Cloth Nappies

Ever since Little E was born, I had been going to/fro-ing between disposable and cloth nappies. I won’t go into the pros/cons as there are many pages and forums discussing them. We had a trial one that we liked from Hippybottomus but as he had eczema which was mostly triggered by washing detergents, we decided not to go ahead with it. Without proper washing detergent, I found that the nappy didn’t get clean properly. Even with the help from the sun.

Now that Miss V seemed to be free of eczema (thank God!), I am seriously looking into cloth nappies again. I tried using it again the other day and I actually liked it. It isn’t any harder to use, and because I do the washing almost everyday, cleaning and drying the nappy was not a problem.

Little E is on his way to daytime toilet trained now, and we use disposable overnight. A dear friend of mine suggested that when his night disposable nappies are dry almost everyday, I can use the cloth nappy on him too! How smart are my friends?! 🙂

Hippybottomus has a trial pack for AUD99 and you can actually email them to request which patterns you would like (most brands don’t allow this from my quick research online). I chosen unisex patterns/colours as I will put them on Little E at nap times as well.

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I received my order within a week, couriered straight to me. I washed them as soon as I got them at around 4pm. Though it was a cloudy day, the nappies dried before I needed them the next day. Hooray!

I asked for cloth nappies recommendation on Facebook, and from my friends who did recommend a particular brand that they’re happy with, Hippybottomus was what they recommended. Another friend said that Hippybottomus nappies are made in China and not Australian made (recommended by hardcore cloth nappies lovers). For me, as I am only starting (whose husband isn’t all for it), I didn’t want to spend the money for Australian made ones (they’re a little more expensive unfortunately). So Hippybottomus nappies were the obvious choice for me 🙂

I am pretty excited about using them 🙂

Disclaimer: As mentioned, Hippybottomus kindly sent me one nappy to try and I am affiliated with them 🙂

Japan: Daisetsuzan National Park, Sounkyo, Hokkaido

We had such a weird experience in Daisetsuzan National Park. Arriving at around 2.30pm, our hotel was empty and looking almost abandoned. Walking around the main town strip, the atmosphere felt just as empty, with only a few other people there. It was almost like being in a ghost town….

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Some wild animals apparently present in the Park. See the bears…..?

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After an equally weird lunch, served by someone who sighed and acted like he didn’t want to be there, we set off for the “Husband and Wife” waterfalls.

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I have been craving salad, so these weeds looked so much like rocket to me. I had to fight the urge to start munching on these…

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We saw some wild deers!!!! So lucky! This guy happily ate his lunch while we took numerous photos of him.

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My brother inlaw bought this bell to scare off wild bears. Apparently that’s how you do it here 😉 One of the shops nearby also blasted off some old songs in an attempt to keep the bears away.

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An old rusted bear warning sign we saw while we were hiking… I took comfort listening to the chime from the bell my brother inlaw bought. We think we saw a bear paw print during our walk…. so scary!

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We hiked for around 1hr, through muddy narrow trails. A step sideways meant you’d be on your way down the cliff……

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However, at the end of that path, you’re rewarded by this view. So beautiful and calming. In fact, during this walk, I had another epiphany, but I’ll write more on that in another post.

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When we got back to the hotel, around 6pm or so, we saw a lot more people. It was almost like the movie Spirited Away, at night, when the sun sets, the ghost of the past came back to life………….