A Glossary Of Reusable Nappy Terms
Adjust the rise - This means to adjust the length of the nappy. It is usually done by snapping together poppers to make the rise shorter or unsnapping them to make it longer. Read our article for detailed and visual guide on how to adjust the rise.
Agitation bubbles - These are the bubbles created in water when it moves around; they can sometimes be seen in the washing machine towards the end of a cycle. It is often confused with suds from washing powder. Agitation bubbles are usually just a few and tend to pop quickly.
AI2 - This is an abbreviation of All in Two nappy; see details below.
AIO - This is an abbreviation of All in One nappy; see details below.
All in One - An All in One is a nappy where the absorbent part and waterproof outer are attached to each other in one single piece. It is the most similar to a single use nappy.
All in Two - An All in Two nappy is a nappy where the absorbent material attaches onto the waterproof cover, most commonly with a popper. This type of nappy is designed so that at nappy change time you simply snap out the absorbent material, wipe the waterproof cover and snap in a new insert. This saves on washing as the cover can be used for up to 4 nappy changes or 12 hours. It is recommended to use a new cover at whichever of these comes first.
Aplix - Is a type of hook and loop fastening, used to secure the nappy together. Most people would recognise it by the brand name Velcro.
Apwool - A special promotion during the month of April when TNL shares knowledge, discounts and advice regarding the use of wool as a nappy cover.
Athletic Wicking Jersey - A synthetic fabric that is lightweight and breathable. It is used in nappies as either a liner or sewn into the nappy as the layer closest to the skin. It is designed to wick moisture away and helps to keep baby's skin feeling dry.
AWJ - This is an abbreviation of Athletic Wicking Jersey, see details above.
Bamboo - This is a man made fabric made from the pulp of the bamboo plant. Bamboo fabric is very absorbent making it ideal for both nappies and boosters. It is not suitable to be dried on a direct source of heat as this can damage the fibres.
Birth to Potty - This is an older phrase that we tend not to use as much now. It refers to a one size nappy that is adjustable from a small size fitting a young baby up until a toddler who is potty training. These nappies rarely fit from birth so we now call them a one size nappy instead.
BNWT - This abbreviation can commonly be seen in our preloved sales group. It stands for Brand New With Tags.
Booster - A booster is a pad of absorbent fabric added to a nappy to increase or boost the level of absorbency. Boosters are most commonly made of bamboo or hemp.
BTP - This is an abbreviation of Birth to Potty, see details above.
Charcoal - This is a type of man made material sometimes used for inserts or boosters. It consists of layers of microfibre with an outer layer of grey fleece. This grey fleece is made from bamboo nanoparticles that are heated to a very high temperature to burn them, thus the phrase charcoal bamboo or charcoal. Unlike the bamboo we normally refer to in nappies and boosters, this bamboo charcoal contains none of the properties we would expect. This is because it is within the fleece, essentially it is no different to normal fleece except for its grey colour.
Coconut oil - Can be used as a nappy cream and is safe to use with cloth nappies. This means that using it won't affect the absorbency of the nappy.
Compression [leaks] - A compression leak is when fabric leaks fluid after pressure is applied to it. When talking in nappy terms, this could be a baby sitting down for example. Compression leaks happen most frequently with microfibre fabric. A simple solution is to place a natural fabric, eg bamboo, under the microfibre (furthest from baby’s skin). This will mean that when the microfibre is compressed and releases the fluid, it should be retained by the bamboo.
Cotton - is one of the most commonly used fabrics in the world and is the oldest fabric used by mankind. Cotton is comfortable, durable and absorbent, making it a great fabric for nappies. Most cotton grown in the world is not grown organically; at The Nappy Lady™ we try to refer to this as 'standard cotton' to avoid confusion with organic cotton nappies. Standard cotton is one of the most polluting crops in the world and contributes to environmental pollution through the use of pesticides, fertiliser and insecticides. However it is also natural, breathable, hypoallergenic, absorbent, soft and easy to clean, so it is easy to see why it's so popular and so commonly used.
Cover - This a waterproof layer that goes over a fitted nappy, it is often called a wrap. Historically these were made of plastic but modern versions are now made with PUL which is a breathable fabric.
Crossover poppers - These are an additional set of poppers on the tabs of a nappy, allowing you to cross over or overlap the tabs to fit better on a small baby. An example of a nappy with crossover poppers would be Little Lovebum Popper & Pocket.
Diaper - This is the American term for a nappy.
DISO - This abbreviation can commonly be seen in our preloved sales group. It stands for Desperately In Search Of.
Double Gusset - A double gusset refers to a nappy with two rows of elastic that sit in the gusset area or around the legs. This can either be having two leg elastic like Close Pop-In nappies or one leg elastic and one internal sewn elastic like the Baba+Boo pocket nappy.
Dry pailing - is the method of storing dirty nappies dry in either a bucket or a wet bag. It is the most commonly used method for storing dirty nappies. The previous method of wet pailing is no longer recommended.
EC - This is an abbreviation of Elimination Communication; see details below.
Elimination Communication - is the method of using baby's communication to address their need to eliminate waste. This involves using timing, signals and cues to know when babies need to go to the toilet. It is most frequently combined with the use of nappies and we regularly hear of young babies who only use a nappy for wees and all poo is caught in a potty. Specialist potties like the Top Hat Potty are very useful when practicing Elimination Communication from a young age.
EUC - This abbreviation can commonly be seen in our preloved sales group. It stands for Excellent Used Condition.
Februterry - is when we spend the month of February sharing knowledge, advice, tips and discounts on terry nappies. Terry nappies are the most cost effective method of using reusable nappies and we often hear how people expect they will be complicated. Februterry breaks down these barriers and shows people just how simple a traditional terry nappy can be and how much easier it is to fold than people expect.
Fitted - A fitted nappy is made fully from absorbent fabric sewn into a nappy shape, making it easy to fit onto a baby. It can sometimes have a stay dry layer sewn into the nappy but most frequently it is just the absorbent part. A fitted nappy will need a wrap over the top as a waterproof layer.
Flat - A flat nappy is where the absorbent part of the nappy is made from a flat piece of material that you fold yourself. This can be anything from a prefold that is simply folded in half or three, to a terry square that can be folded in a variety of ways to create a nappy.
Fleece - is a synthetic material made from polyester. Fleece is used as a liner inside a nappy and very occasionally as a wrap. It is soft, lightweight and dries quickly, but most importantly when we talk about fleece use in nappies it is hydrophobic. This means that the fibres of the fabric can not absorb fluid. When used in a nappy the fleece allows the fluid to pass through to the absorbent layers below but still remains dry to the touch, keeping baby's skin feeling soft and dry.
Flooding - This is a term most frequently used when talking about toddlers. It is when so much fluid goes into the nappy quickly that it can not be absorbed fast enough. Signs of flooding include children weeing far less frequently, and often doing bigger wees. It most frequently occurs in toddlers as they get ready for potty training. The most telling sign of flooding is that lots of the nappy will still be dry. Flooding is often confused with a nappy being saturated but they are very different. Saturated is the nappy not being able to absorb any more as it is 'full'. Flooding is the nappy being unable to absorb fast enough due to the speed and volume of the fluid.
Gusset - This is the central section of the nappy that sits between baby's legs. Nappies with a double gusset have two layers of elastic for added containment.
GUC - This abbreviation can commonly be seen in our preloved sales group. It stands for Good Used Condition.
Hemp - is a fast-growing robust crop that grows in most temperate or sub-tropical areas. Hemp is derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant; the fibres of hemp are well known for their durability. Hemp was one of the first plants to be spun into fibre. As a fabric, hemp holds its shape well and is incredibly strong. Hemp is the highest absorbency fabric used for nappies, making it perfect for night times, heavy wetters or as a booster. The Ella's House Bum Booster is our best selling hemp booster.
Hip popper - This refers to an additional popper placed towards the bottom of the nappy tab. These poppers help the nappy to fit more securely around baby’s hips and can prevent wing droop. It is also referred to as a stability popper.
Hook & loop - is a type of fastening. You may recognise it by the brand Velcro; hook & loop is the generic name. It consists of two pieces of material, one with very small hooks on and the other with small loops on. When pressed together the hooks catch onto the loops and hold the two pieces together.
HTF - This abbreviation can commonly be seen in our preloved sales group. It stands for Hard To Find.
Hybrid - This is a nappy that doesn't fit into a regular nappy type or is a combination of several types. An example of this would be the Little Lovebum Popper & Pocket nappy as this can either be used as a pocket by placing the insert into the pocket at the back or as an All in Two by snapping the insert onto the cover. It could also be a nappy that is designed to be used with either reusable or single use inserts.
Insert - The absorbent part of a nappy, which usually comes separately from the outer waterproof layer. The insert is made from absorbent fabric and must be inserted into the shell before the nappy can be used. Inserts can be snapped, folded or inserted depending on the type of nappy. Inserts and boosters are very similar but an insert is generally what comes with the nappy as standard, where a booster is an optional way of adding extra absorbency.
ISO - This abbreviation can commonly be seen in our preloved sales group. It stands for In Search Of.
Lanolin - is a waxy substance that is derived from sheep's wool. When we use wool as a nappy cover we need to add lanolin back into the wool to maintain its water resistant properties.
Laundry tab - This is a piece of material added inside the waist tabs of a nappy with a hook and loop fastening. You can fasten the tabs of the nappy to the laundry tab during washing. This helps to keep the nappy open (rather than fastened like it would be when on a baby) which can give a better clean. Laundry tabs can also help to prevent the hook fastening catching on other items in the wash.
Library - A nappy library is similar to a book library but is for nappies. Users can hire a variety of different nappies or kits enabling them to try out reusable nappies without the need to purchase different types. Nappy libraries are often run by volunteers with donated nappies. The Nappy Lady has a nappy library and we hire out newborn kits. Our Bimbles Newborn Hire Kit is the most popular.
Liner - This is added inside the nappy and goes against baby's skin. Liners don't have any absorbency, but instead are used to assist with the easy removal of poo and to help keep baby's skin feeling dry. Liners can be either reusable (most commonly fleece material) or single use (throwaway/disposable paper material).
Maintenance wash - This is a wash that is usually done once a month to help keep your washing machine running at its best. A maintenance wash consists of wiping the machine, cleaning the drawer, wiping the seal, cleaning the filter and running a hot wash to clean out the pipes.
Mesh bag - This is a bag where the fabric has been woven to create uniform sized holes throughout the bag. These holes allow water or air to pass through the bag. They are ideal for keeping items separated from each other in the wash (e.g. nappies with velcro) or for keeping smaller items together (e.g. breastpads). A mesh bag can also be used to line a nappy bucket; when it's time to wash you can take out the full bag and put it straight in the washing machine. In this instance, the top of the bag will remain open, allowing the nappies to fall out to be washed thoroughly.
Microfibre - is a fabric made from ultra fine synthetic fibres such as polyester. It is commonly used in things like cleaning cloths and is ideal for use as a baby face wipe due to its super soft feel. Microfibre is exceptionally fast drying and stays soft without the need for a tumble drier. Microfibre is fairly absorbent, but due to the way the fabric holds on to fluid, it can release this fluid easily under compression so can be prone to leaking. A microfibre nappy can be bulky as it needs a lot of fabric to provide the same absorbency as a nappy made of more natural fibres.
Microfleece - is the thinnest and most lightweight type of fleece you can get. It is ideal for use as a liner in baby's nappy.
Minky - is a type of fabric made from 100% polyester fibres knitted into fabric of different pile heights and weights. Minky tends to be one sided and that side has a plush or fur-like texture. Minky can give a very soft feel to nappies but it isn't as absorbent as some other materials.
Nappy - Either paper or material which is fastened around a baby to catch wee and poo. A single use or disposable nappy is used once and then thrown away. It either goes to landfill or is incinerated. A reusable or cloth nappy is washed and reused time and time again. Every nappy is made up of two parts: absorbent material and a waterproof outer. In a single use nappy these are attached together, in a reusable nappy they can be attached together just like a single use nappy or they can be separate.
Nappy bucket - This is where dirty nappies are stored prior to washing. You can use any bucket but most people choose a bucket with a lid. Our best sellers are the Tots Bots bucket and our standard bucket.
Nappy fastener - This is what holds a flat nappy together. Traditionally it would have been a pin but now the most common is a nappy nippa. This is a T-shaped device with small grips on the ends which grip into the fabric of the terry or flat nappy.
Nappy library - A nappy library is similar to a book library but is for nappies. Users can hire a variety of different nappies or kits enabling them to try out reusable nappies without the need to purchase different types. Nappy libraries are often run by volunteers with donated nappies. The Nappy Lady has a nappy library and we hire out newborn kits. Our Bimbles Newborn Hire Kit is the most popular.
Nappy nippa - This is a T-shaped device with small grips on the ends which grip into the fabric of the terry or flat nappy to hold it together. Nappy nippas are sometimes referred to by the brand name Snappi.
Newborn - Refers to a baby from birth to about 2 months of age. To use cloth nappies as early as possible with a newborn baby, it is usually necessary to choose a dedicated newborn sized cloth nappy. This can be a fitted nappy, all in one nappy or a folded muslin.
NNR - This abbreviation is very frequently seen in our parenting group. It stands for Not Nappy Related. Members often use it to easily identify that a post isn't about nappies.
Olive soap - This soap made with 100% olive oil is traditionally called castile soap. Due to its gentle properties it is often used to wash wool covers.
One size - A one size nappy is a nappy that comes in just one size and is adjusted as a baby grows. It is designed to fit a larger range of weights than a sized nappy. Most commonly a one size nappy fits from about 10-35lbs in weight; this generally covers from a few months old to potty training for most children.
OOS - This abbreviation can commonly be seen in our preloved sales group. It stands for On Other Sites meaning that the items for sale are also listed elsewhere. It can also stand for Out Of Stock but this context is usually used in other locations.
Organic - Something is considered to be organic when it is produced without chemical fertilisers or pesticides.
Organic cotton - Is more sustainable than standard cotton. It is grown without synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides. Instead natural farming methods are used that increase biodiversity, promote healthy soil and reduce the fibre's water footprint. To be labelled as organic by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), a garment must contain at least 95% certified organic fibres.
OTB - This is an abbreviation of On The Bum. It is used frequently in our group when people are talking about photos of nappies on their baby.
Plus Size - This refers to a nappy which is bigger than the usual onesize nappy. Plus size or nappies for bigger babies are most commonly made for children over 35lbs.
Pocket - A pocket nappy has the waterproof outer and an inside layer (often fleece) sewn together to create something that looks like a single use nappy, but with a pocket at the back. Inserts are placed into the pocket to give the nappy absorbency. This style is popular due to being fast drying and having the ability to customise the number and type of inserts to adjust the absorbency. Pocket nappies are only suitable for daytime as they don't have the high absorbency of a fitted nappy.
Pod - A nappy pod is a wet bag but in a cuboid shape. It can be used for either clean or dirty nappies. Most pods fit about 5-8 nappies in. Pods are incredibly popular for childcare as you can put all clean nappies and any spare outfits in the pod ready for the day.
Polyurethane Laminate - This is the fabric used as the outer waterproof layer of a nappy or as a nappy cover/wrap. It is frequently abbreviated to PUL. Polyurethane Laminate is a fabric that consists of two parts; a thin waterproof layer (TPU or PU) which has been bonded to another layer such a polyester or cotton. This fabric is soft, flexible, water resistant and breathable, making it a perfect choice for nappy covers.
Poppers - Poppers, or snaps as they are often referred to, are a type of press stud fastener. They are small circular discs where one 'pops' into the other and a circular lip fits into a groove, holding the two together. They are very commonly used as a nappy fastening or to adjust the rise, and can be more durable than hook and loop fastening.
Poppets - Poppets are a brand who make reusable wipe solution. These small shell shaped cubes, or poppets as they are more commonly called, contain a concentrated mix of ingredients that once melted down and diluted in water create a luxurious yet eco friendly solution to use with reusable wipes when cleaning baby.
Prefold - A prefold is a flat nappy that is usually made from several layers of absorbent cotton (but can be other natural fabrics), and is rectangular in shape with stitching splitting the rectangle into 3 obvious sections. The prefold is then folded along these stitched lines making it a very simple and easy way to fold. A prefold is then laid into a waterproof cover to create a nappy. Prefolds are low cost, and easy to wash. At nappy change time, if the nappy is just wet, you simply remove the prefold, give the cover a quick wipe and then place in a new prefold.
Preloved - is another, but much nicer, term for the phrase second-hand. It refers to anything that has previously been used by another person and is not new.
Prewash - When talking about nappies there are two types of prewash. One is a short wash performed as part of a nappy washing routine, usually a rinse or quick wash and is done just before the main nappy wash. It is designed to remove the majority of the soiling before the main wash in which detergent is added. The other type of prewash is when you wash new reusable nappies prior to use. This can either be just a single wash to remove any manufacturing residue or multiple washes to help remove any natural oils in the fabric and increase its absorbency.
PUL - This is an abbreviation of Polyurethane Laminate; see details above.
RAOK - This abbreviation can be found in both our parenting and our preloved sales group. It stands for Random Act Of Kindness and is when someone gives something away for free with no expectation of receiving anything in return.
Real nappy - 'Real nappies' was the original phrase used for cloth nappies when single use nappies were first invented, but in modern day this term can be seen as offensive as single use nappies are not pretend nappies rather than real ones.
Real Nappy Week - Real Nappy Week is the original term for what we now refer to as Reusable Nappy Week. It is often abbreviated to RNW.
Reusable Nappy Week - This is a week in April every year, that usually coincides with Earth Day, to celebrate and promote the benefits of cloth nappies. Reusable Nappy Week is usually full of events including live chats, competitions and offers. You can read more about it on our Reusable Nappy Week page. It is often abbreviated to RNW.
Rise - When we talk about the rise we mean the length or height of the nappy. In most one size or size adjustable nappies, the rise is adjusted using poppers on the front of the nappy. These are at different heights and poppering to the top one will give the nappy the shortest length, the next one will be longer etc until all poppers are undone and the nappy is at its longest length. We have an article on how to adjust the size of onesize nappies.
RNW - An abbreviation of Reusable Nappy Week. Previously called Real Nappy Week. See details above.
Rolled elastics - This is a method of sewing whereby the elastic is sewn down the seam allowance on the wrong side, giving the edges a bunched up look. Elastic sewn in this method can be gentler on the legs than elastic sewn in the classic cased method. When using a nappy with a rolled elastic you need to make sure the elastic is completely rolled in and no absorbent fabric is showing.
Saturated - The term saturated means that something is holding as much water or moisture as it possibly can and nothing else can be absorbed. If your nappies frequently become saturated you may need to plan for more frequent changes or add more boosters to increase the level of absorbency. This should not be confused with flooding, which is when a nappy leaks because the fluid can not be absorbed fast enough.
Shell - A shell is a type of nappy cover. Instead of being one that is used over a fitted nappy, it is a cover designed to be used with specific inserts.
Side snaps - A side snap nappy has its poppers/snaps located on the side rather than at the front. The front of the nappy is fastened over the sides, rather than the traditional method of the sides coming round to fasten on the front.
SIO -This is an abbreviation of Snap in One; see details below.
Snap in One - This is another name for an All in Two nappy. The inserts snap into the cover making the nappy just like an All in One nappy. An example of this nappy is the Petit Lulu Snap In One.
Snaps - Snaps, or poppers as they are often referred to, are a type of press stud fastener. They are small circular discs where one 'pops' into the other and a circular lip fits into a groove, holding the two together. They are very commonly used as a nappy fastening or to adjust the rise, and can be more durable than hook and loop fastening.
Soaking - There are two meanings to the word soaking when talking about nappies. It most commonly refers to the traditional method of leaving nappies in a bucket of water to soak. This method was good for terry nappies but is no longer recommended for modern reusable nappies as it can damage the elastic and PUL. The other meaning for soaking is when talking about absorbency: the inserts or booster can be soaking wet, meaning they have absorbed a lot.
Stability popper - This refers to an additional popper placed towards the bottom of the nappy tab. These poppers help the nappy to fit more securely around baby’s hips and can prevent wing droop. It is also referred to as a hip popper.
Stash - This is a term used informally to talk about the nappies someone owns. Similar to if they talked about a collection of nappies.
Stay-dry - A stay-dry layer in a reusable nappy is a layer of fabric with hydrophobic properties. This means that it cannot absorb fluid but instead allows the fluid to pass through to the absorbent layers underneath. A stay-dry fabric will thus remain drier to the touch than other fabrics. Often referred to as being moisture-wicking, stay-dry fabrics are ideal to use as a liner in a nappy as they keep baby's skin feeling dry. Examples of stay-dry materials used in nappies are microfleece and athletic wicking jersey.
Strip wash - This is a much more intensive wash that you would usually use. It is designed as a troubleshooting method to strip out any residue of ammonia or detergent in the nappies and 'reset' them to their original condition. Our full strip wash guidelines are frequently used by people who have purchased preloved nappies or who suspect an issue with their wash routine.
Suds - These are the bubbles created by the detergent in the wash. It will vary considerably depending on the amount and type of detergent used.
Suede cloth - is a polyester fabric that looks and feels like a cross between velour and silk. It is considered a stay-dry fabric like microfleece but it isn't quite as dry.
Tabs - The tabs of a nappy (sometimes called the wings) are the parts of the nappy that come around the sides of the nappy to fasten in the front.
Terry - A terry, or terry nappy as its more commonly referred to, is a flat nappy that you fold into shape to create a nappy for your baby. They are the original one size nappy as they fit almost every baby (they are very bulky on a newborn). Terries are incredibly versatile, cost effective, easy to wash and quick to dry. We have a full guide on how to use terry nappies as well as a comprehensive folding guide.
TIA - Thanks in advance, you may see this is our Facebook groups.
TLDR - This is an abbreviation that you may see in social media groups. It stands for Too Long Didn't Read, it is often used on long posts to summarise.
TNL - The Nappy Lady (that's me!)
TPU - Is an abbreviation of Thermoplastic Polyurethane. This is a thin film of plastic that is bonded via heat to either a cotton or polyester fabric to make Polyurethane Laminate (PUL). If a nappy states it is made with TPU then this is showing that the PUL is made with TPU and heat bonded rather than being made with PU.
Training pants - are underwear used during potty training. They vary from being almost like normal underwear but with a small amount of absorbency to a pull up style nappy with a waterproof outer, elasticated sides and absorbent inner. Training pants are much lower absorbency than a nappy and are designed to help children feel wet or to catch any dribbles when they don't get to a toilet in time.
Two part system - A two part system is the name used to refer to a nappy system consisting of a fitted nappy and a separate wrap. This is the most reliable type of nappy system both for absorbency and containment. A two part system can be used night or day and is our preferred choice for nights.
Tuck in the legs - Some nappies fit better when the elastic around the legs is tucked in. This means pushing the fabric towards the groin so that it isn't low on the legs.
Tuck in the rise - When we use the front poppers to adjust the rise/length of a nappy, the excess material needs somewhere to go. Tuck in the rise is the phrase used to describe tucking in this material by pushing your fingers into the gap created by snapping the poppers together and folding the excess fabric up towards the front waistband of the nappy, or down towards the legs.
Unbleached - This refers to fabric that has had no dyes, coatings, chemical or additives. It is just plain cotton. Unbleached cotton often has speckles of seeds from the cotton plant in the fabric. Unbleached fabric will have a natural colour rather than being white.
Velcro - This is the brand name for hook and loop fasteners. It consists of two pieces of material. One has very small hooks on and the other small loops on. When pressed together the hooks catch onto the loops and hold the two pieces together.
Velour - is a plush knitted fabric, similar to velvet. Velour is more durable than velvet yet retains its luxurious feel. Velour can be used inside the nappy for absorbency or outside for a luxurious feel.
Vest extender - This is a small piece of rectangular fabric with poppers at each end. Vest extenders are placed between the poppers on a baby's vest to make the vest longer. These are very popular when using reusable nappies as they give extra room around the nappy without the need to size up on vests which can cause the shoulders to be too loose.
VGUC - This abbreviation can commonly be seen in our preloved sales group. It stands for Very Good Used Condition.
WAHM - This is an abbreviation of the term work at home mum, in reference to a product made by a parent working for themselves at home. You may also see references to WAHP, or work at home parent.
Wet bag - This is a bag made from the same PUL as nappy covers giving it the same water resistant properties. The primary use for Wet bags is to store dirty nappies. Large hanging wet bags can be used in place of a bucket, or a smaller wet bag can be used to store dirty nappies when out for the day. While their main design is for dirty nappies, wet bags can be used for almost anything.
Wet pailing - This is the traditional method of washing terry nappies. It involves keeping dirty nappies in a bucket full of water. This method is not recommended for modern reusable nappies as it can damage the elastic and PUL of the nappy (in addition to being smelly and horrible to deal with). Instead we dry pail reusable nappies.
Wicking - This term refers to the movement of fluid through fabric. It can either be where a stay-dry fabric draws moisture through to the absorbent layers underneath, or where the absorbent part of the nappy becomes very wet, comes into contact with the leg elastic and the moisture ‘wicks’ through the elastic onto baby’s clothing.
WIGIG - You may see this on our products. It's an abbreviation of When It's Gone It's Gone meaning we are unlikely to get that product back again.
Wing droop - We use the term wing droop to describe when the front part of the nappy becomes loose and slides down below the fastening tabs. Wing droop can cause the nappy to leak and tends to happen most often with nappies without an additional hip/stability popper.
Wrap - This is a waterproof cover that goes over a fitted nappy, it is often referred to as a cover.
Zero Waste Week - is a week each September dedicated to raise awareness of, reduce waste and preserve resources. Zero Waste Week is participated in by householders, businesses, organisations, schools, universities and community groups
ZWW - This is an abbreviation of Zero Waste Week, see details above.