Welcome to our old home.  Now we have a Bromley Branch, we couldn’t be just ‘Croydon’ any more.

We now have a shiny new website over at  https://www.southlondonnappies.org/ where we keep all our information about how to hire nappy kits from us.

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South London Nappies is a parent-led social enterprise nappy library, (not a nappy laundry service) which is self funded by hires and donations, and staffed by volunteers.

We are currently in need of volunteers – we need people willing to commit as much or as little of their time and energy as the can.  Our current volunteers: launder and check kits, do admin and fundraising, hold one off or regular events, and provide peer support to South London families both online and in person.   If you have ever considered setting up as a nappy library or a nappy advisor; please do get in touch.

We hire washable nappies throughout South London and provide advice and guidance on the use of cloth nappies and selected other reusable products, including a reusable menstrual products kit provided by Go Real.

Our kits are available to hire for anyone who can collect from our bases in SE25, CR0 and BR6.

About Us

South London Nappies is the working name of Croydon Real Nappies CIC which was formerly known as Croydon Real Nappy Network and became a Community Interest Company (CIC) in November 2017.

Our reusable nappy kits are made available to families South London, though we currently receive no local authority or government funding.  If you wish to support us in our work please donate to us.  We accept donations of reusable nappies and accessories, and all money donated goes into supporting our services and keeping our hire fees lower than even the cheapest single use nappies.

We are unable to provide any vouchers or incentives to try reusable nappies, however if you wish to hire a kit and can’t afford our charges we are able to subsidise a number of both standard and custom kits thanks to donations. Please get in touch with us to find out more.

We are affiliated with the UK Nappy NetworkReal Nappies for London, and Go Real.

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No matter where you are in the nappy years, we can help.
visit our new home at South London Nappies or email us
Some other nappy libraries operate a postal loan service, see the red pins on the map http://www.uknappynetwork.org/find-a-library.html
Have you had considered a laundry service? http://www.numberonefornappies.co.uk/ cover the whole of London and may be a good solution for you.
To buy nappies, you could try preloved nappy groups on Facebook which are admined by Nappy Librarians:
– Pre-loved Cloth nappies and accessories https://www.facebook.com/groups/256920634329397/
– cloth bum mums (cbm) sales (uk)
If you have your own nappies but want help and support:
– UK Cloth Nappy Libraries Nappy Natter
– Team Mills Blog, a place where a Nappy Librarian shares her knowledge and experience in an easily accessible way.

FAQs & Resources

We believe that there is a reusable nappy solution for every family.  But there is a LOT of information out there which can be confusing.

An excellent resource for cloth nappy information is the UK Nappy Network, they have a detailed Glossary of Terms  and an excellent Fitting Guide.  As an affiliated nappy library we adhere to the Washing Guide, and require that all clients wash our hired nappies in accordance with the guidelines.

Nappies – The Basics

Most nappies have the same layers in the same order:

Stay Dry Layer – closest to babies skin: this can be built-in, reusable fleece or disposable. NB This is optional if not built in to the nappy.

Absorbency – the bit that catches the wee: this can be built-in, removable or disposable.
Absorbent layers and boosters are usually either:

  • Microfiber (mf) – quickly absorbent but can leak if compressed
  • Cotton – quickly absorbent and holds better than mf
  • Bamboo – slower to absorb, holds better than mf
  • Hemp- can be slow to absorb, but is very retentive.  Will contain a % of cotton

Waterproof Outer – the wrap or shell that keeps it all in: this can be built-in or removable.
If the nappy feels plasticky or crinkly, that will be the waterproof layer.
Nappy wraps/shells/outers are usually made from:

  • PUL: polyurethane laminated fabric -this is the most common material: it’s very waterproof, but if nappy is soaked, may wick through stitching
  • TPU: thermoplastic polyurethane, similar to PUL but more breathable
  • fleece: this repels moisture but allows evaporation
  • wool: this works like fleece

Fastenings – Most reusable nappies are fastened in one of 4 ways:

  • poppers or snaps
  • hook and loop (such as Velcro or Aplix)
  • using a nappy nippa (such as Snappi)
  • lengths of fabric which tie the nappy on

Fitting Reusable Nappies

  • As a general rule, cloth nappies go on slightly lower on baby’s back than disposables, so the back of the nappy usually lines up with the top of the pelvis.
  • As you bring the nappy up between baby’s legs, you will need to tuck the sides in so that the elastic is high up baby’s leg, close to their crotch. We call this the ‘knicker line’.
  • When you bring the outside wings over baby’s tummy to close the nappy, you should pull them up towards baby’s shoulder/upper arm then across. This fixes gaps where the knicker line goes around baby’s bum.
  • All the absorbent insides of the nappy should be covered by the waterproof outer.
  • Nappy should fit tightly, but not too tight. Marks like ‘sock marks’ are fine. Baby will tell you if its too tight. Until you feel expert, please always double check the elastic fit; you should be able to run a finger between the nappy and the baby, but there should not be any gaps.
  • All liners/nappies/boosters/wraps are interchangable but some do fit better than others. If the waterproof is built-in you do not need a wrap over the top.
  • If the nappy or wrap has two rows of closure poppers, you may find it easier to close the lower ones first to ensure a good fit round the legs, before closing the waist poppers.
  • If the nappy or wrap has ‘riser’ poppers to change its size, start with it on the smallest setting.


  • Our recommended fitting guide is available on the UK Nappy Network website.
  • A great place for more information and videos is the Nappy Lady website
  • Detailed folding instructions for terries and prefolds are here
  • Avoiding colic while changing baby video
  • Information about baby-led-pottying is here.