The A-Z Of Cloth Nappies

Cloth nappy jargon can be overwhelming. Use our handy guide to learn all the cloth nappy terminology.


Aplix is another name for Velcro - they are both trade names


Bamboo is the textile used in many boosters, it is a very slim option and is very absorbent, great for a heavy wetting child


Birth to Potty - a term to describe a nappy that isn't sized


Also known as charcoal bamboo, charcoal is generally used to filter smells, it has anti bacterial properties and so can help when babies are teething.  You will also see the acronym CBI which is Charcoal Bamboo Insert


Diaper is the American term for nappy, it's also widely used in Europe


Disposable – nappies, inserts, liners – basically, things you throw in the bin!  Disposables inserts can be useful when you are on holiday or if you’re using hybrid nappies.

Essential Oils

Essential oils should always be used with caution, their use with cloth nappies is becoming popular.  Tea tree oil seems to be a popular one but shouldn't really be used with babies, it is too harsh, lavender oil is more suited for freshening up nappies


Fleece is a material often used as a liner for nappies, it ensures your baby's bottom is kept nice and dry


gNappies are a hybrid nappy, you can use cloth inserts or disposable, these are really versatile, especially on holiday


Hemp is used as a material to make boosters, hemp is a natural fibre and is extremely absorbent, they are also slim fitting

Hook and Loop

Hook and loop is another phrase to describe velcro or aplix


Four tips for keeping baby safe in the late summer sun.


inserts are generally used for pocket nappies - they can be made of microfibre, bamboo, charcoal, hemp, cotton or zorb


liners are used to keep nappies in great condition, you can get disposable or reusable, reusable are generally made of fleece but you can also get them made from other material such as silk which is especially good for babies with very sensitive skin


nappy libraries are a great way to get started with cloth, they will loan kits containing several different types of nappies so that you can trial them and decide which suit you and your baby best


microfibre is a popular fabric for inserts

Mesh Bag

a mesh bag is inserted into a nappy bucket to enable easy transfer of dirty nappies into the washing machine

nappy cream

nappy creams are something that should be used to treat nappy rash with caution as many of the traditional nappy creams eg sudocrem can coat nappies.


One size fits most - an abbrevation that would also describe a nappy as being suitable from birth to potty


Pocket nappies are nappies that have a pocket in them that you put inserts in for absorbency


Polyurethane Laminate, what makes our nappies waterproof


Poppers are the fasteners on many nappies


The rise of the nappy is how we would describe how high it comes up the belly


It is important to rinse all the suds out of nappies to prevent a build up of detergent

Strip Wash

Strip washing


Sunshine is the best stain remover, not just for nappies either, it's extremely effective on curry and spaghetti bolognaise!


A "stash" is how people describe their collection of nappies - you will see people referring to "stash shots" where people will post photo's of their stash looking all neat and tidy!


terry nappies are the original cloth nappy and still widely used, they’re especially great for newborns, they are very absorbent and will need a separately waterproof wrap

V1, V2, V3

This represents the version the nappy is – the evolution of a nappy brand


Wicking is a term used when describing the movement of liquid via material - in simple terms, it means a leak!


A wrap is something that you need over a cloth nappy that doesn't already have a waterproof cover

Wet Bag

You will use a wet bag mostly when you’re out and about to store your dirty nappies in.  Lots of people use these permanently inst

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