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June 11, 2010

How to Find Free Cloth Nappies for Your Baby: 3 Simple Tips (+1)

Free cloth nappies? Yes! You CAN find them – these 3 tips will give you a head start…

– You need to find some Modern Cloth Nappies for free? It is possible – provided you have time before your baby arrives, a passion, patience and enjoyment of sleuthing online while your baby sleeps…This article will let you know about 3 basic strategies and a huge list of resources to help you start or plump your stash with free cloth nappies to ease financial pressures.

How can you source these washable nappies more cheaply? They can run to $20 – $50 each – (even though that will STILL save you money as they are such good quality and can be re-sold later). Even so, you can be clever in your shopping and find ways to spend very little or actually get your cloth nappies for FREE!

Below are 3 Strategies to Help You Locate Free (or very cheap) Modern Cloth Nappies…

1. Ask. Just do it. Share that you are on a really tight budget and want to use cloth nappies.

Mums like to help other mums in need A simple idea, the easiest or perhaps the hardest idea of all! Other mums have been there and will understand and some will be able to help too! Ask at online parenting forums, online marketplaces, The Freecycle Network, Yoink, Opshops – ring around for an afternoon, see if any modern nappies have come in – you’ll be surprised at how many Opportunity Shops are in your local area.

Asking around at your mothers group will access the ‘Great Material Continuum’ – or perhaps the ‘Great Maternal Continuum!) of baby supplies – you might be surprised that you can BORROW a set of modern nappies for a time – that is another sensible way to get free cloth nappies, be reusing, sharing and knowing they will return and continue being used on the next baby. Be sure to get an idea of how long you can use the nappies when you first borrow them – the mum might be between babies, or want to pass them on to another mum in 6 months perhaps. Borrowing certainly qualifies itself as free cloth nappies…

2. Join Nappy Maker and Retailer Announcement Lists to WIN free cloth nappies

By joining the announcement or newsletter lists of your favourite brands or suppliers or visiting their blogs, you can be made aware of promotions, competitions, giveaways and testing opportunities in their regular (usually monthly) mailings. It takes but a moment to scroll through and see if there is a giveaway up for grabs – be in it to win it! Announcement lists may also offer a permanent discount, member -only specials and other special offers. It is worth doing.

You can even set up a series of Google Alerts with keywords such as “Modern Cloth Nappy Giveaway”, “Modern Cloth Nappy Competition” or even “Win Modern Cloth Nappies” to be notified daily, weekly or instantly when something pops up online! Join My Green Nappy.org and be notified when a Green Promise Nappy is up for grabs in our seasonal initiative, and participate around the site to win a Green Nappy Kit!

3. Access Social Networking sites to WIN free cloth nappiesBy becoming a fan of, or following your favourite brands or suppliers – on Twitter, via Facebook, you can be first to know about discount promotions, competitions, giveaways and testing opportunities to win or grab modern nappies for free or quite cheaply.

What’s the +1? WIN Free Cloth Nappies in online Contests, Competitions and Giveaways!

Find out about the major competitions and giveaways allowing you the opportunity to win free modern nappies. The 100 Green Promise Nappies Initiative is an online competition in which you visit sponsor sites to find the answer to a question, and then submit it to go into a random draw to win a special ‘Green Promise’ nappy that they have donated to help change views about cloth nappies. It’s a seasonal giveaway that runs at the start of each season. You can register at any time to be notified when the next round begins. The goal is to reach 100 donated nappies…

Do the Great Cloth Nappy Hunt every 6 months, an internet scavenger hunt introducing you to family friendly sites and great prizes as you search for an elusive ‘nappy’ – a special icon coded to record your find.

You can even set up a series of Google Alerts with keywords such as “Modern Cloth Nappy Giveaway“, “Modern Cloth Nappy Competition” or even “Win Modern Cloth Nappies” to be notified daily, weekly or instantly when something pops up online! Join My Green Nappy.org and be notified when a Green Promise Nappy is up for grabs in our seasonal initiative, and participate around the site to win a Green Nappy Kit!

Finding ways to get your modern cloth nappies for free or super-cheaply will be easier with these 4 tips.Know that you are making a positive choice in considering or using reusable cloth nappies for your baby. The cumulative savings really are substantial, and you will have more in your purse for your family’s other needs at the end of each shopping trip, rather than being forced to spend it on one-use, throwaway disposable nappies. Modern cloth nappies really do benefit your budget, and reduce your household waste.

Happy Hunting!

– Charndra

P.S What if you focussed on one each month? Over time, any nappy you get cheaper will only see your savings grow, so it is worth a bit of effort and the fun you may also have in tracking down and entering these draws, giveaways, lotteries, contests and so on. It’s also helpful for you to know about Baby Pottying – you can reduce ANY sort of nappy use by practicing some Elimination Communication and offering your baby a potty break each nappy change – less pooey nappies to wash – woo hoo!

This article is written by Charndra from My Green Nappy, home of the 100 Green Promise Nappies Initiative.

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