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Nappy Natters @ Real Nappy Week 2014

2 May

Recycle for Greater Manchester have been keeping up with the twitterspeak around Real Nappy Week 2014 @RNW2014 . There has been some really good advice, tips and bargains to be had for anyone interested in using real/cloth nappies. We have picked our favourites….


Even though RNW is over Recycle for Manchester is still providing free Nappy Natter sessions, for parents and carers to find out more about using cloth nappies. Our nappy expert, Eve from Baba + Boo, will be on hand to answer your cloth nappy questions. Have a look at our events page to find a session near you.


Find out about using cloth nappies at a Nappy Natters event

28 Feb

Guest blogger: Eve Bell owner of Baba and Boo gets to grips with cloth nappies

Like most parents and carers I only started to think about using cloth nappies when my daughter was born, I was really keen to use cloth nappies for my daughter  but I found them really expensive, which does not make them very attractive to mums when you have a really expensive outlay to begin with.

In my previous life, before I became a full-time mum, I was a buyer which I really loved – so I knew how to source top quality items for a reasonable price, especially reusable nappies. I’m really passionate about our  nappies and ensure they work just as well as other leading brands.

I am now working in partnership with Recycle for Greater Manchester to create some noise around cloth nappies, by running a series of nappy natters events across Greater Manchester. These drop-in sessions are a great opportunity for anyone interested in finding out more about cloth nappies; why they are so good and how to use them. At our Nappy Natters session we will have free samples for you to try on your baby and lots of good advice.

Did you know that in the UK we throw away 8 million disposable nappies every day, each one taking hundreds of years to rot in landfill. We have to ask ourselves why we are doing this when using cloth nappies means we can save up to £550 in nappy costs, look after baby’s botty and do our bit for a more sustainable environment.

Real%20Nappies%20webCloth nappies have in the past had a bad press, but they have come a long way from the scratchy towelling; they are soft, durable and made in a range of fantastic colours and designs to fit all size babies and budgets. They are machine washable, easy to use and fun to wear.

We had the first of our cloth nappy natters session at Chorlton Sure Start Centre in Chorlton Library, Manchester. These are meet and talk sessions for carers and parents who want to find out about  using cloth nappies.   As this was my first session, I did not know what to expect. It was so lovely to see mums interested in learning about the benefits of cloth nappies.  But I don’t think that these events are going to do my broodiness levels any good at all; there were so many gorgeous babies! Their mums were very keen to see how cloth nappies work and were surprised when we showed them how easy they are to use. We explained that cloth nappies fit in with their lifestyle and not the other way round.

Some of the mums were telling us they were not happy filling their bins with disposables, especially knowing now how long it takes for a disposable to decompose. This was one of their main reasons for wanting to use cloth nappies, followed closely by how much better they are for baby.

It was so lovely talking to mums about cloth nappies alongside cooing over their little ones. We are very much going to enjoy this year and already looking forward to our next events  be will be hosting more  nappy natters right across Greater Manchester.

Put these dates in your diary,our next Nappy Natters events will be at:

The Bridge Cafe, Portland Basin Museum, Ashton- Under-Lyne

Date: 21 Mar 2014, Time: 11am-1pm

and then  the following month at,

The Governors House Pub, Cheadle Hulme

Date: 29 Apr 2014, Time: 10am-12pm

If you want to find out more, visit our website Recycle for Greater Manchester events page or email eve@babaandboo.com

Baba and Boo are a Salford based award company supplying cloth nappies to parents and carers around the world winning since 2009.

Nappies on a Budget

22 Feb

It’s generally accepted that using cloth nappies works out cheaper in the long run than disposable nappies.  However there is a fairly significant upfront cost, which can be a problem for some people, or put people off.  However there are also ways that you can reduce the cost of that initial outlay as well as getting the best value for money.

  1. My top tip would be to start thinking about your nappies as soon as you can.  Buying before your baby arrives means that you can spread the cost and buy bits and pieces as you can afford them.  If you’re working, it also means that the money will come out of your salary rather than your maternity pay!  Some suppliers will allow you to spread payments over a few months, whilst still taking advantage of bulk buy deals.
  2. One-size nappies can be a cheaper option overall, since you only have one size to buy.  However, they generally cost more per nappy than a sized nappy so you may have a bigger initial outlay.  Conversely, if the nappy you choose comes in different sizes then you can just get the first size to start with and so spread the overall cost.  This also means that you can see how the nappy suits you over the first few months, and possibly make changes before you get the second size.
  3. You don’t need to get a huge amount of kit.  There are lots of accessories that do make life easier, such as disposable liners and laundry mesh bags, but they are not essential.  You may prefer to get the absolute essentials to start with and then add accessories as you need them.  Similarly, resist the urge to buy a load of funky nappies or patterned covers – plain white works just as well and is often cheaper. 
  4. Be wary of very cheap nappies –   You need a good quality waterproof layer to ensure a leak-free nappy, and to ensure that your nappy lasts.  In other words, don’t scrimp on the waterproofing. Its better to go for a cheap nappy (absorbent layer) and get a good quality waterproof cover.
  5. Don’t be put off by flat nappies – they are a great way to economise.  Personally, I like the bamboo terry squares as they are so much softer and more absorbent than cotton.  They are also slimmer fitting, which means you can usually get away with just one size of terry to last from birth to toddler.  OK, you’ll need to learn to do a few folds, but it’s not too difficult once you’ve done it a couple of times.  Paired with a good quality cover, this system makes for a cheap option, whilst still performing and lasting well.
  6. If you’re unsure, try a few brands/styles out before committing to a full set.  Cloth nappies are a personal choice and you want to make sure you get what’s right for you, before forking out hundreds of pounds.
  7. Washable liners and wipes are a great alternative to their disposable counterparts, and will certainly save you a lot of money in the long term for a fairly small initial cost.  Just wash with your nappies as normal.
  8. Consider using second hand nappies.  There are plenty of places to get good quality, well looked-after second hand nappies – such as www.usednappies.co.uk or on parenting forums.  Look out for nappies that have been well used, as this usually means that they did the job well.  If a nappy that looks immaculate and barely used, it may be because it didn’t work properly and just sat in a cupboard!
  9. Look after your nappies to make them last as long as possible, especially if you want to use the same nappies again for another baby.  Don’t use too much detergent (and never use fabric softener), and avoid avoiding soaking any nappies or covers.  Try to avoid tumble drying as much as possible, and wash on as low a heat as it takes to get your nappies clean (40 degrees is usually fine – although I recommend adding an anti-bacterial nappy sanitiser to your wash if you’re washing below 60 degrees).

If you would like any advice or information, please feel free to contact me at vicki@realchoicenappies.co.uk.

Blog provided by Vicki Jordan at Real Choice Nappies

Eco – disposable nappies

15 Dec

“Eco” disposables have become more popular in recent years, with many people viewing them as a kind of half-way house between real cloth nappies and conventional disposables. Unfortunately, these eco-disposables are often not as “eco” as they are believed to be.  Certainly, from a landfill point of view there is very little advantage to eco-disposables, as you still throw them away. 

Firstly, most eco-disposables are so called because they use more environmentally-friendly manufacturing methods and use less chemical gels. Some eco-disposables use degradable packaging, but still there is nothing particularly degradable about the nappies themselves.

Secondly, even if the nappies are slightly more degradable than their conventional counterparts, they still won’t do much if they are sent to landfill.  Landfill waste takes a LONG time to rot down.  This is why councils encourage us to compost our kitchen waste at home rather than send it to landfill

So, even if your eco-disposable nappy was completely biodegradable, you would have to compost it at home in order for it to actually degrade quickly.  In theory, this is fine and there are a few eco-disposables on the market that can be home-composted.  But the reality is a bit different, because we’re not talking about composting one or two nappies.  A child in nappies full-time is likely to get through anywhere between 30 and 60 nappies per week, and it would have to be a pretty impressive compost bin to deal with that many nappies!

So, if you are concerned about landfill and chemical gels, then washable nappies are likely to be a far better option for you.  If there is the odd occasion when you choose to use a disposable, then you may want to go for an eco-disposable from an environmental point of view, since they have usually used less energy in their manufacture. 

Blog provided by Vicki Jordan from Real Choice Nappies.

For more information or personal nappy advice, please contact me at vicki@realchoicenappies.co.uk.

Real Nappies – Multiple children in nappies

19 Oct

The advantages of using real nappies are even greater when you use them for more than one child.  Obviously it makes financial sense to re-use your nappies on subsequent children if you can, to get the most out of that initial investment, but it also works if you have more than one child in nappies at the same time. 

If your children are quite close in age, then chances are you’ll have more than one in nappies at some point.  One-size nappies are great in this situation, as you can use the same nappies for all and don’t have to remember which nappies belong to which child!  You may decide to get a few more nappies to make life easier until your eldest one(s) potty train, although you will find that a few extra is all you need – you certainly shouldn’t need to buy twice the nappies.  You may even find that you can manage with what you already have, depending on the age of the older child(ren) and the number of nappy changes they need each day.

The situation is a little different when you have twins (or more!).  In this case, you will certainly need more nappies than you would for a single baby; however, it doesn’t necessarily follow that twins needs twice as many nappies.  Generally, there are “economies of scale” in having more than one baby in nappies at once, so for twins, for instance, I would usually recommend 1.5 times as many nappies as for a single baby.  Financially, this makes real nappies even better value!

For more information or for advice specific to your needs, please contact me at vicki@realchoicenappies.co.uk.

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Written by Vicki Jordan from Real Choice Nappies.