Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Trim versus full coverage Nappies - A Comparison

Good Morning!

I have been working on my next product the 'Full Butted' OSFM Nappy which will be released very soon both with Minky and with PUL outers.  I thought I better discuss the key differences of the two

In the beginning when I first started drafting my pattern 3 years ago I wanted a nappy that was trim through the crotch, side snapping OSFM and an AI2. It evolved to include no rise adjuster snaps. The main thing for me was that it needed to be trim, really trim. I didn't like how most OSFM nappies were wide in the crotch and I tried a lot of nappies back in the day. 

The difference with my nappies compared with other nappies on the market that have rise adjuster snaps is that they adjust in the waist snaps and grows with your child. When placing the nappy under the child at nappy change time, place the nappy to where you want it at the back. Then snap close making sure its a snug fit. You can make the rise longer for older bubs by placing the nappy further back - and adjust the snap position on the wings making it grow with your child.

They can fit from approximately 5kgs to 17kgs. They are deceptively small but have been tested on big bubbas and can fit up to 17kgs. The many layers of bamboo can hold the biggest wee and are great for long naps. They have been tested with pooplosions for little bubs right through to the more solid poos for the older bubs. As with all nappies the occasional leakage can happen as we are of course talking about bubs and poo here, however it has been tested extensively and I haven't heard of one leak when fitted correctly. This includes my nearly 1 year old son who up until very recently used to go every 3, 4, 5 or every 6 days and had pooplosions every time - I just made sure the nappy was a snug fit.

Some testimonials:

"Your trim design is one of the trimmest I have ever seen. At first I thought the nappy was too small but after the demonstration I have now mastered it for my master 3 year old and I love it. It doesnt seem like he is wearing a 'huge' cloth nappy at all"

"Your nappies are definitely my favourite (and I've tried a lot!). Plus the custom ones I got are just sensational"

If you want a trim nappy that last from 5kgs to 17kgs this is the one for you.

However this 'trim' design may not suit the fuller bottomed bub so I have been working behind the scenes to be a shop that can cater for all. With wetbags, bio liners, cloth wipes and much more! 

The fuller bottomed nappies will be exactly the same but a little larger around the bum! They will still be AI2's that have no rise adjuster snaps on the front. I will post pictures in the next blog so keep an eye out.

   If you have any questions please email me at

Saturday, July 28, 2012

A blog about a hose……..

 An alternative to 'branded' water sprayers....

Yes that’s right a hose. Also known as a sprayer, spray gun and even a squirt. I cannot live without this hose when it comes to using modern cloth nappies.  Well I probably could but it is one item I view as a must and it definitely makes clean up a breeze (yes cliché I know but its true!). I am blogging to show the options in setting one up whilst keeping costs down and to show you that it really is simple to set up and the reason why I will not be stocking any branded spray guns on my website.
For the Laundry Sink
You can buy a trigger sink spray pack and it will cost you less than $20 from your local hardward store.

Or you can buy all the individual parts and it will be cheaper still.
All together now!

Connect it with a t-junction from the plumbing section and you can also connect it to the toilet!
Team one of these with biodegradable liners (coming soon to Nifty Naps) and rinsing your nappies will be easy. These are much more affordable then the alternatives on the market. Please email me at if you have any queries. Thank you.

Thank you for the pictures Jenn :) 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The winner is - Sylvia P!!!!

The Winner is Sylvia P!

The list of names in the order of when I received the email:

Natalie B
Kellie B
Slyvia P
Carli B
Jill E-S
Danielle W
Amy O
Linda G
Sylvia you have won a $60 gift voucher. I will be in contact shortly. Thank you.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

New Products - Web Launch and a chance to WIN!

Nifty Naps
 now stock PUL outers!

They are still the same great trim design with no rise adjuster snaps. They just do not have a minky outer and are a cute affordable alternative to minky outers.
~One of the trimmest One Size Fits Most Around~
The website is starting to finally take shape and I cannot wait for the launch of the website. There will be many items for sale, preorders, and in stocks as well as a custom slot or two on or around the day of launch. To celebrate I will be offering a free item here and there. For your chance to win please email me at with 'newsletter' in the subject line to sign up for more details

Preorders for the nappies not homemade by me will be up on the website in the next week or two and will be available at a discounted rate. All details will be in the next newsletter. They will only be discounted in the preorder stage so sign up to the newsletter to not miss out the details on the dates!

The colours and prints are here:

A Kyoko Dress from the modkid pattern and Matching Nappy set made as a custom

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Competition Time!

Nifty Naps Competition Time

I am thrilled to announce that I have been nominated for two AusMumpreneur Awards.
The first is a Rising Star Nominee, which is judge by a panel of judges.

The second is for your favorite Eco-Friendly Business which is judge by you the people.

To celebrate I am running a competition for all Nifty Naps followers. The prize is a $60 gift voucher to be used for instocks or a custom order wth me.

Here is what you need to do:

1. Please head to
Join up to this wonderful community
2. click on the Favourite Eco-Friendly Tab
3. Vote for any of the participants that fall under the eco-friendly award tab
4. Email me at that you have voted so I can keep track and place you on the competition list.

You dont even need to vote for me - although I would love you to!
I also would love you to like and share this post but you do not have to!

Once voting is over I will the winner.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. All information given from participants is for the Connect2mums Community and to Nify Naps only.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Some news from me

The time has come………………..

A fork in the road………………….

Which way to go?

For those of you who have followed my journey you would know my dream is to be able to stay at home with my children as much as possible…..

Nifty Naps is getting too big for little old me and it takes me away from my children, which negates the reason for starting Nifty Naps in the first place. I really only see that I have two options, sell Nifty Naps or outsource a part of it.

I love supporting homemade but I just cannot physically do it anymore. I have been thinking long and hard about what to do. My son is nearly 3 years old and although my blog is nearly 2 years old I started sewing and testing behind the scenes before he was even crawling. I have spent a long time developing my pattern (with some more in the woodwork) to give it all up.

I think you know where I am heading with this but would like to advise anyway. I wish to offer both: homemade items in the way of customs, including nappies, sets and clothes. Also, affordable nappies and nappy packs that have been made with my pattern elsewhere from a factory. This means I can purely focus on the customs and have more time for my 2 boys.

A date is yet to be confirmed but a new website will be released for this change. Thank you for supporting me. It has taken me many conversations with my husband and many sleepless nights. At one point I was going to sell Nifty Naps but I have poured too much blood (yes there has been blood), sweat (definitely alot of sweat) and many tears to give it all up.

Susan xx

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Are you afraid of FOE?

~Read on to find out how to care for your Covers made with FOE and why it can save you thousands~

I hear it all the time, “I don’t like FOE” or, “I do not use FOE”. FOE or fold over elastic is the edging on the covers that I sell from the ArtistryCreates pattern. Now, I can totally understand why the one factor of pilling can make one to feel like they should stay away from FOE. As we all want our ‘stash’ to be in the best of condition, right? However, I believe the positive factors that these covers can bring to your cloth nappying system far outweigh this one negative ‘issue’ and I will show you how and why it isn’t really an issue.

A lot of people I know really would like to use Cloth nappies, however the start-up costs to cloth a bub full time in the beginning is seemingly high even though it is significantly less than using disposables. They estimate you can cloth nappy a bub for about $250 for a basic cloth nappy system which can then be used on other bubs including being sold 2nd hand to recoup costs. Sorry ladies ‘Embroidered Pretties’ costs a lot more than this unfortunately. They also estimate that it costs about $2,000 to use disposables for one child for a cheaper disposable brand – that’s $4,000 for two children and $6,000 for three children– no reusing here! These figures are taken from The Australian Nappy Network website:

Guess what, Nifty Nap covers can be used as part of this basic system if you wish to keep costs down, which is a big plus in my mind! For example: you really only need 2 or 3 covers per size (e.g, newborn, small, medium and large) if you wash every day or every other day as they do not need washing each time you change bubs. You can change the absorbent part at change time and reuse the same cover all day. Thus, from birth to toilet training you will only need between 8 or 12 covers all up – please visit my website for prices: They dry very quickly and in the Australian sun in summer they will dry in under an hour. Actually at home in the summer I sometimes forgo the cover and let bubs stay in a fitted nappy and thus less covers are required at my house thus saving me even more money. They are only really needed for naps and going out.

Some ladies I know wash the covers at each and every change time, this will make your covers look shabby faster – trust me ladies, less washing equals less pilling and did I mention less washing? They really do not need washing each time. Yep another great factor of using covers as part of your cloth nappying system – is less washing and less water used – great for your pocket and even better for the environment. The only time I wash covers is when the FOE has been touched by poo or if I have used it for a day. If you use a fitted or a prefold correctly then the chance of poo touching it is quite low – but if it does a backup cover is recommended just in case. Thus I recommend 3 covers for when they are little but when they are on solids and the poo is more formed I would recommend 2 covers.

Another way to keep your covers looking new is to not wash them in with other items that contain velcro, or if you have other covers or nappies that have velcro use a big bra bag. The times when I do wash my covers when they haven’t been touched by poo is the time I wash them in a bra bag. Otherwise all other velcro nappy shells are thrown into the bag. This isn’t too much work really – it is less work then AI2’s really as there are many more shells to contend with when using AI2’s. Washing cloth nappies in general isn’t too much work and is a common misconception – but that’s a whole other blog.

So the pilling to me isn’t really an issue compared to the thousands of dollars you can save especially since the pilling is an aesthetic issue and it doesn’t affect the performance of a cover at all. Thus there is no need to be afraid of FOE. Thank you for reading. Susan

A couple of covers with FOE: