Lets move onto Part 2 of information series on pocket cloth nappies . In this blog we look at pocket cloth nappies materials. This is split in to three sections to really discuss the different types of materials used in pocket cloth nappies.
1. Outer shell materials
2. Inner/lining materials
3. Absorbent materials
Outer Shell Materials
There are four types of outer pocket cloth nappies 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 it’s soft properties. But do be aware that the weight of the material determines the plushness of the minky. So 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 print range available.
Pocket cloth nappies materials used for lining are microfleece or suede cloth (both are made from polyester). Both of these materials are used as they wick moisture away from the skin and into the absorbent layers below. Microfleece is softer, however the suedecloth being produced in the more expensive cloth nappies is rivaling microfleece in softness.
One big tip to be aware of, is if you have sensitive skin, then suedecloth may cause issues for your baby. Some babies are more sensitive to suede cloth than microfleece, even though both are polyester materials.
A natural option is bamboo terry lining, which is new to the market. Soft and absorbent.
Absorbent Pocket Cloth Nappies Materials
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. But it does suffer from compression leakage, when pressed it will leak.
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 pocket cloth nappies materials? There is a variety of materials available for all parts of the cloth nappy which suit particular purposes. The best part about pocket nappies as that you can replace the inserts with whatever absorbent material you like.
Next week we will look at Apikalis brands in more details to help you choose a pocket cloth nappy that suits your needs and lifestyle.