Real Nappies

Real Nappy Week 2015

cloth nappiesChanging the world, one nappy at a time!

The Real Nappy Association and Go Real are helping to bring the joy of cloth nappies into our lives this week with Real Nappy Week (RNW) 2015. 7 days of fluffy fun!

My readers may well know that I am a huge lover of cloth nappies (well cloth everything, actually) and I get very excited about RNW each year. I started my cloth nappy journey when I was pregnant with Willow and my Mother In Law purchased our first set of nappies. A wonderful Mothercare 2-piece starter system. Unfortunately Mothercare no longer make these nappies. BUT, I am still using them and they have served all 3 of my children very well. Since then, I have only purchased second hand nappies, estimating that we have only spent around £60 on cloth nappies since the very beginning of our journey. Now, when you think of us having 3 children all having worn cloth nappies, that have only cost us £60, that really is a lot of money we have saved. I mean A LOT! And think of all those nappies that we have saved from landing into the landfill site. Save the planet… and your wallet.

Go Real, the real nappy information service state that three billion nappies are used by the estimated 813,000 babies born every year (and this number is rising!), equating to over 355,000 tonnes of waste and an annual disposal cost to local authorities and tax payers of £32 million. Ouch! They also estimate that using cloth could save you anywhere from £450 to £1,000 PER CHILD… now times that by 3, as we have 3 daughters, all cloth bummed from birth to potty and that is one huge saving. We also ONLY use reusable baby wipes, so our total number of £££’s saved is likely to be much, much higher.

We have been hugely fortunate to have some amazing friends that have also donated us nappies, from Tots Bots to Cotton Bottoms, Bambino Mios and even Little Lambs. All, well trusted and much loved, trusted brands. I have had some incredible car boot finds, and some very impressive charity shops buys. I have never bought a nappy new. Not because I don’t want to, but because I have never actually had to!

flower nappy

Many people think of cloth nappies being big terry towelling squares that you have to fold and secure into place with a big pin… maybe in the old days, but modern nappies are far from that (although I have been known to use terry squares and many mums do still swear by them!). Most modern nappies are very simple and easy to use. Lots of brands sell all-in-one (AIO) styles, where no folding or making-up is required; just wash, dry and use. There are also nappies require easy to fold inserts that are coupled with pretty waterproof wraps- these are my personal nappy of choice. 2015 brings us beautiful, easy to use and very affordable nappies, for every baby to have the pleasure of using.

The internet is full of people and brands celebrating RNW 2015, with a host of competitions, events, videos and even world record attempts, but I shall be celebrating RNW 2015 with a nappy of the day photograph, featuring a nappy from my own collection what I love using. I shall also be presenting blog posts discussing the pro’s and con’s of using cloth nappies, different nappy styles, and other amazing cloth products to use (oh The Newhouse Family use more than just cloth nappies!)… so keep your eyes peeled here for many more informative posts, that will hopefully help you make that beautiful transition to cloth or even consider using cloth for your future family. You really wont regret it. I promise!


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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