Try before you buy if you pop in for ‘nappuccino’

Emma Stevens of the Hemel Hempstead cloth nappy library.
Emma Stevens of the Hemel Hempstead cloth nappy library.

Many mums and dads may be used to taking their little ones to the library – but thanks to a Kings Langley county councillor they can now grab a ‘nappuccino’ at a different kind of lending service.

Councillor Richard Roberts has allocated £300 from his locality budget to the Hemel Hempstead Cloth Nappy Library to promote the use of reusable nappies in Hemel Hempstead and the surrounding area.

The service, run by Dacorum mums Emma Stevens and Ellie Tadiello, rents out kits containing 15 reuseable nappies for £15 a week, to help parents see how they work before committing to buying them.

The library also holds fortnightly meetings where parents can get advice on the benefits of cloth nappies and the best place to buy them, while enjoying a hot drink or ‘nappuccino’.

Councillor Roberts said: “My thanks to all the enthusiasm from Emma and the team for getting this off the ground.

“It is another choice for mums and babies, but also a chance to catch up and make the best of that precious baby time.”

According to the library service, a baby will get through around 2,000 nappies every year until they are potty trained.

Reusable cloth nappies are cheaper than disposable options and also have an environmental benefit, as it is estimated that it takes as long as 500 years for a disposable nappy to decompose.

Cloth nappies are also kinder on sensitive skin and easy to use.

If you would like to make use of the nappy library, call Emma on 07736 835167, Ellie on 07912 611821 or email