Parents across Belfast are being urged to look into the benefits of choosing reusable nappies – in a move that could save up to £700 per child.
As part of Real Nappy Week, which runs until May 4, Belfast City Council is highlighting estimates that a youngster could need as many as 5,000 disposable nappies in the few years between birth and potty training.
George Lyttle, waste manager with the council, stressed reusable nappies were no longer like the terry towel example.
"The truth is they are long gone, along with the nappy pins," he said. "Modern cloth nappies are comfortable, colourful and very easy to use, and they wash well. We're not saying that this option will suit every parent, but during Real Nappy Week we're encouraging parents to find out more about reusable nappies before writing off the idea. In the last few years reusable nappies have become a popular, environmentally and baby-friendly option for many parents, as well as saving cash.
"Using reusable nappies also has benefits from the council's point of view; cutting down on the amount of waste sent to landfill."
The Cloth Nappy Library NI offers support to parents wanting to learn more about using cloth nappies. For more information, log on to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/recycling