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. 

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