My Green Nappy Discovering Modern Cloth Nappies and Eco-Friendly Disposable Nappies

June 7, 2010

Modern Cloth Mini Trends: Winter Green Promise Nappies

Are you looking for a FREE cloth nappy for your baby?

Then you’ve come to the right place. My Green Nappy is the home of the 100 Green Promise Nappies Initiative, an environmental initiative whose aim is to promote modern cloth nappies and family friendly sites who support and offer them to mums across Australia and New Zealand.

A nappy that you win is a free nappy! A free nappy is a great way to get started in modern nappies, and a green promise nappy is more than a giveaway, it is an ambassador for changing nappies, that is, changing the perceptions about cloth nappies in the community!

Let’s have a look at our first ever gallery of ‘Green Promise’ nappies donated by a range of cloth nappy shops and related sites down under.

By clicking on the photo, you will be taken to the Sponsor Page for each Green Promise Nappy, where you can find out a little more about it before popping over to the site to find the answer to a question the sponsor will set.

You can register to play in this fun giveaway event, that goes from June 1 to July 15th. Click here to find out more and start playing!

Modern Cloth Mini Trends– MODERN CLOTH MINI TRENDS –
What’s popular, fashionable and trending in the world of modern cloth? Modern Cloth Mini Trends regularly explores a different area. You’ll see One-Of-A-Kind (IOAK) ‘Show off’ nappies, workhorse and stash filler nappies. Plus you’ll see other types of modern cloth – for a visual overview of Aussie and Kiwi WAHM’s.
See More Modern Cloth Mini Trends…

A question for you about these Green Promise Nappies:

What are your thoughts about the concept of this seasonal giveaway event? Are you new to considering getting a few cloth nappies? Has the efforts of all these ‘Nappy Doula’s’ inspired you to give cloth a shot?

April 7, 2010

I’m on a Tight Budget – How Can I Get Free Cloth Nappies? 5 Great Tips…

Free cloth nappies? Yes! You CAN find them – these 5 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 5 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 5 Strategies to Help You Locate Free (or very cheap) Modern Cloth Nappies…

1.Visit sites that have Free Cloth Nappies.

Used Nappies has a section for freebies of pre-loved cloth nappies that Mums are simply happy to give away to those in need. You’ll need to pay for postage and keep popping in to grab these great bargains.

2. Become a Tester for New Styles and Brands of Cloth Nappies

By visiting dedicated Cloth Nappy Forums, new nappy makers will ask for ‘testers’ to try out their nappies and troubleshoot the designs as they work on developing a new pattern or ‘tweak’. If your baby or toddler is the right age, you usually get these nappies for free in exchange for your feedback on the product.

3. Enter Nappy Maker and Retailer Giveaways, Contests and Competitions to WIN free cloth nappies.

By joining the announcement or newsletter lists of your favourite brands or suppliers, visiting their blogs, following them on Twitter, becoming a Facebook Fan, you can be made aware of promotions, competitions, giveaways and testing opportunities to win or grab modern nappies quite cheaply. Do the Great Cloth Nappy Hunt every 6 months. 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!

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

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’ 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.

5. Save with mama-made – Recycled DIY Cloth Nappies

– Recycle your old clothes, or ones gathered for pennies at the Op Shop, to make enough nappies for your needs. Have a look at these nappies made by mums and get inspired! Nappies Covered has ‘Nappy Sewing Kits’ you can purchase (or ask for as a gift!) and make your own fabric nappies. My Green Nappy Guide has a section each part on DIY modern cloth tips. You’ll find a bunch of great resources there.

Finding ways to get your modern cloth nappies for free or super-cheaply will be easier with these 5 tips.

Know that you are making a positive choice in 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!

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!

Thank you to My Green Nappy’s Partners:

If you are just visiting for the first time today, and have found this article useful, be sure to register & receive My Green Nappy Guide, you’ll be both relieved and excited at the things you will discover!

A question for you about free cloth nappies:

How have you benefited from the generosity of others? Have you shared your nappy stash to help out another new mum? Tell us your stories.

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