Cloth nappies have come a very long way since our grandmothers and mothers used folded and pinned terry towelling squares. Modern cloth nappies require no soaking, boiling, origami skills or pinning. They are beautifully shaped to perfectly fit your growing child, and are fastened in a range of simple styles.

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Nappy Types

1. square (foldable flat) nappies 
Traditional terry towelling, flannelette or muslin squares for newborns. These flat nappies are folded and pinned or fastened with a Snappi. There is a whole new generation of flat nappies though too, utilisng wonderfully absorbent slinky, silky bamboo terry, hemp jersey, organic flannel and organic waffle weave cotton. Hemp fleece contours are other varieties of easy-to-use flat nappies. They are the cheapest cloth nappy option.

2. fitted nappies 
Designed to make using cloth nappies much easier and to enhance containment and absorption, fitted nappies are shaped to suit your baby perfectly. By definition, a fitted nappy is entirely absorbent, and therefore requires a separate waterproof cover.

A fitted cloth nappy generally consists of three parts
a) the absorbent shaped nappy nappy,
b) a booster (optional) for increased absorbency, for heavy wetters or overnight use,
c) a liner (optional)closest to skin which creates a dry layer between skin and nappy

Fitted nappies come in a range of styles
a) sized nappies - usually three or four sizes, according to weight of child
b) one size nappies - with adjustability to fit child from newborn to toilet training stage.

3. all in one nappies 
A fitted nappy that has the cover built into the main structure. All-In-Ones have evolved into two styles, a true allin one has the booster built into the body of the nappy, where All-In-Twos have snap in boosters tjhat can uusually be interchanged to extend the wear of your nappy.

4. pocket nappies 
Amazing innovation has evolved in the pocket nappy style. Pocket nappies are constructed from a waterproof outer which is usually polyurethane laminated polyester, and a stay dry polyester lning against your baby's skin. Between the layers is a 'pocket' or 'pouch' opening into which absorbent inserts are placed. Inserts can be made from anything absorbent at all, the most popular choices being microfibre for its high absorbency but quick drying nature, and hemp and bamboo for their deep absorbency. Pocket nappies can be either sized, but the most popular styles are designed to fit from birth to toilet training.

Cover Types
Also known as ‘pilchers', ‘wraps' or for wool covers 'soakers'. Nappy covers are essential for containing the moisture in your baby's nappy, and to prevent moisture from leaking (‘wicking') onto your baby's clothes. A good quality nappy deserves a good quality cover.
Covers have evolved a lot since plastic pilchers. Today's fabrics include polyester fleece, wool and polyurethane laminated (PUL) polyester or minky. These fabrics are comfortable, easy to care for and work effectively.
Wool makes the most wonderful nappy cover; it is breathable,repellent + absorbent all at once.

Breathable nappy covers who function by air flow releasing moisture instead of containing it. This evaporative effect is also cooling.

Wool cannot be beaten for soft luxurious feel and overnight reliability. Wool covers do take gentle care to maintain but the trade off is that they do not need to be washed very often! The lanolin in pure wool has an anti-bacterial effect, when it comes into contact with urine, a self-cleansing lanolin-soap is created.

Fleece and wool work best with ventilation; perfect for overnight use, but not so much if child will be confined in a car seat or pram for long periods of time. You may experience 'compression wicking' where the nappy sweats if the nappy is very wet.



Extra layers of absorbent material such as hemp, bamboo, flannelette or microfibre lay inside nappy. They are perfect for increasing absorbency for overnight use or if your baby is a heavy wetter.

The innermost layer of a cloth nappy made from paper or cloth to keep dry layer and to contain poo for ease of disposal. Acts as first wipe. Generally made of 100 % polyester fleece because non-absorbent; allows moisture to pass through to absorbent cloth, and creates dry layer, unless totally saturated.

Nurture Nappies also has a luxurious silk liner, prized because of its naturally antibacterial and antifungal properties, perfect for especially sensitive skin.

Real nappies and their covers are fastened in a range of styles- some nappies and any folded square nappies require a Snappi nappy fastener, also known as Nappi Nippa's in the UK. Snappis are a quick, practical, safe and reliable way to fasten cloth nappies, replacing the nappy pin. Easy to use; simply stretch the three ends of rubber over the nappy area and grip into the fabric.

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