Nappy Basics

We believe that there is a reusable nappy solution for every family.  But there is a LOT of information out there which can be confusing.

Nappies - The Basics

Most nappies have the same layers in the same order:

 

Stay Dry Layer – closest to babies skin:

this can be built-in, reusable fleece or disposable. NB This is optional if not built in to the nappy.

 

Absorbency – the bit that catches the wee: this can be built-in, removable or disposable.
Absorbent layers and boosters are usually either:

 

Microfiber (mf) - quickly absorbent but can leak if compressed

Cotton – quickly absorbent and holds better than mf

Bamboo - slower to absorb, holds better than mf

Hemp- can be slow to absorb, but is very retentive.  Will contain a % of cotton

 

Waterproof Outer – the wrap or shell that keeps it all in:

this can be built-in or removable. If the nappy feels plasticky or crinkly, that will be the waterproof layer.
Nappy wraps/shells/outers are usually made from:

 

PUL: polyurethane laminated fabric -this is the most common material: it's very waterproof, but if nappy is soaked, may wick through stitching

TPU: thermoplastic polyurethane: similar to PUL but more breathable

fleece: this repels moisture but allows evaporation

wool: this works like fleece

 

Fastenings - Most reusable nappies are fastened in one of 4 ways:

poppers or snaps

hook and loop (such as Velcro or Aplix)

using a nappy nippa (such as Snappi)

lengths of fabric which tie the nappy on

 

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Shaped nappies

 

These are nappies that are made of cloth that is already shaped to fit baby, fastening with poppers, velcro or nappy nippa. These need a waterproof cover.

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All in Ones/Twos (AI0/AI2)/Pockets

These have the waterproof cover attached to the piece of cloth either permenatntly (AI0), or with a fastening i.e poppers (Ai2), or a pocket to insert a cloth absorbency layer.

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Terries & Prefolds

These are squares/ retangles of cloth that you fold in different ways around baby and fasten with a nappy nippa. These need a waterproof cover.