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Great Nappy Change Event — Saturday April 20th 2013

Come and be part of an attempt to join the Guinness Book of records for the most babies being changed simultaneously. This international event will take place simultaneously all over the world but surely there is nowhere better than the Museum of Childhood to be part of it. Plus it will be a great chance to socialise and celebrate that real nappies rock!

Nibbles, entertaining and interesting stalls will be provided, you just need to bring your baby, real nappies and a changing matt.

Please register only one adult per baby — other accompanying adults can attend but only as public, so do not need to book a place separately.  The change needs to happen at 11 am. (Registration says North London but Lewisham is taking part too!)

After the Great Nappy Change a small Real Nappy Fashion Show will take place, if you would like for your kid to take part please make sure that you specify it when registering. The Museum will have life music, dancing and games to celebrate St George’s Day, so it can be the perfect family day out.

There will also be a prize draw on the day amongst everyone taking part!


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Nappy Natters 2013

Come along to Lewisham’s new nappy events in 2013 to find out how using real nappies could save you money and help the environment.

image: photograph of a baby in a real nappy

You can also get a free £20 voucher at the events, to go towards the cost of buying some real nappies.

The next nappy events are:

Nappy Natter:

  • Friday 30th of August, between 10am and 12 noon at Manor House Library,  34 Old Road, Lee, SE13 5SY in the Baring Room.
  • And Saturday the 21st of September 2-4pm at Manor House Library,  34 Old Road, Lee, SE13 5SY in the Baring Room.

So why not get involved with the real nappy revolution! By the time a baby is potty trained they could have worn 4000 – 6000 nappies. Using real, washable nappies rather than disposables can save hundreds of pounds and reduce the amount of rubbish going into your refuse bin.

8 million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK, on top of this the Real Nappy Association has calculated that savings from using Real Nappies for a first child alone can amount to £600.

You’ll be able to find out more at any of these events and if you’re a Lewisham resident, you can claim a free £20 voucher towards the cost of ‘Real’ cloth nappies. (Baby needs to be 18-months old or younger. Proof of pregnancy/ baby’s birth certificate needed, along with proof of address.)

Tea, coffee and biscuits provided at all events!


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Last Nappy Events of 2012

Come along to Lewisham’s final nappy events of 2012 to find out how using real nappies could save you money and help the environment by reducing the amount of rubbish going into your bin.

image: photograph of a baby in a real nappy

You can also get a free voucher at the events, to go towards the cost of buying some real nappies.

The November events are:

  • Saturday 17th of November between 2pm and 4pm at Wearside Service  Centre, Wearside Road, London SE13 7EZ
  • Friday 30th of November between 10am and 12 noon at Manor House Library, The Baring Room, 34 Old Road, Lee, SE13 5SY

So why not get involved with the real nappy revolution! By the time a baby is potty trained they could have worn 4000 – 6000 nappies. Using real, washable nappies rather than disposables can save hundreds of pounds and reduce the amount of rubbish going into your refuse bin.

8 million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK, on top of this the Real Nappy Association has calculated that savings from using Real Nappies for a first child alone can amount to £600.

Save up to £600 by using real nappies.

You’ll be able to find out more at either of these events and if you’re a Lewisham resident, you can claim a free £25 voucher towards the cost of ‘Real’ cloth nappies. (Baby needs to be 18-months old or younger. Proof of pregnancy/ baby’s birth certificate needed, along with proof of address.)

Tea, coffee and biscuits provided at both events!


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Nappy Events – October / November 2012

By the time a baby is potty trained they could have worn 4000 – 6000 nappies. Using real, washable nappies rather than disposables can save hundreds of pounds and reduce the amount of rubbish going into your refuse bin.

8 million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK, on top of this the Real Nappy Association has calculated that savings from using Real Nappies for a first child alone can amount to £600.

So why not get involved with the real nappy revolution!  Come along to…

  • A weekend nappy event on Saturday the 17th of November between 2 to 4pm at Wearside Service  Centre, Wearside Road, London SE13 7EZ.
  • Manor House  Library, The Baring Room, 34 Old Road, Lee,  SE13 5SY
    Friday the 30th of November 2012  10 to 12 noon

You’ll be able to find out more at either of these events and if you’re a Lewisham resident, you can claim a free £25 voucher towards the cost of ‘Real’ cloth nappies.  Proof of pregnancy/ babies birth certificate needed with proof of address.  Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.


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Real Nappy Week Event Update

Lewisham’s ‘Maternity, Baby Clothes & Real Nappy Swap’ event, on Saturday 21st April 2012 at the Leemore Central Community Hub was a great success!!

22 people attended through the afternoon and 11 changed their baby’s nappy at the global record attempt time of 5.30pm.
Prizes were also awarded for the fastest nappy change and for the participant whose lucky entry ticket was pulled out in the draw at the end of the event.

The photo below shows the winners:

Rachel Conway (left) fastest change and Harriet Athieno (right) draw winner

Photograph of competition winners
Thanks and very well done to everyone who came along!! We will let everyone know of the overall global result as soon as we know.

Nappy Natters are run throughout the year. The next ones are:

  • Friday 27th April at Lewisham Library, SE13 6LG, 10-12.30 pm.
  • Saturday 16th June at Wearside Service Centre, Ladywell, SE13 7EZ, 2-4pm.

£25 vouchers towards the cost of cloth nappies are available for Lewisham residents throughout the year from Lewisham Council or at an event, with proof of address and pregnancy or birth certificate for a baby under 18 months.

Contact: Beth.sowden@lewisham.gov.uk or Kate.parkinson@lewisham.gov.uk for further information


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Do you want to be a record breaker?

You don’t have to be the tallest, the smallest, the fattest, the thinnest for this, you just need to bring a baby along with some cloth nappies, as the Cloth Diaper Change world record attempt will take place in Lewisham at 5pm. This is all happening  during Lewisham’s ‘Maternity, Baby Clothes & Real Nappy Swap’ event, on Saturday 21st April 2012 from 2pm at the Leemore Central Community Hub, Bonfield Road, Lewisham, SE13 6BZ

'Lets beat that world record'

 Bring the items you no longer need & exchange for items you DO need! (No need to bring items, in order to take.)

 If you are coming just for the ‘Diaper Change’ only, please arrive promptly at 4.30pm to allow us enough time to get everyone organised!

Oh, and good luck to all that participate.

(photo: imagerymajestic)


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Real Nappy Week

This year Real Nappy Week is being held between 16th and 22nd April 2012.

Real Nappy Week logoDetails of  events:

Friday 20th April, 11-3pm – Lewisham Town Centre Information Stand.  Come along to find out more and get your free £25 voucher with proof of residency and pregnancy/baby’s birth certificate

Saturday 21st April, 2-6pm – Leemore Central Community Hub, Bonfield Road, Lewisham

Real nappy and baby clothing swap event incorporating ‘The Great Cloth Diaper Change’ record attempt at 5.30pm.  Please arrive at 5pm to register to take part.

Visit the facebook page for the Great Cloth Diaper Change event

Come at any time for nappy advice.  A £25 voucher is available towards the cost of real nappies for Lewisham residents with proof of address and pregnancy / baby’s birth certificate.

Refreshments will be available at this event.

photograph: babies wearing real nappies