Modern cloth nappies: MCN. All in Ones: AIO. One Size Fits All: OSFA. Work At Home Mum: WAHM. These are just some of the abbreviations I have been learning lately, and just to do with nappies!
For the older generation, you don't use terry squares anymore, now it's MCN all the way! This is mind-boggling as there is a HUGE array of nappies available in cotton, hemp, bamboo, fleece, wool, etc. Then some are AIO's and others need a cover. Some come from newborn to toddler size and some fit all with adjustable buttons and so forth. Then some don't work for boys, but great for girls. Bamboo is more absorbent and takes longer to dry...
So where do I start? How do you know what to do? It's hard enough trying to work out a newborn's needs without the fuss of nappies too!
I have bought some Peapods on ebay and will be getting more of these. Then was recommended Baby Beehinds for night-time so maybe I need a trial pack of these too?
On top of this, I am very aware of the environmental impact nappies have.
Did you know that disposables are supposed to be scraped of their waste before putting into plastic bag in the rubbish? I haven't seen this done yet by a mum. Approx. 3.75 MILLION disposable nappies are dumped into our ground every single day, throughout Australia and New Zealand alone (from here). Not being a complete nappy nazi, I will be keeping a stack of disposables on hand, but will try to make MCN's work for us - then if we have a second child, it will be wonderful to be able to reuse these nappies a 2nd time around.
I can't remember if I've mentioned it but I have bad pelvic pain, just one of the joys of pregnancy. Monday was acupuncture, Tuesday was yoga and today is my first time visiting an Osteopath. I have never been to one before and have my fingers crossed I can get some relief.
It has meant that I haven't gotten much done at all in the last 2 weeks and I'm terrified I will have this pain at the Lindesay xmas gift fair next week. 3 days all day sitting/standing at a market makes anyone sore!