Central Bedfordshire Cloth Nappy Incentive

Flip Nappy Trial Pack at the Natural Nursery

Flip Nappy Trial Pack at the Natural Nursery

Eight million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK and mostly go to landfill.

Cut your household rubbish by up to half and help the environment by choosing Real Nappies.

Gone are the days of the old terry-towelling nappies, and in their place are a new breed of super-trendy, easy-to-use variety of Real Nappies. Modern, cotton nappies can be used again and again, unlike disposable nappies.

They are real because they are not made from plastic and do not contain chemicals.

They are real because they fit in with your lifestyle and are as simple to use as disposables.

What’s more, there are so many Real benefits to using them.

Why choose Real Nappies?

Save Cash

Real Nappies can cost half that of disposables, saving up to £500 for your first baby. Reuse your cotton nappies for a second baby and save even more money! The cheapest option, even taking into account the cost of washing powder, energy and depreciation of the washing machine, is buying your own real nappies and washing them at home.

If you live in Central Bedfordshire (excluding Luton), Central Bedfordshire Council will give you £25 cashback when you spend over £50 purchasing washable nappies, covers or training pants from any company, or subscribe to a nappy laundry service.

*Real Nappies information leaflet (application/pdf; 2997kB)

*Real Nappies application form (application/pdf; 81kB)

Health Benefits

Disposable nappies are made of super-absorbent chemicals, paper pulp, plastics and adhesives, while Real Nappies let your childs skin breathe in natural cotton. If you want the best solution, organic cotton and hemp nappies are available at a reasonable cost. Real Nappies also widen your childs hips, therefore making them stronger as they’re growing. Babies using washable nappies tend to potty train 6 months earlier than those in disposables.


From prefolds to quick-fastening velcro, there are a wide range of Real Nappy types to choose from, so you can select the best style for your baby and your individual circumstances. Speak to your Real Nappy Advisor about the best choice for you and your baby. Convenience: You can choose a routine which suits you, maybe washing every 2-3 days. You can store nappies prior to washing either in a lidded nappy bucket or in a waterproof bag. It is up to you whether you soak or ‘dry-pail’ your nappies. Try both to see what suits you best. Washing at 40-60°C is perfectly adequate to sterilise nappies – there is no need for a boil wash.


Disposable nappies create huge amounts of waste and can take up to 500 years to rot away in landfill. Real Nappies create less waste and by following these simple tips you can help reduce their environmental impact even more:

  • only flush liners containing bowel movements
  • use low temperature detergents
  • buy more nappies initially and wash full loads
  • use a biodegradable washing detergent such as Ecover and don’t use fabric softener
  • look at the label and try washing at a lower temperature
  • air dry rather than tumble dry where possible
  • purchase electricity on a green tariff

You can use the cashback voucher for nappies bought at the Natural Nursery. For more information about the choice of cloth nappies, help choosing which ones are best for your baby and to see a wide range of stunning reusable nappies please visit www.naturalnursery.co.uk