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Expectant Parent Event

If you are expecting a baby in Exeter or surrounding areas then you need to know about the wonderful Expectant Parent Event we are hosting on Sunday 13 October.   A wonderful team of local businesses have organised the event, which will be at The Baby Room (and also taking over the school hall) from 1pm to 5pm.

If you’re interested in coming do visit our event page on Facebook.

 


Sling and Nappy Sale

Don’t forget to bring (lots of) cash!!


This Saturday is our annual Sling and Nappy Extravaganza!  If you’re sling or nappy curious or a hardened addict this is your chance!  Bargains galore, and an epic raffle.  As well as second hand slings and nappies we have a few stall holders including gorgeous goodies (wax wraps, wool dryer balls and more) from Olive and Ivy, and beautiful locally made clothes from Blackbird, and lovely smellies from The Body Shop.  Info follows for buyers and sellers (and both!!) below.

 

 

Buyers Beware!!
There is always a risk when buying second hand goods.  Jen and Gill and other volunteers will be on hand, so do ask advice, but here is some general guidance.

Second Hand Slings
Is the sling clean?  Is it faded?  Is there visible wear and tear?  If it is a buckled carrier are the straps slippery?  Are all the buckles working and with no cracks or damage?  If it is a wrap are there any holes, stretched out parts or pulled threads?  If it is an Ergo has the seller provided evidence that it is genuine (not fake.  If it feels “cheap” or if there are any typos on the safety label be very cautious).
These things are not necessarily reasons not to buy (except the fakes, don’t buy those) but they might impact how long the sling will last (a faded buckles carrier with slippery straps is not going to last another three kids, even if it has life for another one!) and the amount of money you are willing to spend!

Second Hand Nappies
Why are they selling?  Is it because they are useless – or is it because they are awesome but their child has moved on?  Check the elastic – is it stretched out and perished?  Check the waterproof layer (hold it up to the light) – is it still good or starting to fail?  Check especially around gussets and edging.  Check velcro – is it still good and grippy?  Stains?  (Don’t forget that apart from this last weekend the weather hasn’t been great – a good sunning will reduce most staining – better a good nappy with a stain than a really tired old knackered one without!).  Are they getting thin and ragged?  Think about price.  If its dirt cheap it may be worth a punt – but it may be a waste of money!  Remember that soft and fluffy isn’t necessarily absorbent – bamboo and terry can feel stiff and dry but be super thirsty.

How to Price:
If you are selling it can be really hard knowing how to price.  For sling pricing I would have a look at FB selling groups – given that people will be buying with cash and paying no postage or paypal fees I would expect to pay a bit less than online prices – as a guide under £20 for stretchy wraps, £40-60 for most buckle carriers (depending on brand, age, etc, maybe more for popular brands and toddler carriers, maybe less for other brands) and for woven wraps and ring slings it would depend significantly on brand (could be £20, could be £200!)

For nappy pricing it will depend on condition.  Some years bundles will sell well, others they won’t!  Often people price to sell, they want all their nappies gone, so if you price high you may not make sales because of other bargains.  On the other hand if someone wants that nappy they might buy it whatever the price!
For both slings and nappies please look at the buying guides above and price honestly – if your slings or nappies are tired (even though they still have life left for one or two more children) then please price accordingly.  Any faults please declare them.

How to Sell

Bring your items to The Baby Room either during Friday 26 April from 12 till 5pm or from 9am to 10am on the day of the sale.  Label them as follows (ideally with a sticky label or something that can easily be removed if the item sells, but won’t fall off too easily during a rummage!)
NAME
DESCRIPTION
PRICE

eg:  Gill Travis
Ergo classic standard buckles carrier.  Some cosmetic fading.
£40

Jen Harris
Lenny Lamb fitted bamboo nappy size 2 (10-20lb)
£3

After the sale.  You can collect unsold items and money from 2-3pm after the sale.  If you cannot collect on the day then please arrange a date and time with Jen and Gill within the following week.  We do not want to store your stuff!  If you wish to donate unsold items to us that is fine – we will either sell it to raise funds for The Baby Room, donate it to other good causes (Baby Bank, collections for Africa et al) or recycle it if necessary.  We will assume uncollected items are donations unless you have made specific arrangements with us.
We will take 10% from your sales for the Baby Room.

 

 


Summer Holidays are here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The summer holidays are here, bringing joy and exhaustion in equal measure!  If you have school aged children you will be wrangling them!  If you have a little one you’ll be keeping on as normal, but suddenly your favourite haunts are swamped with big kids and half the groups you normally attend are cancelled.

Nappuccino is running  on Wednesdays and Fridays all summer!

At the Baby Room Nappuccino will be running as normal throughout the summer holidays. Every Wednesday 9.20-2.30, and Friday 12-2.30!  We will also be running Saturccino on the first Saturday of the month 10.30-12.30 on August 4th and September 1st.  Both Jen and Gill will be away at some points during the holidays (Gill is away on August 17, 22 and 24, sling library will run for returns and hires without fittings on those dates) but we will cover each other as much as possible so the group is still on.

The rest of the Baby Room timetable looks pretty sparse over summer, most other classes are finishing until September.  We also have some timetable changes and new classes starting in the Autumn so things look lovely and busy then.

 

Mondays:

Post Natal Pilates with Annette will be back on September 3rd at 1.30pm.  No need to book, but if you would prefer to or would like to know more please contact Annette here.

On Mondays from 11th September Kim Allen will be back with a new Baby Reflexology course.  You can contact her here to book your space.

Bumps and Babies will be back on a new day and time of Mondays at 11.30 – 1.00 from the 11th September.  This is the flagship group for the NCT and prides itself on being an open and welcoming group for all bumps and babies.  You do NOT need to be an NCT member or have attended any of their courses or classes to come along, and it is a wonderful way to make new friends and find support.  Please bring lunch if you wish to!  We would also love some new volunteers to take this group and run with it so if you’re looking to give a bit back please consider volunteering – just mention it at the group.

 

Tuesdays:

Sadly the lovely Wendy Goldthorp has moved to a new home at Barefoot Physio.  However, this has meant that Clare can increase the number of spaces she has for Baby Massage.  Starting Tuesday September 11th she is running two five week courses, one from 10.45 to 12.15, and one from 12.30 to 2pm.  Message here to book your spot

 

Wednesdays:

Your usual Nappuccino goodness of Jen and Gill and Nappies and Slings and Cake and Tea and Babies!  Every Wednesday 9.30-2.30 including Summer Holidays!

 

Thursdays:

Thula Mama will be back on Thursdays in September with beautiful singing to uplift your soul and make your babies smile!  Please know that you don’t need to be a great singer to join in, the voices blend together and everyone can take part!  Find out more here.

Starting on 20th September we will be running a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter Course at The Baby Room.  The course is being supplied by Healthy Babies UK and is an accredited qualification.   If you’re interested in attending this course contact us here.  We have already had a lot of interest and limited places though, so please understand it may not be possible to accommodate everyone.

After school on Thursdays from 13th September we are pleased to introduce Helen O’Grady Drama Classes for lower Primary from 4-5pm and Upper Primary from 5pm-6pm at The Baby Room after school.  Contact them here.

 

Fridays:

On  28th September at 10.00 we are very excited to welcome Sing ‘n’ Sign to The Baby Room for a course to learn signing with your baby.  Please message here to find out more or book your place!

From 12 on Fridays it is business as usual with Nappuccino –  Slings, Nappies and Nibbles with a good cup of tea.  Every Friday including school holidays until 2.30.

 

Other Events this Autumn:

We also have more events coming up – on Thursday 20th September we are holding a Maternity sale.  If you have had your baby please bring along your old maternity wear to sell.  If you are expecting please come along to buy some clothes, or if you’ve recently had your baby label your maternity wear with your name and price and drop it off.

On 4th October we welcome back our wonderful antenatal The Pudding Club – a chance to learn all about slings, nappies and newborns.  Find out more here.

And on 20th October we have a fundraising Ladies Clothes Swap – bring along a selection of good quality clean clothes, have a little drink, and try a few things on – auction at the end for items people are in competition for.

 


Coming Soon – Baby Reflexology

On Monday after half term (Monday 4th June) we are excited to welcome a new class to The Baby Room.  Kim Allen is running a birth to preschool reflexology class.

Reflexology is a wonderful way to bond with your child and can be another tool to use for helping a baby who struggles with anything from allergies and digestive issues to colic to teething to stress or anxiety.  The course is designed to teach you and give you confidence to help your child at home, and follows the wonderful book The Mouse’s House (which you receive a copy of as part of your course fees).


If you’re interested in booking a place or want to find out more please contact Kim via

Email: kimallantcrp@gmail.com

Tel: 07875217634