Why Switch to Reusable Nappies

In the first 2.5 years of a baby’s life, they will have gone through at least 4,000 nappy changes. In London, the majority of these nappy changes will be of the single-use variety and thrown away to be incinerated. Parents choose to use reusable nappies for three main reasons:


Better for Baby

Breathable soft natural fabrics, which are comfortable and gentle on your baby’s skin.

Reduce Waste

By using just one reusable nappy a day instead of a disposable nappy, you will save 912 disposable nappies from incineration.

Save Money

Using reusable nappies full time can save you on average £195 per year. Further savings can be made if the same nappies are used on a second child.

What are reusable nappies and how to get started


Choose to Reuse

Reusable nappies will save you waste, save you money, and are easy to use, wash and dry because of their modern designs. They come in three main types: All-in-One, Shaped and Flat. Find out more about the different types of reusable nappies and what else you may need.

“Reuse for a day, don’t throw it away!”

On our get started page, we offer tips and advice on what you need to get started, how to wash and dry reusable nappies, and where to you can buy them. For every day you use reusable nappies, you will not only reduce waste but consume less single-use plastic equivalent to seven plastic bags a day.

Free Reusable Nappy Pack

Apply for a free reusable nappy trial pack

If you are a parent/carer with a baby under 24 months, or parent-to-be, living in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, you can apply for one of the following reusable nappy packs:

Reusable Nappy Pack 1: Birth-to-potty nappy pack containing:

  • One newborn nappy
  • One ‘one size’ nappy
  • Roll of disposable liners
  • One large zipped wet bag


Reusable Nappy Pack 2: One size nappy pack containing:

  • Two ‘one size’ nappies
  • One roll of Disposable liners
  • One large zipper wet bag

Please note: this subsidy scheme is not administered by Real Nappies for London. To apply for a free reusable nappy trial pack, please email: wasteminimisation@lbbd.gov.uk  for further information, visit: London Borough of Barking and Dagenham ‘Reduce Your Waste’

Upcoming Events


East London – Online Reusable Nappy Coffee Morning @ via Zoom
Mar 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

For parents and caregivers living in East London Boroughs – Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham and Redbridge only.

Join Real Nappies for London for a reusable nappy coffee morning to receive reusable nappy advice and support, and to meet local parents with babies using reusable nappies. The session is for both those who have claimed an East London Waste Authority reusable nappy pack and those using reusable nappies in general living in East London Waste Authority constituent boroughs.

Date: Wednesday 9th March 2022
Time: 10am – 11am.
To Register: Please register via Zoom.

If you need help registering, please email: info@realnappiesforlondon.org.uk or call: 020 3150 2023.

Please note: This is not an introductory reusable nappy demonstration. Please see our Online Reusable Nappy Demonstrations.

Reusable Nappy Packs available to parents/carers with a baby in nappies and/or parents-to-be, living in Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham and Redbridge.


Reusable Nappies

Your Guide to Getting Started

Where to Buy

Reusable Nappies

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