Really Happy Nappy Week!

Parents are pledging to switch to real nappies after seeing how cheap and easy they are at a week of events to celebrate Real Nappy Week.

The week kicked off with a real nappy fashion show, organised by Hackney, Haringey and Islington Councils, which was held at the Islington Ecology Centre in Drayton Park. As one mum, Homerton hospital therapist Edris Russell, mother of Cira, 10 months said:

“This is the first time I attended a real nappy fashion show and I was amazed to find out the wide range of funky washable nappies available to parents!”

Real nappies save money and are less than half the cost of disposables. By the time your baby is potty trained you could use 4,000 to 6,000 disposable nappies. This will cost a minimum of £500 and maybe as much as £700.

By comparison you only need 25-30 real nappies, costing as little as £185 including the washing. [this is right, washing costs only £1 per week, and 30 nappies can cost as little as £60]

Cllr Alan Laing, Hackney’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: “The bottom line is that around eight million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK. That’s a real waste disposal headache. Real nappies get used again and again. That’s why Hackney Council offers a £54 subsidy to help parents in the borough start using real cloth nappies.”

Hackney parents can apply for their £54 voucher by phoning Real Nappies for London on 020 7324 4709 or visit to apply online.