UPDATE 23 March 2020
Given the news this evening we have realised that for the good of our volunteers and the wider community we must close until at least after Easter.

– If you have a hire kit currently, we will continue to support you to use it.

– No hires are to be returned before we reopen please. No fees will be payable for this period though if you wish to make a donation, we are always grateful.

– If you have been allocated a kit or are awaiting allocation, we will get it all ready for you, but you will not be able to collect it before we reopen, unless you deem it to be an essential journey (ie you can’t afford single use nappies). Please let us know if you fall into this category as we will work with you to arrange a no contact hire.

Take care of yourselves and each other.

Eilidh & The South London Nappies Team
UPDATE 22 March 2020
We are working to provide kits asap in SE25, CR0 and Bromley/Orpington.
We have donated all our spare nappies to Lewisham Mutual Aid
Stay safe. Stay home. Use cloth nappies.

UPDATE 18 March 2020:
ALL our public events are cancelled until further notice.
All kit hires will now be no-contact. We will do e-demos via Skype or Facebook.
All hires due back in March or April will automatically be extended to the end of May at no extra charge.

4.03.2020 In the light of the recent outbreak of COVID-19, we are posting to advise you of what South London Nappies and Croydon Real Nappies CIC are doing to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Events: we will be cancelling our Crystal Palace Drop Ins until further notice.
Whilst The Lakes Cafe remains open, we will be there as scheduled.

Hires: Our volunteers check and wash kits between loans as standard, and we also strongly advise that you do that yourself at the start of your loan (this is also stated on the laminated sheet attached to each kit).

We are also paying extra attention to items which cannot go into the washing machine, such as the Cheeky Wipes boxes and the kit bags themselves, which will be wiped down thoroughly between loans too.

All volunteers are already following government advice and washing their hands regularly, and they will also advise us ASAP if they are unable or unwilling to loan (for whatever reason).

It may be that some loans are cancelled at short notice by our volunteers, and we ask for your understanding with this, as it will be done in order to keep everyone safe.

We also ask that all clients follow the same procedures and email to let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to make a loan.

If you have a new and persistent cough and/or a temperature, please follow the government advice and self-isolate for 7 days.

Take care, everyone!


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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 base in SE25.

We expect kits to be available from a Bromley base in 2020.

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.

Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up with all our news

Our Services

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 in South London. Please see our Facebook page for details.

Private demonstrations can be booked and will incur a small fee. Please email croydonrealnappies@gmail.com to discuss your requirements.


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.
If you want to buy new nappies:
There are lots of wonderful online retailers, but in London we are lucky enough to have a real shop that sells reusable nappies https://www.nappyeverafter.co.uk/ which is  only about 15 minutes walk from Hoxton on the Ginger Line.

Nappy Kits

We stock two types of reusable nappy Standard Kit, one for newborns and one for older babies and toddlers, containing all the things you need to use real nappies. We 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. There is currently a waiting list in place for our kits. 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.

Standard Kits

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.

Custom Kits

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.

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.