Real nappies are a great alternative to other nappies. They are soft, chemical free and over time they can save you money.
Different types of real nappies
Most real nappies are shaped exactly like disposables. They're easy to change and fully adjustable for a good fit. They use poppers or velcro fastenings, so no pins or clips needed. There are two main types:
- All-in-ones: each nappy is a single item with a waterproof outer layer, absorbent middle layer and internal wicking fleece for no-fuss changes.
- Two-part: these have a separate waterproof cover that can be used all day and soft nappy inside which is replaced at each change. They're quicker drying than all-in-ones and durable enough to use for more than one child.
Both options usually feature an extra pocket for absorbent boosters.
Many real nappies come in an adjustable 'birth-to-potty' size. Others are specific sizes, such as 6-20lbs, 16-35lbs or 35lbs +. These are a better fit, but will need replacing at least once as your child grows.
Cheaper alternatives to shaped nappies are:
- Flat nappies or 'terry squares': flat material which you fold into a nappy shape then place a waterproof wrap over the top. Cheap and quick-drying, but more difficult to change and may need a 'nappy nippa' pin to fasten them.
- Prefolds: flat nappies that have been stitched so they require less folding and sit within a waterproof cover.
Not sure what you need? Try The Nappy Lady's questionnaire or talk to a nappy library – they are local experts and hire out different types and brands of cloth nappies so you can work out which work best for you. In Hertfordshire we have Stork and the Bees in Hemel Hempstead and Watford, and the NCT Nappy Library in Bishops Stortford.
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