mum2max wrote:Completely agree with Abbe's post!
Having some clear guidelines around advertising at real nappy week events would be helpful. I didn't find it clear at all last time and took the angle that we were promoting real nappy week and TNN & not our business or products (per se).
I don't know what you did last year, but maybe you could have:
1. stand/s promoting the use of cloth/TNN generally with samples of each system (ie pockets, fitteds, prefolds) to show people how they work
2. stand/s which emphasise the environmental benefits of cloth
3. separate advertising stands for WAHM to sell/promote their products (including non-nappy products like babywearing gear)
4. stand/s to show people how to make their own nappies, for those who can't afford to buy new naps & are put off by the set-up cost. You could:
- show each step in the nappy making process (ie have nappies in various stages of production so that people can see how they are made)
- give sewing demos
- give "have a go" sessions for novice sewers using recycled materials - eg as shown in fern & faerie http://fernandfaerie.com/frugaldiapering.html
While this would be time consuming, I think often non-sewers are a little scared to give it a go because it looks hard, but if they can have a go and discover for themselves that its not so hard after all then they may be more inclined to buy a 2nd hand machine and have a go sewing their own nappies. Plus if people leave with a nappy they've made all by themself then they will feel good about trying cloth?
5. a knitting stand including a "help desk" where people can ask experienced knitters "how do I.... ?"
Just thinking out loud really.