If you have a baby or take care of babies and small children, why not think about using real nappies as an alternative to disposables?
What are real nappies?
Real nappies are reusable nappies made from breathable materials, which are absorbent and kind to delicate skin as they don't contain the chemicals or gels that can be found in disposable nappies. They are available in lots of modern and funky designs, and fasten with poppers and Velcro, or nappy nippa's so there's not a safety pin in sight.
How do they work?
Real nappies come in a variety of types and are made from different materials such as cotton, hemp, bamboo and fleece. They are either one or two layer systems, but all have a waterproof outer to protect clothing. Disposable biodegradable liners can be used to dispose of solids.
Types of nappy
There are four main types of nappies available. Most of these are available in a variety of colours and materials. Nappies are available in one size and use poppers or Velcro to increase the nappy size as the baby grows, or in a range of sizes depending on the babies weight.
Benefits of real nappies
Contrary to what many people think, real nappies don't require any boiling or soaking. A 60oC wash in a normal machine is all that is needed to get nappies clean and keep them hygienic.
There are a number of nappy sellers available in and around York and North Yorkshire. To find your nearest seller please click on the table below showing local sellers. There are also a number of websites available stocking a wide variety of new and used nappy systems.
The York and North Yorkshire waste partnership do not currently offer a financial incentive for purchasing reusable nappies.