There are three strong arguments in favour of reusable cloth nappies over disposable plastic ones:
Real nappies are mostly made of natural fabrics which are much better for your babies skin than the super-absorbant chemicals, plastics, and pulp which makes up disposables. RNfL say “Babies that wear nappies that get wet, such as cotton or bamboo are stimulated to experiment with bladder control and tend to potty and night train more easily than babies that wear ‘stay dry’ nappies”.
Just remember to change your baby’s nappy every few hours to prevent nappy rash- soiled nappies cause rash- not wet nappies.
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Have a go at using Real Nappies!
The Real Nappies for London movement is more than just nappies. It’s also about meeting other like-minded people, taking pro-environmental action and being part of events where you and your baby can have fun.
As Real Nappies can be washed and passed on to other childcarers, this allows for connections to flourish within the community. RNfL have organised some great events such as Real Nappy Swap shops and Libraries where you can exchange knowledge and trial nappies, the largest nappy change event (breaking the world record), and real nappy cat-walk fashion shows.
Reusable nappies are no longer a “hippie” thing for the very few; you can find them in your local supermarkets and many myths regarding their use have been dispelled.
Some London boroughs are involved in a incentive scheme allowing residents to get a “starter pack” of reusable nappies for an extremely reduced price:
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Don’t forget you can find out more about Real Nappy Week by following the hashtag #RNW2018.