Cloth Nappy Terminology

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Cloth nappy Terminology

Do you know your liners from your wraps and your boosters from your inserts? If not, this guide will make it all clear!

Liner – Sits between the nappy and baby’s skin. Made from paper (flushable) or fleece (washable). Protects the nappy from staining and makes it easier to dispose of the contents of the nappy down the toilet. Fleece liners also wick moisture away from baby’s skin, keeping it drier.

Booster – An additional piece of material placed in the nappy to make it more absorbent. Made from terry, microfibre, hemp. Can buy a variety of shapes and sizes. Can now buy boosters that are fleece topped that act as a booster and liner in one.

Insert – Absorbent piece of material used to stuff pocket nappies/ stuffable nappies. Can use as many as you need to make the nappy the right absorbency for your baby. All pocket nappy brands have their own inserts that fit their nappies particularly well, but with most you can use any inserts or boosters, terry squares, prefolds, tea-towel in an emergency!

Pocket nappy / Stuffable nappy - A pocket made from (usually) a stay-dry inner layer and a waterproof outer. Absorbent material is put inside the pocket. Only one layer to put on. Brands: Fuzzi Bunz, BumGenius, Nature Babies Stuffables, Wonderoos, Minkis.

Two-part nappy – Absorbent nappy shaped to fit and fasten around baby before putting on a separate waterproof cover. Brands: Motherease (One-size, Multifit, Sandy's), Nature Babies Diddy Diaper, Bimble QD and Bumble from Easy Peasy Nappies, Tots Bots, Rainbow Bots, Fluffles, Bamboozles, Huggles from Nappies by Minki.

Wrap - Cover to prevent wetness getting through onto clothes. The second part in two-part nappy systems.

All-in-One – A nappy which has the absorbent layer attached to the waterproof layer. No stuffing required, no separate wrap to put on. Anyone can work it out! The downside is that they often take a long time to dry and they usually work out to be more expensive than other systems. Brands: Rumpsters, Wonderworks Magic-alls, Motherease All-in-One.

PUL - Polyurethane laminate. Breathable waterproof fabric used to make wraps. Lightweight, soft, pliable and comes in lots of colours and patterns.

Aplix – Durable Velcro used to fasten a variety of nappies and wraps. Easy to fasten and gives a lot of adjustability.

Nappi nippa – The original, best and unique alternative to pins. They are so simple to use, made from non-toxic material that stretches and grips to hold the nappy snugly and reliably in place. Nappi Nippas allow more adjustment than Aplix or poppers.

Nappy mesh - Most people who use a nappy mesh don't know how they would cope without it! It makes transferring the nappies from the bucket to the machine a doddle. You put the mesh bag into the bucket when the bucket is empty, then when the bucket is full, simply lift out the whole bag of nappies and throw into the machine, bag and all. Leave the top of the mesh bag open and the nappies will work their way out during the wash.

Tea tree oil - A natural antiseptic with antibacterial and fungicidal properties, a lovely clean, fresh scent and a multitude of uses. If you need to soak your nappies, add 5 drops to the water to sanitise the nappies before washing. Or add a couple of drops to the bottom of your bucket when dry pailing to make the bucket smell fresh. Add tea tree (or a mixture of tea tree and another favourite essential oil) to your washing machine softner drawer to make your nappies come out smelling lovely and fresh. Use a couple of drops of tea tree to water that you use to moisten your washable wipes to give them cleansing properties.

Dry pailing – Storing wet or dirty nappies in a dry bucket with lid (alternative to soaking). Dirty nappies can then be washed at 60 degrees to sanitise them.

Washable wipes – Terry or fleece wipes which can be used with wipes solution or just good old warm water (nothing works better on newborn bums!). Wash with your nappies. Washable wipes will save you lots of money!


See also Advantages and Disadvantages of using cloth nappies.

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