Our congratulations go to West Berkshire residents Sharon and Julian Turner who are cloth nappying their 8-week old quadruplets, and featured in an article in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph. The identical twin boys and identical twin girls, a rare 70 million to one combination, were born 11 weeks early, and are now home after 8 weeks in hospital.
Quads in Cloth photo Daily Telegraph
Motivated by the cost savings (which would be at least £2000 for those 4) rather than the environmental factors, mum Sharon Turner says she opted for cloth, proving that cloth nappies can’t be as labour intensive as folk imagine.
I actually think with multiple births cloth nappies have to be more user friendly as you will never end up with the situation of ‘running out’ and then having to kit all the babies in outdoor gear and drive or walk off to the shops for more! You are only ever going to need as long as it takes to wash and dry the next batch of nappies, which with modern fabrics and a tumble drier could be just over an hour on a quick wash setting.
As West Berkshire residents, the Turner family can claim £30 per baby cash back for their two sets of identical twins, which will have been is a great help to them, as the main disadvantage of cloth seems to be the up-front cost of buying them, even though the cost of a set of cloth nappies is generally far less than most people will spend on a pushchair. I do think £30 cash back is an excellent incentive for those just thinking about it to encourage them to actually buy a few and get started with cloth, and wish more councils offered this sort of scheme, as I tend to find those that have tried cloth nappies are amazed at just how easy to use they actually are. I feel parents envisage hours slaving over the washing but in reality it’s actually no worse than just another couple of loads a week to put on and in many instances parents find the efficiency of cloth nappies at containing leaks gives rise to less washing overall!
West Berkshire Council are very pro-active in promoting cloth nappies, and also offer nappy kits available for hire free of charge for two weeks. Each kit contains an assortment of types of nappies and allows the parents time to work out which type of nappy system will suit them best. Every month on the first Wednesday (term time only) West Berkshire run a nappy information event at The Discovery Centre, Muddy Lane, Thatcham, RG19 3FU from 11am to 12.30pm where you can come along and see lots of different nappies and talk to parents who use them. Next event is this Wednesday, 5th June.
Find out more from West Berkshire here: http://www.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=19891. We’ll be at The Dsicvery Centre on Wednseday 5th, or for other events check here: http://www.twinkleontheweb.co.uk/acatalog/events.htm
and read the Telegraph article: