Nappy types and shapes

nap_flat_cloth

There seems to be a bewildering array of nappies or diapers available in NZ to choose from nowadays, so we’ve prepared a simple table for you that summarises all of the different nappy shapes and types available from flat cloth nappies or squares, prefolds and disposables to pocket, fitted, all in one and covers (over naps).

Flat Cloth Nappies or SquaresThese are what most parents think of when they think of cloth nappies. They are your old fashion foldable cloth nappies and require a cover.

PrefoldsThese are pre sewn modern flat nappies which eliminate the need for folding. They are a 2 piece system consisting of a pre-fold nappy and a waterproof cover.

Disposable NappiesA convenient one piece nappy which contains superabsorbent polymer which is locked into layers of fluff pulp, and covered with a liner which prevents urine from coming in contact with baby’s skin.

Pocket NappyThis style has the waterproof outer attached to a fleece liner forming a pocket between the layers. This is where you pop in a insert / booster for absorbency.
Fitted Nappy (“Fitteds”)This style needs no folding. It is a two piece system which consists of the nappy (absorbent part) and a waterproof breathable wrap (waterproof part). They come in different fastening systems.

All In One (“AIO”)This is a shaped nappy with the outer cover already attached making it like a disposable to put on.


Covers (“Over Naps”)Designed to wear over cloth or disposable nappies. The cover component of a cloth nappy system is your waterproof layer which is what keeps your baby dry.
The Kiwi Families Team

This information was compiled by the Kiwi Families team.

Join more than 20,000 families

As we build a strong community of like minds:

  • Get the best tips from the best experts
  • Recipes, parties, crafts and activities
  • Special offers, competitions and more...

Sit back and relax and let us deliver to your inbox.

Tagged:

You might also be interested in:

Flat cloth nappies

The pros and cons of traditional square flat cloth nappies are reviewed in this article. Flat cloth nappies have been used…

Nappy overview

For a new parent choosing a nappy can be overwhelming, so we help you choose between traditional flat cloth nappies,…

Modern cloth nappies

Modern cloth nappies (re-usables) are convenient, cost effective and kind on the environment. We review the pros and cons of…

Nappy accessories

There are many accessories that go with nappies. Check out this handy guide to nappy accessories to see what will…

Welcome to Kiwi Families

We bring thousands of families together to learn from each other.

Join a community raising great kids: