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Airflow wrapVery popular, popper fastening PUL wrap made by Motherease.
All-in-ones (AIO's)These nappies have the cotton part and wrap attached together, so there is only one part to the nappy
AplixA type of "velcro" fastening
BamboozlesSized two-part shaped nappy made by Tots Bots. Made from bamboo!
Birth to potty (one-sized)Nappies designed to fit baby from birth to potty training.
BoosterExtra padding added to increase absorbency, often hourglass shaped
BOVBamboo organic velour material.
Cloth nappiesReusable nappies, washable nappies, cotton nappies and real nappies are all the same thing!
ClothieA person who loves using cotton nappies on their child. This person may be suffering from a cloth nappy addiction!
Cotton nappiesReusable nappies, washable nappies, cloth nappies and real nappies are all the same thing!
Cover (wrap)The waterproof outer part of a nappy. Sometimes they are attached (all-in-ones and pocket nappies) sometimes they are separate (two part nappy). Separate wraps can be made from PUL, fleece or wool.
DiaperAmerican name for Nappy
Dry pailing or Dry StoringStoring dirty nappies in a bucket without soaking. Lavender oil is often added to keep out smells- plus a lid!
FlannelCotton material which is densely woven then brushed, making it very soft
Flat nappiesNappies that open out flat, like a terry square or prefold. These need folding.
FleeceFabric (normally acrylic or polyester) used to make liners and wraps. Some nappies are fleece lined to give a stay-dry layer
FlufflesA two-part sized shaped nappy made by Tots Bots. Popular due to very quick drying time. Made from polyester.
Fluffy PostA parcel arriving through the post that contains cotton nappies or accessories!
Fuzzi BunzPopular American made nappies, best know for their stuffables
Imse VimseSwedish nappy manufacturer of Imse Diapers and Bumpy wraps
InsertThe absorbent part added to a pocket nappy. They can be made from cotton, bamboo, hemp or micro-fibre.
KissaluvAmerican made nappy, very stretchy fleece fabric, slim fitting and popper fastening
KooshiesCanadian manufacturer of nappies, including Ultra and Classic
LanolinA product used to treat wool wraps to keep them waterproof
LinersThe layer next to the baby's skin, helping to keep them dry. Sometimes these are flushable paper liners; sometimes they are washable and made from fleece or even silk
Longieslong woolly trousers to cover a two-part nappy. These are especially good over night.
MEOSMotherease Onesize nappy
MerinoA popular wool for making longies and other wool covers. Very soft to touch.
MicrofibreA man-made fabric use in real nappies or inserts. It holds the liquid between the fibres rather than absorbing it into the fibres. Not suitable to use with wool covers.
Motherease (Mother-ease, ME)Very popular Canadian make of nappy. Makes One Size, Multifit, as well as Rikki and Airflow wraps
Nappi nippas (nappy nippa, snappi)A plastic T shaped gripper to hold fasten free nappies together (instead on using a pin)
Nappy bagA waterproof bag for storing dirty nappies in when out and about
Nappy meshA draw string mesh bag to line the bucket containing dirty nappies. They make transferring nappies into the washing machine a more pleasant experience!
OSOne-size. Nappies designed to last from birth to potty training.
OVOrganic velour- material used to make real nappies. Lovely and soft.
Pocket nappies or "stuffables"These are basically a waterproof wrap with a lining, often made from fleece. Absorbency is added by "stuffing" with inserts.
PrefoldsAbsorbent squares, but have a padded section in the centre. Usually just held in place by a close fitting gusseted wrap.
PUL (Polyurethane Laminate)Waterproof material used in many wraps, pockets and all-in-ones
Pull-on pantsWrap without side openings - pulls on like ordinary pants
Real NappiesReal nappies, cotton nappies, cloth nappies, washable nappies and reusable nappies are all the same thing!
Reusable nappiesCotton nappies, washable nappies, cloth nappies and real nappies are all the same thing!
Rikki wrapVery popular gussetted PUL velcro wrap made by Motherease
Shaped / fitted nappiesThese are shaped to fit the baby without folding. Usually have elasticated waist and legs. These require a waterproof wrap.
ShortiesWoolly shorts to cover a two-part nappy. These are especially good over night. Can only be used over natural fibred nappies.
Sized nappyA nappy that comes in various sizes which need to be purchased as the child grows
SkirtieA wool cover that looks like a skirt.
Snappi (nappi nippas, nappy nippa)A plastic T shaped gripper to hold fasten free nappies together (instead on using a pin)
SoakerAnother name for a wrap. Only heard this used to describe wool or fleece nappy covers.
SoakingPutting dirty nappies into a bucket of water before washing to prevent staining. Sometimes a product is added to keep smells to minimum. Water is changed daily
ssSide snap. Where a real nappy or cover has poppers at the side, rather than at the front.
Stuffable (pocket nappy)These are basically a waterproof wrap with a lining, often made from fleece. Absorbency is added by \"stuffing\" with inserts.
Terry squaresAre simply squares of towelling material folded, usually fastened with a nappi nippa and then covered by a wrap.
Tots BotsVery popular make of nappy, made in Scotland. Makes Fluffles, rainbow bots and Bamboozles
Two part nappy systemThis is where the cotton, absorbent part and the wrap are separate
WAHMstands for "work at home mum". A selection of WAHM goodies can be found in the new nappysite WAHM shops section!
Washable nappiesReusable nappies, cotton nappies, cloth nappies and real nappies are all the same thing!
Washable WipesSmall pieces of material that can be used to wash baby's bottom at nappy changes- instead of disposable wipes. Plain water or a mild solution can be used. Often made from cotton with a fleece backing.
Wick/WickingThe term used to describe wetness or moisture as it seeps though fabric. Sometimes this is due to wetness being squeezed through a nappy wrap(compression wicking) due to a vest top being done up too tighly. More common with fleece or wool wraps.
Woola great material for wraps, especailly for use over night. They are breathable and water repellent, but need treating with lanolin. They can only be used over natural fibres (not polyester nappies).
Wrap (cover)The waterproof outer part of a nappy. Sometimes they are attached (all-in-ones and pocket nappies) sometimes they are separate (two part nappy). Separate wraps can be made from PUL waterproof material, wool or fleece.
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