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.

Reusable Nappy Pack Scheme

Apply for a reusable nappy pack to help you get started

Havering Council is currently offering free sample nappy packs available to Havering parents/parents-to-be/carers with children less than 18 months old (limited to one pack per child). The pack contains everything you need for trying out two different types of cloth nappies, and include:

  • 1 x pocket nappy with two bamboo booster pads
  • 1 x all-in-one nappy
  • 1 x pack nappy liners (100 liners per pack)
  • 2 x washable cotton cheeky wipes

Both nappies are ‘Birth to Potty’ nappies so can be used from birth although they fit much better on a baby of around 3 months and will expand with your growing baby until they are ready to change to regular underwear.

NOTE: This reusable nappy pack is administered by the London Borough of Havering, not Real Nappies for London. 

Havering Reusable Nappy Champions Network

 

Inspire your community to learn more about using reusable nappies. Volunteer as a Reusable Nappy Champion.

By becoming a Reusable Nappy Champion you will be part of a local support network, helping other parents/carers learn about reusable nappies. You will arrange informal meetup’s to show and tell different types of reusable nappies, how to use, wash and dry them as well as sharing your experiences along the way. These events can be online or in-person (Covid safe). You’ll be part of the reuse revolution encouraging and informing your local community helping more families choose to reuse. Get in touch with Havering Council directly to find out more. 

Upcoming Events

 

Oct
9
Sat
East London – Online Reusable Nappy Demonstration @ via Zoom
Oct 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

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

Join Real Nappies for London for this introductory reusable nappy demonstration to learn about the main types of reusable nappies; how to use, wash and dry them, as well as useful tips to help you get started. Real Nappies for London will provide impartial advice to all questions you may have, and also information about the 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.

Date: Saturday 9th October 2021
Time: 10.30am – 11.30am (Demo starts promptly at 10.30am).
To Register: Please register via Zoom

After registering, you should receive a confirmation email with the Meeting ID and Meeting Password to access the Zoom session. If you need help registering, please email: info@realnappiesforlondon.org.uk or call: 020 3150 2023.

Nov
10
Wed
East London – Online Reusable Nappy Demonstration @ via Zoom
Nov 10 @ 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 this introductory reusable nappy demonstration to learn about the main types of reusable nappies; how to use, wash and dry them, as well as useful tips to help you get started. Real Nappies for London will provide impartial advice to all questions you may have, and also information about the 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.

Date: Wednesday 10th November 2021
Time: 10am – 11am (Demo starts promptly at 10am).
To Register: Please register via Zoom.

After registering, you should receive a confirmation email with the Meeting ID and Meeting Password to access the Zoom session. If you need help registering, please email: info@realnappiesforlondon.org.uk or call: 020 3150 2023.

Mar
9
Wed
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.

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