Tigerlilly Quinn: Nappuccino at Born

Friday, 19 October 2012

Nappuccino at Born

Making friends with Born's members of staff
I love these slippers by Padraig, Wilf has the multi coloured ones passed down from his cousin but I have my eye on those white and grey ones too!
 Wilf and his new friend the beautiful Talitha
On Wednesday Wilf and I were kindly invited to a Nappuccino at Born. Years ago before I was pregnant or had Wilf I would walk past their shop on Gloucester Road and peep in at the beautiful wooden toys, brightly coloured baby clothes and tiny woollen baby shoes. It made me excited for the day when I could shop in there for my child!
Born is a fantastic shop not only for the products it sells but for the support the people who work there give each customer. Instead of getting the feeling that they are simply trying to get to you buy something you know that everyone who works there has a genuine knowledge of the products as well as the practises of such things such as baby wearing/breastfeeding/cloth nappy wearing etc. 
The other reason I love Born is that when Wilf was really little Tom and I were faced with making a potentially controversial decision about his health due to a serious reaction he had after his 8 weeks jabs. This isn't the time or place to go into this (and I'm not sure I ever will on here) but after really struggling to find any advice other than the standard NHS symptom check list we were really struggling to find the information we needed to make an informed decision. I am eternally grateful to both my NCT teacher and Eva from Born for guiding me towards other literature that (after weeks of intense research) helped us reach a decision we were completely happy with. I don't know what we would have done without this support.
Ok back to the Nappuccino! We have used cloth nappies since Wilf was around 10 weeks old, we tried a little earlier (at five weeks) but didn't get on with the brand/style we were using. I also found the first few months of Wilf's life a complete shock (who doesn't) and with breastfeeding issues and generally not quite feeling myself we decided to hold off on the cloth until we could get our head round them. Turns out there wasn't really much to get around. Using cloth is pretty much exactly the same as disposables it just involves a little more washing and perhaps getting used to carrying round a soiled nappy in your change bag most days!
When we finally did start using them again (this time some all in ones from bum genius) we got on a lot better. Since then we have used various different brands (including the Close Parent Pop Ins pictured above) which are fantastic. We probably own around 20 cloth nappies, which i think as long as you are washing them at least once every other day is enough to go by. In all honestly we actually still use an eco disposable at night due to the fact they Wilf still wakes every 45 mins and I feed him a lot still during the night which equals a lot of wee! I think when he eventually does learn to sleep for longer stretches and feeds less we can cut that one out too. 
Myself and the lovely Alex were invited to blog about the event, myself as a cloth nappy user and Alex as a mum who is thinking of starting to use cloth nappies. We were invited along by the lovely Adele who I recently met through a South West Blogger group. Adele's beautiful little girl Talitha and Wilf struck up a friendship playing with the oh so beautiful toys in the shop. I think Born coped very well with five or so excitable babies running around the place and getting into every nook and corner (I found Wilf behind the till at one point!). We were given muffins and coffee and left to look at all the nappies and chat to Andrea the representative from Itti Bitti (one of the brands that Born stock). Itti Bitti gave out free wash bags and a Rockin' Green detergent sample and Born were kind enough to supply Alex and I a goodie bag (pictured above) with some more treats!
Born stock a variety of different cloth nappies and can talk you through which style and brands might be best for your baby. Did you see all those colours??I have to admit one of the reasons I love cloth nappies is also that they come in such cute colours and prints! The Bristol cloth nappy library was also there. I had no idea there was such a thing as a cloth nappy library but its such a fantastic idea as you can borrow a trial kit of nappies and see how you get on with them before you go out and buy your set.
Itti Bitti have given me one of their nappies to review which I will write about in a separate post. We had a really fun morning, thanks Born! 

20 comments:

Dizzy loves Icy said...

Looks like an amazing shop! My bestie lives just off the Gloucester Road so i may just have to swing by soon! We really need a shop like this in Bath, we're desperate for one!

fritha strickland said...

Lia you must, you would LOVE it! x

Kyla said...

This looks like such a cute shop! I always love when shop employees actually know what they're talking about, and aren't pushy.

Penny'sMamma said...

I've been totally eyeing up those booties too. I can't decide which colour though!

Ahhh, see I thought i'd missed out on a goodie bag, I didn't realize they were special for you|! .. obviously totally missed the free wash back and detergent sample though, boo!

I totally spotted you having two muffins aswell mrs. ;) haha

Fern xx
PennyBakesLove.blogspot.co.uk

fritha strickland said...

@Fern haha! I did! I also didn't think anyone had seen that! ;) thats a shame you missed out the detergent and bag although I dont think they made it very obvious at the time! xx

Nectarine Dreams said...

Those slippers are so cute!

Circus Queen said...

Beautiful photos, Fritha! I've been similarly impacted by Born. I first went in when I was having a meltdown over this baby who would never ever ever stop feeding! :)

Fern, see, you were too busy gathering all the babies around yourself! E-mailing you now. x

Penny'sMamma said...

Well, what can I expect- whipping out cheesy baby bites and not expecting all the babies to come after me! It's like they have a radar that picks up when someone has food! hehe.

Gotcha Email Adele and have Emailed you back, thanks!

I *really* need re-read my posts before I press publish.. It looks like Penny wrote that comment for me! .. X

Penny'sMamma said...

@Dizzy Loves Icy- you're in bath? - I'm in Chipping Sodbury. We love Bath! X

Eleanor said...

Love how Talitha and Wilf have matching outfits!

Natasha said...

Lovely post and gorgeous photos :)

If you're struggling with a heavy wetter at night, might try giving bamboozles a go. I use them with my heavy wetting almost one year old and never had a leak, despite them being on from 6pm to 8am every day. The most absorbent nappy I've tried (and I may be addicted to trying them all :)

Penny'sMamma said...

tots bots bamboozles are bomb proof.. and i use a fleece liner to stop it so wet against the tushie.. or 2 extra bamboo and 1 and layered in a normal tots bots x

Penny'sMamma said...

1 microfibre.... lol

fritha strickland said...

@natasha thats a great idea thank you! xx

fritha strickland said...

@eleanor yes I only noticed once I had uploaded the pics! x

fritha strickland said...

@Fern a fleece liner is a good idea, I've not tried that! x

fritha strickland said...

@nectarine dreams aren't they! I want some for myself!

Lyn B said...

Wonderful photos!

BCNL said...

@Fritha I hope you don't mint but I've shared a link to your blog on the nappy library page. It was a lovely event and I'm grateful to you for mentioning the library to your readers. Would you mind if I pinch 1 or 2 of your photos? Or do you have any others you could spare for the library page please? <3 x

Gail said...

Oh I have soooo many cloth nappies just mocking me upstairs in the cupboard! My son is just three months, and we had lots of breastfeeding issues which are almost resolved now... perhaps it's time to give cloth another try.

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