Reusable Nappies Explained

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stack of reuseable nappies
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3 pack nappy

There are lots of different types and styles of nappy. Yes, it can be confusing intitally but it doesn’t have to be, most are just variations of the three main nappies. In this blog I will look at each type in more detail and explain it’s pro’s and con’s. The three main types are:

All in One Nappy.

All in two/ Pocket Nappy.

Two Part Nappy.

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An AIO with 2 tongues

An AIO with 2 tongues

An AIO with 1 longer tongue

An AIO with 1 longer tongue

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All in two nappies (the most common is a pocket nappy) come with a water resistant shell and separate aborbent inserts. Usually the inserts are either poppered into the shell via poppers/snaps or inserted into a pocket within the shell. This type of nappy is very easily adjusted to suit whatever absorbency your baby needs. Using different combinations of inserts will tailor make the absorbency to suit and can be easily changed as baby grows. The inserts and shell are seperated after use and washed in the machine as usual.

Pros

  • Absorbency very adjustable
  • Usually cheaper than AIO
  • Inserts and shells dry quicker as they are seperated

Cons

  • Some prep and assembly required such as stuffing pockets
  • Can be bulky depending on the inserts used
Double opening pocket

Double opening pocket

Pocket Shell and Inserts

Pocket Shell and Inserts

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A two part nappy is exactly what it says, a nappy in 2 parts, the shell and the absorbent nappy. The shell is usually in the form of a wrap/cover, this provides the water resistant layer between the wet nappy and the babies clothes. Inside the wrap you would have an absorbent fitted nappy or flat style nappy, such as a terry towel or muslin. These nappies are often used overnight but can be good during the day for heavy wetters. These nappies are also quite cost effective as wraps can be reused during the day after a wipe with a cloth.

Pros

  • Cheaper than most other options depending on nappy brand
  • Very absorbent
  • Terry/flat nappies can be adjusted easily as baby grows

Cons

  • Usually fairly bulky
  • Slightly harder to use due to there being two parts.
Fitted Absorbent Nappy

Fitted Absorbent Nappy

Fitted Nappy Covered by Wrap

Fitted Nappy Covered by Wrap

This has been a very quick and simple guide to nappies, but it gives a general overview of what is out there, please do get in touch if you need more help!

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