|An example of the unwrapping phenomenon at work –
I feel sorry for whoever will change Miriam’s diaper! This picture
was taken today at the orphanage – thanks Amy!
|Maureeni cuddling with
Emily in her nappy
Today I arrived home to a HUGE package in the hall – and I opened it up to find it stuffed to the brim with incredible, super high quality nappy wraps (their great Snug Wraps line) and organic baby wash, all donated Liz, John, and the team at Real Nappies! Real Nappies is a fantastic New Zealand company that encourages modern, responsible cloth diapering. At the orphanage, we are constantly struggling with nappies that have simply fallen apart – they are generally not particularly high quality to start with, and then they are used and washed and re-used to within an inch of their lives! The outer wraps are constantly falling open and leaving the nappies to unravel… leading to predictable unpleasantness, and even more work for the mamas washing more clothes. These nappies will make a huge difference in the day to day lives of the kids AND the mamas, which is what we’re all about!
|We might hold off on
this advanced Kozy
technique for a few
We also have two Kozy Carrier slings and fantastic Kiddy Kozies in the mail from Kristi at Kozy Carriers – these high quality slings will make it easier for mamas and volunteers to wear the babies while they go about their chores. Babywearing is widely acknowledged to be one of the best ways to stimulate development, which is crucial given how big of a problem developmental delays always are in an orphanage setting. As you can see from Andrea’s photo below, the kids already LOVE to tie their “babies” onto their backs and pretend to be mamas – they will be incredibly excited to have mini versions of the mamas’ slings to practice with! A huge thank you also goes out to Anna Black for helping to connect us with Kozy Carriers – and for her amazing work helping us to analyze the kids’ progress and develop low budget developmentally stimulating activities for the babies. We are profoundly grateful.