Croydon Real Nappies CIC is a social enterprise nappy library, (not a nappy laundry service) which is self funded by hires and donations.
Croydon Real Nappies CIC was formerly known as Croydon Real Nappy Network and became a CIC in November 2017.
We currently receive no local authority or government funding.
No matter where you are in the nappy years, we can help.
Our reusable nappy kits can be hired on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis depending on your requirements. Hires start from just £1.50 per week (deposit may be required).
We hold regular free public demonstrations in Croydon and surrounding areas. Please see our Facebook page for details.
Private demonstrations can be booked and will incur a small fee. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements.
We stock two types of Standard Kit and can create a Custom Kit just for you if you have specific requirements such as potty training/enuresis/sensitive skin.
Kits can be booked via the website and are issued on a strictly ‘first come, first served’ basis. That said, we do have a large stock so if a Standard Kit is unavailable, we can usually provide a similar Custom Kit at a discounted rate. Waiting list times do vary as some families return their kits sooner than others.
All our kits come with everything you need to use cloth nappies full time – except detergent and a washing machine!
We provide wipes, liners, wetbags, buckets, detailed instructions and a comprehensive training session.
All standard kits contain the same types of nappies, but not all kits contain the same brand.
Newborn to Infant
£40 for 6 months
These kits are suitable from birth, and contain approximately 50 nappies, (sample kit list available on request) and all the accessories that you would need to use cloth nappies full time from birth if that was your preference.
Nappies in this kit are sized from 7lbs to 20lbs (3kg to 9kg), and will fit the average baby up to 6 months or so.
We have deliberately limited the range of styles in these kits as we believe ‘the simpler, the better’ when it comes to the first months with a new baby.
We aim to issue you your Newborn to Infant kit towards the end of your pregnancy so that you are all prepared for baby’s arrival.
Once baby is a few months old you can request to swap to one of our Baby & Toddler kits for your last month of hire.
Baby & Toddler
£15 for 3 months
These kits are suitable from around 12lbs (5kg) and contain approximately 25 nappies (sample kit list available on request) and all the accessories that you would need to use cloth nappies full time from, if that was your preference.
Nappies in this kit are sized from 9lbs to 35lbs (4kg – 15kg) and will fit the average baby from around 3 months till potty trained.
We have selected a broad range of styles to help you clarify what you would wish to purchase for your baby.
Minimum hire period 1 month.
Under 10 items – £3 per month
11 to 25 items – £5 per month
26 to 50 items – £7 per month
long term loans
We are able to supply families with selected items on a long term basis, please contact us to discuss
Broadly speaking, all nappies work the same way: they contain poo, absorb wee, and protect clothing from both wee and poo. In cloth nappies the containment is done either with elastic or rolling the nappy fabric around the legs. The absorbent part is usually cotton, bamboo, microfibre, or hemp. And the protective outer would usually be either polyurethane laminate (pul), wool, or fleece.
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.