Thirty one Edinburgh babies are among 8,301 brand new official Guinness World Record holders after taking part in the ‘Great Cloth Nappy Change’ on 20 April.

The confirmation from Guinness was issued yesterday after all the evidence was evaluated and a new world record of 8,301 babies changed at the same time was recorded officially, helping raise awareness about the benefits of using real nappies.

The event brought together parents and babies from all over the city to see how many real nappy changes could be recorded at the same time. Changeworks organised the Edinburgh event, which was part of a worldwide syndicate with 181 other locations spread across 15 countries. These included Malaysia, Iceland, Canada, Australia, Spain and Brazil, making it a truly global record.

In the UK alone, three billion disposable nappies are thrown away each year. An average household throws out 4,000 per baby – about 120 black bin bags full. Their cloth counterparts not only cut down on waste, they save an average of £500 per household too – and even more when used again on subsequent babies.

It’s no surprise that real nappies are starting to make a real comeback, with traditional terrycloth squares being replaced by shaped, handy nappies in a dazzling array of colours and designs. Many mums and dads are choosing cloth nappies for financial and environmental peace of mind.

Real nappy user Jen Noel from Meadowbank said: “The best thing about them is probably the savings, but they’re also just as easy to use as disposables. I wouldn’t switch back now; I don’t need to as the nappies I bought second hand will last me as long as I need them. I’ll probably sell them on after that so I’ll definitely get my money’s worth!”

Second hand nappies are snapped up on eBay and Gumtree, and City of Edinburgh Council funds the Changeworks Real Nappy Project , offering lending kits and trial packs to parents along with free and impartial advice. To find out about local ‘Nappuccino’ events near you or about a trial pack of real nappies, contact realnappies@changeworks.org.uk or call 0131 555 4010.