MCN – Modern Cloth Nappies
OSFM – One Size Fits Most, size adjustable to grow with baby – usually fits babies from 5kgs to 17kgs
AIO – All-in-one, a nappy where the absorbent lining is attached to the outer waterproof shell. All layers are in one nappy unit. You don’t need to separate /detach the inserts before washing.
AI2 – All-in-two, a nappy where the absorbent materials are generally a snap in/removable style. This will simply lay inside the waterproof outer shell. It will need to be unsnapped before placing in the wash.
Pocket Nappy – a nappy where there will be a pocket opening between the outer waterproof shell and the inside layer that sits against baby’s skin. Absorbent Inserts can then be inserted inside the pocket between these two layers.
Stuff – Refers to inserting absorbent inserts into pocket nappies.
NB – Newborn baby
PUL – Polyurethane laminate. The waterproof outer fabric layer. Fabric is backed with the laminate and chemically bonded.
TPU – Thermoplastic Polyurethane. The waterproof outer layer, fabric backed with a laminate and heat bonded.
RAOK – Random Acts Of Kindness. Giveaways or donations. A way to pass on unwanted nappies.
WAHM – Work At Home Mum/Maker. A nappy or other reusable products that’s made and sewn by hand in Australia.
CC – China Cheapies are Chinese owned brands resold in Australia under the Chinese brand Name or rebranded under a different company name. There is generally a large price difference but quality is dependent on the actual brand in question.
Prep – Preparing nappies for use. All new nappies need to be washed before they are first worn. Natural fibre nappies may need several washes or soaking to build absorbency.
S/S – Strip and Sanitise. Referring to a washing technique to help reset absorbency and clean out any build up in cloth nappies. Generally something that is done when second hand nappies are purchased. The process can be found on the Clean Cloth Nappies website.
EBF – Exclusively Breastfed. Generally referring to what baby eats as it affects baby’s poo and what cleaning is necessary.
FF – Formula Fed. Much the same as EBF for cleaning purposes.
Delamination – When the waterproof laminate layer separates from the fabric. This can be caused from high heat, age, or due to poor quality in manufacture. There will be a crinkly look and usually a crunchy sound when this happens.
We have workshops (online and in-person) to help you navigate your way through the world of cloth nappies! Find one here: https://thenappyguru.com.au/events/