Whether or not you're curious about washable nappies we guarantee you'll learn something from our feature piece from Juno magazine.
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Events - Save the Dates
**1 September - NCT Family Festival! Tickets on SALE NOW
**11 September (only 3 spaces left) & 27 November - First Aid Course 7-9pm at Gooseberry Bush Book Now
**14 September - NEW NCT playgroup at Gymboree's Tots Landing venue 1:45-2:45pm
**30 September - The Big Push, a sponsored 5km buggy and baby wearing walk. Tickets on SALE NOW
**3 October - Expectant Mums Supper Club - Register your interest here
We're Thrilled to Announce the Launch of our Nappy Library!
The 'Blue Planet' effect has got us all thinking about how we can reduce our waste and plastic consumption. As parents there is one thing we can do which will have a huge positive environmental impact - use washable nappies. These have come a long way since your mum or gran used them. For a start they look great and come in an array of funky colours and designs and are much easier to use. Find out more in our feature article from Juno magazine (get a FREE copy in our Family Festival goodybags).
If you're curious, give it a go. Our new Nappy Library has a selection of nappies and accessories that you can try. For a demo and hire out kit send us an email.
Our Family Festival is set to be our biggest social and fundraising event yet and will feature live music, shopping stalls, children's tennis coaching, kids entertainment, soft play, Monkey Music, Baby Sensory and Gymboree class tasters, beer and prosecco, goodybags and more! Join us on the 1st of September at John Innes Park. All the money raised will go towards much needed funding for our breastfeeding drop-in. Buy your ticket here.
Ticket are on sale now for The Big Push, our sponsored 5km buggy or baby wearing walk which is taking place on the 30th of September on Wimbledon Common. Get fit, meet local parents and raise money for a good cause - all proceeds will be going towards combatting parental loneliness.
Our next Expectant Mums Supper Club is on the 3rd of October. Our last one was a huge success, so make sure you register your interest here and be first in line when tickets go on sale.
Hope to see you at one of our events soon!
Gayle Subramaniam Branch Coordinator, Wimbledon & District Branch
Gymboree are new branch sponsors of NCT Wimbledon!
Parents can enjoy 15% off per member when booking a Sensory Baby Play in a group of three or more*. Quote NCT when booking.
Washable Nappies: The Benefits and Different Types Available Georgina Cunliffe (originally featured in Juno Magazine)
The reasons why parents choose to use washable nappies are many and varied. In the UK a parent will spend approximately £800 on disposable nappies. A parent who chooses washable nappies will spend around £200 during the same period, and that includes laundry costs at current energy prices.
In the UK alone 8 million nappies a day are thrown away and will take around 500 years to break down. It would be irresponsible of me to present washable nappies as an entirely ecological alternative, but reusable nappies can be significantly better for the environment, depending on how they are used and washed.
Washing nappies these days is a simple task. There’s no need to soak them in chemicals or vinegar. Lining an airtight bucket with a mesh bag and throwing in the nappy after each change is sufficient. After that, no more effort is required than lifting out the bag and carrying it to the washing machine. A cold rinse will remove the worst of the stains and then a simple wash cycle using minimal powder will do the job.
NAPPY FACT: Disposable nappies use 90 times more renewable resources and 8 times more non-regenerable resources (such as crude oil).
Types of Washable Nappy Flat/prefold Nappies
These are very easy to use. They consist of a simple large rectangle of cotton fabric that can be folded to best suit your child’s needs and then placed inside a waterproof outer cover. These nappies can be dried in whatever manner you wish, and as they are flat they often dry very quickly on a washing line or airer. Waterproof outer covers are no longer the sweaty rubber pants of yesteryear. A breathable polyurethane laminate (PUL) layer will keep your baby dry, and these outer wraps come in a funky range of patterns and colours.
NAPPY FACT: Research has shown that babies using reusable nappies are NOT more likely to get nappy rash.
These are shaped more like a disposable nappy. Made of entirely absorbent fabric, they require a waterproof wrap on top. Fitted nappies come in a variety of fabrics, typically bamboo, cotton and microfibre. Once a nappy is wet there will obviously be moisture in contact with the baby’s skin. This is a concern of many parents, but simply lining the nappy with a biodegradable or washable liner adds a dry barrier. It also makes the disposal of solids easier and protects the nappy from severe staining.
This is a very simple and very popular option. The outer layer is PUL-lined and the inside is made of polyester fleece, which is not at all absorbent and thus keeps all moisture away from your baby’s skin. In between these layers is a pocket, which you can stuff with any boosters/inserts that you like.
NAPPY FACT: At least 4.5 trees are needed to produce the disposable nappies for one child.
These are the most like disposable nappies that you will find. Everything is contained within one unit, so nothing needs to be reunited after washing. Often the inside folds out to decrease drying time, but it remains attached to the nappy.
There’s no denying that to get your child from birth to potty in washable nappies requires a little more time and effort than if you opt for disposables. If you do strive for a chemical-free, less wasteful and environmentally conscious lifestyle, I think it’s well worth it.
Are you a new parent or parent-to-be? Maybe you’re new to the area? Or perhaps you want to keep alive some of your professional skills?
We have loads of volunteering opportunities and it’s a great way of meeting new people. Below are just a few ideas of roles available, but we have something to suit everyone. Even if you can only spare 1hr a month. So get in touch!
*Advertising & Sponsorship Coordinator
*Nearly New Sale Coordinator/Volunteer
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