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Real Nappies, Real Change?

real nappy week 2013

So, Real Nappy Week is coming up very soon.

April 15th to April 21st 2013 marks Real Nappy Week, aiming to spread awareness about ‘Real Nappies… Real Change!’

When my daughter was born I didn’t know much about using reusable nappies. I knew they were good for my purse, and the environment. But that’s where my knowledge ended. Oh how I now know different….

After being a parent for a little while, and having the pleasure of informing mums about all of the choices they have when it comes to clothing baby’s bum due to my job, I now feel a little more confident about the subject than when I first started out as a parent.

Real nappies can come in many forms and variations. When people think of cloth nappies, they tend to imagine the old fashioned terry toweling nappies, held together with a safety pin! This is no longer the case. Reusable nappies come in many different styles, sizes, patterns, etc etc etc. The list is endless.

Real nappies also have the misconception of being real pain in the bum (no pun intended!) to use and very time consuming. In fact, It has never been so easy to use reusable nappies than ever before. Most nappies no longer require any complicated folding and fastening, and are no different to put on and use as the common disposable.

There are obvious benefits choosing to use a reusable nappy. The impact on the environment is a huge issue, as is saving your pennies in the long run. But, a less obvious benefit that I discovered was that we never ran out of nappies! My husband and I never had to make a trek to the shops at midnight because we ran out! We still have the nappies that Willow wore, and we will be using them again for our new baby… saving even more money!

Now, we did use disposable nappies too. I personally liked to use them when going out for a long day, or if staying with relatives for the weekend. Many people find mixing reusable with disposable a good way of still saving pennies and the environment without worrying too much about being out of the house. I think with our new baby, I will try to use disposables at an absolute minimum or better still, not at all. I do feel that my knowledge has increased greatly since using reusable nappies on Willow- I’ll take my experiences with her as my practice shot 😉

Have a look online and there are some fantastic sources of information about using real nappies such as the website Go Real. There you can find lots of information about all things nappy. You can even see if there is a local scheme in your area that helps you get money back on reusable nappies brought. I live in Bedfordshire, and there is a scheme in place, that you just have to apply for through the council!

Here is a picture of Willow as a very small baby in one of Mothercare’s reusable nappies.


willow newhouse reusable nappyHere is Bambino Mio’s ‘Birth to Potty’ set-

bambino mio nappies


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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