Materials

Nappies come in a range of materials, which can often be puzzling so here are a few tips. Bamboo and Hemp are extremely absorbent natural fabrics, they can however be very slow drying. Charcoal boosters/soakers are currently recommended for heavy wetters.

Microfibre is a man made fabric, very absorbent, fast drying but can be bulky. Fleece/microfibre/minky is often used as a lining fabric in nappies due to their stay dry feel against the skin.

PUL is ‘Polyurethane Laminate’ and is a layer applied to fabric to make it waterproof with an amount of breathability.

Sizes

Most nappies come in a ‘One Size Fits Most’ size these nappies have systems of poppers or adjustable elastic so that you can change the rise and fit to suit your child as it grows. However they are often not suitable for the first couple of months. Sized nappies can provide a better fit at either end of the scale, however this in turn can lead to additional expenditure and we would recommend loaning nappies at these stages if necessary.

Fixings

Aplix (hook and loop/velcro)

Pro’s: Adjustable, Easy to do up

Con’s: Can cause pilling in the wash, easy for toddlers to open

Poppers:

Pro’s: Harder for toddlers to undo, very durable

Con’s: less adjustment options, can be fiddly to do up

Nippas

Pros: Safer than pins, maximum adjustment

Cons: can be slower to do up, not good on smoother fabric

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