“I’ve got withdrawals….. can you make another hunt please? Heehee!”
Billy and his team are gearing up for the 3rd Annual Great British Nappy Hunt, which will take place during Real Nappy Week 2015, from Monday 20th April 2015 to Sunday 26th April 2015!
“It was brilliant. I was telling my husband how well organised it was (not sure he was listening mind you). Everything just worked beautifully and it was great fun. Can’t wait to find out if I have won anything but most of all I can’t wait to start shopping. I found sites that I hadn’t thought of looking on for certain products.”
We have retained the fabulous and mobile-friendly Billy Tracker introduced last year. This enables you to enter your answers as you find them, and saves them for you, which means you can pick up the Hunt exactly where you left off. We all know just how easy it is to be distracted when you’ve toddlers and babies to look after!
“I have just finished the main hunt and wanted to say well done on making it. I think this time you made the perfect balance of a challenge but possible to find the time while looking after young kids too.”
The Great British Nappy Hunt first ran in 2013. The team behind GBNH wanted to go back to the roots of the Real Nappy movement started an off-shoot of WEN (the Women’s Environmental Network) back in 1997, to provide a new way to engage people that were perhaps not aware of modern cloth nappies, and to educate and to inform them of the benefits of using cloth nappies.
“I was cloth curious but had never tried it. I joined in the nappy hunt and found myself ordering some cloth. After the nappy hunt I’m really excited to give cloth a go. Thank you Billy!”
The first Great British Nappy Hunt was a resounding success, it ran very successfully and despite the extra web traffic generated, all the participants websites more-or-less held up for the duration of the competition. Alongside the Hunt we promoted our Resources pages – a comprehensive guide to all you need to know about choosing and using nappies, including details of Council cloth nappy incentives and schemes, links to the Nappy Libraries and to all the retailers up and down the country.
Tell your friends, and organise an event !
We also promote current nappy users to encourage others to take up using cloth, with our downloadable Event Organiser’s pack including posters and ideas for publicity. All events will be listed by location on Billy’s web page, please just email details of your event in to email@example.com. We need more of you to shout out the benefits of cloth to non-users: find our information and downloads here: http://www.greatbritishnappyhunt.co.uk/resources.html
“I hadn’t really thought about using reusable nappies but found your ‘Billy’ character appealing when it popped on Facebook, and wanted to know more. Several pages of your website later I found an event going on in the next town, and here I am with my little boy in his first ever cloth nappies – very cute! Well done Billy, I will save a fortune and have a nearly empty dustbin”
In addition to our resources section Billy and the GBNH team like to be on hand to help with any cloth nappy questions and regularly host ‘cloth clinic’ over on the Facebook page. Make sure you like the page to keep up to date with events and cloth clinic
St David (Dewi Sant) is the patron saint of Wales and his life is celebrated on 1st March each year. You can read more about St David here http://www.wales.com/…/History_ances…/St_David/St_David.aspx
Families across Wales join in the celebrations and dressing up on 1st March to celebrate and we ask you to embrace the Welsh heritage and join us in celebrating this special day.
This year our sponsor for this event is Nappy Go Lucky – they live and work in West Wales.
To enter the competition we ask you to ‘like’ Nappy Go Lucky as well as Billy’s own page, The Great British Nappy Hunt.
You need to post ‘Share the Love/Rhannwch y Cariad’ below the photo image.
Entries closed at midnight on Tuesday 3rd March and three winners will be announced by midnight Friday 6th March. The winners will be chosen by random.org from all correct entries submitted.
The prize for the #sharethelove St David’s Day competition is 3 birth to potty pocket nappies. NGL have chosen a lovely ‘tomato’ red minky Wonderoo v3, a bright green (ribbit) v4 aplix Bum Genius and a yellow (Hazy Sun) Little Lamb one size pocket nappy representing the red and green from the Welsh flag and a lovely bright yellow just like the Welsh daffodils! The three winners will be selected randomly and each winner will receive one nappy.
Many thanks to our sponsor Nappy Go Lucky
Sorry for the delay in announcing the winners from the St David’s Day competition. The ‘helpers’ at NGL chucked the laptop off the sofa and the screen has gone totally white so it’s had to go to the repair shop. In the meantime we have managed to verify that the entrants had actually followed the instructions and like both pages as well as entering “Share the Love/ Rhannwch y Cariad”, Billy is a stickler for the rules! So using random.org we have 3 winners:
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or message us via Facebook and let us know your address so we can get your prizes sent out. Congratulations ladies!Pin It
We hope you enjoyed taking part in our #clothisntscary campaign and perhaps learnt some new cloth nappy facts along the way?
As you know we used the Rafflecopter app for the competition this time and they use random.org to randomly select the winners from all of the correct entries.
If your name is listed below please email Billy and confirm your name and your postal address.
Prizes will be selected from our Prize bundle and allocated randomly.
|Kerry Jo Gardiner|
|Donna Wakefield – NCT Nappy Library|
We would love to see some images shared on our Facebook page or over on Twitter when you get your prize – remember to use our hashtag #clothisntscary
Billy and the team would also like to thank all the businesses who supported our #clothisntscary campaign.
Welcome to ‘Cloth Isn’t Scary 2014’! It’s that spooky time of year and Billy has plenty of treats for you!
Billy and his team have a great competition with over 20 prizes lined up. Please note there is a slightly different format for 2014, so do read this carefully before hunting! This Halloween from 30/10/2014 09.00 am to 23.59pm 4/11/2014 Billy is going trick or treating. Not only is he collecting treats in his swag bag, he’s also collecting answers to our ‘cloth isn’t scary’ questions!
Work your way through our questions and tasks in our Rafflecopter entry form. Each question directs you to a website of a participating retailer, have a hunt about to find the answer to the question and record this in the answer box.
Each correctly answered question gives you one entry for a chance to win one of our randomly allocated prizes.
Of course the whole point about our ‘Cloth Isn’t Scary’ event is to show folk that using cloth nappies really isn’t difficult or scary at all. So please do help Billy, and share your thoughts on Twitter and Facebook as to why Cloth Isn’t Scary and let us spread the word to increase the uptake of reusable nappies and reduce the amount of waste.
You have a total of up to 26 chances to win one of our fantastic prizes.
Terms & Conditions for Cloth Isn’t Scary 2014 promotion: please retain for further reference
1) There are 23 assorted prizes of nappies and accessories to be won, full details can be found at HERE Prizes will be allocated at random.
2) To enter complete as many questions as you wish on the Rafflecopter form by the closing date which is 04/11/2014 – 23.59pm. One correct answer is one entry.
3) This promotion is open to all UK residents other than agents, employees and immediate families of The Great British Nappy Hunt and Cloth Isn’t Scary 2014 participating and organising nappy retailer s or anyone else professionally connected to the promotion.
4) Maximum one winner per household. Entries from third parties/agents are invalid.
5) The winners will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter under independent supervision. Answers will be checked and qualifying winners will be notified within 5 days of the closing date. All reasonable effort will be made to contact winners, however, if a winner cannot be contacted within 5 days an alternative winner may be chosen.
6) Please allow 10 working days after the closing date for delivery of your prize.
7) Winners may be required to take part in any publicity resulting from this promotion.
8) A full list of winners will be published on Billy’s Blog at http://greatbritishnappyhunt.co.uk/blog/ and Facebook page within 14 days of the end of the competition.
9) The decisions of the The Great British Nappy Hunt team are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
10) The Great British Nappy Hunt team accepts no responsibility for incomplete, corrupt or incorrect entries or for any malfunctions, errors or viruses in the software that has been designed to maintain the entrants’ details, or for any incompatibility with all, or any, hardware and/or software that entrants may use. The Great British Nappy Hunt team does not guarantee that the website will be available all the time or at any specific time. Proof of entering will not be taken as proof of receipt of entry.
11) The Great British Nappy Hunt team may collect personal information for the purpose of administering this promotion. This may include contacting the winner via further emails, text messages or calls regarding this promotion. We will not share your details with other organisations.
12) If you believe you have found the answer to a question you must not share the answer with anyone. This includes but is not limited to emails, forums, social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter, blogs, Money Saving Expert website. If you do share or receive shared information, your entry will be declared void and the competition may be forced closed with NO WINNER.
Don’t be a spoil sport!
Thank you for reading the information and rules. Time to get looking, good luck and enjoy ‘The Great British Nappy Hunt’s ‘CLOTH ISN’T SCARY’ campaign 2014!’
Love Billy xx
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Billy and the Great British Nappy Hunt team want to encourage all the people that think they might use cloth nappies but for one reason or another just haven’t got around to it, as well as tell everyone that’s never ever considered reusable nappies just how good they are – and tempt those folk to using them too.
Billy needs your help to make this a success. He needs you to tweet, blog, post on Facebook, tell your friends and neighbours just why you think cloth nappies are great, and to let everyone know why you found the thought of using cloth nappies scary and daunting whereas actually getting going with your baby in cloth nappies was far easier than you expected.
To celebrate convincing everyone that Cloth Isn’t Scary, Billy and his friends have concocted a simple competition for you to participate in, with lots of fantastic prizes from his supporters and friends…
Keep an eye out on this blog and on Facebook for details of the prizes, and how to enter.
While doing baby shows and nappy demos to new or expectant parents, the team here at the Great British Nappy Hunt have lost count of the number of parents who are reluctant to try cloth nappies. Sure, they agree with lots of the pros of reusable nappies, but disposables are just so safe and cloth is scary…. isn’t it?!
So let’s dispel some of those common myths…
FALSE: Your mums and grandmas will think you are mad when you tell them you are planning to use cloth and scare you with tales of wet pails, boil washes, pins and plastic pants. Luckily modern cloth nappies are pretty much as simple to use as a disposable. All-in-one nappies are shaped just like a disposable and simply Velcro or popper onto your baby. Once it is dirty just pop in a dry lidded bucket, or waterproof bag, until washday comes and let your washing machine do all the hard work. It really is simple once you try it!
Cloth nappy user Emma Briggs was sure they would be complicated: “When I first started looking to use cloth nappies I was worried that it was going to be really complicated. There were so many different nappy systems, boosters, liners, wet bags, pails etc to choose from. It didn’t take long to work out a system that would suit us and once we actually started to use the nappies it was incredibly straightforward and we quickly fell into a full time routine.”
FALSE: Reusable nappies should last around 3 hours before you would get a leak from wee. The initial switch may take a bit of remembering to change as regularly, but lets face it, its pretty nasty to leave a baby in any nappy for more than this anyway. And poo leaks – they cower in the face of cloth nappies! Amanda from Baby Bum Boutique is currently cloth nappy-ing her newborn, and hasn’t had a single poo leak to date (despite some seriously runny and explosive poos). If correctly fitted and boosted, cloth nappies are often less leaky than disposables – as confirmed by our fan Katherine Stevenson: “I was worried about leaks – especially poo leaks. Imagine my joy when I found cloth contains poo SOOOOOOO much better than disposables!”
FALSE: The upfront cost of reusable nappies can look like a lot, but it can vary considerably. It is possible to set up with a full load of cloth nappies (15) for as little as £60 if you choose budget brands. Even if branded nappies are your choice you will be able to kit yourself out for around £250. It is easy to spend over £1 a day on disposable nappies, so within 2 months you could have your money back and go on to use the nappies for 3 more years!
TRUE – it can be really confusing looking online at different nappies, especially when you have no experience of what they look and feel like. We recommend you get in touch with one of our experienced retailers who can guide you to a brand they would recommend for your personal circumstances. Many places will give you personal demos of the nappies to help with your decision too.
FALSE – As long as you get a reasonable number of nappies (15-20) washing will not take over your life! Even with a newborn, getting through around 8 nappies a day, this will give you 2 days worth before you need to wash – simple pop the nappies in the machine after the second day and press go. Much quicker than heading to the shops to buy more disposables. 3 extra loads a week on average will take you less than 30 minutes to wash and hang up to dry.
Modern cloth nappies are often made with materials that are designed to be very quick drying – for example microfibre nappies will easily dry overnight on an airer in a warm room. If you are really tight for time, you can even tumble dry nearly all nappies on a low heat.
Our fan Chantelle Michael confirms this was a fear of hers: “I was worried having to wash and stuff nappies would be so much more extra work…it really isn’t! I actually find hanging my nappies puts me in an instant happy mood and stuffing them is very therapeutic!”
FALSE – Yes cloth nappies by their nature are a little bit more bulky than disposables (though if you consider the huge bulk of a wet disposable we would argue they aren’t!), but they do not restrict movement of your little one. Several members of the GBNH team have had children who walked before 12 months despite being in cloth from birth. In fact, cloth nappies are often recommended in cases of hip dysplasia, as they hold the legs in a slightly wider position that is better for hip joints.
So there you have it – most of the reasons to NOT use cloth nappies are simply not true and there are so many reasons to give them a go. Who wouldn’t want such a cute squishy nappy on your little one’s bottom? Especially when it will save several thousand nappies from going into landfill, and save you hundreds of pounds over the time your child is in nappies. Please pledge to try a cloth nappy today, and if you already use them to share with your friends that cloth isn’t scary!Pin It
In the interest of being completely open and transparent we are publishing a final prize winners list from all our competitions held in Spring 2014 under the umbrella name ‘Great British Nappy Hunt’. Those of you who follow our page on Facebook will know there was a series of holiday promotions leading up to Real Nappy Week at the end of April. We had ‘The Great British Nappy Hunt’ known as the Main Hunt plus an Easy Hunt. We had some #billybonus giveaways, we had a ‘Host an Event’ competition as well as ‘Design a Nappy’. All winners were announced on Facebook however we appreciate that it is not always easy to find posts on Facebook.
The majority of winners for our competitions were selected via random.org unless specified otherwise in the competition entry details.
Congratulations to all our winners!
Burns Night – Xanthe Gazard, Mel Swebes, Sarah Cotton, Joanne Brodie, Geri McCullagh-Smith and Saira Naomi
St David’s Day – Emma Charlton and Sarah Andrews
St Patrick’s Day – Iona Gibb
Mother’s Day – Emma Jackson, Olivia Lee, Becki Sritharan and Lisa Smith
Easter – Angela Ward, Samantha Tandy, Ailsa Roberts, Georgia Blake
St George’s Day – Georgina Clackworthy
May Day – Charlotte Cooper, Carolann Gordon, Xanthe Gazard, Holly Young, Emma Holt
We are pleased to say most winners have been in contact with us. If you have any queries regarding the list or your prize please do not hesitate to contact us
Wonderoos was the world’s first one size pocket nappy, and took the nappy world by storm on release in 2002. Christine first became aware of it as a cloth nappy using parent, and later as a nappy stockist. In 2013 she purchased the brand and got the new v3 nappy designed and into production. Wonderoos are available to purchase from a number of different UK stockists.
Billy asked Christine “What do you love about May?”
She replied “I love sunshine, getting outdoors, Maypole dancing, being able to dry nappies on the line, seeing butterflies in the garden, and watching the world spring back to life after the long winter months.”
Billy quizzed Christine “What first got you hooked on real nappies?”
Christine said “My second daughter was a very heavy night wetter, and was regularly out-peeing her disposable nappies. A couple of people suggested trying washable nappies instead, so I gave it a go and was amazed. No more night leaks! After a few weeks I decided to go into cloth nappies full time and did a nappy trial by post with Plush Pants, that was useful and saved me from getting the wrong things. So when baby 3 came along later that year, we were all set up.”
Billy asked “What was the first ever cloth nappy you used?”
Christine reponded “It would have been an old cotton Tots Bots nappy with a Mother-ease wrap and extra boosters. Huge bum but did the job. This was back in 2001 so the choices were quite limited then”
Billy then posed the all important question “How would you encourage someone who is hesitant about using cloth nappies?”
Christine says “If you’re thinking about reusable nappies and feeling unsure, I would suggest you do what I did, and try some! There are many nappy libraries available now, as well as stockists who offer trials locally and by post, so there’s really no reason not to give it a try. What do you have to lose? I was worried about it too, but was convinced to have a go by a busy mum of 4 who had converted onto real nappies with a 17 month toddler and newborn twins! I figured if she could do it, so could I!”
Billy is a bit nosy and asked if Christine had any exciting plans for 2014?
Christine replied “This is a very exciting year for us at Earthwise Trading – the Wonderoos v3 nappy which we make has won 4 awards already this year including the Silver for Best Reusable Nappy from Prima Baby, and is attracting lots of new UK and European stockists. In addition, all 3 of our retail nappy websites are being rebuilt on a rolling programme through spring and summer which will give them all fresh new looks and lots of snazzy new features!”
And finally Billy asked “How do you relax?”
Christine responded “Currently I’m so busy that I am either in work mode, or mummy mode! I will probably emerge from the current busy spell sometime in June… It’s hard to fit in a regular hobby at the moment, but I’m a serious bookworm and usually have a book on the go. Before Christmas I took part in the Aspire Channel Swim, which was a 12 week challenge to swim the 22 mile distance of the English Channel in my local pool. I’m not sure I’m ready for the choppy seas just yet, but I did manage to complete the challenge and raised several hundred pounds for charity in the process.”
If you didn’t already know Christine wholesales Wonderoo nappies through her company ‘Earthwise Trading’ She also has Plushpants, Terry Nappies, Kittykins and a Reusable san pro site called Earthwise Girls. She is one busy lady!