Free £45 Nappy Voucher For Lancashire Residents

Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council are offering parents a  £45 nappy voucher giving them the chance to try real cloth nappies for free.

Babies washable nappies

To qualify you must be:
A resident in Lancahsire, Blackpool or Blackburn with Darewn, expecting a baby or have a baby under 18 months of age.

Terms and conditions:
Vouchers are limited and subject to availability
Only one voucher can be issued per household
Parents with more than one baby under 18months can receive a £70 voucher

How to apply:

To apply for a voucher you will need to complete an application form either:

Real Nappies
Global Renewables Lancashire Operations Ltd
Environmental Education Centre
Leyland Waste Technology Park
Sustainability Way
Leyland
Lancashire
PR26 6TB

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Parents taking advantage of the £45 voucher will be asked to complete a questionnaire about Real Nappies to help with planning future offers.

To see the various different types of cloth nappies and accessories please visit Prem2Pram

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Babies go wild in the jungle with real nappies

Both you and your baby will love Prem2Pram’s latest jungle print cloth nappies their innovative shaped design, ease of use and excellent performance makes using real these cloth nappies just as easy as using disposables without damaging your bank balance.

If you needed a reason to switch from disposable nappies to cloth nappies the cost alone would be a major consideration.  An added bonus is there is a market for second hand nappies, so once you’ve finished with them you can sell them on.

Then there is the environment to consider, did you know? Each year nearly three billion disposable nappies are thrown away? This accounts for around 750,000 tonnes of waste.  Disposable nappies make up around 4% of all household waste and they can take up to 500 years to decompose.

Babies washable nappiesThese wonderful bright jungle print nappies look so great, they can be worn under baby’s dress or with a t-shirt in summer.  To see our full range of cloth nappies visit us at http://www.prem2pram.co.uk

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Delux Cloth Nappy Starter Kits

Cloth nappy test kit

Real cloth baby nappies starter kit

Visit us at http://www.prem2pram.co.uk to see our full range of nappies and accessories.

To see if you qualify for a free nappy voucher, visit http://www.prem2pram.co.uk/council_nappy_incentive_schemes.php

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Will the introduction of microchips in wheelie bins mean using disposable nappies cost parents even more?

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More microchips than ever are being used to spy on people putting rubbish in their wheelie bins.

Thousands of bins across Lancashire are equipped with microchips that allow the council to monitor exactly what is being thrown away.

Many of these microchips have now been activated, while other councils have the chips in place for possible future use.

Councils in Lancaster and the Ribble Valley are now using microchips.

Lancaster Council has spent £100,000 in the past 12 months on microchips for 100,000 bins.

A spokesman for Lancaster Council said: “It was easier to get the chips than install them later on.

“We don’t monitor the chips as we don’t have the facilities to do that.”
Bosses at Ribble Valley Council have spent £17,500 on installing or operating microchips.

The council said a 25p chip containing the address of each bin would be fitted under the rim.

A spokesman said: “This will help reduce lost or stolen bins, as well as providing us with information about which households are recycling.

“Each time the bins are emptied, the chip is read by equipment on collection trucks.”

South Ribble and Wyre bins, plus some in West Lancashire, are chipped but they have not yet been activated.

A South Ribble Council spokesman said the micro chipped bins were introduced by the previous Labour administration in anticipation of the Government introducing a “pay as you throw” scheme.

But Conservative Councillor Peter Mullineaux, environment and green issues spokesman for South Ribble Council, said: “We promised in our pre-election manifesto in 2007 that we would not support the use of microchips in bins and now we are in control we are firmly standing by our promise.”

In West Lancashire, the council admitted some residents have removed the chips.  The findings were uncovered by privacy campaigners at Big Brother Watch.

Director Alex Deane said: “Councils are waiting until the public aren’t watching to begin surveillance on our waste habits and introducing punitive taxes on waste.

“If local authorities have no intention to monitor our waste, then they should end the surreptitious installation of chips.”

But Councillor Hudson said Preston Council could check recycling uptake by “visual methods” and said: “What we want is to educate the public to recycle. We never say never but, at this moment, our managers are managing the system well.”

According to The Mail on Sunday newspaper, a computer inside the truck weighs the bin as it is raised up, then subtracts the weight of the bin itself and records the weight of the contents on an electronic data card.

If you live within Lancashire or Blackpool and are the parent or guardian of a child under 18 months old or are expecting a baby you could be entitled to claim a nappy voucher that can be redeemed for cloth nappies and accessories or put towards a nappy laundry service. Converting from disposable nappies to cloth nappies will not only help save the environment it will also save you money.

From Monday 12th October 2009 the administration of the Bottom Line Incentive Scheme in Lancashire is being transferred to Global Renewables.  For more information on the various nappy schemes available please visit Prem2Pram

Prem2Pram accepts nappy vouchers from Lancashire County Councils Bottom Line Project and is in the process of registering with the Real Nappies for London scheme with the intention of also being able to accept the RNFL nappy vouchers.

Thrifty Thursday

I have decided to start a new post ritual, Thrifty Thursdays. Every Thursday I will post a picture or a link of something your can get for free or something that I’ve come across at a bargain price.  I hope you’ll all join in, to participate, simply post something thrifty on your blog, then link to this post, and come here and add your Thrifty Thursday post link to the comments section at the bottom.

Council Nappy Schemes

Many local councils run schemes to encourage people to use cloth nappies. You might get a reduction in the cost of a laundry service, a pack of trial nappies or money back once you’ve purchased nappies or even a voucher to purchase some cloth nappies.

It’s worth ringing up your local council and asking them if they run any nappy incentive schemes.

Cheshire West and Cheshire
Month FREE nappy laundry service (worth £45) or A maximum of £25 cashback on reusable nappy purchases
For more information please visit their website.

Lancashire & Blackpool Bottom Line Project
If you live within Lancashire or Blackpool and have a child under 18 months old or are expecting a baby you could be entitled to claim a voucher which can be redeemed for nappies and accessories or put towards a nappy laundry service. From Monday 12th October 2009 the administration of the Bottom Line Incentive Scheme in Lancashire is being transferred to Global Renewables.  For more information please visit their website.

London:- Real Nappies for London
This is a new London-wide scheme to provide parents with an opportunity to try real nappies.

If the London borough in which you live has joined Real Nappies for London and you have a child under the age of 18 months, you could be entitled to claim an information pack and voucher. The voucher can be redeemed for nappies (and accessories) or a nappy laundry service (for a limited period) within six months of you receiving it.

Liverpool City Council Nappy Incentive
Liverpool city council is trying to encourage mums and dads to use re-usable nappies instead of disposable nappies. They are offering two types of incentives to encourage parents to use re-usable nappies. For more information please visit their website.

Staffordshire Real Nappy Campaign
To promote the use of washable nappies, Staffordshire County Council is offering a £30 discount. To claim your one-off discount your child must be between 0-24 months and a resident of Staffordshire.

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If you have a product at a bargain price or a website offering a freebie that you would like me to considered including on one of my Thrity Thursday posts then please email me via my website

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What to buy for a new baby

Clothes

Baby vests / bodysuits x 6
Babygro’s / sleepsuits x 6
Cardigans x 3
Socks x 2
Hat x 2
Booties
Scratch mittens x 2
Shawl

Cloth Nappies

Cloth nappies x 12 – 24 depending on how often you do a nappy wash
Nappy liners – either disposable or cloth that can be washed and used again
Wet bag – to put used nappies in when you’re out and about
Nappy bucket

When it comes to cloth nappies there are a variety of styles:

All in one nappies – AIOs are just what their name implies- a nappy system where the soaker material and waterproof outer layer are combined into one piece. They go on and off with the same ease of their disposable nappy counterpart.

Pocket Nappies – Again, the name describes the main feature of these nappies. The waterproof outer is sewn to a synthetic liner, creating a pocket where the soaker material is inserted. These nappies may also fasten with Velcro or poppers. New popular One-Size designs allow parents to customise the rise to fit babies from birth to toddler hood. The advantage of pocket nappies is the ability to add more absorbency if required.

Flat Nappies – Flat nappies are the terry or flannelette squares we all know. They are quick to dry and remain the cheapest way to cloth nappy your baby. They are not as absorbent as modern cloth nappy options.

Prefolds – are the next step up from flat nappies. They are a rectangular shape with three panels; the middle panel is made up with more layers for extra absorbency. Prefolds are a great economical option and are often used for the newborn stage with frequent changes.

Disposable Nappies

Large quantity of different sized nappies – cost more to use than cloth nappies
Nappy bags – to put dirt nappies in before placing in the bin

Toiletries & Bathing Equipment

Cotton wool – on a roll is usually the cheapest option
Baby Soap – ordinary soap may irritate your baby’s skin
Baby wipes – water is fine and cheap, however wipes are more convenient
Barrier (nappy) cream – to help prevent nappy rash
Baby body and hair wash
Washcloth x 2
Talcum powder
Cotton buds
Moisturising cream
Sun cream
Changing mat
Top and Tail bowl
Baby Bath (optional) – a large bowl will do as long as it is not metal
Changing bag – to carry all nappy changing equipment when you’re out
Towels x 2 – The softer the better

Bottle Feeding

Baby Milk
Bottles
Steriliser
Bottlebrush
Teats
Bottle warmer
Muslin Squares x 12
Burp Cloths x 6
Bibs x 12

Breast Feeding

Pump (required only if you don’t intend expressing by hand)
2-4 feeding bottles to store your expressed milk
Storage bags, if freezing the milk
Sterilising equipment for the pump, bottles and teats
V-Shaped Feeding Pillow
Nipple Shields
Bottle Warmer (optional)
Muslin Squares x 12
Burp Cloths x 6
Bibs x 12

Other Equipment

Carrycot / Mosses basket – You might find that it’s easier to have one up stairs and one down stairs, as this will save you having to bring it up and down the stairs every day.
Sheets x 4
Blankets x 6
Car seat – one piece of equipment you need before your baby is born even if you don’t own a car. If you are having your baby in hospital and are going home by car, you will need to put baby in a car seat. Hospital staff might want to check you have one. Choosing the right car seat for your baby’s age and weight is very important. You must also make sure that it is properly installed. If a car seat doesn’t seem to fit your car perfectly, or if it seems difficult to fasten in place, do not buy it. Some seats work better in some models of cars than others. Try before you buy.

Baby Sling – Promotes Skinship. In Japan, the closeness between mother and child is so much a part of the culture that there’s a word for it:………… Skinship.

Pram – There is a wide variety of prams and travel systems available, I would suggest taking a look at all the different varieties and choose one that best suits your lifestyle.

Please visit prem2pram bumps to burps and everything in between

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Choosing Nappies For Your Baby

You’d think that it would be easy to choose nappies for your new baby, but you would be wrong! There are so many different types, brands, shapes and sizes on the market that the whole process can actually become quite daunting. Some disposable nappies often contain chemicals such as bleach and chemical gels, which can cause rashes and damaged delicate skin.

You might also be shocked to learn that nearly 8 million nappies are thrown away in the UK every day, and the majority of these nappies end up in landfill where they can take up to 500 years to biodegrade. Cloth nappies are more expensive to buy, are more time consuming to wash, however you can save up to £1,095.59 in the long run (compared to using disposables).

As a result of the increasing waste management problem, some local authorities now offer mothers an incentive to choose cloth nappies over disposables. For instance, Lancashire County Council are now offering mothers vouchers worth up to £75, which can be used to purchase cloth nappies.

Prem2Pram offers a range of affordable cloth nappies that are kind to your baby’s skin and to the environment. Our pocket nappies are breathable, reusable and come with two inserts unlike many others brands where the inserts are sold separately.

Pocket Nappies

Check out baby nappies at prem2pram now!

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