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

29. November 2013 · Categories: Uncategorized

Black Friday Cloth Nappy Offers

Black Friday is a US phenomenon that is creeping over the Atlantic and becoming increasingly popular in the UK. It’s a sale that starts after Thanksgiving and sees the start of Christmas shopping for many people. Whilst nappies may not be on your Christmas shopping list we know that many of you love a bargain so over the weekend for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, some of Billy’s friends have promotions and offers running that we thought you might like to know about…

Baba+Boo – www.babaandboo.com
20% OFF everything
code: BLACKFRIDAY
Valid 29/11/13 to 02/12/13

BabyBots – www.babybots.co.uk
20% OFF everything
code: BLACKFRIDAY
Valid between between 29th-3rd in their Black Friday / Winter Sale

Baby Bum Boutique – www.babybumboutique.co.uk
15% OFF plus free shipping on all orders over £15
code: BLACKFRIDAY
Valid until end of Monday 02/11/13
Not applicable to clearance items

Bum Deal Nappies – www.bumdealnappies.co.uk
20% OFF everything at checkout
code: BLACKFRIDAY
Valid 29/11/13 to 02/12/13

Kingdom of Fluff – www.kingdomfluff.co.uk
20% OFF Bumgenius, Tots Bots, Rumparooz / Kangacare, Frugi and Rock-a-Thigh
code: BLACKFRIDAY
Valid 29/11/13 to 02/12/13
Not valid on already reduced items. See their Facebook page for further reductions.

Luscious Little Somethings – shop.lusciouslittlesomethings.com
30% OFF everything
code: BLACKISIN
Valid until midnight Tuesday 3rd, plus extra sale weekend bonuses & giveaways for LLS newsletter subscribers only.

Made by Amber – www.madebyamber.co.uk
20% OFF
code: BLACKFRI
Valid 29/11/13 to 02/12/13

Millie’s Nappies – www.milliesnappies.co.uk
15% OFF across the store (excluding sale items)
code: BLACKFRI
Valid 29/11/13 to 02/12/13

Nappy Geek – www.nappygeek.co.uk
15% OFF
code: BLACKFRIDAY
Valid 29/11/13 to 02/12/13

Nappy Go Lucky – www.nappygolucky.co.uk
20% OFF everything (discount applied automatically)
commencing Friday 29th November and ending midnight Monday 2nd December

Rosie Boo’s – www.rosie-boos-nappies.co.uk
25% OFF all in stock items
code: BLACKFRIDAY
Valid 29/11/13 to 02/12/13

Twinkle on the Webwww.twinkleontheweb.co.uk

20% off everything including all Sale stock at checkout when you spend over £30 (including VAT) with voucher CODE: BLACKFRIDAY valid 29/11/13 to 02/12/13

Tiny Nippers 12 Days of Christmas Sale – www.tinynippers.co.uk
A huge range of different discounts starting from December 1st.
Keep watching the Facebook page, blog and website for updates on the next Great British Cloth Nappy Hunt.

Billy & the Great British Nappy Hunt team

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

12. November 2013 · Categories: Uncategorized
Cloth nappies are fun and fabulous...not scary

Cloth nappies are fun and fabulous…not scary

Certainly the thought of using cloth can be scary.  After all, we are subject to huge campaigns with vast sums spent on the marketing of disposable nappies*, meaning that cloth nappies use is considered unusual these days.

Hard Work

Over the years cloth has been targeted as time consuming, hard work, and very labour intensive – which it was until modern washing machines took the ‘work’ out of it.  During the 1980s, when many new families did have a washing machine, attention was turned to ‘baby needs to feel dry’ as the key factor to market disposables by.  Of course nowadays the majority of cloth nappies are equipped with a polyester fleece lining, which does keep baby feeling dry – but of course the parents of today watched those same TV adverts, so the impression persists that cloth nappies are hard work and don’t keep baby dry. More recently, with the emphasis from local councils to reduce waste, and with society generally becoming a bit ‘greener’, there has been much mention of less bulk with disposables that contain gel that expands on absorbing moisture.

We asked folk on Billy’s Facebook page what aspect of using cloth did they find most scary – and what was their view point once they’d got going – had they changed their mind?

Daunting

Overwhelmingly the thought of using cloth was a lot more daunting than it actually was in practise.  Unfortunately there are just so many cloth nappy brands about and so much information floating about on the many websites just sifting through the information alone can be a bit overwhelming.  We suggest to use Billy’s resources at http://www.greatbritishnappyhunt.co.uk/resources.html, decide which key aspects are important to you and thus which type of nappy will work best, and use the resource to look for a local retailer or a nappy library so you can see the nappies and suss out what you like the look of best: modern cloth nappies are really easy to use and do work well.

Annabelle Barlow found choosing tricky ‘Which ones were best? There are so many to choose from’ but agreed ‘it’s so easy once you start.’  Rebecca Stephens summed it up nicely ‘We just chose and stuck with it and it’s been fine.’

Time Warp

Debs Haggarty discovered cloth was stuck in a time warp when using her modern nappies: ‘Friends have said they would now do cloth for another child after seeing me do cloth nappy changes as they thought it was terry squares with complicated folds, pins and plastic pants.‘  as did Tanya Tillock who soon changed her mind ‘What changed my mind was seeing how effective modern nappies are at absorbing more than a lot of disposable and keeping baby dry. They’re also available in so many different materials, colours and fabrics that are so much cuter than a crunchy chemical disposable.’

Another big scary hurdle seemed to be ‘is cloth going to be hard work?’

Washing

For Michelle Thomas, washing was a big ‘I assumed you had to soak or boil them like old style cloth but we do an extra wash every other day and don’t really notice the extra work. Cloth is the best thing we ever changed to!’

Laura McG said ‘I was worried I would be too lazy to keep up with it all. People are adamant you’ll fail because it’s too much hard work. Well I’m still lazy but it’s maybe an extra half hour per week? The washing machine does all the work. I love my cloth nappies!’  Emma Briggs agreed ‘How to wash the nappies was quite daunting – mainly because different brands had different recommendations and I wasn’t very familiar with my washing machine. Oh and I had never even changed a nappy before! Once my little boy arrived though it was easy and we very quickly got into a routine.’

Libby Reynolds was worried about the extra washing with good reason: ‘Having 4 kids I already face laundry mountain every day and I thought that having to wash nappies as well would be impossible, but it has actually been really easy to just stick a load of nappies in when I’m going out or something & just get them out when I get back. It’s actually been a really enjoyable experience hanging them all out on the line to dry’

Stink

Poo is another concern….Charlotte Ward was daunted by the thought of dealing with messy nappies, but now finds cloth is less hassle!  ‘Flush the liner, pop nappy in pail, No nappy bags, outside bins etc!!!’ Susan Walker and Eftychia Lombardo agree ‘Now I can’t stand the thought of poop going into the bin, I find it disgusting – at least my baba’s poop goes down the drain like it should!!’

Jessica Guidobono Good was worried the used nappies were going to stink up the flat, but says ‘I can only smell anything when I unzip the bag to shove another nappy in! Even my smell-phobic sister admitted she couldn’t smell a thing!’ Rebecca Benson says her partner’s biggest concern was that they would stink: ‘In actual fact it smells better, they don’t have the chemical smells disposables do and because they are in a lidded bucket and not rotting away in the bins for weeks on end we have less of a smell problem then we did with the older ones that we used disposables for.’

 

We hope the Great British Nappy Hunt’s Halloween Hunt has encouraged lots of you to take the plunge and get started with cloth, it’s certainly proving a lot less scary than you might expect.

 

 

*$50 million spend in 2008 – Adweek 24 August 2009

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

01. November 2013 · Categories: Cloth Nappy Experience

Susanne who writes a blog called Ghostwritermummy tells us about her cloth nappy choices

One of my earliest memories of my little sister as a baby is her massive nappies. My Mum used the traditional terry cloths with nappy pins and huge plastic pants over the top. She used to boil them up in a big pan several times a week and before that they would soak for hours in a horrid smelling solution. It can be no surprise then that her suggestions of cloth nappies were swiftly rejected when I had my first baby. There was no way I was going to spend hours boiling nappies on the stove, scraping poo into the toilet or having buckets of soaking cloth in the kitchen either. Disposables worked just fine, thank you!

Except they didn’t. Not really. By the time my second baby was here, I was becoming more aware of the amount of money we were spending on nappies and wipes. When my son was just under 18 months old, I found out I was expecting again and the thought of two babies in nappies was not a pleasant one! And it wasn’t only the money bella nappy– I knew that the effects of disposable nappies on the environment was not good and I wanted to make some changes.

But did I really want to wash dirty nappies? Did I really have the time? Could scraping poo into the toilet really be the way I wanted to go? I decided to try…

My son was my guinea pig and when he was almost two I bought my first cloth nappy and sent him to bed in it. Big mistake. Two hours later and he was awake and furious that his nappy had leaked everywhere. I hadn’t realised cloth nappies needed pre-washing to help with the absorbency! It was also on back to front, but let’s skip that bit! I realised I needed to sit down and read up on cloth nappies if it was going to work for me. So I did. And I chatted to other ‘cloth bum mums’ (who, by the way, are incredibly passionate about cloth nappies and only too willing to help out) before deciding I would ditch the disposables for good.

Let me tell you- cloth is not scary! There is no soaking overnight. There is no boiling in pans. There is scraping of poo into the toilet but you know what? When you’ve had three kids it really isn’t a big deal any more! We only have one in nappies now and we love using cloth. We wash only every other day and they are dry within a few hours. It’s no big deal and I love my baby’s massive bum!

Aside from cloth nappies, Susanne shares wonderful learning through play activities and she is well worth a follow on Twitter