Bartering for Parents of Babies and Young Children
How would Favabank be used by parents of babies & small children?
Anyone with small children is well aware of the extra financial and time pressures experienced by parents, especially in the early days when a new arrival often results in such a dramatic change of lifestyle. Favabank could be used as a way of sharing the burden, making it convenient to give and receive help and support when it is needed.
Here are a few ways that Favabank might be useful for parents:
A market for used baby equipment
Whether it's Moses baskets, buggies, bottle sterilisers or play mats, there is so much equipment that new Mums and Dads need to think about. Using Favabank to pass on baby equipment that you no longer need, in return for a few Favas, is a convenient and community spirited way alternative to trying to offload it on eBay or your local NCT sale...
Help and advice in the early days
Let's face it, new parents are pretty clueless. Despite ante natal classes and a wealth of books advising all kinds of failsafe methods and techniques, the reality of coping with newborns is never plain sailing. Using Favabank to ask a local, more experienced, parent for a little advice might be a great comfort to a stressed parent and a good way to meet other parents in your neighbourhood.
Baby sitting circles
It is common for new parents to get involved in a baby sitting circle where a token or credit system is used to track the number of times that someone in the circle has done their baby sitting duties for someone else in the circle. Favabank can be used in the same way, where an exchange of Favas takes place in return for baby sitting. The benefit of using Favas, the credit system within Favabank, is that the Favas can be exchanged outside of the circle to trade items or services with other people. Of course with baby sitting it needs to be stressed that your baby sitter needs to be someone you know and can trust with your little one(s)...
Those emergency situations
Sometimes young children and babies can catch you unawares, they might suddenly develop an illness and you've run out of Calpol and can't get to the shops. Or you might have run out of nappies or perhaps you are staying away from home and you've forgotten to bring a vital piece of baby equipment with you. If enough parents become Favabank members you would be able to post an SOS with the hope of finding someone to help you out in an emergency.
Places to go, things to do
There is a social element to Favabank, social posts can be geographically indexed to relate just to your town or county. You can use Favabank to start conversations about local places to visit with babies and young children, getting some inside knowledge and fresh ideas about things to do.
Granting access to your child friendly spaces
If you're lucky enough to have a big child friendly back garden and are happy to invite other children over to enjoy the space you could always use Favabank to offer access in return for a couple of Favas. The idea of Favabank is to create a little community spirit by finding opportunities to share our spaces, items, time and resources.
For more adventurous projects
Suppose you want to build a tree house in your back garden? Or a sand pit erect some swings? If you need a hand with designing, a bit of physical labour, source some materials, or seek some advice from someone who has taken on a similar project you could always ask on Favabank.
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Here we will begin to present some of the ways that Favabank might be used according to specific areas of interest or functions within society:
We will soon be adding more use cases here to reflect the ways that Favabank can be used for all kinds of purposes.
See Suggestions for a list of general everyday uses of Favabank.