There are so many types of cloth nappies available on the market that it can be difficult to know where to start. Different types of nappies can work better on some babies than others, so it can take a bit of trial and error before finding a style that suits your child perfectly. You may also prefer using one type more than others. For these reasons it’s a good idea to trial a few cloth nappies before investing a lot of money in one brand or style.
Read on for some more details on the different types of cloth nappies available:
As the name suggests this is a one piece cloth nappy system, meaning the absorbent part of the nappy and the waterproof layer are sewn together. This makes AIO nappies convenient and easy to use but they can also take longer to dry than other types of nappies. AIO nappies have elastic around the legs and waist and are secured with Velcro or snaps.
AI2 nappies have two separate parts – the absorbent insert and waterproof shell. As the absorbent part of the nappy can be removed, the shell can be reused (if not dirty) by simply adding in a clean insert. Drying is also quicker as the shell and inserts are washed and dried separately. AI2 nappies have elastic at the legs and waist and are secured with Velcro or snaps.
Fitted nappies are made entirely of absorbent materials and therefore require a separate cover to act as a waterproof layer. This makes fitted nappies a good option for overnight, and absorbency can be tailored to suit your baby. Fitted nappies have elastic at the legs and waist and are secured with Velcro or snaps.
Flats are the traditional flat style of nappy that can be folded in a various ways before putting on your baby. Flats require a separate cover to act as a waterproof layer and are secured with a pin or Snappi. An economical option that dry very quickly.
Pocket nappies consist of a waterproof outer layer and stay dry inner layer, with a pocket at either the front or back to place absorbent inserts into. This means that the amount of absorbency can be easily tailored to suit your baby. Pocket nappies have elastic at the legs and waist and are secured with Velcro or snaps.
Prefolds are a flat style of nappy with extra layers of fabric sewn through the middle section which is then folded before putting on your baby. Prefolds require a separate cover to act as a waterproof layer and need a pin or Snappi to fasten. They’re also an economical option, work well for newborns and are easy to wash and dry.