I loved washable nappies so much I became a Nappy Guru!
It’s Real Nappy Week from 16 to 22 April. If you want to know more about washable nappies, to talk other people who use them, meet others with young children then during Real Nappy Week we’ve got something for you.
We’ve also just put online the presentations and workshop summaries from our West London Nappy Summit, have a look through the presentations and see what’s going on and what you could help us with.
|Brentford Children’s Centre
|Monday 16th April
9.15am to 11.15am
|Saffy, local Nappy Guru, will be available to answer all your questions about washable nappies and explain how she’s used washables with her son.|
Little Ealing Lane
|Monday 16th April
3.00pm to 5pm
|You can have a look at the modern, easy to use and extremely cute washable nappies. Amanda from Peas and Love will be on hand to talk you through how to use them and how you can benefit.|
|Feltham Children’s Centre
Feltham Hill Infant and Junior Schools
|Thursday 19th April
3.00pm to 5pm
|Hounslow Council will be launching their new real nappy taster pack to help parents see how washables can fit into their lives.|
Supporting many of the events this week is Saffy. A local resident and mum who loved using washable nappies on her son and decided to become a nappy guru to help others get the benefits from using washables instead of disposables.
A day out shopping in the sales. Getting ready to go…Nappy Bag, check. Oyster card, check. Toddler (hard to miss him), check. Bus, missing, presumed late.
We get to Hounslow town centre, and head straight to the department store to use the baby change facilities (and check out the sales, of course!) It is Code Brown – an explosive nappy! The liner catches most of it, which flushes straight down the toilet (where the poo is supposed to go, rather than end up in landfill). Handily I also have my cloth wipes with me, so clean him up, pop the wipes and dirty nappy into the nappy bag, and put a lovely fluffy clean nappy on my son. Ready to go!
With another baby on the way, I am relieved that I bought cloth nappies and wipes, and can use the same ones on my new born. I worked out that we saved around £1,000 by buying cloth rather than disposables the first time round, and using them for a second time means saving even more. I’m also relieved not to be buying and carrying bulky packs of disposables. More room to carry sales bargains!
When I get home, I put the nappy bag straight into the washing machine, no fiddly separating. After running a rinse cycle with just the nappies, I put the rest of the clothes in to wash. On a 40-60 degree wash, the nappies come out clean and fresh. No boiling, soaking or pummelling needed! I tend to do a wash every other day, with the amount of clothes that we all wear it’s not an extra burden to wash the nappies too.
So, what about those savings?
Each disposable costs 20p – each child has around 6,000 nappy changes – which works out to £1,200 per child. Not cheap! I calculated that by spending £250 on all the cloth nappies, costs of washing at just under £100 (see Clean Green Nappy for calculations) and then saving another £250 by buying cloth wipes instead of throwaway ones, we were quids in by using washables!”
You can find Saffy on facebook and twitter, as well as on her website.