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

July 29, 2011

What You like About the Green Promise Nappy Challenge…

The Green Promise Nappy Initiative gives you the opportunity to discover the wide world of modern cloth nappies out there.

Browse information and advice on nappies, nappy sales, specials on all sorts of nappy styles and more – all sorts of stuff for mums and bubs!

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Let’s see what some of the comments were about our latest Autumn Green Promise Nappy Challenge are:

What do you enjoy about the Green Promise Nappy Initiative?

My favourite thing about the Nappy Challenge was finding out about a heap of different MCN businesses, I love the fluffy stuff!

– Lauren
What I enjoyed the most about Green Promise Nappy Challenge is that it enabled me to find out more about cloth nappies and all the different ones available out there in market.
– Tani
I enjoyed looking through all the nappy suppliers. Soon to have another baby which was unplanned and so I had got rid of all my old cloth nappies. It was great to do some research on new styles and brands available.
– Kim
I enjoyed the green theme of the nappies, it was interesting to see what sort of green nappies the sponsors came up with. It was great to see a variety of different nappies to win. I enjoyed looking at the sponsors’ sites. The questions were good, not too hard or frustrating. I liked the questions where I had to add a few different items to the cart to add up the total cost.
–  Helen
What I enjoyed about the Challenge was the wealth of information. So many products and services I learnt about, such as wool soakers, EC…etc.
– Patricia.
Firstly what I enjoyed the most about the challenge- I could share what I had learnt with our Mother’s group, who often had questions on cloth nappies.
– Cate
It was actually my husband that ended up doing most of it because he loves a treasure hunt. This was great because he discovered a lot about cloth nappies and all the different types and even suggested some that we should try!
– Louise
I am only new to MCN’s. I enjoyed going through each person’s site and having a look at what they had to offer.
– Alicia
I enjoyed visiting all the different sites out there that sell/make MCN’s. I learned so much more about cloth nappies. Thanks so much for putting on such a great competition!
– Ruth.
What I liked about Green Promise Nappy Challenge was the searching for answers on different companies sites
– Cheri
I loved learning about all the new kinds of cloth nappies, I have pocket & AIO but will be trying out a few new versions on my baby due in 6 weeks.
–  Janet
I enjoyed that it was quite relaxed. I love the MCN hunt, but it is quite intense. This was a nice change and I could just cruise around the websites without being distracted by trying to solve clues. I also enjoyed that despite doing the MCN hunt as well, I still found out about new websites and learnt new things.
Fabulous initiative, fabulous idea and I hope you get to 100! – I will definitely keep coming back!
– Fiona
The thing I like best about this initiative is that time given to find the answers so you can do a few each day. Also I love that we have to take a good look around the site and read about the sponsor and the products they offer to answer their question. I will absolutely play again next round.
–  Candice
I loved the Green Nappy Challange as I did not know there were so many MCNs out there! I thought I had decided which ones to buy, then a friend put me onto your site and I found so much information and a great variety of nappies to buy. I also found so much useful information on caring for my MCNs, tip and hints and info/advice on EC.
– Deb
I think what I enjoyed the most was seeing what businesses are doing with cloth nappies and what other items they are selling. I love cloth nappies and can look at them for hours!
– Monica
What I liked about the competition was finding out what is now available in the nappy line and how cute they are.
– Sarah
The thing I enjoyed most about the green nappy challenge was simply checking out the different MCN’s out there.
– Genevieve
I loved learning about all the different types of nappies.
I particularly enjoyed the introduction to new sites out there in cyberspace with excellent products and information… I also learnt some new concepts such as elimination control and baby led weaning, which I am slowly incorporating into my little ones routine… 🙂 I will definitely play the next round, looking forward to the next one.
– Alison
The best thing about the challenge was opening my eyes to all of the different designs and makers of MCN. I now have so many new pages I like to follow and my daughters bum is already thanking me for it =D
– Renee
I enjoyed the whole experience of discovering the modern cloth nappy world, had no idea of the variety to choose from.
– Jane
I enjoyed learning about modern cloth nappies. Thank you for the opportunity to win a nappy.
– Stephanie
What I enjoyed about this challenge was getting to see the range of new products available, that I never knew existed! And also the wonderful designs that people have incorporated into their nappies.
– Laura
I loved looking at all the beautiful nappies, as well as being reminded of all the good online nappy shops!
– Megan
I love checking out all the amazing products out there – esp. from the WAHMs I wouldn’t otherwise come across.
– Cassandra
I love finding new products, new bub stuff sites, and chance to actually win something I like, while doing the fun online ‘treasure hunt’ – so addictive! Roll on next Promise!
– Lyndell
I enjoyed checking out each and individual one of the sponsor’s websites in the Green Promise Nappy Giveaway as many of the websites which I have not heard before. Many of the websites offered great products which I’ve bookmarked in my browser and I’ll definitely revisit in the future.
– Cheryl
I loved finding new mcn business that i hadn’t came across before.
– Mel

What do you enjoy about the Green Promise Nappy Initiative? Let us know in the comment section below.

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 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:

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A question for you about free cloth nappies:

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