Guest blogger: Eve Bell owner of Baba and Boo gets to grips with cloth nappies
Like most parents and carers I only started to think about using cloth nappies when my daughter was born, I was really keen to use cloth nappies for my daughter but I found them really expensive, which does not make them very attractive to mums when you have a really expensive outlay to begin with.
In my previous life, before I became a full-time mum, I was a buyer which I really loved – so I knew how to source top quality items for a reasonable price, especially reusable nappies. I’m really passionate about our nappies and ensure they work just as well as other leading brands.
I am now working in partnership with Recycle for Greater Manchester to create some noise around cloth nappies, by running a series of nappy natters events across Greater Manchester. These drop-in sessions are a great opportunity for anyone interested in finding out more about cloth nappies; why they are so good and how to use them. At our Nappy Natters session we will have free samples for you to try on your baby and lots of good advice.
Did you know that in the UK we throw away 8 million disposable nappies every day, each one taking hundreds of years to rot in landfill. We have to ask ourselves why we are doing this when using cloth nappies means we can save up to £550 in nappy costs, look after baby’s botty and do our bit for a more sustainable environment.
Cloth nappies have in the past had a bad press, but they have come a long way from the scratchy towelling; they are soft, durable and made in a range of fantastic colours and designs to fit all size babies and budgets. They are machine washable, easy to use and fun to wear.
We had the first of our cloth nappy natters session at Chorlton Sure Start Centre in Chorlton Library, Manchester. These are meet and talk sessions for carers and parents who want to find out about using cloth nappies. As this was my first session, I did not know what to expect. It was so lovely to see mums interested in learning about the benefits of cloth nappies. But I don’t think that these events are going to do my broodiness levels any good at all; there were so many gorgeous babies! Their mums were very keen to see how cloth nappies work and were surprised when we showed them how easy they are to use. We explained that cloth nappies fit in with their lifestyle and not the other way round.
Some of the mums were telling us they were not happy filling their bins with disposables, especially knowing now how long it takes for a disposable to decompose. This was one of their main reasons for wanting to use cloth nappies, followed closely by how much better they are for baby.
It was so lovely talking to mums about cloth nappies alongside cooing over their little ones. We are very much going to enjoy this year and already looking forward to our next events be will be hosting more nappy natters right across Greater Manchester.
Put these dates in your diary,our next Nappy Natters events will be at:
The Bridge Cafe, Portland Basin Museum, Ashton- Under-Lyne
Date: 21 Mar 2014, Time: 11am-1pm
and then the following month at,
The Governors House Pub, Cheadle Hulme
Date: 29 Apr 2014, Time: 10am-12pm
Baba and Boo are a Salford based award company supplying cloth nappies to parents and carers around the world winning since 2009.