Real Nappies

Save £500 per baby and significantly cut down on your carbon footprint.

Last updated: 14 November 2023

Next review: 14 February 2024

Disposable nappies are wasteful and expensive during a baby’s life before being potty-trained. By switching to reusable nappies (also called ‘real nappies’) parents can save around £500 per baby and drastically cut the amount they throw away! 

Modern washable nappies are great-looking and come in easy-to-use designs. The 3 main types are Shaped nappies, Flat nappies and Pocket nappies.

Reusable nappy demonstrations

 with Alice Walker, Real Nappies for London

  • Thursday 23 November between 10am to 11.30am                                                                           Under 2’s Play Session, Leytonstone Family Hub
  • Tuesday 12 December between 10am to 11.30am                                                                             You and Your New Baby session , Leytonstone Family Hub

with Clair from the Waltham Forest Cloth Nappy Library

  • Monday 30 October between 1.30pm to 3pm                                                                                   Under 2's play session at the Paradox Centre, E4
  • Tuesday 28 November between 1.30pm to 3pm                                                                               You and your new baby session at Chingford Family Hub, E4
  • Thursday 14 December between 09.30 to 11am                                                                                 Under 2's play session at the Walthamstow Family Hub, E17
  • Thursday 14 December between 11.15 to 12.45pm                                                                           You and your new baby Family Hub, E17

Free voucher worth £70

Parents living in Waltham Forest can get a voucher worth £70 which can be used to buy real nappies for home washing or to use a nappy laundering service. You can apply at the Real Nappies for London website. You can also see the different types of cloth nappies available, where you can buy them and get information about events taking place in your area.

Waltham Forest Cloth Nappy Library

Interested in using cloth nappies but confused by your online research? Bought your nappies but don't know where to start? Come and speak to the Waltham Forest Cloth Nappy Library!

Waltham Forest Cloth Nappy Library exists to help parents and parents-to-be navigate through, what can feel like, the bewildering world of cloth nappies.

They hold monthly, free demo sessions where you can look at and talk with them and other parents about the different types of nappies, how they work and how to get started using them. If you would like to try some nappies out before buying, they have trial kits and individual nappies available to loan.

Their friendly and supportive chat group, Waltham Forest Cloth Bums, is the place to buy, sell or swap nappies with other local parents, seek advice and keep up-to-date with our events and discount codes.


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