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Washable nappies and wipes

Modern washable nappies are easy to use and easy to wash. They can save you hundreds of pounds compared to disposable nappies and can have a huge impact on the amount of waste your household throws out.

You don’t have to use them all the time – many families use washable nappies at home, and disposables when out and about or at night time. Switching just one nappy change per day to a washable nappy will make a huge difference.

Finding out about washable nappies can be confusing – there are lots of different options and unfamiliar terms used to describe them. Some good places to start are Cambridgeshire Reusable Nappies’ video about the different types of nappy, and the UK Nappy Network, which has a glossary and fitting and washing guides.

If you can borrow or hire nappies to begin with it will help you find out which work best for you before you invest in more. Friends and family might have some nappies they can pass on or lend you. Some nappy retailers also offer hire kits – you could try the Nappy Gurus, the Nappy Lady or Real Nappy Life. If the nappies don’t work as expected seek support from the retailer or Cambridgeshire Reusable Nappies – there might be something simple going wrong that can be corrected.

Even if you don’t want to use washable nappies, you could use washable wipes. They actually work much better than disposable wipes. You can make cloth wipes from old towels, or most nappy retailers sell them.

Baby wipes contain plastic and are a major source of pollution on beaches – if you use them, put them in your black bin and do not flush them down the toilet.

Apply for a discount on the cost of washable nappies

We have teamed up with seven suppliers of quality washable nappies to offer a discount of up to 20% off the cost of a range of reusable nappies and sanitary products.

You can apply if you live in Cambridge and care for or are expecting a child of nappy-wearing age.

Choose one of these suppliers before applying for your discount:

Apply for a discount on the cost of washable nappies

If we accept your application, we will send you a code to use on the supplier of your choice’s website. Only you can use the code, and we will only issue one code per person.