Billy puts Ailsa from Bambooty Real Nappies in the spotlight this week.
Bambooty is an Australian owned brand however they have a big presence in the UK and Ailsa deals with UK retailers, UK customers and is very supportive of the UK nappy library network
Billy asked: “So Ailsa, what does Mother’s Day mean to you?”
Ailsa replied: ” First problem is it Mother’s Day or Mothers’ Day or Mothering Sunday? I like very much the idea of the traditional Mothering Sunday when children living away from home in domestic service (and as apprentices) returned to their homes ..as they could not be spared on other festivals. So it was often the one occasion
in a year when a family gathered. Any family with nurses, emergency/public service workers, farmers and so on will relate to this!”
In our family we have been blessed with very long lived mothers so we also celebrate the thread of tradition, shared interests, passed on skills, memories and family stories…and this is a good time to share them when the focus is on love and respect for the older family members. Great Grandma now 86 remembers her Grandma and, just, her Great Grandmother and so stories relate back to 19 century! How lovely to collect these together and to keep them to pass on… I suppose that is what a tradition is!
Think all those generations used cloth nappies… The disposible option has only been one generation and a half…surely we can turn the tide?
So what are the traditions that endure…. Mothers Day cards….lovingly handmade by little ones… a first love poem for mum by the unabashed 10 year old…joke ones presented by gauche teenagers….lace and roses for Granny……but please let this be the one festival that does not become overwhelmed by commercialism! Posies gathered from the hedgerow or garden (or even the park by my naughty aunt in the 30s) in a jam jar on a breakfast tray. ( this is dad’s..all dads’ …big moment helping the youngsters to make their first cup of tea) How curious it is to lie in bed listening to the whispered preparations for the grand surprise entrance!
And cake! Easter has been ceded to chocolate so Mothers Day is the ideal time for Simnel cake. It doesn’t have to be the 12 apostles round the top..what about one marzipan ball for each family member?
But this is a time that is so difficult for women without a child to remember them…lost babies or estranged families..also indeed for the children and also adults who for whatever reason no longer have a mother to receive a gift.
Billy asked Ailsa to tell us the story of where and when Bambooty began:
Ailsa replied “Bambooty was started by Amelia Singh in Australia when her second child suffered from eczema and she was forced to use cloth. The nappies available provided her husband with a hundred reasons he was unable to change the children’s nappies. So Amelia set out to make a nappy easy enough for Dad to use, that was also comfortable for baby, easy to wash and dry, that was slim under clothing and stylish enough to be worn as clothing!
Amelia came to the UK as a gap student and I met her whilst I was teaching…she is now my boss! That’s the short version.”
Protect your Prada!
Billy enquired “Can you tell us what your favourite product in the Bambooty range is and why?”
Ailsa said “I love all the nappies but the AnytimeAnywhere Change Mat is brilliant! It is roll up and go with lovely bamboo and cotton velour on one side and our pretty pattern PUL on the other. It drapes beautifully over a shoulder giving a soft absorbent place for baby to snuggle against whilst the waterproof protection saves your Prada outfit (haha). It can be used on Granny’s sofa or the park bench, In the car or on an airplane. Unfortunately one is not enough you need three at least which is why we do a discount deal for three!
Billy enquired “You must talk to a lot of parents so what top tip would you offer to someone considering using cloth nappies for the first time?”
Ailsa responded “Experiment at home until you feel confident…..practice on a Teddy bear if you don’t want to disturb baby! It doesn’t have to be full time all the time! I was a full time cloth mum but I did use disposable inserts whilst camping when it was raining…and I didn’t feel guilty!
And this is a tip for anyone…if you ever have to wash a nappy by hand..use a salad spinner to remove excess water!
Following on from that what is the funniest reason someone has given to you for choosing not to use cloth nappies?
“I don’t want my friends to feel uncomfortable that they are using disposable nappies and I am not.” Can you believe it?!!!!!!!! Just last week!
And finally when not busy working what is your favourite way to relax?
I make pots. I have just coiled an enormous rhubarb forcing pot. And I love being in my garden.
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