I’ve always thought that fitted cloth nappies get a bit left in the dust when it comes to the choice between fitted, all-in-ones and all-in-twos. Some people genuinely don’t like fitted cloth nappies but personally I love them and if you want the most time from a nappy between changes or you have a bub who is a heavy wetter then this is the nappy you have been looking for.
Indeed, when I am being asked my advice or opinion for nights I will always without exception recommend fitted cloth nappies and covers and I’d love to explain why.
Firstly I think it best to explain the difference between an All In One (AIO) and an All In Two (AI2).
A true AIO has a core of absorbent fabric covered with a lining of fabric be it synthetic or natural) and an outer of a waterproof fabric (normally minky or cotton bonded or lined with PUL). Most modern versions of the AIO are as above but with also an additional booster either sewn on one end only or supplied to lay in the nappy to boost it.
An AI2 is normally a shell of minky or cotton bonded or lined with PUL for waterproofing and then lined with another fabric for comfort which can be synthetic or natural. Generally boosters are supplied (or purchased separately) which either snap in or lay into the booster.
Onto fitted cloth nappies and why I think they are so wonderful. I started with AIO/AI2s and one day a friend sent me a fitted nappy to try. I absolutely hated the idea of having to have a nappy AND cover separately, because that’s completely inconvenient (so I thought at the time). After I got over that and thought rationally I realised well, it’s really no different, It just means putting on the nappy and then putting on the cover. So yes, the amount of work to put on two nappies I guess but really only about ten seconds extra work. I found I could change her less often but more importantly I could get her through the night or through a long sleep in the day without wet clothing and bedding.
I also loved being able to have my daughter in a fitted nappy and no cover during playtime at home (we lived in tropical North Queensland at the time) which meant she had less layers on. All I had to do was touch her nappy to see if it was damp and then change when it was. I could use the same nappies at night as well as days, all I did was boost the nappy up with a bamboo trifold and team it with a well fitting wool or fleece (I love fleece) cover and we were good to go.
So what makes fitted nappies so absorbent?
- A fitted nappy will absorb fluid through the entire nappy unlike an AIO/AI2 which can only absorb through the core of the nappy.
- This will give you generally twice the amount of time to fill the nappy.
- They are also more easily boosted owing to the fact that small leg gaps are less of a problem.
- As long as the cover you are using fits snugly around the legs and top you will find that you should get no leaking at all.
Fitted nappies are not many parents first choice however if you have a heavy wetting child or you are looking for a foolproof night system then they will serve you exceptionally well.
Mum of 3
Customer Service, Apikali