Types of cloth nappies

All in Twos or AI2s: (Sometimes called Snap in) These cloth nappies come in two parts: the waterproof cover and separate insert (or inserts), The insert can be laid in or snapped in. They are similar to pocket cloth nappies, but do not require any stuffing. The cover can be made from PUL, minky or cotton (all with a waterproof layer). The inserts can be made from microfibre, minky, cotton or bamboo. AI2s have quicker drying times, the covers can be reused with fresh inserts and are generally easier to wash as everything comes apart. This style of nappy is becoming very popular, and is one of the most popular choices in the Australian market. Our Baby Bare AI2 is an extremely popular example of an AI2.

inside Bare Cub ai2

The inserts snap or lay in the waterproof cover. They are removeable.

All in Ones or AIOs: Are most like a disposable. They go on like one, requiring no additional inserts or covers.  The absorbent layers can be cotton, synthetic or bamboo. The waterproof outers can be PUL, minkee or cotton and you can increase absorbancy with boosters. Some AIOs include a pocket to assist with increasing absorbancy. AIOs are the easiest to use and wash. This is a great option for day care or grandparents. It is also perfect if you do not want to fuss with reusing covers. They typically take longer to dry than other styles, but there are fast drying options like the Pikapu AIO.

inside bare cub aio

All absorbency is sewn in and cannot be removed.

Pockets: A basic style of nappy due to the simple pocket and absorbency. Ability to customise absorbency with the pocket inserts (by adding more if needed). The covers can be PUL, minkee or cotton. The pocket is located at the back of the cloth nappy. The inserts can be made of cotton, microfibre or bamboo. Additional boosters can also be added. The cloth nappy inner is usually made of microfleece or microsuede to wick moisture away from baby. The disadvantages can be the time taken in stuffing the pockets compared to the AIOs, but a great pocket nappy is easy to stuff and many brands come as a OSFM.

Fitted: A fitted nappy looks like a normal modern cloth nappy, without a waterproof layer sewn into the cover. They are generally totally absorbent and require a waterproof cover.  They have elastic in the legs to prevent leakage. They are made of cotton, hemp or bamboo and are more absorbant than squares or prefolds. They can be fixed with velcro, snaps or a Snappi. Many night nappies are a fitted type nappy. Some parents love these for summer as they can be worn as a more breathable nappy without a cover (and not pants). They can be sized or one size fits most (OSFM).

Squares: Just like our mums and grandmas used. They can be flannel, gauze, birds eye cotton or terry towelling. They are your cheapest option, but they are also the most time consuming. They require a waterproof cover.

Prefolds: Shaped like the squares nappies, but they consist of three sewn panels of absorbancy with the most in the middle. The sewn-in absorbancy is usually cotton, hemp or bamboo. They require a cover, but are much easier to fold than the squares. Great to use with newborns as they are better fitting. They can also be used as boosters or as inserts in pocket cloth nappies. Most economical and by adding a booster can be very absorbant.