When I was pregnant with The Toddler, I wanted to do things differently. I wanted this time to be third time lucky. I wanted no reminders of what I’d done wrong previously, or what I had failed to get to grips with properly. The Preschooler was only 18 months old and no time at all had passed since his traumatic arrival into the world. In a way, maybe I wanted to erase what had happened by wiping the slate clean and starting again.
We decided not to find out the gender at the 20 week scan. That was the first difference. Then we booked an elective section. Another huge difference. We decided to co-sleep. We decided not to stress about bottles and to just breastfeed for as long as our baby needed it. I wanted to connect with this baby properly; I didn’t want to remember that cold, robot-like feeling that had haunted my bones after my son was born. I didn’t want to go through the motions, I wanted to feel them.
Another different decision we made was to use cloth nappies. Not a huge deal to some, but to me it really set this time apart. My baby memories of The Toddler will ALWAYS involve a brightly patterned fluffy nappy from you, Baba and Boo. We have memory boxes for all the children and I know already that her birthday love heart nappy will go in there one day and it will not be used for another. It is hers and it actually means a lot to me.
The potty training pants we’ve now graduated to and the beautiful t-shirt we were lucky enough to review. Baba and Boo, to me, will always mark a special change in our lives.
A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of sitting in on a nappy natter session, listening to you telling new mums about the benefits of using cloth nappies. Its not all about profit for you; its about helping to shape the world that The Toddler will one day bring her babies into. You speak at schools, helping children to understand the implications of it all. You shunned discounts for Real Nappy Week and instead 15% of all sales went to Street Child. You have supported the Lullaby Trust both financially with prizes donated to auctions and raffles, and in person by walking with us in memory of Matilda Mae.
You are not just a nappy brand and all of the above form part of the reason why being Baba and Boo ambassador means so much to me. To be sponsored for Brit Mums Live, to see The Toddler as part of your advertising campaign, to be involved in a small team of bloggers who love your nappies as much as I do… thank you!