Your Guide to Cloth Nappy Jargon
Starting out with reusable nappies
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! With so much cloth nappy jargon and abbreviations, it’s no surprise that reusable nappy newbies can feel intimidated. What’s an AIO nappy? What is a nappy booster? Which reusable nappy is best for my baby and my family?
Well we are here to help guide you, and it really is simple once you get the hang of it. 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 hang of it. If you think we’ve missed anything 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 jargon
Cloth nappy, Reusable nappy, Real nappy, Washable nappy, Cloth:
A nappy made of fabric that you wash and then re-use instead of being a single use disposable nappy.
AIO, All-in-one nappy:
This nappy is all in one piece. Both the waterproof outer, and absorbent inner are sewn together as one unit. Examples of the all-in-one would be the TotsBots Easyfit Star, GroVia all-in-one, and Tickle Tots AIO.
A pocket nappy consists of a waterproof shell with a fabric layer. In between the two layers is a pocket into which you ‘stuff’ ‘an absorbent insert of your choosing. A popular example of this would be Baba and Boo.
AI2, All-in-two Nappy, Hybrid Nappy:
All in two nappies are made of two parts. An 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 Parent and GroVia Hybid Nappy, and Petit Lulu SIO.
Two part nappy:
Simply a nappy made of 2 separate parts. An absorbent nappy and a waterproof cover. The two parts don’t fix together like an all-in-two. Examples are Tots Bots Peenut, Tots Bots Bamboozles and Petit Lulu Fitted nappy and cover.
Pre-fold nappies, Flat nappies:
These are a rectangular piece of fabric which is folded into the shape of either 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. Example are Grovia Prefolds and Petit Lulu prefolds.
This describes an absorbent cloth nappy that “fits” around your baby with a fastening at the front (such as velcro) and will then need a waterproof cover on top. Tots Bots Bamboozle is a perfect example, and Petit Lulu fitted nappies.
This is the absorbent fabric you place inside a nappy to absorb the wee. Depending on the brand these vary in size, fabric type and shape. You may see different fabrics such as hemp, bamboo, charcoal or cotton.
A nappy requires a waterproof outer of some kind otherwise the wee would eventually escape onto your little ones clothes. So you need a waterproof ‘cover’ or ‘wrap’. This will cover the absorbent part of the nappy and contains the poop and wee. Examples of these are the Close Parent Wrap, Totsbots Peenut, and Petit Lulu covers.
As babies get bigger and do bigger wee then you might need to ‘boost’ your nappies. A booster is an extra layer of 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.
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 they are designed so you can easily flush the contents of the nappy down the toilet and put the liner in the bin. 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 is Petit Lulu 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. An example is Tots Bots Easyfit Star, Grovia Hybrid Nappies
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 (or 18lbs for Baba and Boo).
If there is another cloth nappy jargon term or abbreviation you hear and are not sure, just ask! Our friendly Customer Service team are on hand to help with any questions you may have about all things reusable nappy related.