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Malvern parents going the natural route with their nappies
1:00pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
MANY people’s garages contain their cars, mountain bikes and perhaps a few household items which are being kept in seemingly permanent storage.
But Penny Broderick’s garage in Malvern has become a hub for helping parents find their feet when it comes to using cloth nappies with their little ones.
Mrs Broderick, aged 33, of Bellars Lane, set up the free Malvern Nappy Advisory Service after choosing to use washable nappies rather than disposables when she was pregnant with her daughter Iona, who has just turned five.
However, a lack of information and support made her realise there was a need for help. She said: “The choice of cloth nappies was nowhere near as wide as it is now, but even so, it was confusing and it took me time to figure out what would work best for us.
“I managed to get a birth to potty set for £80 on eBay.”
With Iona still a baby, Mrs Broderick began Malvern NAS. “It was very small and low-key for a long time,” she said. “I dyed all my own nappies different colours and the waterproof wraps were patterned, so people would comment on how cute they were.
We’d get talking and I started letting people borrow some of mine before they went and bought any.
“Then people started bringing me nappies they’d seen on Freecycle or didn’t need any more and it snowballed from there.”
Malvern NAS now has almost 1,000 nappies across 35 kits of various sizes and types.
On average, two people a week are loaned kits and this year more than 40 children have been converted to cloth nappies at least part time.
People are not charged for the service but it does rely on people donating nappies.
“A lot of people think that cloth nappies are still terry towels with the soaking and scrubbing and the hard work but they’re not at all. They’re now as easy to use as disposables and are kinder to your child’s bottom since they are made from natural materials.”
Mrs Broderick is now hoping to find someone to set up services in Worcester and Hereford: “It’s so confusing when you look online and see thousands of different types and brands. You just have no clue where to start.
“By being able to borrow some, you can find out what suits your family before you go out and spend any money.”
To find out more about the Malvern NAS e-mail nas@ pennybroderick.co.uk or log on to facebook.com/Malvern- NAS.
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