New to reusable nappies? It can be a bit of a minefield to start with, with new terms and different styles of nappies to learn about, getting the right fit, and working out a washing routine! Hopefully you’ll find your answer below, but if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the different types of nappies?
- Pros - Nothing else is needed. This can be a good place to start with reusables. Once ready, they’re ready to go!
- Cons - Can take a while to dry. Usually more expensive
Pocket Nappies - A waterproof outer layer that needs to be ‘stuffed’ with inserts. The inserts are the fabric strips that absorb wetness. They come in a range of different fabrics (cotton, bamboo, hemp, microfibre and mixes) and can be doubled up to create more absorbency.
- Pros - Quick drying as the inserts and waterproof layer separate in the wash. Usually cheaper then all in ones.
- Cons - Require stuffing / prepping.
Two Part Nappies - Usually a hemp or bamboo ‘fitted’ nappy with a wrap over the top. (The inner fitted nappy is not waterproof so needs the wrap)
- Pros - Long absorbency, great for night nappies. Can be ‘boosted’ with extra inserts
- Cons - Can be bulky and take longer to dry
Terry Nappies - 'Old school' cotton / bamboo / mix squares, that are folded into a waterproof wrap.
- Pros - Cheap. In theory anything can you used - old towels, muslin squares etc. Can be boosted as much as needed
- Cons - Potentially more fiddly