Onto Part 2 of our All in Two cloth nappies ecourse. This part is split in to two sections to really discuss the different types of materials used in All in Two cloth nappies.
1. Outer shell materials
2. Absorbent materials
Outer Shell Materials
There are 4 types of outer materials: Minky, PUL, cotton and wool. Now you are probably thinking, oh my I thought there was only minky and PUL. Well no, cotton and wool are not as popular, but just as lovely. Cotton allows for lots of groovy prints, but can have some wicking issues. Wool is just beautiful, but makes a cloth nappy very expensive. Wool outers are excellent as they can hold up to 40% of their weight in liquid. This is why they are so popular as night time covers. Minky is very popular due to its soft properties. But do be aware that the weight of the material determines the plushness of the minky. Your cheaper nappies will use a less dense minky, like your china cheapies. PUL is the most popular type of outer, due to its ease of manufacturer and wide range of prints available.
Oh the range is huge…bamboo, minky, cotton, hemp, microfibre, charcoal bamboo…
Each of these has a specific purpose when it comes to absorbency. Microfibre is great at sucking moisture in, which is why you never lay it against baby’s skin. It does suffer from compression leakage, when pressed it will leak. Adding a natural layer underneath can assist in drawing that moisture down and minimise compression leakage.
Bamboo, charcoal bamboo, cotton and hemp do not have compression leakage issues as their fibers can hold onto moisture. Minky is new to absorbent materials. It is synthetic but can hold a lot of liquid and does not suffer from the compression leakage issues of microfibre. Minky is also very fast drying, a great option for winter or humid summers.
There we go, what did we learn about AI2s? There is a variety of materials available for all parts of the cloth nappy which suit particular purposes. The best part about AI2 nappies as that you can replace the inserts with whatever absorbent material you like. Many brands provide a range of absorbent inserts, so you can customise to your needs and babys’.
Next week we will look at Apikalis brands in more details to help you choose an AI2 cloth nappy that suits your needs and lifestyle.