Cloth nappies

Why use cloth nappies?

Money saving 

  • From just £80 you can kit your baby out with all the nappies they will need. Even when you take into account laundering costs, you can save up to £1000 compared to disposable nappies.

Better for environment

  • Cloth nappies can be up to 40% better for the environment than disposables. You can reduce your water and electricity usage by not soaking or pre-washing nappies, and by washing in a full load at 60 or 40 degrees. A baby will need between 4000 and 6000 nappy changes in total, that's up to 6000 disposable nappies in a landfill site, or 24 cloth nappies on your washing line.

Plenty of choice

  • There's fantastic variety of types, colours and styles available. Whether your priority is to choose something plain and simple, saving money, or the latest colours, patterns and fabrics - there's a nappy to suit you.

Easy to use

  • Many cloth nappies are pre-shaped and fasten with poppers, grips or Velcro, so there's no need for complicated folding or fiddly safety pins. Modern washing machines make quick work of cleaning them and in some areas,

nappy laundering companies will do all the washing for you.


To give you a helping hand to give cloth nappies a try, Essex County Council regularly offers discounted sample nappy packs and vouchers for nappy laundry services.