Guide on reusable nappy types

So you’re considering using reusable nappies on your baby? 

As you have begun researching cloth nappies, you’re suddenly diving into a lot of new information about them, which can be confusing.

We are here to help! There are many types of nappies in the market. Knowing their functioning mechanism, advantages and disadvantages is crucial to choosing the best match for your needs. 

1. All-in-One nappies

Mechanism explained

Similar to a disposable in convenience of changing. The waterproof outer cover is sewn together to the absorbent inner. Simply snap the nappy around your baby and toss into your nappy bucket when soiled.  Depending on the brand, they may have double elastic leg openings to contain mess.

Advantages

  • Easy and quick to change in one step, just like disposables.
  • Its ease of use makes it ideal for child care and grandparents.
  • Good containment of poop and urine due to the double gusset barrier.
  • Saves time and mess to parents removing the soiled nappy from the baby, washing it and drying.
  • Depending on the brand, these can be the slimmest fit.

Disadvantages

  • Depending on the design, they can be slower to dry.
  • Manufacturing the waterproof outer cover sewn together to the absorbent inner requires more time and steps, and thus they are usually more expensive to purchase.

 

 

The PICO TANGO difference:

  • Our All-in-One design has two inner absorbents, both containing elastic edges and without topstitching in the groin area, resulting in a leak-free and poop-free system, indicated for night time, naps or longer car journeys. 
  • Exclusive patented* One-size adjustment technology provides the slimmest fit for newborns. 
  • Sewed-in absorbents can be turned inside out for quick-drying.
  • Extra booster with extra absorbency at the front for toddlers.

     

    2. All-in-Two nappies

    Mechanism explained

    The absorbent inner is attached with snaps to the waterproof cover.

    Advantages

    • Once snapped together, this diaper becomes easy to put on the baby as an All-in-One.
    • Depending on their design effectiveness, fewer covers might be required as soiled diaper inserts are replaced, making it more economical.
    • Dries quickly, as the absorbent insert is removed to wash.

    Disadvantages

    • The absorbent diaper insert must be snapped into each cover before use, and snapped out again prior to washing.
    • Most inserts available in the market don’t have elastic gussets, and thus they get more prone to poop and urine leaks.
    • More waterproof covers are required than stated by manufacturers, as they easily become wet or soiled in the groin from the use of the first absorbent put in. So you end up changing both absorbent and covers, instead of just the absorbent.
    • Depending on the design, snap parts for attaching the absorbent are often left exposed against the baby’ skin, leading to discomfort.

    3. Pocket nappies

    Mechanism explained

    Pocket diapers consist of a waterproof cover outside and a synthetic liner inside. An opening (pocket) is left in between usually along the back of the diaper, which parents can stuff an absorbent insert into. 

    Depending on the brand, they may have double elastic leg openings to contain mess.

    Advantages

    • Once pre-stuffed, this nappy is easy to put on the baby as an All-in-One.
    • Dries quickly, as the absorbent insert is removed to wash.

    Disadvantages

    • Removing the dirty wet insert from the inside of the nappy is unpleasant.
    • The absorbent insert must be added to each nappy before use and removed after use, prior to washing.
    • Depending on design, usually these diapers are not very leak-resistant, given the amount of holes in the gussets, created by the sewing machine during production.

     

    4. Fitted nappies

     

    Mechanism explained

    These are absorbent fabric shaped to fit your baby fastened with hook & loop or snaps around the belly, and with elastics at the leg openings for better poop containment.

    The absorbent fitted diaper and waterproof cover go on the baby in two separate steps.

    Advantages

    • There is usually great containment of poop due to elastic in the gusset. 
    • Depending on the brand, these are often very absorbent diapers, more indicated for night time, naps or longer car journeys.

    Disadvantages

    Changing is not the most convenient:

    • You will need a waterproof cover to go over fitted nappies.
    • Because it takes two steps to fasten the absorbent part and then again the waterproof cover, it can become difficult once your baby grows and becomes impatient during diaper changes.
    • Having a first fastening of the absorbent part over the baby’s belly, plus a second fastening of the waterproof cover around the baby’s belly, on top of the first one, may cause discomfort for the baby.
    • Depending on the absorbency of the diaper, they may take longer to dry after washing.

    Look bulkier in comparison with the other types of cloth nappies.

    5. Flat and Pre-folded nappies

    Mechanism explained

    The same as your grandparents used on their babies.

    Are rectangular or squares of absorbent fabric that nowadays is folded to suit the inner side of a separate waterproof cover which is then fastened around the baby.

    Advantages

    • The most economical option if you’re on a tight budget.
    • The fabric can be folded in different ways to fit different sizes.
    • Dries quickly as they can be unfolded.
    • Washes well as a flat piece of fabric.

    Disadvantages

    Changing is not the most convenient:

    • Requires folding each diaper before using them on our baby.
    • Absorbent fabric more difficult to stay in place as your baby grows and moves a lot during the nappy change.
    • More prone to poop leaks due to absence of elastics to contain the poop.
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