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

31. October 2013 · Categories: The Hunt

BOO! The time is here – are you ready to come trick or treating with Billy??

THE MAIN HUNT

What is up for grabs in The Main Hunt? 
You can win one of six bundles of cloth nappies and accessories worth over £120 each.

 

Simply watch this video to see some of the fantastic products included in the bundles, and which companies are involved in the Main Hunt.


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How do I Hunt?
Billy is going to tell you a story. He will give you a chapter at a time, and each chapter contains a clue. Each clue will point you to one of the Main Hunt Supporters or Organisers.

Simply head to this company’s website (all companies and links can be found at http://www.greatbritishnappyhunt.co.uk/supporters.html) and search for Billy in one of his Halloween costumes. When you find him Billy will have a reason why ‘Cloth Isn’t Scary!’ – write this down, you will need it later. Then click on Billy – this will bring up the next chapter of his journey with another clue to solve.

All together Billy will hide 20 reasons that tell you why ‘Cloth Isn’t Scary!’ – these are easy to find on the images of Billy. Watch out… every now and then Billy will jump out and surprise you with an entry form for you to enter your reasons.

You have 4 days to complete the Hunt – entry will close at Midnight on Sunday 3rd November 2013. Any entries received after this time will not be included in the prize draw.
Be careful, you need to find all 20 reasons and enter them as Billy jumps out at you for your entry to be counted, however,  all ‘clues’ are numbered so it will be obvious if you are out of sequence.

 

Ready to begin? Then sit down and listen.
Billy is going to tell you a story…..

It’s getting dark and just a little spooky. The rain has stopped, and the wind has dropped. Billy is walking home through the woods. There is silence all around, so quiet you can hear odd noises from far away, a dog barking, the hoot of an owl, and the sharp crackles of twigs breaking as Billy walks along.

Billy thought he might be afraid, but he’s not because he can be brave as he knows if he need help it’s out there.

Billy reaches a clearing, and looks up into the sky. The clouds have cleared revealing a large moon that is full and bright. What’s that he can see sparkling in the sky? Lots of stars TWINKLEing in the night sky. That reminds him he has to go looking for some clues, and now he knows just where to find his first one. It’s been around for a lot longer than him – since 1999 to be precise – that’s where he can look for his first clue.

> Now go visit the company’s website and look for Billy!

 

THE PUMPKIN HUNT

What Can I Win in the Pumpkin Hunt?
Each retailer in the Pumpkin Hunt has donated their own spot-prize. Watch this video or go to http://www.greatbritishnappyhunt.co.uk/pumpkin_hunt.html for full details.



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How Do I Enter the Pumpkin Hunt?
The Pumpkin Hunt is simple – Participating pumpkin hunt retailers each have a prize on offer and have hidden a pumpkin image (like the one below) on their site.  All you have to do is find Billy’s pumpkin image and click on it to enter the competition to win the prize offered by that site. Look HERE for participating retailers and their websites.

 

PHOTO COMPETITION

Don’t forget to check out the entries to our Photo Competition on our Facebook Page  and while you are there, why not add your own? You could win a bundle of nappies worth £60

PLEASE NOTE ALL COMPETITIONS CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT SUNDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2013 – full terms and conditions of entry can be found at www.greatbritishnappyhunt.co.uk

Good luck – keep watching the Facebook page, blog and website for updates over the weekend.

Billy & the Great British Nappy Hunt team

 

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

30. October 2013 · Categories: Cloth Nappy Experience

 

Hello I’m Angela, Mammy to Joss Daisy, almost 18 months, and I blog at www.thereandbackagainamotherstale.com

 

Sixteen months ago I took delivery of a nappy bin, cloth nappies, liners, washing powder and two wetbags.  Over several days the postman’s knock came, and I stockpiled all of these supplies in Joss’ nursery.  I had tried a few cloth nappies on her from a local nappy library, we knew what we had was a good fit and that we had everything to get started, but it took me a good week to get those boxes open and make a start with cloth bumming.

 

Joss in cloth

Joss in cloth

Why? 

Well the prospect was a bit scary; I had lots of questions and wanted to get it right first time…new parent procrastination ensued!

 

The Great British Nappy Hunt’s Cloth isn’t Scary campaign has launched (have you entered their competition on Facebook?!)  and so I had a bit of a reminisce about what exactly it was that I found scary before we started using cloth.  Here’s what I came up with, these are questions I posted on the Facebook Cloth Bum Mum’s group in the early days when I needed a bit of hand holding to get started!

 

Be honest, is it a lot of hard work?

No, whether you walk to your outside bin with a disposable or to the bathroom with a cloth nappy it’s not hard work, they are dry pailed, don’t smell and I do two to three nappy washes a week.  Modern living, radiators and tumble driers cut out a lot of work in winter.

 

What about leaking?

This worried me as I needed my sleep at night and hoped we wouldn’t have leaks, waking a soundly sleeping baby!  Actually we had more leaks in disposables with a newborn than we ever have in cloth!  After a week we knew which poppers gave the best fit, not to fold the liner as the wee would just run out and which way to fold a booster to give the best coverage for a girl.  You do really quickly work out how to make cloth work for your little ones.

 

How do I wash them?  What about poo in the machine?!

Until weaned a baby’s poo is really water soluble, once they are weaned the poo, erm, ‘flicks’ off the liner and the nappy gets washed as normal.  You really don’t need to worry too much about it, just make sure you deal with it before putting the nappy in the bucket!  Follow the washing directions on your own nappies, they vary across brands and materials, i.e. microfibre, bamboo etc, I wash on 60 and occasionally (once every few months) add a tiny amount of tea tree oil to the prewash to keep smells at bay.  Do be conservative about detergent/soap usage, a little goes a long way and you want to avoid detergent building up.

 

Tell me about pre-washing?

This was a big question for me, how many times was enough, do I dry them between washes?  To improve absorbency new nappies should be washed between three and five times before you use it.  You don’t need to dry them between washes, it’s the washing that removes anything coating the nappy fibres to give them absorbency.

 

Do I need special nappy creams?  I heard about build up…

I have never had a problem with build-up of nappy creams as we use nappy liners, for us nothing works like good old Vaseline, but use what works for your baby or tot and just pop a barrier between baby and the nappy, either a paper or fleece liner, whatever you prefer.

 

I’m worried about (a rash/overwetting/leaks/something else)…

My top tip is to join in with the great community of other cloth bumming mums and dads.  The networks on Facebook and online are great for advice, for example we got a lot of support with a stubborn rash in the face of our health visitor recommending giving up on cloth.  A change of washing powder stopped the rash in its tracks thanks to great advice I got from a fellow cloth nappy user!

 

If you’re reading this and want to give cloth a go a great first step is checking whether there is a local nappy library or supplier near you.

If you just need the push to get started and have taken delivery of your fluffy post remember there’s a big support network of cloth users and there are no silly questions, just get them in to pre-wash and get started!

And if I’m preaching to the cloth converted amongst you, keep flashing the fluff!

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

29. October 2013 · Categories: Billy's Updates

Billy loves his cloth bum for so many different reasons, but he knows lots of other babies’ mummies think that cloth is hard work. So Billy wants to take you on a little hunt…. He wants everyone to know that ‘Cloth isn’t Scary!’

THE MAIN HUNT

Billy has ventured out on Halloween and has got a bit lost. As he tries to find his was back home, he meets some interesting characters and finds lots of clues which remind him of his hunt supporters. You need to help Billy solve the clues and find his way home.

If you help Billy home you could win one of SIX huge bundles of nappies and accessories worth in excess of £100 each.

On Thursday 31st October Billy will send you the first chapter of his Halloween Journey which will contain a clue. Each clue will point you to the website of one of the Main Hunt Supporters or Organisers. Simply head to this site and search for Billy in one of his Halloween costumes. When you find him Billy will have a reason why ‘Cloth Isn’t Scary!‘ – write this down, you will need it later. Then click on Billy – this will bring up the next chapter of his journey with another clue to solve.

All together Billy will hide 20 reasons that tell you why ‘Cloth Isn’t Scary!’ – these are easy to find on the images of Billy. Watch out… every now and then Billy will jump out and surprise you with an entry form for you to enter your reasons.

You have 4 days to complete the hunt – entry will close at Midnight on Sunday 3rd November 2013. Any entries received after this time will not be included in the prize draw.
Be careful, you need to find all 20 reasons and enter them as Billy jumps out at you for your entry to be counted, however,  all ‘clues’ are numbered so it will be obvious if you are out of sequence.

As you are signed up to our mailing list, you’ll be emailed the first chapter of Billy’s story, which will contain your first clue.  This will also appear on Billy’s blog as well as the GBNH Facebook page throughout the hunt.

THE PUMPKIN HUNT

Billy has collected lots of treats from his friends while out Trick or Treating this year, and he wants to share them with you! The Pumpkin Hunt is simple – Participating pumpkin hunt retailers each have a prize on offer and have hidden a pumpkin image (like the one above) on their site.  All you have to do is find Billy’s pumpkin image and click on it to enter the competition to win the prize offered by that site.

The website and blog will have a list of the prizes being offered by each Pumpkin Hunt Supporter – feel free to enter as many of them as you wish!

PHOTO COMPETITION

One last way to win – this time Billy has an exclusive nappy bundle worth over £60.
As the theme is ‘Cloth Isn’t Scary’, we’re inviting you to use your imagination and skill, and submit to the Great British Nappy Hunt Facebook page your own photo to depict ‘Cloth isn’t Scary’.  Please edit your photo by adding the text “Cloth isn’t scary it’s……”    The winner will be judged by a panel comprising GBNH organisers, and will take into account (but not exclusively be decided by) views and likes.

PLEASE NOTE ALL COMPETITIONS CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT SUNDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2013 – full terms and conditions of entry can be found at www.greatbritishnappyhunt.co.uk

Good luck – keep watching the Facebook page, blog and website for details of the prizes on offer and for the launch of the hunt!

Billy & the Great British Nappy Hunt team

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

29. October 2013 · Categories: The Hunt

As we am sure you have noticed, Billy has kept to his word and is back to tell you:-

‘Cloth Isn’t Scary!’

Thank you to all those who helped Billy spread the word last week with his Spooktacular Giveaway. A surprise Halloween-themed bundle will be winging its way to: Emily Bannister!

But that was just the beginning…..

Billy has not one, not two, but THREE ways you can win more cloth-nappy prizes by helping him spread the word far and wide that ‘Cloth Isn’t Scary!’.

Whether you are an old hand at using cloth, or are still considering the idea, there is something for everyone in his toy box of prizes.

Billy has the BIG main Halloween Hunt, a smaller Pumpkin Hunt and a Photo Competition, plus well over 30 retailers and WAHMs taking part and offering amazing prizes.

 

Photo Competition win a cloth nappy bundle worth over £60

In the run-up to his Halloween Hunt (which will take place from 31st October -3rd November) Billy wants to have a virtual Nappucino –  getting as many babies wearing cloth to post a little picture of themselves on his Facebook page with a reason why ‘Cloth Isn’t Scary!’. The more original the picture or the reason, the better! Please make sure your reason is part of the actual image, not a comment beneath it. Our Hunt theme is Halloween so you can play and have a bit of fun with your entry too.

The Photo Competition closes on Sunday 3rd November at midnight. The Great British Nappy Hunt team will select a winner to win a cloth-nappy bundle worth over £60. The lucky winner will be announced Sunday 10th November. Please note, while we will take likes and shares into consideration when choosing our short list, the judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered regarding winners.

 

Cloth Clinic 8-9pm on Sunday

For those of you who are new to cloth or experiencing difficulties using your nappies, the experienced retailers behind the GBNH will once again be hosting a ‘Cloth Clinic’ on the Facebook Page from 8-9pm on Sunday 27th October. This is your chance to ask any questions you have about how to make your nappies work for you and your little one.
 

The Halloween Hunt

31st October to 3rd November

Billy will be back to tell you more about the hunt next week – so keep an eye on those inboxes to be the first to know.

 

‘Cloth Isn’t Scary, it’s ……….’

Billy & the Great British Nappy Hunt team

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

28. October 2013 · Categories: Cloth Nappy Experience

 

We’ve been catching up with some previous winners from our Real Nappy Week hunt. We wanted to find out about their love of cloth and why they would recommend using reusable nappies to other parents. First up, we have Angela Flint from Lancashire.

 How long have you been using cloth nappies?

I have been using cloth for 7 months, since my son was 4 months old.

What was the main reason you chose to use cloth nappies?

Initially it was about cost. Now it is about landfill and chemicals in disposables.

Have you had any issues using cloth and how did you overcome them?

We still go through phases of having leaks. As my son grows, we have to get used to adjusting the fastenings to fit him properly. Practice makes usually perfect! We also had issue with some of the nappies not seeming clean after a wash. We changed detergent and they’re fine now.

What is the best thing about using cloth nappies?

I like knowing my son has only natural things touching his skin. And they look so good!

How many nappies in your stash?

22 nappies in my stash, not enough!

Three words you would use to convince a new parent to use cloth nappies?

Pretty, safe, convenient.

Why is cloth not scary for you?

Cloth isn’t scary because after a short time it became ‘the norm’. They’re really easy to store, wash and dry. We never run out and have to buy some. My son hasn’t had nappy rash since we’ve been using them and there is always support available from various sources when we’ve needed help.

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

21. October 2013 · Categories: Collaborators
Cloth nappies are fun and fabulous...not scary

Cloth nappies are fun and fabulous…not scary

Stephanie from NapNap is here to share her tips for getting started with cloth nappies.Please share this post with any of your friends who are thinking cloth is scary. It really isn’t!

There are lots of reasons why parents might switch to cloth nappies. After all, we know that “cloth isn’t scary” but one of those reasons might be that washables are so much cheaper than disposables. However the initial cost can be high so here are some of our top tips to cover the cost of nappies:

Do your research

Get in touch with your local retailer or visit nappy libraries to see if you can attend a demonstration or a chat group. You can find out about different types of nappies and talk to professionals and parents. Buying a large pack could save you money but only if you are sure they are the right nappy system for you. A lot of parents think they are going to prefer one type of nappy but their baby’s shape and routine can dictate that another style would be better.

If you are put off by your nappies, that’s a false economy so be sure to try before you buy. It is also great to have different nappies for home/away and to be able to buy a few more once in a while! If you are planning to use your nappies on 2 or more children or would like to resell them later, shaped nappies (2 parts) usually last longer (the cover of all-in-one or pocket nappies can lose its waterproofness over time due to the higher number of washes). Some pocket nappies cost as little as £5. They are usually made abroad but give them a try and you may find that some brands fit your baby perfectly.

Be on the lookout

Take advantage of offers: there is a list of retailers and makers on Billy’s website. Sign up to a few retailers’ newsletters. Get second hand nappies by visiting online forums.

Get financial help

Ask your council if they are running a scheme. Some offer trial packs, some others have cashback systems in place. Use them! If you are living in London, make sure you get your Real Nappies for London voucher. They can be used with several retailers. We do not advise for new parents to take out credit in order to cover their nappy cost but if you do your research and feel it might be the right choice for your family, check out your local credit union. A credit union is a group of people who save together and lend to each other at a reasonable rate of interest. Get your friends and family to help by asking for NapNap Vouchers at Christmas and birthdays,… they can be exchanged for the nappies of your choice with over 25 UK retailers.

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

18. October 2013 · Categories: Billy's Updates

With Halloween fast approaching, Billy and the Great British Nappy Hunt announce their latest event designed to reassure that using cloth nappies isn’t anywhere near as scary as you might think.

As usual, Billy will be hiding his distinctive images on participating cloth nappy sites and hunters will seek out information about the benefits of cloth nappies, how easy they actually are to use whilst they aim to show just how much it costs both your pocket and the councils to throwaway disposables in order to complete their entry.

Billy’s campaign is designed to highlight the ease of use of modern cloth nappies, and to tempt folk to try them so they can reap the benefits and save lots of money as well as reducing waste.

Billy once again has lots of fabulous cloth nappy prizes to be won. Lynsey, spokesperson for The Great British Nappy Hunt commented ‘We’d like this campaign to tempt anyone who has toyed with the idea of using cloth but not ventured into it so far to take the plunge and actually use them.’ As Cloth Bum Mum community member Stacie. P says: ‘The thought of cloth is scary but once you are using them it’s easy’

Join Billy this Halloween!

For more information and lots of cloth nappy resources see our website – www.greatbritishnappyhunt.co.uk

If you would like to get in with Billy and his team – please get in touch billy@greatbritishnappyhunt.co.uk

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

16. October 2013 · Categories: Cloth Nappy Experience

We’ve been catching up with some previous winners from our Real Nappy Week hunt. We wanted to find out about their love of cloth and why they would recommend using reusable nappies to other parents. First up, we have Angela Flint from Lancashire.

 How long have you been using cloth nappies?

Nearly 3 years.

What was the main reason you chose to use cloth nappies?

My son had severe eczema and we found that disposables made it worse. We had to look for an alternative.

Have you had any issues using cloth and how did you overcome them?

Not really. I did learn a lot from other mums using cloth nappies. They were a great source of help and advice. I’ve never had any smelly nappies either as I always wash at sixty degrees and this seems to keep any bacteria at bay.

What is the best thing about using cloth nappies?

Definitely the improvement of my child’s skin, that was the major plus point for me. They are also so cost effective. I also like the nice feeling that my rubbish bin is not full of disposable nappies.

Angela's favourite nappy - Frugi Dino Easyfit

Angela’s favourite nappy – Frugi Dino Easyfit

How many nappies in your stash?

At it’s peak, probably about 65, mainly Totsbots, BumGenius, Baba+Boo and a few WAHM made nappies.

What is the favourite nappy in your stash?

Frugi Dino Easyfit

Three words you would use to convince a new parent to use cloth nappies?

It is easy.

Why is cloth not scary for you?

We had to make it work as my child’s skin was so sore. After about a week, we saw such an improvement. We had no leaks and found that the extra wash load every two days was not the extra work that we were told it would be. We were hooked.

We also had good advice from Pete at Babipur and Esme at Clean Green Nappy Machine, which we did not have access to with our first child.