Saturday, 30 September 2017

Autumn update

It's been a while... Sorry for the internet silence. Being back at work with 2 kids is taking its toll. However, I'm hoping to get a few events up and running again soon and will post as soon as I do.

In the meantime, here's an update.

For anyone considering using real nappies:
1. Tower Hamlets Council has discontinued the cloth nappy voucher as part of their budget cuts. Obviously I think this is a real shame and a false economy. But this is the situation. 

2. However, there are other ways to save money on cloth nappies. The easiest is to buy second hand - perhaps especially good if you want to just try out a few types before deciding what to invest in. I would recommend doing this anyway, rather than buying a whole set straight off (unless you are super certain which type will work for you). Look here for a list of places to buy/get free second hand nappies or search on Facebook. 

3. If you're looking for a nappy demo in the next few weeks, try the fantastic Hackney Real Nappy Network, who run regular events that are open to all. Next demo and pop-up shop is 13th October in Hackney Central Library, see here. By the way Hackney Council also still does vouchers for free cloth nappies for Hackney residents, and funds a worker to run the HRNN so they have time to run a volunteer network and regular events. Sigh.

4. Or just drop me an email if I can help with any cloth nappy questions!

For anyone interested in/using real nappies locally who might want to get involved:
1. Hooray! I'd love to hear from you. We need volunteers to run a local demo, answer queries or help source samples for 2.

2. I've been working with another volunteer, Urszula, to help the Royal London parent education team to demo cloth nappies in all their antenatal classes. Urszula has been brilliant at getting cloth nappy suppliers to donate samples for the team (who by the way, have NO funding at all). Any ideas (or NEW unused nappies) welcome as we are still looking for more samples for them and for NCT antenatal classes in the borough.

It would be great if all parents-to-be got a helpful demo of modern cloth nappies with some nice samples to look through. So they have a genuine choice, rather than only being shown how to use a disposable. 

Monday, 24 April 2017

Real Nappy Week event in Limehouse this Friday

Hi all,

This is Real Nappy Week! If you want to find out more about 'real' (also known as reusable, and cloth) nappies, this is a great week to do it!

Aside from all the other reasons to use real nappies, did I mention how cute they are? Look at these new Bamboozle Stretch lovelies I've just bought (I got them from the Nappy Lady here, though she doesn't pay me for affiliate links or anything I've found her to be very reliable and helpful) for my 1-year-old. Super soft knitted bamboo, brilliantly absorbent and... cute
Bamboozle Stretch size 2s in 'Plop' and 'Daydream'



Here are the details of an event this week in Limehouse from my fellow Tower Hamlets real nappies volunteer, Urszula:

To celebrate Real Nappy Week I will be running short information demo sessions at Yurt Cafe in Limehouse on Friday 28th April at 2.30pm. The demo will take place during The Front Room session, which is a local group for parents with children up to three years old.

Come along to have a coffee, meet other parents and find out about the benefits of using cloth nappies!

After the demo Urszula will be on hand till 4pm to answer any questions and offer free advice on real nappies.

Venue details:
The Yurt Cafe
St Katharine's Precinct
2 Butcher Row
London E14 8DS

Please note that pram space is limited so please bring babies in slings if you can.


ALSO
If you can't make it on Friday, check out lots of other events across East London this month on the Real Nappies for London website. Lots of freebies and info/advice up for grabs. You can also email me and Urszula at realnappies.towerhamletsnct@gmail.com if you're starting out or thinking about using reusable nappies, and have specific questions you'd like to ask.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Real Nappy Info Events coming up!

If you're looking for information about real nappies, want to have a look at samples or pick up some pre-loved nappies and other baby gear there are several events coming up.

TOMORROW 18th November is the next Nappuccino event run by Tower Hamlets Council with a talk from The Washable Nappy Company. You can claim your £40 Real Nappies for London voucher for cloth nappies* then:

IDEA STORE. Lab 1, Chrisp Street, 1 Vessey Path, LONDON E14 6BT
Friday 18th November 2.15pm ( talk at 2.30pm)


*For all Tower Hamlets residents expecting a baby or with a child under 18months. See here for more details or to apply online.

ALSO tomorrow 18th November, if Hackney Central Library is closer to you there's a Real Nappy Demo and pop-up shop there, 10.30-12. See details here. And Hackney residents can get £54 towards real nappies (not fair! but great if you live in Hackney...).

See here for a list of other upcoming events in Hackney and beyond, including a give-and-take event on 23rd November where you can get (or giveaway) lots of baby stuff for free:



Friday, 30 September 2016

1st October nappy event cancelled

I'm sorry, but the nappy info stall at Idea Store Bow on 1st October has had to be cancelled due to sickness.

If you would like to go to another real nappy demo, check out events in Hackney including a demo and pop-up shop this coming Wednesday at Hackney Central Library, 1.00pm.

Best wishes

Rachel

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Upcoming Real Nappy events at Idea Store Bow

I will be holding an info stall and Q&A about real nappies on Thursday 8th September, 10-12, Idea Store Bow, Roman Road, and another on Saturday 1st October in the same place.

Come along if you'd like to find out more about real nappies, share tips if you are using them already, or look at some samples.

I don't sell nappies (I'm a volunteer) but as there's lots of choice in the world of cloth bums, I can help you work out what kind might be for you.

Also to remind you that you can apply online here for a £40 voucher to buy real nappies. You are eligible if you live in Tower Hamlets and are pregnant or have a baby under 18 months old, and you don't have to come to any event to apply.

The voucher is a great (free!) way to buy and try several different types of cloth nappy as you get yourself started.

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Calling all cloth nappy enthusiasts in Tower Hamlets! I'm looking for support to continue (and expand!) the real nappy network and help reach more parents in the borough. Help is needed so that anyone who might want to use real nappies for any reason (massive cost saving! environmental win! cute prints!) gets the information they need to get started. Please get in touch if you might have a little time to give.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Real Nappy Week event at Idea Store Bow

Yes, there's a Real Nappy Week! And it's coming soon... 18th-24th April. So why not take the chance to find out about the cheaper, greener, cleaner and way cuter-looking alternative to disposable?

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I'll be at Idea Store Bow on Roman Road on Saturday 23rd April from 10.00-12.00, with a selection of cloth nappies for you to look at, and answers to as many questions as I can.

I'll also have a stash of the Tower Hamlets Real Nappies for London voucher leaflets. Tower Hamlets residents expecting a baby or with a child under 18 months can take a leaflet to claim their free £40 worth of cloth nappies (redeemable from most suppliers).

If you can't make it on Saturday 23rd, you can claim your Tower Hamlets nappy voucher here at Real Nappies for London.

There are also lots of events on during Real Nappy Week: in Hackney, run by the fantastic Hackney Real Nappy Network and across London. For further advice on real nappies - check out the rest of this blog or drop me an email: realnappies.towerhamletsnct@gmail.com

Monday, 21 September 2015

Real Nappy Info at Stepney City Farm

Hi,

I'll be at Stepney City Farm cafe this Friday 2nd October from 11.00-12.30 (date rearranged from last week due to illness).

I'll have a selection of cloth nappies and answers to as many questions as I can, plus the Tower Hamlets Real Nappies for London voucher leaflets. TH residents can take a leaflet to claim their free 40 pounds worth of cloth nappies (redeemable from most suppliers).

Parents who don't know Stepney City Farm, it's an amazing place to bring young children and on Friday mornings there are also two sessions from Frog Prince music for babies and children. Contact the farm for more details.

Maybe see you there!

Rachel