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  • Green Gifting: Eco-Friendly Diapers & Thoughtful Presents for Little Ones this Christmas!"

    Ho ho ho, Christmas is around the corner and in The Netherlands this crazy season starts already from the end of November! Sinterklaas (Saint Nicolas in many other countries) arrives all the way from Spain and on the 5th of December kids receive their so awaited presents. This year, especially because Tiago is a bit older, we could not stop asking ourselves: what should Sinterklaas bring them? The fact is that we barely buy any presents (toys) for our little monkeys but the house is full of many different types of toys, stuffed animals, cars, puzzles, books, board games, you name it… this goes on and on and every year looks more and more challenging. Since last year we started requesting our families to offer alternative types of presents: experiences and activities. This, we believe, is a very nice concept, although we get that it is hard to apply always with a 5 and 1 years-old-kids. So the question was again: what should the kids get as a Christmas present? For those asking themselves the same question, here we share some of the ✅ for babies and kids Christmas presents that promote not only creativity and imagination but also a more responsible type of consumerism. Especially these days, it is important to remember that we should foster ideas, products and businesses with a responsible and green footprint. Here we go: Books: are always welcome at home. It is a great option no matter the age. They inspire imagination and it is never too early to start promoting reading. However, it can be the case that you have reached the point where you already have plenty of them! (we feel you 😅) You can always try to sell the oldest books as second hand to make some room for new or even second hand too (even more environmental friendly). You can also choose the library as an alternative (we talk about it few bullet points ⬇️). Get your library pass for your baby and/or kid! Most of the cities offer it for free. We truly recommend it, it's one of our weekend activities specially now with the rainy season ahead of us 🌧️ Art supplies: another good kid’s present can be those related to art. It’s great to see how they let their imagination go wild! Sketchbooks, paint, sculpting clay are some options. Jordaan got last year from Los Reyes Magos (Wise Men in Spain 😋) very nice thick crayons which he uses very often to colour his drawings. They are also travel friendly since they are less likely to get lost because of their size and take barely no room. Of course, a great plastic free kid present too 🤗 DYI Kits: This becomes a more interesting option with toddlers and older kids (it´s a bit more complex to apply with babies, although if you have some nice ideas, please share! 😀). This year, Jordaan became a very big fan of Pokemon, so for his birthday presents for school we created cute Pokemon origami ́s. You can check our IG posts if you want to have a look at our wonderful plastic-free creations 🤩 DYI kits are always very nice because they can become a family activity which kids love to do! Experimental gifts: one of our preferred options 💚 In fact, it was after reading some article about how many of the mainstream toys sold these days do not switch the right “buttons” in our kid’s brain. In particular those toys which kids have to click on a button and wait to see what the toy does… after reading that article, we started thinking about better kids present options, not only in terms of how they make our kids react to them and what they trigger to their brains but also in terms of their impact to the environment, it´s crazy when you think about the amount of plastic many toys are made of, for instance . Museum memberships, tickets to shows, or classes (music, dance, cooking) are good examples. Library membership can also work for you and your baby. In my list of experimental gifts for Jordaan I have a ceramic workshop pending to do where we can create our own cups 🥤The idea is to add our name on them, like this we should avoid using multiple of cups per day as it’s happening lately at home. Outdoor gear: any items to encourage kids outdoor exploration, specially these days when kids spend so much time indoor and many times surrounded by screens. Magnifying lenses, binoculars, gardening kits… there are plenty of great options out there for your little one. Board games and puzzles: These are also winning options and easy to find for any age. We love them at home and have still pending to complete one puzzle that Sinterklaas brought this year. Clothes: are also a good option especially with babies. For Tiago it is nice to receive some nice outfits but overall we are pretty covered because we are using all the clothes from Jordaan (Jordaan was born at the end of September and Tiago at the end of October so basically the same season). Second hand clothes and organic cotton options are even better. Cloth diapers: this is great present for (newborn) babies, their parents (also their wallet 😛) and of course, the planet. Our UnuPana cloth diapers are made in Europe ensuring ethical manufacturing conditions and our liners are made out of 100% certified organic cotton. Couldn’t be a better option to offer if you want the Full Package: lovely and comfy product for the baby, saver for the parents 💰and green present for and to the planet. You can read more about our diapers here. Sometimes it looks like it is challenging to move around these festive days without exaggerating or promoting too much consumerism. However, with some imagination (and tips) you can make responsible, useful and green presents for your most loved ones 🥰 Have I missed any other good eco-responsible baby and kids Christmas presents? Just share it with us in the comments. Merry Christmas and a Happy and Green New Year 2024 💚 Cheers,

  • 8 experiences and opinions with cloth diapers

    Most new parents I talk to about cloth diapers are of two minds. On the one hand, of course they want to contribute to a cleaner future for their children. On the other hand, they are also in a very busy time of their lives now! Won't it be a lot of extra work? To make a decision, it's helpful to hear experiences and opinions from other parents who've tried the switch to washable diapers.In this post, we have collected those experiences and opinions, both from parents who've stuck with washable diapers as well as from parents who've moved back to plastic. Let's begin 😊 What We interviewed 8 people who explained to us about their experiences with modern cloth diapers, when and why they started. Who Moms, dads, grandmothers, all are people who have used or currently use washable cloth diapers. Where The experiences with reusable cloth diapers from the interviewees take place in different parts of Europe: Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. When Some of the interviewees currently use cloth diapers, while others have used them previously when their babies were still using them. Why The interviewees explain their experiences, why and how they started, and give us their opinion about cloth diapers. Read us here 👇 Interview 1 Name: Hester Mom of almost 3 (currently pregnant) Location: Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands Can you explain to us your experience with cloth diapers? When and why did you start? I started with cloth diapers when my first baby was born in June 2018. There were a couple of reasons, the environment being the most important one to start with cloth diapers. Also we have to walk for a bit to the trash bin to get rid of our normal waste and we are a bit lazy and didn't want a pile of diapers lying around. On the other hand, I myself have a bit of hip dysplasia and using cloth diapers prevents it, so that was nice. We use pocket diapers in the beginning, and for the nights a two-part system. With our second baby we mostly used the two-part system also during the day and we are planning to do so as well for our coming third baby. I can honestly say I never changed a disposable diaper. Even our daycare is willing to use the cloth diapers. What do you like the most about cloth nappies? From what I read from time to time, we do not have as many issues with cloth diapers as people who are using disposable diapers have. The “poop” always stays inside the diaper. And I like the fact that you do something for the environment and your wallet. We are still using some diapers that we bought in 2018. Do you recommend them to other parents? Give us your opinion in one sentence. If you are willing to do the washes then absolutely, but yes it is more work compared to a disposable diaper. I will always have a diaper at hand or get creative enough to make something into a diaper. I do not have to run to the store and get them when they are on sale. I love them, won't do 3 kids in cloth diapers if I wouldn't. Interview 2 Name: Tamara Mom of Nura and Nil Location: Barcelona, Spain Can you explain to us your experience with cloth diapers? When and why did you start? I started using reusable diapers with my second child, because as with everything else, children make us rethink about many things. With my first daughter, I saw the amount of diapers and waste generated and started researching over time. As I had already made changes with hygiene products, cleaning products, and food, this was just one more step. It's true that the newborn baby phase is the most difficult because they make a lot of "pees and poops" throughout the day, very frequently, so you must have more stock of diapers and liners, but it's the same as with clothes because you spend the day changing them. But then, as they get a little older, everything becomes much easier. I started using them for environmental reasons, to avoid generating waste, to be more sustainable, and to think about the future. What do you like the most about cloth nappies? I really like that these diapers are very respectful with the baby's skin. They are made of cotton, thus, the side that it’s in contact with the baby's skin is a natural and respectful product that does not cause allergies or itching... you know what is touching the baby. However, with disposables, it is very difficult to know the components. It's a product that, although you have to make an initial investment, is very durable. You can use them while the child is growing up, so this initial investment yields benefits because it's not something that needs to be changed after a few months. Plus, you can pass them from one sibling to another, so it's best to make the investment with the first baby. Do you recommend them to other parents? Give us your opinion in one sentence. As you have to make an initial investment, I think cloth diapers are the perfect gift for a baby shower party or if you need to give a gift. If you have the confidence to ask family or close friends to give them as a baby gift. Interview 3 Name: Violeta Mom of Estela and Luna Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands Can you explain to us your experience with cloth diapers? When and why did you start? I started in 2019 when my first daughter, Estela, was born. I decided to start with them because cloth diapers are better for the environment and also cheaper than disposable diapers. Although the initial cost is higher, it pays off in the long run. Unfortunately, I stopped using them because I couldn't have the clothes and diapers ready when I needed them,. So I ended up switching to disposables. What do you like the most about cloth nappies? In my opinion, the best thing about cloth diapers is that they are better for the environment. The impact is very positive and impressive, considering the amount of diapers that are changed every day. Do you recommend them to other parents? Give us your opinion in one sentence. Yes, I would recommend them to other parents if they know how to manage and organize themselves for the washing part. Interview 4 Name: Miríam Erin's mom Location: Lichfield, United Kingdom Can you explain to us your experience with cloth diapers? When and why did you start? We started using cloth diapers a few months after our daughter Erin was born. We realized that we were not only spending money on diapers, but we were also having an impact on the environment and worsening our daughter's eczema with diapers made of plastics and microplastics. We noticed a difference in her skin quickly after switching to cloth diapers. What do you like the most about cloth nappies? They are easy to put on, made of natural materials (Erin has eczema), and easy to wash. Do you recommend them to other parents? Give us your opinion in one sentence. Definitely, I recommend them, they are comfortable, practical, good for the skin, and good for the environment! Interview 5 Name: Rosa María Jordaan and Tiago's grandma Location: Terrassa, Spain Can you explain to us your experience with cloth diapers? When and why did you start? I had my first experience with modern cloth diapers four years ago when my daughter started using them with my grandchildren. I had seen them with my siblings but they were nothing like the current ones. What do you like the most about cloth nappies? My surprise was how practical modern cloth diapers are, how much money they save, and how beneficial they are for the planet. Do you recommend them to other parents? Give us your opinion in one sentence. Of course I do, they are practical and provide very good results. Interview 6 Name: Ana Björn's mum Location: Monistrol de Montserrat, Spain Can you explain to us your experience with cloth diapers? When and why did you start? I used cloth diapers with my son from the beginning. I have always been concerned about the environment and was aware of the waste that disposable diapers generate. I started looking for information about cloth diapers, but it was difficult for me to find them at that time. When you really think about it, a washable diaper is just like any other piece of clothing. You put it in the washing machine to wash, just like you do with your kids' dirty clothes, with vomit... The truth is that in the end, using cloth diapers seemed super easy to me. People asked me if I was crazy: "Are you going to carry a dirty diaper when you go out?" But when I went out, I carried my diapers well folded in my bag and a waterproof bag. And it was easy, zero waste. At the hospital when my son was born, they told me to use disposable diapers. However, in daycare when my son started, they did not give me any problems. They had never used them before, so I explained how they worked and brought them clean cloth diapers and took the used ones home to wash. And the truth is that it worked well. What do you like the most about cloth nappies? The best thing about reusable diapers is that you generate very little waste, or even none at all. Also, one of the things I like the most about them is that my son never used any diaper rash cream and his skin never got irritated. For example, for my sister, due to the irritation she had on her skin, my parents had to buy special disposable diapers for irritated skin instead of suggesting cloth diapers… Do you recommend them to other parents? Give us your opinion in one sentence. I highly recommend cloth diapers. It's hard to convince people to try them out, but those who have taken my advice are all very happy. It's nothing out of the ordinary, you just collect the diapers and wash them every couple of days without generating waste. Interview 7 Name: Akke Stach's mum Location: Joure, The Netherlands Can you explain to us your experience with cloth diapers? When and why did you start? We started using cloth diapers from the beginning when our first child was born. We only use disposable diapers when we go on vacation. What do you like the most about cloth nappies? That they don't leak: we use two-piece diapers (All-in-Two). And that you don't have to constantly buy new diapers. Do you recommend them to other parents? Give us your opinion in one sentence. Absolutely, although you have to learn to do laundry often. Cloth diapers work really well for me. Our other baby will be born in the next few weeks and we will start using them right away. Of course I’m biased, but I didn’t want to leave without sharing my own experience on how we started using cloth diapers. Because all of this led us to embark on this beautiful journey and create our own cloth diaper: UnuPana, which we dedicate so much love and care to every day. Interview 8 Name: Raquel Mum of two Location: Haarlem, The Netherlands Can you explain to us your experience with cloth diapers? When and why did you start? I started using cloth diapers with my first child in 2018. Shortly after he was born, we realized the tremendous amount of waste disposable diapers generated and started researching the topic of cloth diapers. At that time, we began to discover the different modern cloth diapers available and the benefits they had for both our baby and the planet. When we made the switch, we realized that most of our preconceived ideas about cloth diapers were incorrect, such as the idea that they were inconvenient to use. It was great to know that with each diaper wash, we were saving waste, money, and preventing irritations to our baby's sensitive skin. The only difficult part of using reusable diapers was finding the perfect one. As we had contacts in the Spanish textile industry, a great interest in the topic, and saw so many misconceptions about cloth diapers among friends and family, we decided to create our own cloth diaper and found UnuPana. Now we only use our brand of reusable diapers with our second child. We are obviously delighted! 😊 What do you like the most about cloth nappies? What I like most is that we do not generate any polluting waste for the environment, and we know exactly what is in contact with our baby's skin with our UnuPana inserts: organic cotton, nothing else. On the other hand, the cost-saving aspect is also a big plus. With our first child, we saved quite a bit of money, but now with the second, the savings are incredible because we use the same cloth diapers. Do you recommend them to other parents? Give us your opinion in one sentence Absolutely! Using eco-friendly cloth diapers not only greatly benefits the environment, but also provides better care for your little one and, and also, for your wallet. More and more people are encouraged to use them, as people are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental problem and are also discovering that today's cloth diapers are not what our grandmothers used to tell us, we can just put them in the washing machine and that's it. The truth is, I would encourage everyone to make the change, start with one, try them out. I'm convinced that they will fully embrace it later! In hearing the experiences of parents trying cloth diapers, I've noticed that what mostly determines whether they stick with it or not is whether they build a good routine around it. If you have one cloth diaper next to the pile of clothes to be washed, then of course it seems like a lot of work, with all the extra washing. But if you build a routine around it with a critical mass of cloth diapers and a process for washing and drying, then it's about as easy as plastic diapers. And without having to throw all the waste, for example. If, after learning about all these experiences and opinions, you are interested in taking the first step with cloth diapers, here is a guide to help you choose the cloth diaper that best suits you and your baby. And if you want to join the cloth diaper revolution 💚 and try your first UnuPana cloth diaper, you can do it directly from here. If you still have doubts about how to start with cloth diapers or how to use them, we have some videos for you to see how easy it is. You can also contact us through our contact page, we will be happy to help you resolve your doubts. And you, have you ever used cloth diapers and want to share your experience with us? You can share your story with us here so we can add it into our post or just comment to us on this article. We will be happy to read you.

  • Debunking myths about cloth diapers.

    The first time I told my mother that I wanted to start using cloth diapers with my oldest son, her face was a picture of unspoken words. Like her back then (now she is fan of washable diapers 😋), many people still believe that cloth diapers of this century are the same ones than those that our grandmothers used more than 50 years ago. Today we are going to debunk the myths about cloth diapers one by one. How are cloth diapers washed? In the washing machine, as simple as that 😀 In the past, flannels were used as diapers by our grandmothers. Those were put in tubs to soak when they were dirty to be handwashed afterwards as best as possible. For some people this is still a preconception when talking about cloth diapers. However, this is not the realitiy. The cloth diapers from now are washed in the washing machine like any other laundry. From UnuPana, we truly recommend using the biodegradable liners that help to collect your little one's number two (you can buy them directly from our website). These are thrown away directly into the trash, which makes much easier the washing (stains are less intense). Our UnuPana cloth diapers do not require any special detergent. You can use the same detergent that you use for all your baby's clothes. Here we show how to get the diapers ready in less than one minute before been thrown into the washing machine. How do you put on cloth diapers? Another misconception associated with cloth diapers is that they are difficult to put on. In fact, washable diapers are used in the same way that you would do with a disposable one. Rolling up flannels and trying to put the kid inside is just a thing of the past. Our UnuPana cloth diapers have hook and loop fasterner to adjust the diaper to your baby's waist, just like you would do with the plastic strips of a disposable one. They also have click buttons to narrow or widen the diaper according to the weight and size of your baby's legs. UnuPana diaper grows with your little one until they are potty trained. Like this, you can save money, as you will use the same diaper over and over again with your baby (and with their siblings who follow him or her, if there are any 😉 ). Have a look at our video, where we show how easy it is to assemble our UnuPana reusable nappies. In addition, our UnuPana diapers dry pretty quickly because they are two-piece diaper. This favors quick drying. Once they are dried, you just have to fold them and put them near your baby's changing table to have them ready at hand when you need to clean the diaper. Just like any other disposable diaper. However, with these ones you take care of your baby's skin and the planet at the same time. What are cloth diapers made of? What kind of fabric is used with reusable diapers? This is another of the questions that many people ask themselves when they begin to deep-dive within the world of washable diapers. Our UnuPana ecological diapers consist of two parts: a waterproof cover and the absorbents. UnuPana absorbents are made of 100% certified organic cotton, with an extra soft absorbent layer (you can take a look here 😉). Our covers are made from polyester to prevent leaks. Both products are manufactured in Spain. Certified organic cotton not only takes great care of your baby's skin, but also contributes to protect the environment as well as promote ethical working conditions. If you want to know more about this topic, in our blog we talk about organic cotton and why it is so important for us and the planet. If something seems "interesting" to us, it is that some pediatricians recommend the use of cloth diapers for babies who have dermatitis problems. Because of this, it can be read between lines that disposable diapers are not the most careful product for the baby's skin. Furthermore, it looks like in Europe there is still no specific strict European regulation for baby diapers regarding their composition, manufacturing or placing on the market. Therefore, there might be manufacturers that do not specify all the components used in their products. In fact, one of the recommendations of the ANSES (French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health) is precisely the creation of this strict regulation. You can read more about this topic here. Are cloth diapers more expensive than disposable ones? The answer is no. The outlay with washable diapers is made at the beginnig. In fact, it is estimated that with cloth diapers you can save up to 1800 Eur with your first baby (including washing costs). The difference in costs can be more significant with the use of reusable diapers if you have a second or third child. A good approach is to add cloth diapers to your baby shower' list. Like this, not only you save the initial investment but also have them right from the beginning with the rest of your baby things. Our UnuPana Starter Pack is a complete set of diapers for your baby shower list, perfect for getting started with cloth diapers. Also, it promotes sustainable products'consumption which is so needed for the future of our planet. Two-in one 😉 Another good idea is to use cloth diapers as a gift option. Most of the time, affter our baby is born we end up receiving too many clothes as gifts. When people ask us "what do we need" we can suggest "a washable diaper". Just like our UnuPana Trial Kit, an awesome and very useful gift. In short, as just mentioned, all these myths about cloth diapers are nothing more than that. There are actually many reasons to use cloth diapers. They are used just like disposable ones but with the important advantage that we never run out (especially relevant on Sundays if supermarkets are closed). We protect the environment as well as our little one's skin and we also save money. What about you? Do you join the revolution with cloth diapers? 😉

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