Real Nappy Week 2011 starts today

More mums are considering reusable nappies than ever before as a cheaper option that won't add to the landfill

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This week is Real Nappy Week, designed to highlight the advantages of using reusable nappies. So-called “real” nappies are reusable or cloth nappies that can be washed and used again and again. Compared to use-once disposables, they’re more economical and some mums feel they’re more environmentally-friendly as they don’t go to landfill – although there’s an argument that the extra washing required also has an environmental impact.

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Nearly 50% of women aged 18–45 would consider using Real Nappies when if they have a baby, according to research by Go Real, a non-profit organisation promoting the use of reusables.

“During the week we will be giving away hundreds of Real Nappy samples to parents or expectant parents who have been referred by current Real Nappy users,” explains Jon Rolls from Go Real. More details of events and giveaways planned are on the Go Real website.

Could reusable nappies be for you? Here’s how they shape up against disposables. And remember, you don’t have to choose one or the other – many mums now use both types.

There are a few different types of reusable nappy so there’s likely to be one to suit your baby. Check out your nappy options in our guide to reusable types.

Once you’ve got your nappies, you’ll need to practise folding them! Here’s a step-by-step guide to folding all-in-ones, pre-folds, pockets and shaped reusable nappies.

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And if you are making a change, why not stock up on our favourite eco nappy changing products and essentials?

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