What are cloth nappies ?

Cloth nappies are a very good alternative to disposable nappies. The fact they can be washed and reused many times makes them better for the environment and your pocket.

There are several types of cloth nappy available for the modern baby. They range from simple traditional terry squares to Aplix or popper fastened shaped all-in-ones (AIO) and pocket nappies. They can be made from a wide range of textiles including bamboo, hemp and fleece.

The three basic types of cloth nappy are:

All-In-One Nappies (AIO) and Pocket Nappies

Pocket nappies are designed as a waterproof wrap with a fleece liner. An opening at the back is stuffed with as much absorbent material (such as terry or microfibre) as required. They are very convenient to use and are quick to dry as they can be separated before washing. All-in-one nappies are similar but have a built-in waterproof outer layer. Both types of nappy are very easy to use and great for nurseries or travel.

Shaped nappies with a separate waterproof cover.

This is a shaped two piece system (nappy an wrap) that fits snugly around your baby helping to prevent any leaks. They are very quick easy to put on. Shaped nappies are usually fastened with Aplix© or poppers. Wraps are sold in a wide variety of bright colours and prints. We've seen some absolute works of art.

Flat nappies with a separate waterproof cover.

The flat two piece system is the cheapest, most versatile and quickest to dry. They need to be folded to fit baby and usually need fastening with a Nappi Nippa (safe modern replacement for the safety pin). A waterproof wrap prevents leaks and holds the nappy in place.