The London Borough of Waltham Forest works with Real Nappies for London to promote reusable nappies as an alternative to single-use nappies. They currently offer residents a £54.15 voucher to get started using reusable nappies. The aim is to decrease the amount of nappy waste bring disposed in the borough.
Why Switch to Reusable Nappies
Over a 2.5 year period, a baby will have gone through approx 4,000 nappy changes. The majority of these nappies will be single-use and thrown away to be incinerated. Parents switch to reusable nappies for three main reasons:
Better for Baby
Breathable soft natural fabrics, which are comfortable and gentle on your baby’s skin.
By using just one reusable nappy a day instead of a disposable nappy, you will save 912 disposable nappies from incineration.
In the long term, parents can make savings of around £600. More if the nappies are used on a second child.
Reusable nappies come in three main types: All-in-One, Shaped and Flat. Modern designs make using, washing and drying easy.
Free Real Nappy Voucher
Apply for a FREE real nappy voucher worth £54.15
If you are a parent living in Waltham Forest with a baby under 18 months, or parent-to-be, you are eligible to apply for a free voucher worth £54.15 to help with the initial cost of buying reusable nappies. The voucher can be put towards a set of reusable nappies you have researched and would like to try, or if you are unsure, then we recommend spending your voucher on a trial kit containing the three main types of reusable nappies.
LOCAL REAL NAPPY ADVISORS
WALTHAM FOREST CLOTH NAPPY LIBRARY
Waltham Forest Cloth Nappy Library exists to help parents and parents-to-be navigate through, what can feel like, the bewildering world of cloth nappies. They hold monthly, free demo sessions where you can look at and talk with them and other parents about the different types of nappies, how they work and how to get started using them.
If you would like to try some nappies out before buying, they have trial kits and individual nappies available to loan. Their friendly and supportive chat group, Waltham Forest Cloth Bums, is the place to buy, sell or swap nappies with other local parents, seek advice and keep up-to-date with events and discount codes. Do get in touch with them via the Facebook library page or email – firstname.lastname@example.org
NAPPY EVER AFTER
Nappy Ever After hold drop-in demo’s every Tuesday from 2pm till 6pm and once a month Saturday demo’s (booking advisable) at their shop located at 81 Murray Grove, London N1 7QJ. You will be given impartial advice on all the different types of real nappies available as well as having the opportunity to redeem your real nappy voucher. Nappy Ever After also offers parents living in North London with a cloth nappy laundry service. Please contact them for further information.
HACKNEY REAL NAPPY NETWORK
The Hackney Real Nappy Network is a group of real nappy users who offer free advice, based on their own experience. They hold real nappy demonstrations at antenatal classes in Homerton Hospital, and attend many events across Hackney to show people how easy real nappies are to use. Nappuccinos are hosted on the last Friday of the month at Hackney Central Library during term time – 10.30 am to 12 noon. Please see the events diary above for upcoming dates.
EAST LONDON SLING LIBRARY
The East London Sling Library is a not-for-profit volunteer run facility, collecting and offering for hire many different types of baby carrier to parents and expectant parents. They offer advice and support you to use the carriers comfortably and safely. At each session experienced babywearers attend to help ensure you and your little one are comfy and safe. Advice is free and hires cost between £5 and £10 for 2 weeks hire. The money they charge for hires goes directly back into the library to get more carriers in order to help more people!
Your Guide to Getting Started
Where to Buy
Buy Reusable Nappies
Raise Awareness of Reusable Nappies