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Cloth 101: Cloth Nappy Styles
 12/27/2013  by 

styles and types of cloth nappies


Let Mother-ease take you through the types of cloth nappies.



Squares: Just like our mums and grandmas used. They can be flannel or terry towelling in cotton (or bamboo (Bumboo Flat Nappy). They are your cheap option, but they are also the most time consuming as they must be folded. Washing them  is just the same as other modern alternatives. They require a waterproof cover. See our range of Prefolds.

natures child flat cloth nappy

Prefolds: Shaped like the squares nappies, but they consist of three sewn panels of absorbency with the most in the middle. The sewn-in absorbency is usually cotton (Real Nappies), hemp (Bio Bums )or bamboo (Bumboo). They require a cover, but are much easier to fold than the squares. Great to use with newborns as they are better fitting. They can also be used as boosters or as inserts in pocket cloth nappies. Most economical and by adding a booster can be very absorbant. We have luxurious Prefolds and a great range of Covers to choose from. Check out this link on how to fold you prefold.

baby safari prefold cloth nappy

Fitted: These nappies require a waterproof cover and have elastic in the legs to prevent leakage. They are made of cotton, hemp or bamboo and are more absorbant than squares or prefolds. They can be less convenient than pockets, AIO or AI2s, as you need to apply the cover, but they are easier than prefolds as they go on like a disposable. They can be fixed with velcro, snaps or a Snappi. They can be sized (Motherease Sandy Cloth Nappy) or one size fits most (OSFM) (Grovia Kiwi Pie Fitted Cloth Nappy). Check out our Fitted cloth nappy range.

baby beehinds fitted cloth nappy

Pockets: The most popular style of nappy due to quick-drying waterproof covers and the ability to customise absorbancy with the pocket inserts. The covers can be PUL (Sweet Pea Bamboo Pocket Nappy), minkee (Bum Cheeks Pocket) or cotton . The pocket is located at the back of the cloth nappy. The Inserts can be made of cotton, microfibre or bamboo. Additional Boosters can also be added. The cloth nappy inner is made of microfleece or microsuede to wick moisture away from baby. The disadvantages can be the time taken in stuffing the pockets compared to the AIOs, but a great pocket nappy is easy to stuff and many brands come as a OSFM. Think pockets are for you, check out our range of Pocket cloth nappies.

seedling baby pocket cloth nappy

All in Ones or AIOs: Are most like a disposable. They go on like one, requiring no additional inserts or covers.  The absorbent layers can be cotton or bamboo. The waterproof outers can be PUL, minkee or cotton and you can increase absorbency with Boosters. Some AIOs include a pocket to assist with increasing absorbency (Tots Bots. AIOs are the easiest to use and wash, but generally take the longest to dry. Check out our range of All in One (AIO) cloth nappies.

monkey doodlez all in one cloth nappy

All in Twos or AI2s: (Sometimes called Snap in Ones or All in Threes) These cloth nappies come in two parts: the waterproof cover and separate insert. The Inserts can be laid in or snapped in. They are similar to Pocket cloth nappies, but do not require any stuffing. The cover can be made from PUL (Close), minkee  (Baby Bare) or cotton. The inserts can be made from microfibre, minkee, cotton or bamboo. AI2s have quicker drying times, the covers can be reused with fresh inserts and are generally easier to wash as everything comes apart. This style of nappy is becoming very popular. Check out our range to suit your budget for All in Two (AI2) cloth nappies.

close all in two cloth nappy

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