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Cloth Nappies

Disposable nappies now account for four per cent of all household waste with the average baby going through 5,000 nappies from birth to potty training. Disposing of all these nappies costs the taxpayer around £40 million a year.

Approximately 8 million disposable nappies are used in the UK every day, with around 7.5 million ending up in landfill sites. Once there, they then take up to 500 years to decompose.

Cloth Nappies, also known as real nappies, cotton nappies, reusable nappies and washable nappies are a natural and gentle alternative to disposables. They are made from soft, breathable cotton and, when used with a liner and a waterproof cover, they are reliable and comfortable.

Why use cloth nappies?

Cloth Nappy
Baby wearing a cloth nappy
Although there have been no scientific trials to date, both parents and health professionals have recognised that a child in cloth nappies will become potty trained quicker than those in disposables. Because the child is able to feel some wetness this awareness acts as stimulant to encourage your child to use a potty.

Although all nappies have some environmental impact, you can help to reduce nappy waste going to landfill by using cloth nappies. Cloth nappies also work out cheaper than disposables, saving you up to £500 until your child is potty trained.

Essex County Council offer support to those residents who wish to use Cloth Nappies. For more information on the support available please visit or call 01245 437318.

Would you like to help support cloth nappy promotion?

With your help, we hope to be able to set up regular events called "nappuccinos" in your local area. A "nappuccino" is a parent and baby group which offers the opportunity to learn about cloth nappies in an informal "coffee morning" type of event.

Washable nappies will be on display to touch and feel and, if a nappy agent is there, even the chance to choose and buy on the spot. There will also be time to exchange ideas, swap outgrown nappies, offer or be given advice, all whilst the children play safely. If you would like to organise a cloth nappy event please call the Essex Cloth Nappy Helpline on 01245 437318.

Nappuccino meetings in Saffron WaldenColourful Cloth Nappies
Colourful cloth nappies

The nappy group in Saffron Walden has linked up with The Well, the cafe that meets in the Salvation Army in the grounds of the URC church, Abbey Lane, Saffron Walden, CB10 1AG, to run some nappuccinos at the NCT Bumps and Babes sessions. They are held on the first Tuesday of every month. Just come along or to find out more contact Hannah on 01799 530272 or call the Essex Cloth Nappy helpline 01245 437318.

For more information on cloth nappies please visit the following websites:

Contact Essex Cloth Nappy Helpline

Tel: 01245 437318