Nappy Trial Kits Oxford
Oxfordshire Real Nappy Trial Scheme
Oxford Nappy Library
The Nappy Shed runs the Oxford Nappy Library and has five different Nappy Trial Kits that can be lent to anyone in Oxfordshire for up to 3 weeks at a time.
Four of the buckets contain nappies of a size to fit babies from about 9lb, but I do have a few smaller nappies that should fit from 7lb. The fifth bucket has bigger nappies suitable for an older baby from about 20lb. Each trial bucket has about 14 different types and brands of nappies, some all-in-ones, some pockets and some two-part nappies with wraps. Full instructions are given before you take the trial kit away and you also receive instructions about washing and drying. I can drop the bucket off with you if you live in or near Oxford but otherwise I would ask you to come and pick it up from my house in Marston, Oxford. It is your responsibility to get the trial bucket back to me at the end of the fortnight.
I have a lot of demand for the trial kits, so I only loan the nappies for 3-4 weeks and most parents wait until their babies are a few weeks old (and they’re beginning to get the hang of looking after a baby) before they do the trial. People find the trial kits are useful to see if washable nappies are right for them and their situation, and to get some idea of what sort they like best, but 14 nappies is not really enough to do full time cloth nappying. Parents who are already sure they want to use cloth nappies often prefer to buy nappies without doing a trial, on the basis of personal recommendations, on-line nappy reviews and which ones they like the look of.
This trial scheme was originally started in Wallingford by Sustainable Wallingford and the Nappy Shed has been running it for over 8 years throughout South Oxfordshire. Oxfordshire Waste Partnership liked the idea so much that they have sponsored further Nappy Trial Buckets, one of which is administered by the Nappy Shed. Now that the Nappy Shed has moved to Oxford it is much easier and more convenient for people in Oxford city to do a trial.
I only receive financial help from the council towards the cost of the nappies in one of the trial kits, yet the nappies do need to be washed, repaired and replaced quite regularly, in all five kits, since no-one wants to try old and tatty nappies, or discontinued brands. Therefore, sadly, from 1st July 2015, I will have to start charging a small fee of £5 to borrow a trial kit. This money will be used entirely for maintaining the trial kits so they will continue to be attractive to borrowers.
If you are interested in booking a nappy trial, please contact me
I also have a set of 30 very tiny cotton nappies, suitable for premature babies and very small twins, and a Newborn kit that should fit babies from 5-12lb. These are available for hire from £6.00 a week. See The Nappy Shop page for details.
Whilst there is absolutely no obligation to buy anything from The Nappy Shed after you've used one of our trial kits, don't forget that we do sell a range of nappies from UK-based manufacturers, all at less than the manufacturers recommended retail price.