We are hoping to apply for a grant to start a Nappy Library, based here in Brockenhurst, but to serve the whole of the New Forest area.

It can be quite daunting to take the plunge into cloth nappies.  It’s a big financial investment to take if you’ve never tried it and don’t know if it will work for you or your baby.  And then of course, there are so many different types and brands of cloth nappy, so how to know which is best. 

This is where a nappy library comes in. It gives users a chance to try before they buy, by allowing them to hire a kit of ten different types and brands of nappy along with all of the accessories needed to go with them.

The hire period is around four weeks to give families an opportunity to use everything a few times while they work out their preferences.  At the end of the loan period the families should be well placed to be able to purchase the nappies they need to get started with cloth.

The small hire fee of around £10 is usually charged to cover annual costs such as insurance, along with ongoing purchase of more nappies, either to replace any damaged/aged ones or buy new kits where possible.

Assuming we are successful in getting our grant, we will need a team of volunteers to run the library, preferably, parents of young children themselves and who have successfully used cloth nappies for their own children.

If you think you could help in any way, please do get in touch!