N is for Nappies, Nature Play and Nature Strips


Choosing to use cloth nappies is a great way to tread more lightly with children.

With Banyule resident Elana at local reusable nappy workshops www.clothnappyworkshopsmelbourne.com.au

Banyule City Council runs online information sessions to help you become a familiar and confident Cloth Nappy user.
Attend the workshop and you get two modern cloth nappies sent to you to start you off.
Places are limited and only available to Banyule residents.
👉 Contact your Maternal Child Health Nurse and ask about cloth nappy information and local groups.


Image: Happy baby lying on a bed, wearing a colourful cloth nappy, surrounded by four other colourful cloth nappies.

From local reusable nappy supplier Designer Bums https://designerbums.com.au/collections/modern-cloth-nappies

⭐️ Borrow a set from a friend or family member
⭐️ Use a Nappy Service – some will supply a set of nappies and a regular/semi-regular cleaning service, like Little Eco Baby Nappy Service
⭐️ Hire a set of cloth nappies from companies like Cloth Nappy Hire Australia
⭐️ Buy a pre-loved set in a local #ModernClothNappy group, Facebook Marketplace or eBay.
⭐️ Buy terry-towelling nappies & pilchers – at some of the big department stores.
⭐️ Try before you commit to a full new set with services like the Nappy Library http://www.ecobumsclothnappies.com/the-nappy-library/
👣 Once your family has finished using your Cloth Nappy set, pass it onto a new user

Participant feedback: “I’ve done this, it is great lots of good info and two good quality nappies that are worth way more than $20. It gave us the confidence to put this bub in cloth.” M, Heidelberg


Nature Play

Image: Child jumping in muddy puddle. Child is wearing warm winter clothing and yellow gumboots.

When taking our children out for nature play it’s important to consider that we are entering the house of the living world. We can encourage our children to look and learn with minimal disturbance. As a general rule of thumb if there is already a nature playspace then we encourage our children to play there rather than build their own. Sticks and logs are important habitat for all kinds of animals, fungi and mosses. If we let them be then they will flourish, thrive and grow. We can teach our children how to build a tipi in our own backyard. We can invite our children to think about the function of the living world. For example, they might me interested in a flower. We can ask them which animals rely upon flowers for food and water. This can help to teach our children to respect the living world around them and to begin to challenge the dominant mindset that the world is there for them to take home and look at.

Eco Explorers run respectful local nature play groups. To get a taste of the incredible knowledge that they can share with you during these playgroups, take a look at this video.

See also Listening


Nature Strips

Image: A nature strip planted with vegetables with a sign “Veg on the verge: take what you need”

“Our land abounds in nature strips, of beauty rich and rare.”

Gardens of this area were created by people in relationship with the land for thousands of years. A return to living in relationship with the land, including our nature strips, can help revitalise the rich and rare beauty all around us.

In Melbourne, around 1/3 of public green space is nature strip and Council bylaws vary. Banyule’s rules are being rewritten to allow residents to plant up nature strips with fewer limits. Some residents have already created beautiful ecosystems for local fauna and a richer sense of community. When the new rules are released, will you join the trend towards greening our streets? Keep in mind that discussing your nature strip planting plan with neighbours helps avoid conflict over this shared space.

Mikoto from Heidelberg Heights began lobbying Banyule City Council in 2014 to develop nature strip planting guidelines. As a demonstration project, she planted lots of low growing edible indigenous species in the nature strip at Murundaka Cohousing Community.