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 for energy for waste. 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

If you are a parent with a baby under 18 months, living in the London Borough of Redbridge, you can claim a free reusable nappy pack worth over £25 when you spend £5. This scheme administered by Redbridge Council, offers two types of packs depending on the weight and age of your child:

Pack 1 (suitable for newborns up to 16lbs) includes:

Pack 2 (birth-to-potty) includes: 

Colours in each pack may vary. One pack per child. 

How to Apply

Please apply directly with Redbridge Council. You will receive a voucher code worth £30 to spend at Sid and Evie’s (shop near South Woodford) for one of the packs (Pack 1 or Pack 2). Please email joanne.smallman@redbridge.gov.uk with supporting documentation (Proof of Address, Proof of Identity andProof of Pregnancy/Birth of Your Child).  For further details, visit Redbridge Council Reusable Nappy Page.

NOTE: This reusable nappy scheme is administered by the London Borough of Redbridge, not Real Nappies for London. One pack per child. Due to the outbreak of Covid 19, there may be a delay processing applications. Please contact Redbridge Council for updates.

Upcoming Events

 

Nov
4
Thu
Reusable Nappy Demonstration in Havering @ St Kilda Children's Centre, 90 Eastern Rd, Romford RM1 3QA
Nov 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join Real Nappies for London at St Kilda Children’s Centre on Thursday 4th November 2021, 1pm – 2pm to learn about the benefits of reusable nappies and how you can get started. This event is for parents, parents-to-be and carers, living in Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham and Redbridge.

At the event, you will learn about:

  • Why choose to use reusable nappies;
  • The different types for reusable nappies – how to fit on baby;
  • A simple washing and drying routine;
  • Information about the free Havering Reusable Nappy Pack Scheme, as well as other neighbouring council incentive schemes – Barking & Dagenham & Redbridge.

Your questions answered impartially. There will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A.

Due to Covid social distancing measures, there is a maximum of 15 spaces available. Please book your space via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reusable-nappy-demonstration-tickets-195815578667

The talk starts at 1pm. Free event.

Location: St Kilda Children’s Centre, 90 Eastern Rd, Romford RM1 3QA

For more information about Havering’s Reusable Nappy Pack Scheme, visit: https://www.realnappiesforlondon.org.uk/havering/

For more information about Barking Dagenham Reusable Nappy Pack Scheme, visit: https://www.realnappiesforlondon.org.uk/barking-and-dagenham/

For more information about Redbridge Reusable Nappy Pack Scheme, visit: https://www.realnappiesforlondon.org.uk/redbridge/

Real Nappies for London is a waste prevention initiative administered by the Women’s Environmental Network. For more info about the Real Nappies for London scheme and how we can help you, visit our website. We are funded by the East London Waste Authority as well as the NLWA and other Local Authorities.

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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