AI2 An AI2 diaper has a set of snaps that attach the absorbent layer (like an insert) to the inside of the diaper. When changing an AI2 diaper you can either replace the insert with a clean insert; reusing the same shell; or replace the entire diaper if needed.
CD An abbreviation for cloth diapers. Many moms refer to themselves as CDing moms.
Contoured Similar to a pre-fold or flat, except they are contoured to fit baby (usually with an elastic leg casing). Most contoured diapers require a cover.
Diaper Sprayer A diaper sprayer is used to rinse dirty diaper over a toilet and attaches to most toilets in just a few easy steps. Diaper sprayers work similar to kitchen sink hose attachments. Using a diaper sprayer will prevent you from getting poop in your washing machine. Simply flush away the poop after spraying.
Fleece One of the most common fabrics used on the inside of cloth diapers. Fleece allows wetness to pass through while still feeling dry to the touch. This helps to keep your baby’s bottom dry. You can also purchase small sheets of fleece to lay between your baby and a natural fiber (like cotton or hemp) to keep them feeling dry in pre-folds, flats, or fitteds.
Hybrid A diapering system that can be used like a cloth diaper or as a disposable diaper. A hybrid diaper consists of a waterproof shell or cover that can be reused and washed with either a cloth insert or disposable insert.
Lanolin / Lanolizes Wool covers (longies and shorties) need to be lanolized to waterproof them for use as diaper covers. A natural wax-line material comes from sheep once wool is harvested (animals are not harmed in the extraction of lanolin). Lanolin can also be used by nursing mothers for cracked, dry, and rough nipples.
One Size Used to refer to a diaper that fits most babies from birth through potty training. A one-size diaper can be adjusted to fit different shapes and sizes of babies from 3kgs to 18kgs (7lbs to 40lbs) and more. To adjust most one-size diapers use snaps or elastic and can easily adjust to fit your growing baby at any size.
Pocket A Pocket-style diaper has a pocket opening between the outer shell layer and the inner layer that touches baby’s skin. You can place the absorbent material (insert) inside this pocket opening. According to our 2nd Annual Cloth Diaper Pulse Survey results, pocket diapers are the #1 choice style for cloth diapering families.
PUL PUL stands for polyurethane laminate. PUL is the waterproof material used to make outer shells of many popular brands of diapers and diaper covers. PUL requires a chemical bond to attach to the back of fabrics. It can feel shiny or sticky.
Soaker The term soaker is used to describe the middle, absorbent layer of a diaper. This layer is often made of a different material than the rest of the diaper.
Stripping No, stripping isn’t what you might think at first!! In cloth diapering, stripping is a way to remove built-up residue from cloth diapers. Individuals who strip their diapers should check with their manufacturer for details on how to properly “strip” their cloth diapers.
Wool Wool is often referred to as bulletproof in the cloth diapering community. Wool is used to make diaper covers, longies (long pants), and shorties (short pants or skirts) to go over pre-folds, flats, or fitted diapers. Wool is a natural fiber that is extremely breathable and is commonly used for nights, naps, and for heavy wetters. Wool covers can be hand knit or purchased.Wool needs to be lanolized in order for it to have that superior waterproof characteristic and extreme care should be followed (check with the manufacturer) when washing to prevent shrinking your wool. Shop here.
AIO All-in-Ones. An AIO diaper consists of only one piece. The absorbent material (insert) is attached to the outer shell. AIOs are the only diapers that don’t require “stuffing” and are super easy to use. Some AIO diapers take slightly longer to dry. These diapers are considered the easiest style to use and are very popular for dads, day care, and anyone hesitant to try cloth diapers.
Cloth Wipes Cloth wipes are reusable and washable fabric squares (or rectangles) used to clean up a soiled baby bottom. Cloth wipes are usually made of micro-terry, velour, hemp, bamboo, or flannel cloth. You can pre-moisten the wipes (using a wipes warmer or similar container) or wet them at the time of use to wipe baby. Wipes can be washed along with the rest of your cloth diaper laundry. Wipes can be moistened with water or other wipes solution.
Diaper Cover When using a pre-fold, flat, or fitted diaper you may want to use a diaper cover to keep wetness contained. Covers are usually made of plastic, vinyl, waterproof polyester material, fleece or wool. Diaper covers are budget friendly and work great for many families. Diaper covers may be one-sized or sized. The most popular brands are Thirsties and Flip diaper covers.
Doubler A doubler is similar to an insert that can be added to “double” the absorbency of your diapers. A doubler may be used with any type or style of diaper for added absorbency. Doublers can be helpful for nights, naps, and heavy wetters. Shop here.
Hook and Loop Hook and loop is a type of closure also referred to as Velcro™ (brand name) or aplix. Hook & loop closure is the most similar to how a disposable diaper goes on and is easy to use. It is often considered to be daddy-friendly or day care friendly.
Insert Inserts are the absorbent part of the cloth diaper. They are usually rectangular-shaped and fit inside a pocket diaper, cover, or shell. The most popular material is a microfiber/microterry material (a synthetic). Inserts may also be hemp, bamboo, organic cotton, or minky. Microfiber/ microterry should not be placed directly next to your baby’s skin (instead it may be placed inside a pocket).
Minky / Minkee A popular synthetic material in the cloth diapering community that is super soft. Minkee can refer to the super soft (almost stuffed animal like) feel of the outside of diapers and to the newer technology that is used to create inserts (similar to a microfiber only softer).
Pail Liner / Diaper Pail A diaper pail is used to store dirty diapers between washings. These reusable bags are waterproof and can be used alone or placed inside a small trashcan. The diaper pail or liner can be washed along with your dirty diapers. Some diaper pails hang on hooks or door knobs for a more fashionable look. See also wet bag.
Pre-fold Pre-fold diapers are rectangular pieces of cloth that have a thicker middle layer. Also referred to as “your Grandma’s diapers” because they are the type of diapers most commonly used before the invention of the modern cloth diaper. Pre-folds are another budget friendly diaper and require a diaper cover or plastic pant (yes, they still make those too) to keep wetness contained. Pre-folds may be tri-folded and used like an insert or may be folded and pinned (or Snappied) to secure onto your baby. Most pre-folds are made of natural fibers like cotton, organic cotton, hemp, or bamboo.
Snappi Snappis are a brand name diaper fastener that can easily fasten a pre-fold or flat diaper without the use of pins.
Stash Referring to ones collection of cloth diapers. Examples: I have 30 diapers in my stash. My stash is primarily made up of pocket diapers. I have stash-envy of Susie who has over 100 CDs!
Wet Bag A wet bag is a small reusable bag used for storing soiled diapers. Wet bags can be used at home or when on-the-go and come in small to large sizes. Wet bags are waterproof and are sealed with either a zipper or drawstring closure to keep the messy stuff inside. You can wash wet bags with your diapers when you get home.