So you’ve decided to start using cloth nappies and you have a look on the internet to see what’s available. But there are just so many to choose from and what is this new language of nappy that you have to learn, what is an AIO nappy? and what is a nappy booster? Why isn’t it just simple?
Well it is simple really and to help you out we’ve put together a list of various cloth nappy jargon and abbreviations commonly used to describe different types and bits of washable nappies. All in plain and simple English so that any cloth novice can get the hand of it. If you think we’ve missed any out please add them to the comments at the bottom and we’ll edit the post to include them. Don’t forget we’re always at the other end of the phone if you need any extra help and advice.
Cloth nappy, Real nappy, Washable nappy, Cloth:
A nappy made of fabric that you wash and then re-use instead of throwing in the bin
AIO, All-in-one nappy:
A nappy that is all in one piece, both the waterproof outer and absorbent inner are stuck together as one unit. Examples of the all-in-one would be the new TotsBots Easyfit Star, GroVia All-in-one, GroVia ONE, Tickle Tots and Real Easy
A pocket nappy consists of a waterproof shell with a fleece layer attached to the inside and in between the two layers is a pocket into which you stuff an absorbent insert. An example of this would be a Milovia Pocket Nappy, Fuzzibunz, Charlie Banana and Wonderoos
AI2, All-in-two nappy, Hybrid Nappy:
All in two nappies are made of two parts, absorbent inner and waterproof outer, that can be fastened together usually with poppers. Once these two parts are stuck together the nappy then resembles and all-in-one but the ability to pull the two pieces apart can speed up drying times. An example of a all-in-two nappy would be Totsbots Peenut, Pop-in nappy by Close and GroVia Hybid Nappy
Two part nappy:
Simply a nappy made of 2 parts, absorbent nappy and waterproof cover. The two parts don’t fix together like an all-in-two. Examples are Tots Bots Peenut, Tots Bots Bamboozles and Milovia cover & inserts
These are a rectangular piece of toweling fabric which is folded into the shape of a pad or nappy and then needs a waterproof cover on top. These are the kind of nappies that have been around for a long time and you would picture a baby wearing with a safety pin, although we don’t use pins anymore. Sometimes referred to as Flat Nappies
An absorbent cloth nappy that “fits” around your baby with a fastening at the front and will then need a waterproof cover on top. Tots Bots Bamboozle is a perfect example
This is usually the absorbent fabric you place inside a nappy to absorb the wee. Depending on the brand these vary in size and shape.
A nappy absorbs wee and you don’t want this wee to escape and soak into your baby’s clothes so you use a waterproof “cover” or “wrap”. This covers the absorbent part of the nappy and contains the poop and wee. Examples of these are the Totsbots Peenut, Blueberry Coveralls and Milovia Covers.
As babies get bigger and do bigger wee then you might need to “boost” your nappies. A booster is an extra layer or absorbent fabric you put in the nappy to absorb extra liquid. Some babies needs boosting early on and some only need a booster at night time. Example, Close Parent boosters
A nappy liner is a thin piece of paper that you place on top of the nappy before you put it on your baby. This then catches the baby poo and are designed to they can simply throw it down the toilet (drains dependent) or in the bin. Here at Babi Pur, we would strongly discourage anyone from flushing liners down the toilet as recent experiments have shown that they take longer than expected to biodegrade. Paper liners can make life a bit easier and are usually made of natural materials. Examples Close nappy liners, ImseVimse nappy liners and Totsbots nappy liners.
Made from microfleece material fleece liners are placed on the nappy before you place it on your baby. This material wicks moisture from baby’s skin keeping them feeling dry. Fleece liners are re-usable and will need to be rinsed and washed after each use. Example Tots Bots fleece liners
Aplix, Velcro, Hook & Loop:
Commonly known as Velcro but as Velcro is a branded version it’s not always the term used. This is the fastening used to close the front of the nappy.
Snaps are like little plastic buttons which are used to close the nappy, adjust the size of a nappy and sometimes stick different parts together
B2P, Birth to Potty:
Some people say that they’re going to use disposables for the first few weeks and then switch to resuables, but we say “cloth from day 1″! Where as one size nappies are great for use from birth to potty, they can sometimes be a little big for newborn babies. Newborn Cloth nappies are great size for babies from 5lb to 12lbs.