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Mums at the Canterbury
by Jess Banham
It's not what you normally expect to borrow from a library, but
parents are being given the chance to try nappies before they
One of the first cloth nappy library has been launched in
Canterbury by the National Childbirth Trust.
A pack of cloth nappies will set mums and dads back £15 for a
The pack consists of everything they need to get started with
Jacqueline Daniels and
Zoe Williams of the National Childbirth Trust with mums and
toddlers at the nappy lending library
Zoe Williams, an NCT volunteer, said: “A lot of parents
interested in cloth nappies, but they’re put off by the initial
or they’re worried about all the washing and drying.
“The nappies are all thoroughly cleaned and sanitised in between
person borrowing them and generally people are quite happy with
The library was launched at an event at The Farmhouse, in Dover
Volunteers were also on hand to offer demonstrations on how to
put the nappies on and advice on how to maintain them.
Ms Williams added: “Often parents are concerned about sending so
disposable nappies to landfill and it works out a lot cheaper over
time a child’s in nappies. It can save around £500 so although
more of a cost upfront, it saves in the long term.
"Potty training is also easier as a child can feel when they’re
and often children who wear cloth nappies are dry earlier.”
All branches of the NCT are encouraging their volunteers to set
nappy libraries, which they are hoping to roll out across the