Croydon Real Nappies is a nappy library, (not a nappy laundry service) which is self funded by hires and donations.
Croydon Real Nappies was formerly known as Croydon Real Nappy Network and is in the process of becoming a CIC.
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 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 Kits (Newborn and Trial) 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.
Newborn Kits include approximately 50 nappies, (sample kit list available on request) and contains all the nappies and accessories that you would need to use cloth from birth if that was your preference. The Newborn Kit can be swapped once baby is approximately 3 months for a Trial Kit which contains fewer nappies (approx 25) but a broader range of styles to help you clarify what you would wish to purchase for your baby.
All standard kits contain the same types of nappies, but not all kits contain the same brand
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.