LittleLamb started as a direct to customer brand in 2004 through online sales only; their first website even had a 'how to shop online tab'! Like many brand founders, Esme and Nick started LittleLamb to solve a problem they saw in the cloth nappy industry; they noticed that the products had become greenwashed and expensive over time. After putting six children through nappies, they knew they wanted to make a cloth nappy brand that was high quality but affordable. Esme developed the first LittleLamb nappies and tested them on her three youngest children, so she knows they work well. Since then, Esme and the LittleLamb team have tweaked their product closely with user feedback and collaboration.
Customer feedback and a close customer support relationship are the driving force behind LittleLamb. But, things were not always smooth sailing! The first batch of nappies Esme and Nick had made, using their life savings, had a default in the cotton thread! So, Nick and Esme, with the help of Esme's mum and dad, had to unpick and resew 20,000 individual nappies. Luckily that only happened once!
Today, we make all our LittleLamb nappies in Turkey in a family-owned factory that takes pride in ethical practices and high-quality finishing. Once the brand launched, it took off and grew exponentially through a base of passionate fans hosting cloth nappy talks and events. Long-lasting relationships and a no-nonsense approach are the magic dust that has enabled LittleLamb to flourish over the last decade, making LittleLamb one of the most popular and reliable cloth nappy brands in the UK.
Since 2007, Esme and Nick have lived in New Zealand with their six kids, where they remotely work on LittleLamb's product development and marketing. LittleLamb's UK distribution centre in Wales is managed by the fantastic Vicky, her sister Shell, and the excellent team they've built over the years.
And in a beautiful full circle, Alannah, Esme and Nick's eldest child, is now working at LittleLamb! She was one of the original nappy testers and has grown up living and breathing the family business.
LittleLamb has a firm commitment to sustainability, affordability and giving back. All LittleLamb products are made ethically in Turkey and shipped to the UK via land to save emissions. They use sustainable fabrics such as recycled polyester, bamboo viscose and hemp/cotton blends.
And, LittleLamb is proudly 99% plastic-free in their packaging! LittleLamb is a company for good.
Recently LittleLamb has started doing one-off limited edition nappy prints that donate to specific charities. So far, they have contributed to Woodland Trust and make-a-wish foundation the UK.
Learn more about our charity collaborations and philosophy here.