Nurseries and Health Sector
The Real Nappy Campaign and Recycle for Wales are working together to deliver a Welsh Assembly initiative to promote Real Nappies in Wales. The Health Sector is key to delivering the messages of the campaign as they have regular contact with parents and parents to be, and are often the first port of call for parents wishing to seek information on the types and benefits of the range of nappies available.
Encouraging the use of Real Nappies in a nursery setting would:
- Reduce Waste - a nursery with 30 babies in nappies, being changed an average of 4 times per day can equate to over 31,000 nappies in a year! This is around 780 black bags arriving at landfill sites where the nappies take several hundred years to break down.
- Save Money - By recycling and encouraging parents to switch to Real Nappies this will significantly reduce the amount of waste produced thereby reducing your waste bills. If you suggest that parents supply the nappies, liners and waterproof bag (for returning the nappies) then Real Nappies present no actual cost to the nursery.
- Potty Training - With Real Nappies the association between emptying the bladder and feeling wet is there much earlier, thereby speeding up the potty training process.
- Health - With no chemical gels or paper pulp Real Nappies are a more natural option. There is also no higher incidence of nappy rash compared with disposables.
- Hygiene - Using biodegradable flushable liners means that solid waste is flushed down the toilet. Real nappies can then be stored in a waterproof bag and returned to the parents.
If you are keen to adopt Real Nappies in your nursery there are Resources available to assist you. If you wanted to use Real Nappies exclusively in the nursery then you will find the download below invaluable:
Using Real Nappies in Nurseries Guide
There are several ways you could promote the fact that you encourage Real Nappies:
- Parent Information Pack - State you encourage the use of Real Nappies, if necessary specifiy which types and what you require the parents to supply. We can also supply you with leaflet inserts should you require.
- Real Nappy Toolkit - This is free on loan from your Local Authority and can be used at information days and events, or used as a display.
- Sell Real Nappies and accessories (such as liners, and reusable swimwear) and earn additional income for the Nursery.