Cloth diapers are economical and baby-bum friendly, but they’re not always easy to figure out. That’s why we’ve put together this cloth diapering series, to take away the guesswork. Cloth Diapers: Learning the Lingo - An Appendix of Terms

Cloth Diapering – An Appendix of Terms

You may have heard some of these abbreviations and terms floating around the internet before and wondered what the heck they meant. (Confession: sometimes us cloth-diapering mamas forget that not everybody is a cloth expert!) So, here you go, I’ll explain. CD – Cloth Diaper Cover  – Waterproof outer shell Insert  – Absorbent, [usually] multi-layer fabric that goes inside the  cover Hook & Loop  – Generic term for Velcro (aka aplix). Pocket Diaper – Diaper-shaped, waterproof shell sewn to a fabric inner with one edge left open, creating a pocket, which can then be stuffed with one or more cloth inserts OS – One-size diaper that will adjust to fit baby as he/she grows with the use of snaps at varying levels AIO – All-In-One – Waterproof shell and absorbent insert sewn together as one AI2 – Al-in-Two –  Similar to AIO, but with two pieces instead of one Hybrid  – Separate waterproof cover and absorbent insert, sometimes with snaps or velcro to attach the two “allows for multiple uses of cover before washing Flat  –  A single-layer square of fabric that can be folded in several ways to adjust absorbency and fit PF – Prefold diapers – three-sectioned flats with more layers in the middle section for increased absorbency Fitted  – Absorbent  cloth base with leg gussets and tabs sewn in,  but still requires a waterproof cover MF – Microfiber, a type of polyester fabric commonly used in inserts PUL – Polyurethane laminate, a common fabric for waterproof covers Stash –  A collection of cloth diapers Strip/Stripping – Process of removing detergent or other buildup in the fibers of cloth diapers Nappy – European word for diaper Sposies – Disposable diapers Cloth Diapers: Learning the Lingo - An Appendix of Terms Revisit the beginner’s guide to cloth diapering, check out Stephanie’s  extensive Modern Cloth Diapering series, or let us know if we missed anything on our Facebook page!

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