baby & child

You are here   offer BURPS (Breastfeeding Understanding and Reassurance Project.  There are two drop-in clinics -  Honeysuckle Lodge, Martin Wilson School, New Park Road, Castlefields, (thursdays 10.30-12.00)  also Meole Brace Childrens Centre, Meole Brace Primary School, (tuesdays 9.30-10.35)

La Leche League - http://   
Breastfeeding support, encouragement and info from pregnancy to weaning.

National Childbirth Trust http:// - 
Run by local parents to offer support, information and friendship to new parents and parents-to-be.

Howard & Howard, Battlefield Enterprise Park Hussey Road, Shrewsbury  01743442121 (also Monkmoor and Radbrook will collect and deliver all types of laundry,  will consider nappies too. W:

The Real Nappy Information Service  
provide information and help with different nappy types.

The ‘Which’ report on pros and cons of reusable nappies-  choosing nappies.


The Green Providers Directory  lists natural, organic and fairtrade  suppliers of nappies and babywear.

Save money and waste by reusing old toys.

Take and Play  Monkmoor Toy Library -  Mondays, term time, 9.15-11.15 at Crowmoor School . 07739 420541 or 07979 962672.   



balloons and sky lanterns

Balloons, their strings and labels,  when let go of, fall back to earth and can be ingested by grazing animals, birds or marine creatures, so the Marine Conservation Society suggests we don't use balloons.  So-called biodegradeable ones may take 4 years to disapper - that's not very biodegradeable, and they could do damage til then.

Sky lanterns similarly cause fires and litter and sometimes havoc when they fall back to land. More and more councils are not allowing these to be let off on council land ,  has a few alternative ideas,

Cotton buds with plastic stems

Cotton buds with plastic stems are being outlawed in Scotland, because people actually throw these down the loo, and they end up on beaches, hurting/killing marine life.  Plenty of cardboard-stemmed ones around locally.  The Herbarium, Wyle Cop sells paper-stemmed, packaged in cardboard.

Isla Bikes

Maker of bespoke  bikes mainly for children.  Known for recycling bike parts ( an example of  'Circular Economy)'.

plastic glitter

Glitter, made of  micro plastics is being banned from festivals and in some children's nurseries. There is a better alternative - bioglitter, made from cellulose from Eucalyptus trees, several makes.

The Real Nappy

Provide information and help with different nappy types.