Why choose cloth nappies?
What are cloth nappies made of?
Which nappy to choose?
How many nappies will I need
What care do cloth nappies need?
How to fold your nappies
How much does it all cost?
Troubleshooting Tips
Cloth nappies & the environment
How to boost a nappy?
Cloth nappying Twins & Triplets
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It is helpful to consider the following details when selecting the correct nappy:

  • Baby's age and build Baby’s toilet habits e.g. heavy wetter or long sleeper
  • Whether you will use the nappy for your second and third child
  • How often do you want to wash your nappies
  • How do you plan to dry your nappies
  • Overall cost
  • Attractiveness of the nappy.

In summary, the different nappies are: 

  • Pocket - A PUL outer with a stay dry inner made into a pocket which you can stuff the inserts in (to add in the absorbency) • (PUL being the type of fabric that keeps the moisture in).
  • Fitted - A one piece nappy which has the absorbency already sewn in. Nappy is not waterproof and requires a cover.
  • Prefold - piece of cloth (generally rectangular in shape) that consists of 3 panels which can be folded in different ways to suit your baby’s needs. They can be folded to fit a cover, or fastened with a snappi. Nappy is not waterproof and requires a cover.
  • Cover/wrap - waterproof outer to fit over a prefold or fitted nappy.
  • AIO - "All in One", this nappy has a waterproof PUL outer and the absorbency sewn in (usually different sizes needed).
  • SIO or AI2 - "Snap in One" or "All in Two" - a nappy which resembles an All In One, except the absorbency can be detatched for easier and faster drying.
  • OSFA - "One Size Fits All/Most" - usually a pocket nappy that fits from 3 to 17kgs.

In addition to that you take into account what they are made off, drying time and how much they cost:

  • Cotton: most affordable option, reasonably absorbent, reasonably quick drying
  • Bamboo: most expensive option, very absorbent, slow to dry
  • Hemp: very absorbent, but recommended to combine with cotton or microfibre to absorb quickly, slow to dry
  • Microfibre: most absorbent, affordable, quick to dry.

For night time the main thing you need to do is add more absorbency. Sometimes you can add extra boosters or a second soaker to your daytime nappy for use overnight. Often a fitted nappy or a dedicated night nappy can be a good idea though, especially for heavier wetters.

Still can't decide? Then send us a message and we will be happy to talk to you about your options.