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How many nappies does the average UK baby use?

July 16, 2019 2 min read

How many nappies does the average UK baby use?

Disposable nappies first became available in the 1950’s. Although they were not popular at first, their popularity and effectiveness grew over time and today there are many different types and brands of disposable nappies available. 

How many nappies does the average baby use? Take a look at the table below.

Age Group of Nappy Wearer

Nappies Used per Day

Total Nappies Used in Age Group

Average Cost of Nappies

Total Cost of Nappies

0-4 months



13p per nappy


4-6 months



14p per nappy


6-12 months



15p per nappy


12-18 months



16p per nappy


18-24 months



17p per nappy


Overall Nappy Usage






A baby typically uses around 5,000 nappies in its nappy-wearing life, producing a mountain of waste equivalent to 130 black bin-bags.

How many nappies are thrown away every day in the UK?

Nearly 8 million nappies are thrown away every day in the UK; that's 3 billion nappies a year.  More disposable nappies are found in UK household waste than anything else. This is a scary thought, especially when traditional disposable nappies are made from plastic and synthetic materials which can take between 200-500 years to break down. With different eco-nappies, reusable and washable nappies available, parents can now choose more environmentally-friendly options.

Why use Bamaboo Nappies?

Our award winning eco-nappies are made from the softest luxury breathable bamboo fibres and chlorine free wood pulp and we have designed them to meet 3 key values:

Best for Baby – our nappies are super soft, super absorbent and temperature regulating but contain no perfume, alcohol or chlorine.  Bamboo is naturally antibacterial meaning less chance of nappy rash and irritation.

Best for You – the nappies need to do their job!  Our nappies have wide flexi double tabs, wide base and ruched trims to protect from leaks as well as a 7-layer design for excellent absorption both day and night.  

Best for Mama Earth – we only use ECF chlorine free fluff pulp from sustainable sources and are FSC certified.  Our nappies are biodegradable and are able to achieve up to 80% decomposition.  An added bonus is that the nappies are wrapped in d2W oxo-degradable film which mean this too will decompose.

Jennie Potts a wife, mother and the other half of Mama Bamboo.  Following a career break, she has jumped back in at the deep end: filling every role necessary for starting up a new company.  When she is not investigating more sustainable living and more eco-friendly products she exercises to keep her sane; attempts to manage the 3 men in her life (her husband, her son and her dog) with limited success and on the rare occasion of a quiet moment can be found in the bath with a glass of wine and a good book.


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