Rachel Riley began potty training her daughter early to reduce the need for disposable nappies.
The Countdown maths expert, Maven, was born in December 2019. She told The Sun that she started making nappies at three months old.
Riley said, “We started potty training Mave at a very young age.”
We saved a lot of money and a lot of plastic. We use cloth nappies because a baby means more washing.
Riley stated that she will use the same strategy when she has her second child, which she is expecting with Pasha Kovalev later in the year.
Riley said that her efforts to reduce her carbon footprint include transferring to Countdown. “Every aspect of the show, and how we make them,” is being examined in order to improve its green credentials.
Although she admitted that “small things” are what need to be changed, she is determined to do her part.
It’s not all that is changing at Countdown. Anne Robinson will be taking over the role of Nick Hewer, the host of the long-running numbers and letters quiz show.
Robinson joined Riley and Susie Dent as dictionary corner stalwarts, making the show the first to have an all-female presenter team.
Riley split from Jamie Gilbert, her first husband, in November 2013. She began dating Kovalev shortly thereafter. Kovalev was her partner on Strictly Come Dancing that same year.
They were married in Las Vegas in June 2019, just a few months after Riley announced her pregnancy.
After graduating from Oxford University with a maths degree, Riley joined the Countdown team as a presenter.