A PARENTING group has launched a real nappy library to promote the benefits to parents’ pockets and the environment.
Hartlepool Attachment Parenting (HAP) Group launched the initiative to help families switch from the disposable variety.
Group founder Lyndsey Allen says real nappies are cheaper in the long run and better for babies’ skin.
She said: “Real nappies are a great opportunity to make a small change which can have a big impact, not just to your wallet, but to the environment too.
“The odd £5 here or there on packs of nappies may not seem such a problem.
“But when parents actually stop and add up the true cost of these regular purchases they are often horrified at how much money they are throwing away.”
Lyndsey, the group’s appointed “nappy guru”, says a common concern of parents is they think real nappies are more expensive because of the energy costs needed to wash them.
But she said petroleum is a key component of disposables and a lot of energy goes into producing each one.
The group, which held a launch event at Cafe 177 in York Road, says families can save around £1,600 with cloth nappies.
Lyndsey added: “Your child’s skin will reap the benefits of having a breathable fabric against it, rather than harsh chemicals, and you will notice less incidents of nappy rash.”
The nappy library lets families try out a range of different types and styles and members are on hand to provide support.
It currently loans out nappies on an individual basis, but the group hopes to loan out kits soon.