What type of cloth nappies should I buy?

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Thursday 5 January 2017

There are broadly three main styles of cloth nappies to choose from:

  • All-in-one/ Pocket nappies
  • Flat/ Prefold nappies
  • Two-part/shaped nappies

There are also cloth nappies specifically for premature and small babies weighing between 2-7Ibs. Some shaped nappies can be folded in order to fit small babies; you will need a waterproof cover to prevent leaks.

All-in-one/ Pocket nappies

All-in-one cloth nappy:

  • Very easy to use
  • Can take longer to dry
  • No folding
  • Velcro or popper fastening
  • Elasticated legs and waist
  • Absorbent inner with a waterproof outer layer attached
  • Can add extra pads for extra absorbency, helpful for use at night time
  • Comes in sizes, but more common as a birth-to-potty nappy
  • £8 - £20 each new
  • Extra absorbent inserts £1.50 new

Pocket nappies:

  • Very easy to use
  • Quick drying
  • No folding required
  • Velcro or popper fastening
  • Elasticated legs and waist
  • Fleece inner with waterproof outer layer attached
  • Pocket at back of nappy between fleece inner and waterproof outer
  • Comes in sizes, but more common as a birth-to-potty nappy
  • £8 - £20 each new
  • Extra absorbent inserts £1.50 new

Flat/ Prefold nappies

Flat nappies and prefold nappies

  • Slightly more difficult to use due to folding
  • Quick drying
  • Require some folding
  • Requires a waterproof cover
  • Comes in different sizes
  • 20 small and 20 large usually recommended
  • £2 - £3 each new
  • Includes terry and muslins
  • Little plastic grip needed to secure nappy

Two-part/ Shaped nappies

  • Easy to use
  • Quick drying depending on fabric
  • No folding required
  • Velcro or popper fastening
  • Elasticated legs and waist
  • Comes as a waterproof cover
  • Can add extra pads for extra absorbency, helpful for use at night time
  • Comes in sizes, but more common as a birth-to-potty
  • £6 - £12 each new
  • One of the best nappies for leak protection
  • Extra absorbent inserts £1.50 new

Accessories

Nappy liners - Biodegradable nappy liners can be placed inside the nappy to catch any solid waste - they can be thrown away after use, and cost around £3 for 100 sheets.

Reusable wipes - Have you considered using reusable wipes? This could help save you even more money and you can choose from a variety of soft fabrics to suit your baby. Reusable wipes range in cost from £0.60 to £2.00 each new.

Find out more about cloth nappies:

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