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’


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