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Nappy FAQs


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  


What are the different types of nappies? 


All in One's - it’s in the name! These nappies are one complete piece - an outer waterproof layer with an insert sewn in. This is usually folded into place.
  • 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