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Review by Mamme italiane a Londra

The lovely Alessi from Mamme italiane a Londra visited our Central London store recently and wrote a fab review for us to share: English first, then the Italian for our Italian mamme.

I discovered this gem in the heart of Camden:

NAPPY EVER AFTER, 96 Chalton street, NW1 1HJ

This little shop in Chalton Street specialises in washable nappies (reusable nappies, or those made of cloth – you know the type) as well as other eco-friendly products. It’s the only reusable nappy shop in Central London, or so says its Facebook page Nappy Ever After and I can also confirm that to be true. Before Greta was born, I wasted time and energy to try to get my hands on what for me had become a mirage: the washable nappy that seemed to exist only on my computer screen.

You could buy everything on line (and I did), without trying anything, trusting the reviews first and then the instructions. But a cloth nappy costs between 10 and 15 pounds and, for that price, it’s best to figure out the right system/brand from the very start. How do you find out if your little being is a ‘bumGenius’ baby or prefers the folding nappy by ‘Bambino mio’, or the ‘Bamboozle’ shaped nappy? Let’s all go to Chalton Street!

Nappies on display!

Nappies on display!

I read on their Facebook page that the shop began in order to help London parents (excluding those in Hackney who already know everything!) discover how easy washable nappies can be…and in true Camden style, all in the form of a non-profit organisation.

Crossing the threshold, you find yourself in front of shelves piled with washable nappies in thousands of shapes, colours and sizes, all neatly folded. On the left, there are mountains of nappies stuffed in transparent packaging. Then I found out that Nappy Ever After also offers a laundry service for cloth nappies, similar to that used by hotels for their linens. As it turns out, not all dirty laundry needs to be washed at home.

Nappies for NEA's laundry service

Nappies for NEA’s laundry service, photo credit Alessia Antonelli

That would be enough for me right there, I’m as excited as a six-year-old on a first trip to Disneyland, but my gaze continues to wander and I discover more nappy wraps, liners, washable swimming nappies, olive oil soaps, sanitisers, reusable breast pads made of silk (of SILK, who knew they existed), bottles for refills from the boxes of Ecover eco-friendly laundry and cleaning products, finishing with some Nordic-style clothing lines (much to the joy of Enrica who takes care of our Saturday column) in organic cotton of which I recommend the Disana clothing.

Shop for breast pads, eco-friendly washing powders and clothing.

Shop for breast pads, eco-friendly washing powders and clothing, photo credit Alessia Anotonelli

All of this is going on, while, beside me, they are carrying out personalised fittings of a baby sling to suit you and your baby. An expert gives you specialised advice and then the option to hire your sling before buying it (as an example, £6 for two weeks).

I share my joy with Su, the Nappy Ever After shop manager, and can’t stop squeaking with pleasure. Then a dark thought crosses my brain. Once upon a time, similar bursts of enthusiasm came from the perfect pair of shoes, or the dress that made me look much thinner and I’m there, there to get depressed. Then Greta looks at me, grabs the first nappy off the shelf, throws it on the floor and makes a hilarious grin that makes bystanders smile. I look at my shoes and think…well who’s going to see them behind the pram anyway.

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Ho scoperto una gemma nel cuore di Camden..

NAPPY EVER AFTER, 96 Chalton street, NW1 1HJ

Questo negozietto in Chalton street e’ specializzato in pannolini lavabili (pannolini riciclabili, di stoffa o comunque li conosciate) e prodotti ecologici affini. E’ l’unico negozio di pannolini ecologici in Central London, cosi’ e’ scritto sulla pagina facebook Nappy Ever After e cosi’ confermo io. Prima che nascesse Greta ho investito inutilmente tempo ed energie per cercare di toccare con mano quello che per me era diventato un miraggio: il pannolino lavabile che sembrava esistere solo sullo schermo del mio computer.

Si potrebbe comprare tutto online (cosi’ feci io) senza provare, fidandoti delle reviews prima e delle istruzioni poi. Pero’ un pannolino in stoffa costa tra 10-15 sterline e a quel prezzo sarebbe meglio indovinare subito il sistema/la marca giusta. Come scoprire se la vostra creatura e un “Bumgenius” o predilige il pannolino pieghevole “Bambino Mio” o la mutandina “bamboozle”? Tutti in processione a Chalton street!

Leggo sulla pagina Facebook di NAPPY EVER AFTER che il negozio nasce per spiegare ai genitori mortali (quindi tutti esclusi quelli di Hackney, quelli sanno gia’ tutto) quanto possa essere facile utilizzare pannolini lavabili…ed in vero stile Camden, tutto sotto forma di associazione NON PROFIT.

Varcando la soglia ci si trova davanti scaffali colmi di mutandine lavabili in mille colori, forme e taglie, tutti ordinatamente piegati. Sulla sinistra si stagliano montagne di inserti assorbenti di stoffa (nappy) imballati in buste trasparenti. Cosi’ scopro che Nappy Ever After offre anche un servizio “lavanderia” per econappies che somiglia molto a quello utilizzato dagli alberghi per le loro lenzuola. A quanto pare, non tutto il bucato sporco deve sessere lavato in famiglia.

A me basterebbe cosi’, sono eccitata come un bambino di sei anni per la prima volta a Disneyland, (o a Fiabilandia, per la compagine romagnola) ma lo sguardo continua a vagare e scopro altre mutandine, liners, swimmers lavabili, saponi all’olio d’oliva, polveri sterilizzanti, coppette assorbenti di seta (di S E T A…manco sapevo esistessero), taniche per la refill di ECOVER (ecologia al quadrato), finendo con qualche linea di abbigliamento in cotone biologico dal gusto Nordico (per la gioia di Enrica che cura la nostra rubrica del sabato) tra le quali mi senti di raccomandare DISANA.

Tutto questo accade mentre di fianco a me si eseguono fitting personalizzati sul “tipo di marsupio piu’ consono a te ed al tuo bambino”. Un’esperta ti consiglia dandoti l’opzione di noleggiare il tuo marsupio prima di comprare (6 sterline per due settimane).

Condivido la mia gioia con la manager e non smetto di squittire di piacere. Poi un pensietro tetro mi attraversa il cranio. Un tempo simili slanci di entusiasmo accadevano davanti al “perfetto paio di scarpe”, o “al vestito che mi fa sembrare molto piu’ magra!” e non erano certo causati dalle coppette di seta o dai pannolini lavabili…..e sono li’ li’ per deprimermi. Poi Greta mi guarda, afferra il primo pannolino che trova sullo scaffale lo getta per terra e fa una smorfia buffissima che fa sorridere gli astanti. Io mi guardo le scarpe e penso “ma si…tanto chi vuoi che me le veda da dietro il passeggino?”

Alessia per mamme italiane a Londra

Thanks to Sharon Singleton for the translation.

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Top 5 gift ideas from Nappy Ever After

Are you looking for gift ideas for expectant or new parents, babies and toddlers?

We have a selection of great gift ideas, in store and online. Here are our top 5 gift ideas that are a beautiful quality, practical and will last from one child to the next (except for maybe Sophie the Giraffe!). Buy any of these gifts and you’ll be generously thanked for such a thoughtful and useful present.

EXPECTANT/NEW PARENT

1) This organic Merino wool blanket by Disana is one of our best-sellers. It’s a receiving blanket, swaddling blanket, cot blanket and shawl for mum – a perfect gift for any newborn and new mum. Best of all it’s made of organic Merino wool, lightweight, yet cuddly and warm. Available in natural, red, blue and navy. £36.50

Disana Organic Merino Wool Blanket in blue

Disana Organic Merino Wool Blanket in blue

2) We’ve been selling these Frugi sleeping gowns for almost as long as we’ve been around (that’s 10 years next year! :-)). Made from organic cotton, the elasticated leg opening makes nappy changes a breeze – buy two, one on and one in the wash. £13

Frugi Sleep Gown in natural

Frugi Sleep Gown in natural

BABY UNDER A YEAR

3) Even if you don’t use or wash cloth nappies, you can still use Cheeky Wipes washable wipes. Wipes are useful for dirty faces, dirty hands and of course dirty bottoms. Just machine wash with your normal wash, up to 60 degrees. These wipes are made from terry towelling or bamboo. 25 in packet for £13.50/15/18.95, fabric and colour dependent.

Washable wipes from Cheeky Wipes

Washable Cheeky Wipes

4) Sophie the Giraffe is a fun, soft teether toy made from natural rubber, perfect for babies to suck, chew or squeeze. In fact, a squeeze makes Sophie laugh! Gift-pack, £12.99

Sophie the Giraffe teether

Sophie the Giraffe teether

5) Last but not least the Disana range of woollen mittens and booties, made from light organic boiled wool. The mittens keep little hands dry and warm without overheating, allowing for lots of toboganning, snowball fights and building snowmen. The booties are perfect as slippers and pram or baby-carrier wear, a must-have for crawlers and walkers in the colder months. Green, purple, red. Mittens, £12.50; booties, £16.50

Disana woollen mittens in red

Disana woollen mittens in red

Disana woollen booties in red

Disana woollen booties in red

If none of the above suit you, then take a look at the Gift Ideas section on our website – lots more ideas there from £4 to £40.

And if you’re interested in giving the laundry service as a gift, just email us and we can put together a customised present for you. A great idea if family members want to club together and get something useful for the first few months, or during the harder washing months. Or purchase a gift voucher and then your friend or family member can find the perfect present in-store or online, for the laundry service or a specific product.

Whatever you decide, happy holidays from us all at Nappy Ever After!

Clearance sale items – limited stock

As some of you will have noticed, we don’t have a clearance section on our website (we’re working on it!) as we rarely have excess stock (cool, huh?). But with lots of new products coming on board soon, we need to clear some stock. So here are the current special offers we have on our website:

  • Motherease organic one-size shaped nappy – free organic cotton snap-in booster with every purchase (save £2.95). Organic cotton is a better alternative to non-organic as it’s grown without the use of harmful chemicals that have an adverse effect on the environment. And that makes it better for workers too.

  • Tots Bots Easyfits v2 – white, prints and rainbow – these are all reduced to clear. There is nothing wrong with these nappies but we’re getting the v3s in very soon which come in new prints and new inner minky. Prints £13.50, white £12.99, rainbow £12.99, plus minipacks deals which make the per-nappy price event cheaper.

  • Bummis Polar wraps £5 – discontinued by Bummis which is a real shame as they get fantastic reviews, great wrap for overnight and an alternative to wool
  • Frugi organic clothing – we love the Frugi organic clothing range and they make great presents (stock up now!). Reduced items are all in perfect condition – either long-sleeve autumn/winter range or old prints. New sleeping gown prints in soon!

More soon as we spring clean!

Nappy Ever After team

 

 

 

 

Gift ideas for coming holiday season!

We’ve been updating our stock and have loads of gift ideas we wanted to share with you all! Here’s our top 5 gift ideas for friends and families with newborns and small children (I so wish I had a newborn so I could buy a Christmas Easyfit nappy!):

1) Christmas nappy – we are usually all about the longevity of products but we couldn’t resist the Christmas Easyfit prints – Ginger, Robin and Rudolph. Anyway, who cares, we can wear this all year and not just on Christmas Day, especially as it’s a birth-to-potty nappy! We have limited stock of this excellent-performing nappy which recently won the Mother & Baby Gold award. If you’re not familiar, it’s a pocket nappy, top-side bamboo, pocket-side microfibre, in three cute waterproof prints. It does take longer to dry than our cotton and complete microfibre alternatives but it’s a fab nappy and highly recommended.

2) Mother & Baby balms – we’re always sceptical about creams, especially when they say they can be used with cloth nappies and don’t damage the nappy. [As an aside, always use a liner if using a barrier cream.] Simon from the NZ Honey Shop paid us a visit one Tuesday afternoon about a year ago and since then, we and our customers have been Baby Balm fans. So we jumped at the chance of stocking the Mother & Baby balms gift pack. One 50g pot of Mother balm – perfect for cracked nipples, stretch marks – and one 50g pot of Baby balm – perfect for nappy rash, psoriasis, chafing. All at a 15% discount on the recommended individual prices.

3) Imajo Fairtrade dolls – we’ve personally bought and given so many of these dolls as presents in the last five years, that we decided to stock themselves! Fairtrade and made by hand in Sri Lanka, these dolls are cute and cuddly and your child can have hours of fun with the removable clothes. Perfect gifts for the little one in your house. Special price of 13.99 if you quote ‘Blog’ at point of sale.

4) Frugi Sleeping Gown – these sleeping gowns are always a fab present for parents, but so many people don’t know about them! Made from organic cotton, these gowns cocoon your baby and make it feel snug and safe. Nappy changes are a breeze as you roll up the gown, no need to wrestle with legs in babygros. Bonus integral scratch mittens. Available in neutral cow, blue lion or pink sheep. Other fab organic Frugi clothes also available instore or online.

5) Last but not least Sophie Le Giraffe is the perfect teething toy for your baby. Made from natural rubber, perfect for babies to suck, chew or squeeze. In fact, a squeeze makes Sophie laugh! The muted colours stimulate the child’s senses and gums are soothed when chewed.

PS We couldn’t shout about our gorgeous range of Disana blankets as we currently don’t have them available online. Drop by our shop or call us for more details – pure organic merino wool receiving blankets, knitted cotton blankets perfect for cribs and cots or cotton flannel blankets perfect for swaddling. Again perfect presents for you or someone special.

Happy holidays from the Nappy Ever After team