We need your skills!

As you probably already know, Edinburgh Real Nappy Community (ERNC) is a not for profit volunteer run project. We rely on people with a passion for cloth nappies lending us their time to promote reusables and to make it as easy and cost effective for families as we can.

What can I do?

There’s so much (or little) you could do for us! If you’re a cloth nappy novice, an experienced user, or perhaps your wee ones are potty trained but you want to spread the word – we want your help if you’d like to give it! The are so many ways you can be a part of the team behind ERNC and your level of commitment can suit you.

So, here’s a wee list of ways you could be involved – it’s by no means exhaustive and we’re always looking for fresh ideas!

Come along to our Nappuccinos – we’re always looking for people to come along and chat to families who haven’t used cloth nappies yet. You might want to learn how we do our cloth nappy demos or you might want to come along and chat to others about your own experiences with cloth. You could help with sales, or welcome people and make the tea & coffee. Your commitment to this can be totally flexible. We put a shout out on our volunteer group before each Nappuccino so extra volunteers can attend if they wish.

Run a Nappuccino – we currently run a monthly Nappuccino at the Pregnancy and Parents Centre, Tollcross and one on a smaller scale at The Wishing Tree Play Cafe in Musselburgh. We have spoken to other venues so we can spread our work to other locations throughout the city but at present, we don’t have the time to do any more than we are. If you’re keen to commit to running a Nappuccino, we can train you up and provide the paperwork and nappies (of course) that you’d need. We can even come along to the first couple of sessions to help you get things off the ground.

Write a blog post – our blog is our platform for chatting about things that need a bit more discussion than is suitable for Facebook or twitter. We’d love your input whether it be about using cloth nappies on holiday, in hospital, at nursery, or about your experience starting out, using our lending kits, potty training or perhaps you’d like to explore the cost savings or environmental issues surrounding real nappies. You may also have ideas of your own – we’d love to hear from you! We want ERNC to really have Community input and that means hearing your voice!!

Distributing leaflets – we have A5 posters for putting up in cafes, community centres, GP practices, sports centres, in fact anywhere people go, in order to spread the word about what we do. Part of promoting real nappies is to spread the word to those whose radar it isn’t on already.

Social Media – we try to use social media as much as possible to stay in touch with our existing community but also to reach those that have never thought about cloth nappies. We use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WordPress to keep in touch. So as well as looking for people to write blog posts for us we also need people to help with looking for interesting and relevant posts to share, writing discussion posts for the community group on Facebook, taking photos for us to use on Instagram and looking at ways we can make our voice heard on twitter. One of the easiest things you could do is like, comment and share our posts. Doing this on our Facebook page (not group), twitter and Instagram are most important for spreading the word.

Admin – if your skills lie here, we’re always on the look out for those who can help us compile data on how many families we’re seeing, how much landfill we’re helping to divert, the benefits of our lending kits etc. Helping ERNC needn’t mean turning up to all our events, work done in the background collecting data or just doing general admin, designing leaflets, or a website (please!!) is such a valuable contribution.

Maybe you can think of some other way you’d like to contribute. We’re all ears and we’d love to hear from you!


Lending Kit – newborn

Our newborn lending kits are for those who wish to get off to a quick start with cloth nappies or for those whose baby is premature or on the smaller side.



Close Pop-In Newborn.

Checkout the link for more information. Lovely slim fitting nappies. You can add a bamboo booster underneath the pad for greater absorbancy.



Bamboo Terry and yellow nappy nippa

Gone are the days of nappy pins. This nappy nippa will grip to your folded terry without the possibility of scratching you or your baby. Check out YouTube for videos on nappy folds. The Newborn (AKA oragami fold) and the kite fold are good ones to start with for a newborn.



Charlie Banana pocket nappy.

This nappy comes with two microfibre inserts. It is a one size nappy that we have preset for you at the smallest setting for your newborn. Start with the small insert only so the nappy isn’t too bulky.



TotsBots Teeny fits. All in one nappies.



Bamboo boosters

These add absorbancy to your nappy. They are excellent for adding to your night nappy or any nappy that isn’t lasting as long in between changes as you’d like. These are size one, but can be used throughout the time your child is in cloth.



Travel Wet Bag

This wet bag is a valuable piece of kit for using cloth nappies when you’re out and about. Most brands make thier own version and they can also be picked up on the preloved market.



Cloth wipes

These wipes are a must for any cloth nappy kit. Simply wet, wipe and then pop in your nappy bucket or wet bag for washing with the rest of your nappies. These are cotton terry Cheeky Wipes but there are many other brands availble. Old flannels or chopped and hemmed squares of an old towel will also do the trick.



Motherease Rikki Wraps

These wraps will work with various two part nappies – not just motherease.




This Bambooty is an all in one nappy which works like a disposable, just add your liner of choice.



TotsBots Teeny Fit

This all in one nappy is as easy to use as a disposable. Simply pop in a liner and you’re good to go! This kit does not contain the most up to date versions at present and can no longer be bought new. They are easy to find on the second hand market.



Motherease Sandy’s

These lovely cotton nappies are available new or preloved and are very reliable nappies for containment. Team up with a wrap – Motherease ones in this kit with the panda print are a perfect match.



An old style TotsBots cotton nappy. Use a nappy nippa to fasten. While these are no longer made new, they are relatively easy to buy second hand. We often have these nappies available in our preloved stock.



This gorgeous bamboo nappy is ideal for nighttime use to allow you go a bit longer between changes.



Fleece Liners

These liners are washable and help keep baby’s bottom dry. Preweaning, these can be put straight in your nappy bucket or bag without rinsing.



Disposable Liners

**Important** While some disposable liners may say they are flushable, please be aware that they are not. Most companies are now changinging their wording, as while they maybe biodegradable, they will not break down quickly enough to be truly flaushable. If they don’t block your toilet, there is every chance they’re causing problems further down the sewage system.

These liners are a must for anyone using cloth nappies while their child is in nursery. They also make nappy changes a bit easier for those who find dealing with poo a wee bit tricky. Simply shake as much of the poo into the loo as possible, bag the liner and bin. These are also a compramise for those who wish to not use fleece liners for environmental reasons (microfibres releasing into the water system).