Real Nappies: What Are Real Nappies

Real Nappies have come a long way since the start of terry nappies. Now there is a wide variety of different styles but fundamentally there are 3 types of real nappies to choose from – Pocket Nappies (All-in-One Nappies), Flat / Prefold Nappies, Two Part / Fitted Shaped Nappies. Depending on the style of nappy you choose, you may need to buy more nappies as your baby grows. Some types offer ‘Birth to Potty’ sizing where you’ll only need to buy one.

You might find it easier to choose real nappies depending on your priorities – synthetic stay-dry feel, easy to put on (all-in-one); economical, quick drying with some folding (flat nappies / prefolds); natural, breathable with no folding (shaped nappies).

Pocket Nappies / All-in-One Nappies –  Synthetic, Stay Dry Feel, Easy To Put On

Also called stuffables, these are wraps with a pouch into which you can insert any pads e.g – folded terries, shaped inserts, prefolds or pads you have made yourself from absorbent fabrics.  They do not require a seperate covering wrap as this is integral to the design. These are very versatile as you can add pads for night times and use fewer during the day. The inserted pads dry quickly after washing.

Gnappies are a hybrid all-in-one, containing a pouch to which you place a prefold, stay-dry insert or biodegradable disposable insert.

Cost: from around £14 each.  Extra inserts around £3 

Flat Nappies / Prefolds – Economical, Quick Drying With Some Folding

Flat Nappies tend to be made of breathable cotton. They are economical, durable and versatile. These include traditional terries, muslins and pre-folds. They need some folding and a waterproof cover (wrap). No pins are needed if you use a little plastic gripper (nappy nippa) or fitted wraps.

Pre-folds are popular.  A waterproof wrap over the top holds the nappy in place.  Watch a video on how to use a pre-fold.

Cost: around £1 – £3 per nappy.

Two Part / Fitted Shaped Nappies – Natural, Breathable with No Folding

These are shaped and fitted, with soft, elasticated legs and waist. They tend to be made of breathable cotton, bamboo or other natural material and do not require folding.   Easy to put on, most have velcro fastenings or poppers.  The main types are ‘one size’ (birth-to-potty) or ‘sized’ (S,M,L and even XL).  They wash and dry easily, although some fabrics take longer to dry than others.   All shaped nappies need a waterproof covering wrap.

Cost: around £9 each.

Waterproof Wraps

A waterproof wrap is worn over flat or shaped nappies.  Soft, durable and breathable, most are machine washable and come in either sized or onesize.

Flip Onesize wraps are designed to work with the Flip range of inserts but can be used over some other flat nappies as well.

Cost: from around £9

Liners

Bio-degradable paper liners or washable (cotton, silk and fleece) liners can be placed inside nappies to catch the poo. After changing the nappy simply remove and throw away.  If only wet and not soiled, some biodegradable liners can even be washed for reuse.

Cost: Biodegradable liners cost around £3 for 100 sheets, and washable liners from around £3 each.

What Are Real Nappies?

 

Real Nappies have come a long way since the start of terry nappies. Now there is a wide variety of different styles but fundamentally there are 3 types of real nappies to choose from – Pocket Nappies (All-in-One Nappies), Flat / Prefold Nappies, Two Part / Fitted Shaped Nappies. Depending on the style of nappy you choose, you may need to buy more nappies as your baby grows. Some types offer ‘Birth to Potty’ sizing where you’ll only need to buy one. You might find it easier to choose real nappies depending on your priorities – synthetic stay dry feel, easy to put on; economical, quick drying with some folding; natural, breathable with no folding.

Pocket Nappies /

All-in-One Nappies

Synthetic, Stay dry feel, easy to put on

Also called stuffables, these are wraps with a pouch into which you can insert any pads e.g – folded terries, shaped inserts, prefolds or pads you have made yourself from absorbent fabrics.  They do not require a seperate covering wrap as this is integral to the design. These are very versatile as you can add pads for night times and use fewer during the day. The inserted pads dry quickly after washing.

Gnappies are a hybrid all-in-one, containing a pouch to which you place a prefold, stay-dry insert or biodegradable disposable insert.

Cost: from around £14 each.  Extra inserts around £3 

 

 

Flat Nappies / Prefolds

Economical, quick drying with some folding

 

Flat Nappies tend to be made of breathable cotton. They are economical, durable and versatile. These include traditional terries, muslins and pre-folds. They need some folding and a waterproof cover (wrap). No pins are needed if you use a little plastic gripper (nappy nippa) or fitted wraps.

Pre-folds are popular.  A waterproof wrap over the top holds the nappy in place.  Watch a video on how to use a pre-fold.

Cost: around £1 – £3 per nappy.

Two Part / Fitted Shaped Nappies

Natural, breathable with no folding

These are shaped and fitted, with soft, elasticated legs and waist. They tend to be made of breathable cotton, bamboo or other natural material and do not require folding.   Easy to put on, most have velcro fastenings or poppers.  The main types are ‘one size’ (birth-to-potty) or ‘sized’ (S,M,L and even XL).  They wash and dry easily, although some fabrics take longer to dry than others.   All shaped nappies need a waterproof covering wrap.

Cost: around £9 each.

Waterproof Wraps

A waterproof wrap is worn over flat or shaped nappies.  Soft, durable and breathable, most are machine washable and come in either sized or onesize.  Flip Onesize wraps are designed to work with the Flip range of inserts but can be used over some other flat nappies as well.

Cost: from around £9

Liners

Bio-degradable paper liners or washable (cotton, silk and fleece) liners can be placed inside nappies to catch the poo. After changing the nappy simply remove and throw away.  If only wet and not soiled, some biodegradable liners can even be washed for reuse.

Cost: Biodegradable liners cost around £3 for 100 sheets, and washable liners from around £3 each.