A New Brand of Cloth Nappy – Rock-a-bums

We were recently sent a very exciting package!

It contained a couple of cloth nappies and we all know how slightly obsessed I am with reusable nappies. This brand is not yet available in the UK so it is a bit of an exclusive.

The brand is Rock-a-bums they are an innovative 5 in 1 nappy and come in lots of lovely rock and roll designs. You also have the choice of snaps or velcro.

Personally I prefer some brands in snaps and some brands in velcro and we own a mix of both.

We were sent both snaps and velcro to try out, the fit on both nappies was good but I personally preferred the snaps on this brand, how ever the velcro is very good quality and very sticky.

Now let me explain the 5 in 1 bit, this is very exciting as it allows you to use them in 5 different ways, you can use them as a pocket nappy, you can use them as an all in one, you can use them as an all in two, you can use the bomb proof cover as a cover for a fitted nappy and also they can be used as a hybrid with a disposable insert. So very clever! It’s great to have so many options. We decided to use them as an all in one.

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We adjusted the size as needed with the rise snaps and snapped in one insert and off we went. I found them to be a really good fit for Arabella, we are lucky because pretty much every brand of nappy seems to fit her with no issues, she has good proportions but there is plenty of room for adjustment with the rise snaps. The absorbancy of the nappy was good even with just using the one insert, it lasted the normal 4 hour time span between changes with no leaks or issues. If you do have a heavy wetter you have the option of using 2 inserts.

The inserts are made of synthetic fabrics so wash well and dry quickly. This also means they don’t require loads of prewashing, just one cycle and they are ready for the bum.

And lastly here are a couple of picture of Arabella modelling her Rock-a-bums, and I think she is rocking that bum! And as you can see the prints are gorgeous and the fit is just lovely (slightly better on the snaps for us).

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Moving House & Storage Solutions

As some of you know we recently moved house, we have moved from a 3 bedroom end terrace to a 2 bedroom bungalow.

We’ve had the slight issue of losing quite a lot of storage and our spare (junk!) room but we have gained a garage.

Our storage in our old house was all built in wardrobes which meant that we needed to find some new bedroom storage space, IKEA and homebase came to the rescue!

We ended up buying a couple of items of the MALM range which matched our bed and were really reasonably priced. These were the MALM 3 drawer chest of drawers which were very reasonably priced at just £45 and the MALM 2 drawer chest of drawers that we use as a bedside cabinet and cost £35 both in black match our bed. We are big IKEA fans and have used the MALM range before, they come flat pack like everything at IKEA but are super easy to put together.

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The last thing we needed was a wardrobe, sadly the IKEA ranges were out of our price range so we had a browse and a look around to see what we could find in our price range. We wanted something black to match our other furniture and something that had built in mirrors to save space. We came across this Capella 4 door wardrobe at Homebase for £174.99 that was in our price range. It came flat pack and was relatively easy to put together (but not as easy as IKEA flat pack, there was much more parts and you had to do some drilling). It’s good quality but we have had issues with getting the doors to align correctly which is a problem we have never had with any IKEA products.

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The next thing we have to tackle is the garage, I have been looking at Warehouse Storage Solutions Ltd as they do cantilever racking which will be fantastic for all those things that are too big or long for the storage cupboards we have in our house.

On another tangent I have been looking at storage for my masses of make up and beauty products I seem to have accumulated. I have been looking at MUJI which do specialist storage solutions for make up, they are clear so you can see where everything is really easily without having to root through drawers and it also encourages you to keep stuff neater because you can see it all! Haha.

So there we are, I hope you enjoyed reading my random rambling about storage!