Types Of Nappies

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Two-parter, All In One, Pocket Nappy or All In Two?

What makes up each different type of nappy, and what are the pluses and minuses of each? Before finding out about each type of nappy, start by reading our guide to the parts of a nappy system.

Types of Nappy Systems

Two Part System

A two part nappy system means there is a separate nappy and wrap.  The nappy can be a modern shaped or fitted nappy, or a traditional flat nappy like a terry square. 

Pros

  • Best for longevity as if a component wears out you can just replace the one part
  • Best for poo containment
  • Normally highest absorbency

Cons

  • Usually the most bulky
  • Can be slow drying depending on fabric
  • Slightly slower to put on due to the separate wrap.
  
Tots Bots Bamboozle Stretch NAPPY
£6.49  -  £15.99  (251)
Mother-ease Airflow Wraps
£9.99  -  £17.99  (420)
Little Lamb Wraps
£8.00  -  £11.50  (123)

 

All In One

In an all-in-one nappy, the nappy and wrap parts are built together into one piece.  The absorbent part is fully attached and doesn't separate. 

Pros

  • Quickest to change
  • Often slim
  • Easy for childcare or those unfamiliar with nappy changing
 

Cons

  • Lower containment than a two part system
  • Can be slow drying depending on fabric
  • Longevity - the waterproof part gets washed every time as the whole nappy is sewn together; this decreases the longevity of the product as if one part fails the whole nappy needs to be replaced.

Blueberry Simplex All In One Nappy
£22.00  -  £27.00  (70)
Quickdry Little Lovebum All In One Nappy
£4.00  -  £7.49  (23)

Pocket Nappy

A pocket nappy has absorbent insert(s) that are stuffed into a 'pocket' formed by the waterproof outer and fleece lining. The pocket nappy is prepared beforehand then acts like a kind of all-in-one.
 

Pros

  • Quick to change
  • Often slim
 

Cons

  • Lower containment than a two part system
  • Time - needs to be stuffed after washing/unstuffed after use
  • Longevity - the waterproof part gets washed every time as the whole nappy is sewn together; this decreases the longevity of the product as if one part fails the whole nappy needs to be replaced.

Baba+Boo Onesize Pocket Nappy
£10.00  -  £14.40  (54)
Charlie Banana Original Onesize Nappy
£20.99  -  £22.99  (62)
Rumparooz Original Pocket Nappy
£14.99  -  £17.59  (2)

All In Two

An all in two nappy system falls somewhere between a pocket nappy and an all in one nappy. They should not be confused with a shaped (two part) nappy system. The inner absorbent pads pop on to the outer wrap and, once poppered, form a one piece nappy. At nappy change time, take out the wet insert then popper a clean insert back into the same cover. Many people like to have two covers on rotation, so you have a clean dry nappy ready to go on, before you go and swap out the inserts from the cover you've just taken off.

Pros

  • Best for longevity as if a component wears out you can just replace the one part
  • Often slim
  • Quicker to dry as the parts can be poppered apart
 

Cons

  • Slower to change due to poppering in the new insert
  • Fewer choices on the market
  
Bear Bott All In Two Covers
£4.79  -  £11.99  (2)

 

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