Real Nappies

Your questions answered

What are the benefits of using real nappies?

  • Using naturally soft  fabrics  which are breathable against your baby's delicate skin
  • Only approximately 20 real nappies are required as opposed to 4000 disposable ones.
  • Cotton nappies can be reused or even recycled
  • Using real nappies reduces the amount of waste sent to landfill. It also reduces the amount of energy and non- renewable sources used in the manufacturing of disposable nappies.

Are they safe and hygienic?

Yes, generally laundry services launder to NHS and Publicly Available Specification106 (PAS). If home laundering, washing at 60ºc is sufficient to give a good clean.

Do Real Nappies leak?

No more than disposables. Make sure all labels are tucked inside the waterproof wraps.

Can they be used at night?

Yes, but as your baby grows you may need to use an extra booster layer.

Are they suitable for new born babies?

Yes, but it is advisable to check the sizes. Some manufacturers size 1 real nappies start from 6lb in birth weight.

Do you need to change the baby more frequently?

No.  Changes will be the same whether using disposable or real nappies.  Flat nappies can be folded in a variety of ways to help keep the contents in place!

Do they cause nappy rash?

No, there is no evidence to suggest this. Nappy rash can be caused by infrequent nappy changes. Other factors that might cause nappy rash include teething, weaning or general sickness.

Do real nappies take longer to change?

Not really, but it depends on the type that you use.

ID: 421, revised 27/03/2023