Lending kit – size one

This is our size one lending kit. We generally suggest trying this once your baby is 10lbs or over. We have included a small amount of information on each nappy but please click on the links provided for more information. Most of the links will take you straight to the manufacturer’s website, in some cases it will take you to a UK supplier.

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Bumgenius Freetime

An all in one nappy with popper fastenings.

Bumgenius Elemental

These AIO nappies have layers of organic cotton inside. They are slim fitting and can be adjusted like the freetime above.
Bumgenius Original
This BTP pocket nappy is an older version than the above link will send you to. Pocket nappies have fleece attached to the wrap with a pocket opening that you stuff with inserts (boosters). You can change the amount and size of inserts you use depending on your baby’s size and needs.

TotsBots Eastfit v4


TotsBots Eastfit V4 is an all in one nappy, so as close to a disposable as you can get. All you need to add is a fleece or disposable liner and you’re ready to go. The absorbent inner folds out for faster drying time, simply tuck it back in again once the nappy is dry. There is a booster that you can snap in with poppers for older babies and heavy wetter’s. Here’s a bit more info on their fabrics. This nappy is orange in one of the kits.

Charlie Banana One Size Pocket
A pocket nappy that has clever adjustable leg elastic that, along with the poppers, gives you a good fit regardless of your baby’s size. Microfibre inserts (boosters) are absorbent but fast drying. You can adjust the amount of inserts you put in, or indeed, add a bamboo booster if you wish.

Bambooty Easy Dry – Medium
Another all in one (AIO) nappy

Bambino Miosolo
An AIO microfibre nappy. Easy to put on in one step, just add a fleece or disposable liner to help your baby’s bottom to stay dry and to catch poo.

Motherease one-size cotton

These cotton nappies can be adjusted to fit from birth to potty training (depending on your wee one’s size). They come with a booster that you can add as your baby grows. They are a two part system nappy which requires a wrap.

Motherease Sandy’s

Another nappy from Motherease. These are sized nappies and size one is available in this kit. The ones in this kit are cotton but they are also available in bamboo. They require an outer wrap

Little Lamb, microfibre size 1

Microfibre is the least absorbant but the fastest drying fabric. The are handy when drying in doors is your main option. These nappies stay soft wash after wash. They are two part nappies that can be used with the little lamb wrap available in this kit or indeed any of the others.

Little Lamb, bamboo size 1

Bamboo is a very absorbant fabric making it suitable for nightime use or heavy wetters. It can take a long time to dry, especially when drying indoors.

TotsBots bamboozle, size 1&2

Another bamboo nappy that is excellent for nightime use. Size 1 and 2 have been included in this kit, the size 2 is designed as a birth to potty and having both sizes to try will help you see which will give you the best fit for your baby’s size. A two part nappy requiring a wrap. A tots bots wrap is included inthis kit but it can also be used with the other wraps the kit contains – experiament to find your best fit.

Bamboo Terry and Cotton Terry

Often thought of as old fashioned, terry nappies are still relavent today. By using different folds you can find the best fit for your wee one and change as your baby grows. You Tube has many videos showing demos of various nappy folds and is a useful tool when learning different folds. Bamboo terries allow you to get a super absorbant nappy with a slimmer fit. Pins are no longer necessary, a nappy nippa grips the fabric to hold the nappy together. Add a fleece liner and an outer wrap.

Bamboo Boosters

These bamboo boosters add extra absorbancy to your nappy allowing it to be worn for longer. They come in very handy for nightime use to make your chosen nappy last through the night without leaks.

Fleece Liners

These single layers of fleece can be used to add a stay dry layer between your baby and the nappy. They also catch solids and make it easier to tip it down the toilet and protect your nappy from staining.

Disposable liners

These can be used in place of a fleece liner and disposed of in the bin. Some of ours may say that they’re flushable, they are not! They have the potential to block your toilet and even if they don’t, they do cause problems further down the sewage system. Manufacturers have changed their packaging to reflect this but some of our stock was bought before this was done.

Cloth Wipes

These cotton wipes can be used in place of disposables. Simply wet with water and use to clean your baby at each nappy change and pop in your nappy bucket or wet bag along with your used nappy.

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Lending Kits are ready! 

We’re so please to announce that our lending kits are finally ready for people to hire! We have three types of kit at present – Newborn/tiny baby, size 1 and size 2. We’ll help you decide which one will suit you best. There will be individual blog posts for each kit published over the next week. These will tell you a bit about the different types of nappy our kits contain and how to use them. Please also make use of our Facebook group – Edinburgh Real Nappy Community, it’s a closed group, but requests to join are usually accepted within a day. There’s a lot of help and support from other cloth nappy users on there and the admin are volunteers with ERNC.

This picture shows the contents of our newborn/tiny baby kit.

Lending Kits can be borrowed for a period of 3 weeks. There is a fee of £15 plus a refundable deposit of £35 for the hire. While there is enough nappies in each kit for full time use, we recommend you keep a back up of disposables as you may find that some of the nappies in the kit don’t suit your needs or fit your baby correctly. Email or send us a message via our facebook page to arrange collection of one of our lending kits.

We’ll edit this post to add user feedback as we get it.

 

 

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Our first year as Edinburgh Real Nappy Community

How it all began

On the eve of celebrating our first birthday as the ERNC it feels like the right time to look back at how we began. It was just over a year ago that those of us that volunteered with Changeworks Real Nappy Project were told that their funding had been stopped. There would be no more Nappuccinos or lending kits, which meant no face to face support for people using or wishing to use cloth nappies in the Edinburgh area. Changeworks would still provide the City of Edinburgh with reduced price starter kits but the project was now over.

As unfortunate as this was, as any loss of funding is a blow to the cloth nappy community, a lot of the existing volunteers were keen to carry on and build upon the work that the real nappy project had been successfully doing for many years. A couple of meetings later, the Edinburgh Real Nappy Community was born!

 

Getting Started

We were at an advantage starting out as Changeworks passed on their preloved selling stock and lending kits to us. This meant that once we had organised ourselves, Nappuccinos could recommence relatively easily. We started a Facebook page and group to keep the word out about us and so we could provide online support until we were ready, and on the 2nd July 2016 we were able to relaunch at the Pregnancy and Parents Centre who have been as supportive as ever.

 

Where we are now

We’re gradually finding our feet in the cloth nappy world. Our monthly Nappuccinos at the PPC are where we bring a large amount of preloved stock to sell, providing people with quality nappies at a low price, allowing them to try without a large expense and encouraging a reuse culture. We also demonstrate how to use the various types of modern cloth nappies and help take the mystery out of the complicated terminology! We’ve started a smaller pop-up style meet at the Wishing Tree Play Cafe in Musselburgh along side the East Lothian Sling Library and we hope to start one at Toots Play Cafe in the coming weeks. Our pop-ups still provide the same demos but only a small amount of selling stock for those that find our large nappuccinos difficult to get to.

 

Going forward

After a very exciting RNW2017 promoting cloth and making new contacts we’re looking forward to our first birthday party/AGM on Sunday! We’re looking forward to the next year, launching our lending kits, getting some new volunteers on board, and supporting charities where we can with any excess donations. We’d love to hear your thoughts on what we’re doing and what you’d like to see in the future. Involvement from the wider community is so important to us!

Its been a really exciting journey so far and we’ve been overwhelmed with the interest and support from our ever growing community and beyond. We’re delighted with what we’ve achieved in our first year and are excited about our plans for the next one. Watch this space!

Yours, the ERNC volunteers x

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