Which Type of Cloth Nappy?
There’s no doubt about it, information on the internet about modern cloth nappies can be lengthy and confusing! The short descriptions below should assist you in understanding the different types of cloth nappy systems. If you have any questions then I encourage you to phone Mod Bots on 0409941066. Or you may wish to book a consultation to see how the nappies work. We would love to help!
Firstly I need to say that the differing types of cloth nappies listed below essentially comprise the same two elements, which are:
– a waterproof outer shell of breathable PUL (fabric that has been laminated to make it waterproof).
– an insert* made from highly absorbent material such as hemp or bamboo.
*I have used the term insert but you may also see these called soaker pad. (Please note a “booster” is usually used to describe an extra insert that you use in additional to the regular insert in order to “boost” the absorbency.)
The absorbent insert and the shell are two separate pieces. The insert is laid into the waterproof outer shell, and is kept securely inside the nappy with snap fastenings. After use, the insert un-snaps from the shell and a clean insert can be snapped into the shell. This system has the advantage of saving you money as you do not need to buy as many outer shells as you do inserts.
Pocket Nappies have a pocket running the length of the outer shell in which you slide your insert. This system gives you the flexibility of adding extra inserts (known as boosters) to increase the absorbency of the nappy, for overnight use for example.
All-in-Ones have the insert sewn onto the outer shell. They take longer to dry as you cannot separate the insert and the shell, but are very easy and convenient as you do not have to assemble any pieces together before popping on baby.
Fitted Nappies resemble the size and shape and construction of a disposable nappy. It may have snaps or velcro to fasten it or you may need a fastener such as a snappi to secure it on baby. A waterproof cover is then placed over the top. These are a brilliant option for newborns as the fitted nappy fits securely around baby’s legs and have more absorbent fabric than other types of cloth nappies thus reducing the chance of leaks.
Prefolds are flat and square and consist of multiple layers of absorbent fabric. Prefolds are either folded in three and placed inside a waterproof nappy cover, or they may be folded in specific ways, secured onto baby with fasteners before a waterproof cover is wrapped over the top. With each change, a fresh prefold can be placed into the same cover for multiple changes (unless the cover is soiled or very wet). This system is very economical – it will cost you less to purchase a large number of prefolds with only a few covers versus purchasing a large number of whole nappies such as all-in-ones, all-in-twos or pocket nappies. Prefolds are quick drying and are perfect for the high number of changes newborns require.
These are simply smaller nappies sized specifically for newborns.
Prefolds can be used for newborns as well. Prefolds are flat inserts that are folded into three and placed inside a waterproof nappy cover. The cover should not n four to five changes. Prefolds are inexpensive to purchase and are quick drying, which are both advantageous as newborns require a high number of nappy changes.
Night Nappies are simply cloth nappies, as above, with extra layers of absorbent material. We stock fantastic tried and tested options for night nappies.
OSFM (One Size Fits Most) nappies are fully adjustable to suit babies from newborn right through to toilet training (5kgs to 12kgs). These are very economical as you do not have to purchase different sized nappies.
SIZED nappies come in Extra Small, Small, Large and Extra Large, and are arguably a more suitable fit than OSFM at each stage.
Most nappies are offered in either Snap fastenings or Velcro. Snaps are more durable than Velcro and provide a more secure nappy (that most babies/toddlers are not able to take off!). Velcro makes for a totally customisable fit and a quicker nappy change.
SO HOW DO I CHOOSE?
Most parents use a mixture of different types of nappies depending on what advantages and costs are involved. Usually one nappy system or brand becomes a favourite.
Mod Bots offers a Mod Mix Pack that includes one of each type of cloth nappy system at a discounted price, with bonus cloth wipes. This is a fantastic way to experience the different nappy systems.
You will need approximately 15-25 nappies for full time use to ensure you have a clean supply on rotation. If you are new to cloth nappies, you may wish to initially purchase 4-5 nappies to alternate with a day of disposables and then look into purchasing a full time supply or ‘stash’.