Nappies that are all in one piece.

You change the whole nappy every nappy change as the waterproof layer and absorbent layer are attached.

Pros - super easy to use, most like a disposable, very little time to put them together to use.

Cons - can take longer to dry, tend to be more expensive than some other options

Great For:

Childcare, Grandparents, those wanting nappies most like a disposable.


These Nappies are in two parts.  The waterproof layer and the absorbent layer come apart.  Normally you can use the outer wrap for a few changes and just change the absorbent layer.

Pros - more cost effective, easy to add extra nappies to your set without costing much, faster drying time

Cons -  slightly more complicated to use

Great For:

Parents, Slight cost saving,

Likely to be a bit more complicated for childcare but great for use at home


The absorbent layer and waterproof layer are separate.  You place the absorbent part in a pocket inside the waterproof wrap.  You change the whole nappy each time.

Pros - easy to add extra absorbency if you need to, easy for childcare to use if organised in advance

Cons - 'stuffing' the nappies after washing takes a while

Great For:

customisable inserts and layers, childcare if putting nappies together in advance, some great low cost options


These are sized to fit your baby or toddler and usually come in size 1, 2 or 3 (although many children will be out of nappies before size 3).  

There are normal pocket nappies which are sized rather than birth to potty and fitted absorbent nappies that need a wrap over the top such as the little lamb ones in the picture.  These come in a range of materials from microfibre to bamboo.

Fitted nappies are much simpler to put on with no rise snaps to worry about and some find the fit better.

The absorbent nappies are super thirsty and can last overnight.

Pros- good fit, the absorbent nappies are super absorbent, easy to put on

Cons - have to buy different sizes, absorbent nappies are bulky, 

Great For:


Older children where only one size will be needed

A good fit and simplicity to put on.

Terries, Muslins and Flats

These are the traditional but still very much used option of folding material into a nappy shape and securing it (usually with a snappi these days) in place.  

Terry - like a towel you fold up into a nappy shape

Prefold - you fold it into a rectangle along stitched lines

Muslins - you fold either to a rectangle or nappy shape.

Flats - material like cotton or bamboo similar to muslins

Pros- absorbent, low cost, quick to dry

Cons - bulky, more difficult to put on, 

Great For:


Low cost option, newborns


This is the waterproof layer that you use over fitted absorbent nappies, terries, flats, muslins etc.  It is also what the outer part of all nappy systems is called.  Usually made from a type of PUL it keeps all the moisture in the nappy.

These also come in other materials such as wool and can either be in the shape of a nappy or a pull up type.

Great For:


Low cost option, newborns


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