to fasten it. Lightweight and easy to feed in, ring slings are often a good choice the early months. A baby sling wrap can be stretchy or sturdy, with one piece of material that you wrap around your body to distribute your baby’s body weight evenly. They can be finicky to tie together, but fans of the baby wrap sling insist it’s brilliant and super-comfortable. Both of these types of sling typically involve baby in a seating position facing their parent, or perched on a parent’s hip. Babywearing in a baby sling isn’t just about parental convenience – although leaving the house without a cumbersome buggy can feel a lot less restrictive for parents and it’s a lot less hassle when going on public transport. Past research has even linked babywearing to less fussy and more contented babies who tend to cry less in the day and at night. Wearing your little one in a baby sling can also be good for baby’s emotional development and alertness and won’t make too much of a dent in the wallet – a top-quality baby sling is usually sub-£50. Now, which baby sling will you choose? Best baby ring sling This ring sling from Mamaway distributes the weight evenly across a parent’s back Mamaway Baby Ring Sling, £39 at Amazon – buy here Mamaway’s ring sling is made from breathable cotton in a range of colourful prints and patterns. It can be adjusted to fit different sizes and bodies in minutes and helps to distribute the weight across a parent’s back rather than on their shoulders. Baby can be upright, on the hip or in a breastfeeding position, and don’t let that ultra-lightweight fabric and nylon ring fool you. It can hold up to 50kg – they’ve tested it. Users don’t just think it’s a good baby sling – they think it’s the greatest. One Amazon reviewer declared the Mamaway “the best £40 I’ve ever spent,” while another says: “Simple yet effective! Have tried other types of babywearing but this is the best – quick to put on and adjust, so baby doesn’t get all stressed out while you faff about!” Best sling-carrier hybrid The TotsBots Papoozle Kit can hold up to 35kg TotsBots Papoozle Kit, £44.95 at Bebeco – buy here The term baby carrier is sometimes used interchangeably with baby sling. However, carriers typically have straps and fastenings that slings don’t, and many parents do like the added support they provide. The award-winning Papoozle offers the snug fit of a wrap with the support of a carrier, down to the softly padded straps and waistband. It can hold up to 35kg and comes in a two-part design with a sling and belly band. Parents love the padded comfort features and rave about how comfortable this carrier is, as well praising its ease of use. Best easy-wrap baby sling Don’t be put off, this Ergobaby Baby Wrap Carrier is easy to sling on Ergobaby Baby Wrap Carrier, £49.49 at Amazon – buy here Some parents are hesitant to try out a baby sling because they look so… intimidating (how the heck do you manage to wrap it securely?). Ergo’s award-winning Aura sling brands itself as the ideal beginner wrap. It’s lightweight, breathable and virtually fool-proof when it comes to tying it correctly. Parents like how soft yet sturdy, and truly hands-free, this wrap is. As one reviewer notes: “Snug and sturdy, great for snuggling, getting baby to sleep and/or getting stuff done.” Best baby sling for newborns If bright prints are your thing then the AmaWrap Posy Rosy Wrap Sling is the fashionable kit you need AmaWrap Posy Rosy Wrap Sling, £44.99 at AmaWrap – buy here AmaWrap’s ergonomic baby slings let you showcase some of your personality with their lovely prints and bright colours – this Posy print is especially appealing. This sling is crafted from a single piece of stretchy fabric that can support a baby aged 0-3, without foam padding or anything else that might add bulk for a lightweight and supported feel. Parents can’t stop raving about it, and say that it lends itself particularly well to breastfeeding. Best toddler-friendly ring sling The Moby Ring Sling can be adjusted as your child grows Moby Ring Sling, £39.95 at Natural Baby Shower – buy here Moby’s ring sling in woven cotton is a hit with parents because of its customisable, intuitive design, which is easy to adjust, looks chic and supports baby from newborn to toddler years. You can have your baby facing inwards, on the hip or on the front, and parents say it’s fantastic – and back-pain free – when carrying older babies and toddlers. 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21 Apr 19
Grow Up Green

Want to use the fabulous Tots Bots Easyfit Star? The Totsbots Easyfit birth to potty kit offers exceptional value and contains everything you need to get started with cloth nappies. Our Everyday Easyfit Star Kit contains everything you need to use cloth nappies on a daily basis. Fits from 8 – 35lbs. Contents: 15 x […]

17 Apr 19
R&R: Ramblings and Reflections

Some detail of the planning and research I have done for an upcoming trip overseas.

05 Apr 19

In the bath Whilst washing baby’s hair, drip some clean water onto their face. Use a toy watering can to dribble water directly onto baby’s head or take a shower together and let the water run freely over baby’s face. Older ones could try watering themselves with a toy watering can. Practise holding baby whilst they […]

02 Apr 19
A Round About World

I thought I was packing light. I overpacked. Here is the majority of what I took for a week in Rarotonga with a 4-month old. This includes: SwimsuitAbout 8 short sleeve singlet suits (with snaps)3 all-in-one shirt suits2 long sleeve suits2 light sweaters4 pairs shorts2 pairs socks/booties8 bibsTeething toy and scrunchy play bookSun hatAbout 60 […]

29 Mar 19
Can we still have coffee?

This post is all about bums – cute little baby tush and big hairy ones (e.g. the dog – who did you think I was referring to?!). We all have to go, and being responsible about it isn’t just about taking nappies home rather than shoving them in the wrong bin or picking up after […]

26 Mar 19
News Archives Uk

A new trend is that young mothers spend hundreds of pounds on fashionable and limited cloth diapers. The traditional diapers fell out of fashion after being considered labor-intensive and uncomfortable. However, when the mothers began to reduce plastic waste, a new trend developed – colorful, colorful cloth diapers, each costing up to £ 160. The […]