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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Choosing the right nappy for you 

Cloth nappies are mistakenly perceived as wet, unhygienic and leaky overnight. The great news is that fabric technology has evolved and all modern cloth nappies can now have a stay dry fleece liner that keeps baby's bum dry. Regarding nappy rash, if baby is dry and in a chemical free fabric then rashes will be greatly diminished. You will still need to ensure baby is changed often enough and nappies are thoroughly washed.

When using washable nappies overnight, all you need is more absorbency. As the absorbency of modern nappies can be adjusted it is easy to add more by using a booster or extra insert.

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.

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