Real Nappies

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Real Nappies

Treat your baby to real nappies

Nearly 8 million disposable nappies are thrown away in the UK every day. That's a massive three billion disposable nappies every year! They will take hundreds of years to decompose in the landfill. Choose real nappies to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill sites.

Modern real nappies are very practical, easy to use and wash, and offer parents an alternative to disposable nappies that’s kinder on the environment.

Why choose real nappies?

  • Reusable nappies are easy to use and will keep your baby comfortable and dry without bringing them into contact with dyes, perfumes or absorbency chemicals. Elasticated legs and waist avoid leaks
  • You could also save £500 by using cloth nappies until your child is potty trained – and avoid sending 4,000 disposable nappies to landfill.

City of Edinburgh Council starter kit incentive

For over 10 years Changeworks’ Real Nappy Project provided people in Edinburgh and the Lothians with information about real nappies and starter kits, until the project ended 30 April 2016. We continue to offer starter kits so you can test before you invest and you’ll find this guide on our website.

The starter kit is a ‘taster’ package, helpful if you would like some brand new nappies to keep and to see which styles of nappy suit you and your baby. It contains three brand new nappies plus accessories worth £48, and comes in three sizes.

The kit costs £20 if you live in Edinburgh, where it is subsidised by City of Edinburgh Council. Proof of address is required. 

Find out more about our starter kits on our website.

Edinburgh Real Nappy Community

If you would like further advice about reusable nappies or you want to see a range of real nappies in action, in person, then you might like to check out the Edinburgh Real Nappy Community. This group is run by some of our former volunteers and provides pop up demo events, a cloth nappy library and sells second hand nappies at the Pregnancy and Parents Centre Nearly New Sales.

T: 0131 555 4010

Go Real

The National Real Nappy Information Service. It provides details of real nappy projects in various council areas throughout the UK and lots of information about the benefits of real nappies, tips and troubleshooting suggestions and a list of other events.


Local second-hand nappy sales

Pregnancy and Parents Centre:
National Childbirth Trust:
Relove (buggy repair centre):

Second-hand nappies

The Used Nappy Company:
The Cloth Nappy Tree:
Edinburgh Gumtree:
Edinburgh Real Nappy Community on Facebook


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