This post was written by Billy of The Great British Nappy Hunt

22. April 2013 · Categories: Billy's Updates, The Hunt
Thanks SO MUCH for taking part in the Great British Nappy Hunt!

Now it’s time to announce the final winners! Are you excited? We’ve given away 85 prizes in the past week. Perhaps next time we can double that now that we have a good working Hunt format on which to scale.

Sussed it Sunday Winners

For Sussed it Sunday, there were 3 large prizes & a GRAND PRIZE!

*Virtual Drumroll Please*

Sussed it Sunday – Rewards & Prizes

Prize 1
6 nappies, wetbag & liners!
– 1x Totsbots (Twinkle)
– 1x Bambino Mio Solo (Twinkle)
– Happy Heiny (Twinkle)
– Fuzzi One Size (Twinkle)
– 1x Alva (BabyBots)
-1x Bumcheeks OS (BabyBots)
– Wetbag (BabyBots)
– Liners (BabyBots)

PRIZE 1 WINNER – SAM GARRETT

Prize 2
8 nappies, wetbag & liners!
– 1 x Billy OOAK Nappy (Rosie Boos & Rooftop Fabrics)
– 1x Totsbots (Twinkle)
– 1x Bambino Mio Solo (Twinkle)
– 1x Happy Heiny (Twinkle)
– 1x Fuzzi (Twinkle)
– 1x Close Parent new gen pop-in Bamboo (Close Parent)
– 1 x Bumcheeks Minky (BabyBots)
– 1 x Alva (BabyBots)
– 1 x wetbag (BabyBots)
– Liners  (BabyBots)

PRIZE 2 WINNER – EMMA KANDJOU

Prize 3
16 piece – 13 nappies, wetbag & accessories!
– Billy OOAK Rosie Boos (Rosie Boos & Rooftop Fabrics)
– 2x Totsbots (Twinkle)
– 1x Bambino Mio Solo (Twinkle)
– 1x Happy Heiny (Twinkle)
– 1x Fuzzi (Twinkle)
– Little lamb pocket Size one (Little Lamb)
– Little lamb pocket one size  (Little Lamb)
– 1x Close Parent new gen pop-in Bamboo (Close Parent)
– Yellow Bottom bumper OSFM (Funky Monkey Pants)
– Blueberry minky Mint spots on Chocolate (Grow Up Green)
– Whammies wetbag (Grow Up Green)
– hand sanitiser (Grow Up Green)
– NB stuffable  – (Twinkle)
– NB mini Kit – (Nature Babies)
– Alva Nappy – (BabyBots)
– Wetbag – (BabyBots)

PRIZE 3 WINNER – EMILY CHARKIN

GRAND PRIZE
All the entries from the week were put into a GRAND PRIZE DRAW to win a 20 piece pack with NAPPIES, WETBAGS & ACCESSORIES!

GRAND PRIZE WINNER – CARA LILLEY

**All colours and patterns may vary**

Thanks for Hunting!

Billy & the Great British Nappy Hunt team

 

 

This post was written by Billy of The Great British Nappy Hunt

21. April 2013 · Categories: Uncategorized

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Are your family supportive of your decision to use cloth nappies or did they roll their eyes when you started?

Yes! It was my mum who tried to get me on board in the very beginning by picking up a claim form from my local council for the incentive scheme pack. I turned my nose up, but a few weeks later i saw a friends pretty nappies on her Facebook page, so applied for the nappies with the council. My husband wasn’t too impressed at first though, and couldn’t see how we would save money as our son was already 3 months old by then – oh how times change! He is the first to rave about them, and during a short spell of disposable nappy use, he kept asking me – sorry, telling! – to get Thomas back in cloth!

In your opinion is the use of cloth nappies getting more popular or less so?

More popular for sure. The rise of forums and Facebook groups prove this, and the enthusiasm of cloth users help spread the word further. There are now nappy libraries all over the country willing to hire out kits to new parents (or even those with slightly older babies who decide they would like to make the switch!) It these economic times, more people are looking to save money, and what better a way?

What is your worst ever nappy changing moment?

I can’t recall any disasters in cloth – certainly nothing that has made me want to run away  There have been many messy ones, but nothing that has escaped – thankfully! Even now i have another son who has been in cloth since birth i still haven’t experienced any poo explosions.

Have you had any odd requests from customers (please keep it decent!)

I had a request from one lady for adult sized nappies for her husband – she went on to tell me why he wanted them – and no, it wasn’t for adult incontinence! It brightened my day for sure!

Off topic – What makes you laugh out loud?

Actually my favourite thing at the minute is when you tell Thomas no, his shoulders and head drop and he walks off all despondent and sulky. It hilarious to see a 2.5 year old do that. Its also quite funny when he holds his bum and runs for the toilet shouting ”Stinger! Stinger!” (his word for a poo!) (he will kill me for this when he is older i am sure!)

This post was written by Billy of The Great British Nappy Hunt

21. April 2013 · Categories: Collaborators

531800_10151403094512029_1423736491_nGreen Mums is a well established online business but you are quite new to the industry. Has anything surprised you as a nappy retailer?

It has amazed me how much work you can do with other local baby businesses like baby sensory.  We spend a lot of time doing things together, I have a party and she comes along or vice versa.  Like tomorrow we are off to a tea party with Robyn but the lady in charge rang me this evening to ask if I would bring some nappies to show as some people she knows are going and need educating about the fluffy side of nappies.

You do lots of local promotion of cloth nappies as well as online sales – are cloth nappies quite popular in Devon?

We are very lucky here in Devon as the council are very pro cloth.  To encourage people to start using cloth nappies they have developed a free trial kit scheme enabling people to try several different types and then they also give people up to 20% off their first purchase when bought through local retailers such as Green Mums.

What is your absolute favourite cloth nappy and why?

I absolutely adore my BumGenius Freetime nappy.  Its a really slim fitting nappy which dries fast so Robyn has several in her stash.  Saying that though we also have a lovely Wee Notions custom nappy as well as our Blueberry minky.  Its just soo soft!

Have you ever had second thoughts and wondered why you ever started using cloth nappies?

I’ve never thought twice about using cloth nappies.  Once we had got over the shock of the little blue line on our pregnancy test we knew that cloth nappies were what we wanted to do.

Off topic – Once the baby is tucked up in bed how do you unwind?

There is nothing better than curling up on the sofa (preferably in my soft onesie) with the hubby, candles burning and watching a film with a cup of tea and chocolate biscuits or ice cream!

 

 

This post was written by Eve Bell of Baba and Boo

21. April 2013 · Categories: Uncategorized

531768_10151634902707448_196499115_nHow did you come up with the business name? Are you a geeky type of girl? 

Nappy Geek was actually suggested by Suzanne & Margaret from Wee Notions! The business had another name while we were setting up, but while we were ready to launch, that name was used by someone else! I am quite geeky, but not in a techy sort of way! Just don’t get me started on nappies, slings or yarn (I love to crochet & have just taught myself to knit)! Lol!

What is your best selling nappy and why do you think it is so popular?

My best sellers are Tots Bots EasyFits. It’s easy to use, has fab containment, is very easy to boost (if needed), dries amazingly fast & they have such GORGEOUS prints & colours! We love them!

Do your friends think you are mad for using cloth nappies or are they also in the gang? 

My friends are pretty half & half. I have some friends who are cloth users & some who wouldn’t tell me to my face that they think I’m mad (lol), but definitely won’t be converted to cloth! Each to their own, I guess! One of the beautiful things about friendship is that you don’t have to agree on everything, you can still be friends!

If you could pass on one tip to a new user what would it be?

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, especially if it’s your first baby! You can always start with just a few cloth nappies (try different types), while you work out what you like, & then build up from there. You might end up only using a few cloth nappies, or you might end up being a full time fluff addict – anywhere on the scale is fine! Every cloth nappy used, is one less disposable in landfill! Be proud of yourself!

Off topic – are you a book reader or a kindle fan?

Both! I love books, but my kindle definitely has a place in my life! It was great when DD2 (TeenyGeek) was a newborn. All those hours, stuck on the sofa, while she fed – it was much easier to hold the baby AND the Kindle than it was to hold the baby & a book & then try to turn the pages ! I read 3 books in 2 weeks (DH’s Paternity Leave)! These days I like to e-mail my crochet patterns to the Kindle & just bung it in the nappy bag with my latest project! :o)

This post was written by Billy of The Great British Nappy Hunt

21. April 2013 · Categories: Billy's Updates, The Hunt

Today is the final Great British Nappy Hunt day and the last day of RNW 2013. Wow you have all been busy bee’s hunting for Billy this week, and it’s not over yet!

Sussed it Sunday

Today’s theme is Sussed it Sunday, and just when you thought you’d sussed it Billy has changed the rules!! Today we want you to hunt for Billy, not once, not twice, but THREE times!

He is being really naughty and still after all our hunting, won’t let us have the grand prizes until you have found him and answered three sets of questions. As you will see from the video we want Billy’s last hunt to go with a bang!

We will be drawing three correct entrants at random to win 1st, 2nd and 3rd bundle prizes today. Then after the hunting fun is done – Billy is going to draw our grand prize winner from all the correct entries during the week.

And one last thing – DON’T WORRY – BILLY WILL BE BACK!

In fact we are planning on him making an appearance on Monday! That’s right, we are breaking the mould and extending our real nappy week by one day – Billy has one more challenge for you on Monday – so keep an eye out!

Today’s Hunt Rewards & Prizes

Our collaborators have teamed up with some of our supporters to bring you 4 large surprise bundle prizes!

Today’s prizes are all mixed bundles of nappies and accessories made up of donations from:
Baby Bum Boutique, Rosie Boos, Twinkle Twinkle, BabyBots, Grow Up Green, Funky Monkey Pants, The Nappy Laundry, Poshbugs, Close Parent, Liittle Lamb, Noahs Ark Baby, Nature Babies, & Rooftop Fabrics.


Prize 1
6 nappies, wetbag & liners!
– 1x Totsbots (Twinkle)
– 1x Bambino Mio Solo (Twinkle)
– Happy Heiny (Twinkle)
– Fuzzi One Size (Twinkle)
– 1x Alva (BabyBots)
-1x Bumcheeks OS (BabyBots)
– Wetbag (BabyBots)
– Liners (BabyBots)

Prize 2
8 nappies, wetbag & liners!
– 1 x Billy OOAK Nappy (Rosie Boos & Rooftop Fabrics)
– 1x Totsbots (Twinkle)
– 1x Bambino Mio Solo (Twinkle)
– 1x Happy Heiny (Twinkle)
– 1x Fuzzi (Twinkle)
– 1x Close Parent new gen pop-in Bamboo (Close Parent)
– 1 x Bumcheeks Minky (BabyBots)
– 1 x Alva (BabyBots)
– 1 x wetbag (BabyBots)
– Liners  (BabyBots)

Prize 3
16 piece – 13 nappies, wetbag & accessories!
– Billy OOAK Rosie Boos (Rosie Boos & Rooftop Fabrics)
– 2x Totsbots (Twinkle)
– 1x Bambino Mio Solo (Twinkle)
– 1x Happy Heiny (Twinkle)
– 1x Fuzzi (Twinkle)
– Little lamb pocket Size one (Little Lamb)
– Little lamb pocket one size  (Little Lamb)
– 1x Close Parent new gen pop-in Bamboo (Close Parent)
– Yellow Bottom bumper OSFM (Funky Monkey Pants)
– Blueberry minky Mint spots on Chocolate (Grow Up Green)
– Whammies wetbag (Grow Up Green)
– hand sanitiser (Grow Up Green)
– NB stuffable  – (Twinkle)(Twinkle)
– NB mini Kit – (Nature Babies)
– Alva Nappy – (BabyBots)
– Wetbag – (BabyBots)
GRAND PRIZE
All the entries from the week will be put into a GRAND PRIZE DRAW to win a 20 piece pack with NAPPIES, WETBAGS & ACCESSORIES!

**All colours and patterns may vary**

Altogether we have 3 Big Prizes & A GRAND PRIZE to give away today!!

Watch the video and see today’s prizes, we didn’t quite have room so there are a fair few surprises!

http://greatbritishnappyhunt.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/animoto_360p_sunday.mp4

 

Today’s First Clue From Billy

Here is Billy’s first clue, once again you are looking for a new Billy image linked to the Collaborator’s site and logo. Our Hunters tell us it is easier if you take your time and think which website he might be hiding on first:

CLUE to find 1st Billy: ‘Billy is looking after your pockets today – great value products for those feeling the pinch?’
Use today’s clue along with the ‘About Us’ list of Collaborators to work out which site you need to find Billy on. If you think about this part you only need to search one site!

You are looking for a square image of Billy in a new disguise that you won’t have seen before. The image will be relevant to the website he’s hidden on (for example Monday’s Billy wore a crown because he was on Kingdom of Fluff). Click on Billy – this will take you to a list of questions. All the answers to the questions can either be found on the relevant collaborators’ websites, their Facebook pages, or more general questions are usually on Billy’s website somewhere.

Solve set 1 of questions and Billy will send you a new clue to find him on another website today. Again solve it, find him and answer his next set of questions.  Each completed set of questions gets you 1 entry into both the daily and weekly prize draws!

Entries must be received by midnight. Any entries after that time will be excluded.
Happy Hunting!

Billy & the Great British Nappy Hunt team

 

The Small Print

You must complete all sections of the day’s hunt to be eligible to win from Billy’s prizes/rewards for that day.

Every correctly answered completed daily hunt gains you entry into the end of day prize draw and our end of week prize draw to win one of four main prize bundles.

Hunting will end at midnight and prize winners generated at random, using random.org from daily entrants. Winners will be announced on our blog and website.

The collaborating retailers of The Great British Nappy Hunt reserve the right to withdraw entries where the participants have been seen to share the information whether on or offline or on social media as to Billy’s whereabouts or the answers to the questions – of course it’s worth remembering the fewer correct entries there are, the more chance YOU have of winning!  See our full competition terms and conditions here.

This post was written by Eve Bell of Baba and Boo

20. April 2013 · Categories: Collaborators

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You have been selling cloth nappies for longer than most – what is the biggest change you have seen since you started?

In the early days – almost 14 years ago – we used to spend a lot of time explaining what a modern cloth nappy was and how it differed from a terry square, and three of us could be on the phone constantly all day. We also sent out 50+ paper catalogues some weeks, as despite being the first e-commerce enabled online nappy shop, online sales were such a new thing back then!

Why is Real Nappy Week so important?

Having run events through 14 Real Nappy Weeks now, I think it’s a great opportunity to get out there and show other parents and parents to be that there are huge benefits to using cloth and that actually using cloth nappies isn’t half as difficult as it’s made out to be. There’s a far greater uptake from people actually seeing cloth nappies in action and talking to other parents who use them, whereas all to often I fear the multitude of information online puts people off along with the conflicting advertorial from the disposable manufacturers with the vast marketing budgets to spend.

What nappy do you consider ‘bombproof’?

A sized two part fitted nappy, with a good wrap. Sized, so it’s not too bulky and fits well at both the legs and waist. Two part so if anything should escape from the nappy – and I defy any parent to say they’ve never experienced an explosive newborn poo – then it won’t leak from the wrap.

My top choices (sorry folks I have to have 2) would probably be:
a)Nature Babies Diddy Diaper – excellent price being cotton, a good snug fit especially in the Nippa fastening version, the soft cotton jersey tshirt fabric interior remains soft even in ahrd water and of course it’s beautifully made in Britain. I’d team this with one of their ultra-reliable wraps, either the hook and loop fastening One Size wrap or their sized popper fastening Classic wrap .

b) Tots Bots Bamboozle – a quality stretchy fabric to ensure a good and snug fit, again very well made in Scotland to a high specification. This one is a little more absorbent and can easily be boosted without being too bulky, so makes a fab overnight choice. We’ve stocked Tots Bots since they started (we tested their first nappy for them) and they remain one of our best sellers. For a younger baby I’d use either the Tots Bots wrap as this is very soft and stretchy, however an older baby I’d prefer poppers as many babies from around a year like undo things, and a popper wrap tends to be more tricky for them, so I’d team it with a Motherease Air Flow wrap – this wrap has been around virtually unchanged apart from the print for over 15 years and remains a best seller for reliability.

Your child has been out of nappies for quite some time now, how do you decide which brands to stock when you don’t have a resident in house tester?

I have some excellent testers who put the nappies through their paces on their babies and give feedback on fit, performance, ease of use and drying time. We often get approached by manufacturers and distributors who are keen that we stock their products, and it’s impossible to stock them all now there is so much choice, so our testers’ recommendations are very important.

Off topic – what hobby do you enjoy when you are not working?

My daughter has two ponies, so much of my spare time is ferrying her off to pony club or riding club or to some competition somewhere. She mostly does mounted games on the smaller one, and is doing rather well show jumping with the other. We actually still use her terry squares as stable rubbers; damp them down and use to wipe off the dust to give a clean and shiny pony. I’m sure it’s no coincidence that she won the Tack & Turnout cup at pony club camp last summer. Just goes to show that terry squares can go on being useful for a long time afterwards, you certainly couldn’t say the same of a disposable!

This post was written by Eve Bell of Baba and Boo

20. April 2013 · Categories: Collaborators

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What was your incentive to try cloth in the first instance?

Money. I was still on maternity leave with my son when I had a very big surprise of finding out I was pregnant with my daughter. I realised I had to make a choice about whether it was worth going back to work. I was a senior buyer which meant seriously long hours and I decided I actually wanted to see my children grow up. So I had to find ways to save money when I stopped working

Having realised that cloth nappies could save you some money what prompted you to start your own business?

Again, the same thing, money. I had to find ways to support my decision to stay at home with the children. Being a buyer, I knew I had the skills, knowledge and contacts to develop a brand of products, and so Baba+Boo was born.

Do you solely use your own brand of nappies or have you experimented with other types to test the market?

I have tried ones that were lent to me in the early days – Tots Bots mainly but I pretty much solely used Baba+Boo with Louisa.

Do you think your interest in cloth nappies will remain as your children get older and you get past the nappy stage?

Louisa has been trained for over a year now and I am still very into nappies. I don’t think I will ever get bored of trying to get the benefits of cloth nappies across to parents. I have developed other products too as my children are growing. The business is named after them, so I feel I have to have products that they can wear! I do still mourn my cloth nappy days though.

Off topic – What makes you laugh out loud?

I have a You’ve Been Framed sense of humour, so I laugh most when my husband has some misfortune or other. I sound evil now don’t I?!

This post was written by Billy of The Great British Nappy Hunt

20. April 2013 · Categories: Cloth Nappy Experience

Claire from Brighton Mums coverted to cloth with her second child. Here she tells how using cloth changes when your baby grows into a toddler. More »

This post was written by Billy of The Great British Nappy Hunt

20. April 2013 · Categories: Billy's Updates, The Hunt

As Billy goes on his rounds, he’s got to wondering how many new-to-cloth people are following the Great British Nappy Hunt, and has been thinking after a week of whisking you round some websites, it’d be nice to offer some tempting prizes today for those that have thought they really ought to use cloth nappies but frankly haven’t got around to it as they don’t know where to start.

Our Collaborators and Supporters have got together some great gift packs of nappies and accessories – enough to get you going and on your way with cloth. All the nappies to win today are really straightforward and easy to use, and provide the backbone of many a cloth nappy user’s stash, so would be a great prize for any winner.

Feel free to share our video!

You can ‘right click’ to save the video locally.
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Or check here on Animoto to view the original copy.

 

Today’s First Clue From Billy

Billy is hiding in disguise on one of the collaborator’s sites, and has sent this simple clue to get you going:

CLUE to find 1st Billy: ‘Oh no! quick! Billy is playing Peek a Boo in the fluff’

Use today’s clue along with the ‘About Us’ list of Collaborators to work out which site you need to find Billy on. If you think about this part you only need to search one site!

You are looking for a square image of Billy in a new disguise that you won’t have seen before. The image will be relevant to the website he’s hidden on (for example Monday’s Billy wore a crown because he was on Kingdom of Fluff). Click on Billy – this will take you to a list of questions. All the answers to the questions can either be found on the relevant collaborators’ websites, their Facebook pages, or more general questions are usually on Billy’s website somewhere.

Solve set 1 of questions and Billy will send you a new clue to find him on another website today. Again solve it, find him and answer his next set of questions.  Each completed set of questions gets you 1 entry into both the daily and weekly prize draws!

We had feedback from Monday’s Hunt that 9pm was a little early so we’re extending the daily Hunts to close a midnight instead. Any entries after that time will be excluded.

 

The Small Print

You must complete all sections of the day’s hunt to be eligible to win from Billy’s prizes/rewards for that day.

Every correctly answered completed daily hunt gains you entry into the end of day prize draw and our end of week prize draw to win one of four main prize bundles.

Hunting will end at midnight and prize winners generated at random, using random.org from daily entrants. Winners will be announced on our blog and website.

The collaborating retailers of The Great British Nappy Hunt reserve the right to withdraw entries where the participants have been seen to share the information whether on or offline or on social media as to Billy’s whereabouts or the answers to the questions – of course it’s worth remembering the fewer correct entries there are, the more chance YOU have of winning!  See our full competition terms and conditions here.

This post was written by Billy of The Great British Nappy Hunt

19. April 2013 · Categories: Uncategorized

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Liners – some people love them and others just don’t bother what do you use and why?

Some people love them and others just don’t bother what do you use and why. I have to admit I am a ‘don’t bother’ kind of girl. Anything that adds extra fiddling puts me off as I am super lazy! I wish I was one of those mums who sorts out nappies and pre-lines them, but I never know how they find the time?! I am usually grabbing a nappy off the drying rack to use. Saying that, my son is weaning at the moment so I am trying to remember to add a flushable liner to save the dreaded poo scrape!

Mums of girls get to drool over lots of pretty ruffles what options are available for Mums of boys to splurge on if they are looking for something special?

I must admit after having my daughter in ruffles, when baby 2 popped out with a willy I was a bit disappointed – how would I get to indulge my addiction for pretty fluff with a boy?! Luckily I have managed to find a way – I love custom embroideries for boys – my son has several Tweedlebee and Tweedlebums and Weenotions in his collection which I love to show off, and there are some amazing ‘scene’ nappies being made by WAHMs these days. I also found that I actually prefer a lot of the boyish PUL prints that are out there. Our current favourites are our Tots Bots Pooper Hero, the Frugi Dinosaur print, and Blue Guitars from Peachy Green. Now I need some sunshine so I don’t have to cover them up with trousers.

What is your current go to night time nappy?

My main night nappy is a Tots Bots Bamboozle stretch boosted with a bamboo charcoal or a gNappy insert, which always lasts my greedy boy at least 13 hours and 2 night feeds. Of course I have a few ‘boutique’ nappies too which are just as reliable, such as a wee notions and an Orange Diaper Co. I recently discovered the wonder of wool for overnight too so I am building quite a collection of pretty wool longies and soakers to go with them!

Do you ever buy preloved nappies?

Yes I do! Especially when I want to test out a new brand before I commit to buying several. Thankfully I no longer have time to browse the preloved boards, there are sometimes deals that are too hard to resist.

Off topic – Mojito, Bellini or Bloody Mary?

Got to be a Mojito! Even better if it is served by a handsome barman….