Cloth nappies back on babies

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 12:00 28/03/2014
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COMEBACK KIDS: Henry Jaques, 7 and a half months, and Rhett Sarten, 8 and a half months, wearing their cloth nappies.

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No longer on the receiving end of a bum deal, cloth nappies are making a comeback.

This week is International Cloth Nappy Week, and a range of events has been planned for mothers and children nationwide, spearheaded by "The Nappy Lady", Kate Meads, in conjunction with like-minded parents nationwide.

The aim of the week is to dispel myths about "old school" cloth nappies, and promote the economic and environmental benefits of modern cloth nappies.

About 40 parents and their babies enjoyed morning tea and games at the Parents Centre in Palmerston North in a coffee group meeting in recognition of the week yesterday.

Coffee group organiser Hannah Chapman-Searle said the turnout was "fantastic", with about 40 people, most with at least one baby, and a few expectant mothers, taking part. Ms Chapman-Searle said a "decent" cloth nappy was about $40, and some kinds could be used right through until the child was toilet trained.

No longer flat pieces of cloth requiring a cover and pins, the modern cloth nappy came in a variety of types and could be thrown into the washing machine and used over and over.

In addition to their economic and environmental benefits compared with plastic nappies, quality cloth nappies held their value and could be on-sold when they were no longer needed, she said.

For those who missed out on the coffee group, The Nappy Lady will be in Palmerston North on May 10 running a cloth nappy workshop.

Ms Meads estimates it is possible to save about a per child by using cloth nappies.

Tickets for the workshop are $19 and attendees will be given a cloth nappy starter pack valued at $60.

For more information, see The Nappy Lady website.

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- Manawatu Standard

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