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Choosing the style of cloth nappy you will buy can be daunting for a beginner. Keep in mind when choosing a cloth nappy system that you don’t have to stick with one kind – some people use flat nappies around home and save the more expensive ones for overnight or going out.

Quick style guide

Flat, Prefold and contour nappies

Pros:
Economical
One size fits all
Quick drying

Cons:
Less absorbant
Some need folding

Pre-folds
Fitted nappies

Pros:
No folding or pins
Snug fit with elastic
Available with stay-dry liner

Cons:
Slower drying
Multiple sizes needed

Homemade Fitteds
Pants overnaps

Pros:
One size fits all
Economical
No closures required

Cons:
Need fitted or pinned nappy
Less adjustable

Overnaps
Wrap overnaps

Pros:
Fit baby well
No pins or origami needed
Can be used again if un-soiled

Cons:
Multiple sizes needed
Some cant go in drier

Wraps with pad folded flats
All-In-One nappies

Pros:
Easy to put on
Caregivers like them
No pins or folding

Cons:
Slower drying
Multiple sizes needed

All In One nappy
Pocket style nappies

Pros:
Stay dry lining
Adjustable absorbency
Quick drying

Cons:
Multiple sizes needed
More expensive

Pocket being stuffed with a pad folded flat

Common Misconceptions:

Cloth nappies are mistakenly perceived as wet, unhygienic and leaky overnight. The great news is that fabric technology has evolved and all modern cloth nappies can now have a stay dry fleece liner that keeps baby's bum dry. Regarding nappy rash, if baby is dry and in a chemical free fabric then rashes will be greatly diminished. You will still need to ensure baby is changed often enough and nappies are thoroughly washed (see washing instructions) When using washable nappies overnight, all you need is more absorbency. As the absorbency of modern nappies can be adjusted it is easy to add more by using a booster, doubler or extra insert.

   

Too many options?

Overwhelmed? Mix it up! Some mothers like to use flats in the day and the more comprehensive nappies at night and when out. Many stores sell an individual nappy to help you choose. Most important is to do your homework, ask around, go to some informative websites and view before purchasing a whole set. Better to have one you don't want than a dozen.

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