Reusable Cloth Nappies Tips

Reusable Cloth Nappies Tips

Reduce Plastic

Switching to reusable nappies might seem daunting and there is no doubt that when it comes to nappies disposable are the most convenient. When adjusting to life with a new small person taking on the routine of reusable nappies can be a long way down the priority list.

An estimated 3 billion disposable nappies are thrown away each year: the majority of these are made of plastic and will take up to 500 years to decompose in landfill. 

There is a large range of cloth nappies available and there isn't a simple answer to which nappy brand might be best for you and your baby.

Do your research, talk to friends and remember that you don't have to switch to 100% cloth nappies to make a difference - it isn't all or nothing.

Cloth nappies are generally not 100% plastic-free as they will have a PUL (or similar) fabric layer to make them waterproof, however they significantly reduce plastic waste.

You can also get reusable swim nappies which are easy to use, even if you don’t use cloth nappies the rest of the time.

Getting Advice

The Nappy Lady
The very knowledgable Nappy Lady offers an online advice service helping you to select the most suitable brand for your needs. The Nappy Lady also sells starter kits and has tonnes of helpful articles.

Local Nappy Library
Find your local nappy library for face-to-face advice and support. They will give you the opportunity to hire nappies which is a good way to try cloth nappies before investing. There is a map of libraries on the UK Nappy Network website.

Cloth Bum Mum Advice & Chat Group
A little fluffy haven for all cloth related questions and tips! If you want to buy or sell cloth nappies they also have a sister group. CBM Facebook Group

Mamalina Blog
Practical introduction and guide to cloth nappies
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Real Nappies Incentive Schemes 
Some councils offer incentive schemes to help people get started with cloth nappies. Find out more at

This information is provided as a guide only and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.

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