This week is (amongst other things) Real Nappy Week, designed to help get people talking about – and using – cloth nappies. It’s also a week awash with offers, promotions and competitions amongst the many cloth nappy manufacturers, enticing hapless addicts like me into wanting more pretty prints for the stash.
You already know that I’m a fan of cloth nappies, largely due to my dislike of taking the bins out. But did you know that the UK is due to run out of landfill space by 2018? Or that the average baby will use around 5000 disposable nappies before they are potty trained? That’s a lot of landfill…
Cloth nappies these days are very different to the terries and safety pins of our parents’ day. And in fact they’ve moved on a lot even in the last 4 years since I used them for G. They’re easy to put on, easy to wash and quick to dry. With summer coming up it’s also been shown that despite the layers of fabric cloth nappies keep baby one whole degree cooler than disposables – and as they’re so cute they can run around in them without needing anything on top!
This week I’m posting on Instagram and Twitter a daily photo of our pretty cloth nappy choice of the day – our first 4 days are in the pic above. And I may have ordered a few new ones as well. I’m also working to set up a local cloth nappy library, to allow parents to try real nappies without any risk.