A simple guide to the real nappy world

real nappy

real nappy

This simple guide to the real nappy will help choose the best real nappy for your baby. You might prefer to buy all the same nappies or mix and match.

  • Flat nappies, also called terry nappies. Made of a square of cotton terry towelling. They are affordable, easy to wash, quick to dry and durable. Flat nappies are versatile: the small terry nappies can be used as booster for toddlers and the large ones can be used as hand towels. They require a bit more practice for folding. Use a nippa to close the flat nappies and a waterproof wrap.
  • Shaped nappies. A shaped real nappy is sewn in and pre-formed to be used just like a disposable nappy. The big advantage of shaped nappies is their ease of use and versatility: they adapt to babies of different sizes and body shapes. Some are sized (i.e. available in multiple sizes) or one-sized (the same nappy can be used for a newborn or toddler). You will need a waterproof wrap.
  • All in one nappies: An all-in-one real nappy is the closest thing to a disposable nappy. The absorbent nappy, the waterproof wrap and often a soft lining are sewn together so they are very easy to use. Ideal for quick nappy changes and for carers who might not be used to nappies. The drawbacks are that they can take longer to dry, can be quite expensive and less durable.
  • Pocket nappies are composed of a waterproof wrap and a soft fleece layer sewn in together. The flat adsorbent part of the nappy is stuffed in between those two layers and removed for washing and quick drying. Easy to use and wash, it can be more expensive than shaped nappies.