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AI2 All In two. A nappy with the absorbent layer attached to the PUL outer. It has an extra absorbent layer which can be removed for ease of washing/drying. Once assembled it is an AIO, but comes apart for ease of washing/drying.
AIO All In One. This is a cloth nappy that has the waterproof layer built-in. Sometimes this layer is hidden. These nappies do not require a separate waterproof cover. Not recommended for heavy wetters or overnight as it can be difficult to make them absorbent enough for some babies.
Booster This is a separate shaped pad laid into the nappy to provide additional absorbency when required such as long car rides, night time nappy, and heavy wetter's.
Contour A contour nappy is also called a shaped nappy. This tends to be a flat nappy that has been shaped to fit more snugly then a flat nappy. These tend to be laid inside a waterproof wrap, or fastened with pins or a snappi. They can also be used as a booster or additional soaker inside another nappy.
Cover Waterproof layer that goes over the top of a flat, fitted or prefold nappy to stop moisture getting clothes wet. Can be breathable PUL, or Wool.
Diaper Another word for nappy.
Dry Pailing A laundry method where dirty nappies (any poo shaken off into the toilet first) are stored in a bucket (or bag) without being soaked in water, prior to washing.
Fitted A type of nappy that generally has elasticated legs and back, with built-in fasteners such as Velcro. These nappies require a separate waterproof cover.
Flannel/Flannelette A fabric type that is generally 100% cotton, although do watch out when buying as some times it is a cotton/polyester mix which is not as absorbent. Flannel/flannelette is commonly used as it not bulky, and gets more absorbent with washing.
Flat Refers to a traditional style nappy of a flat square or rectangle shape, which requires folding and pins (or a snappi). These tend to be cotton, Indian cotton, cotton twill, terry toweling or muslin. These can also be used as additional absorbency inside other nappies.
Insert The absorbent part of a pocket nappy. Needs to totally fit inside the pocket. Can be made from any absorbent material.
Liner Laid between a nappy and baby to catch poo and keep babies skin feeling dry (fleece). Some liners are flushable, and others are reusable and get washed with cloth nappies. Generally a liner should not be absorbent as you want the moisture to wick thru to the absorbent layer of the nappy.
Microfleece A light weight fleece that is water resistant. Commonly used these days as a liner inside a nappy, or as the top inside layer of a nappy to provide a stay dry effect for babies sensitive skin. Another popular aspect of microfleece is that poo slides off (once baby has solidish poo), and it is relatively stain resistant. If a stain occurs on your microfleece simply wash and hang in sunlight to dry. Added bonus of being quite fast to dry.
OSFA This means “one size fits all” nappy. Can be a pocket or fitted nappy. Some are better suited once a child reaches a certain bulk, others are fine from newborn right through to potty training (depending on when training occurs).
Pocket The best way to describe a pocket nappy is an AIO with an opening like a pocket across the top of the back, essentially a shell with a stay dry inner and a waterproof outer. These nappies can be stuffed with your choice of absorbent material such as a flat nappy or a prefold. Generally the manufacture or reseller will recommend or suggest what to use inside the pocket.
Pop!-Cover The outer shell required for the Pop!-Nap to snap into.
Pop!-Nap A pocket that snaps in and out of a cover. Very economical as you don't need to buy as many covers as Pop!-Nap's. Still needs an insert inside.
Prefold A flat nappy that already has the layers built-in. Such as 4 layers on the sides and 6 layers down the middle. These would be referred to as 4x6x4. Generally, these nappies get folded into thirds and laid inside a waterproof wrap. They are very versatile as they can be used as the absorbent material inside a pocket nappy, or as a additional booster inside a fitted nappy. They also come in various sizes from prem to toddler, to provide a better fit inside different size covers.
PUL Stands for poly-urethane laminate which is a special coating applied to fabric to make it water resistant. Although the breathable aspect of the fabric means air can circulate, it doesn't mean you will be able to draw in enough air to fill your lungs and breathe if you hold it over your own mouth or nose.
Shaped Also referred to as a contoured nappy. This tends to be a flat nappy that has been shaped to fit more snugly then a flat nappy. These tend to be laid inside a waterproof wrap, or fastened with pins or a snappi. They can also be used as a booster or additional soaker inside another nappy.
Soaker A knitted wool cover used mostly overnight. Wool helps to absorb a fair bit of moisture helping keep your wee one's pj's and bed dry.
Sodium Polyacrylate The super absorbent chemical gel found in many disposables. This is the little gel beads you may see on your child's skin at nappy change times.
Terry Toweling A type of fabric used which is a slim toweling. Very absorbent, but can be bulky. Used in all style of nappies from fitted to flat, and can be used as the absorbent layers of booster or soaker pads.
Wick / Wicking The term used to describe wetness or moisture as it seeps though fabric. For example, microfleece liners are used to wick pee thru to the absorbent layers of a nappy so skin stays dry.