Flat nappies (Terry and Pre-folds)
These are the cheapest option and have the added benefit of drying quickly. Terry nappies are simply a square of cotton whilst Pre-folds are normally made of cotton or flannelette and stitched into three sections. Both types need to be folded to fit the baby and require a waterproof wrap/cover. Terry nappies can be fastened securely using modern grips called "nappy nippas" Manufacturers offer a range of sizes suitable for birth onwards. Cost from around £2 each.
|Cheap||Can look bulky|
|Can purchase one standard size||May require a more secure nappy when your baby starts crawling|
|Can be folded in many ways to suit the infant|
|Can reuse as bibs etc multi-functional|
These nappies are designed to give a better fit, with elasticated fitting around the legs and waist. In built padding absorbs moisture. The majority of brands use poppers or velcro fastenings. They usually come in two sizes and require a waterproof cover. Cost around £8.00 each.
|Easier to use||Slower drying than terry nappies|
|Elasticated legs and waist provide a better fit||May require more than one size|
|Durable as cover is separate.||More expensive than pre-folds|
As the name suggests, these nappies have a pocket into which you can place a pre-fold or nappy insert to soak up all the moisture. They have a waterproof outer and a stay dry lining. The nappy and insert are separate for quick drying. Cost from around £12 each.
|One size tends to fit most infants due to good adjustability and fit. This makes it an economical choice.||More expensive than Terry nappies|
|They are lightweight and quick drying.|
All -in - one
This nappy is a shaped nappy with a waterproof wrap attached. No need to buy any thing else. Cost around £13 each.
|Very easy to use and has the convenience of a disposable but with the benefits of a real nappy!||Slower drying as all in one design|
|Less durable that a two part system|
Birth- to - potty
One size birth to potty nappies are designed to fit all size babies. They are shaped and fastened with poppers, velcro or nappy nippas. By simply folding the front over and/or adjusting the poppers the nappy can be adjusted to a suitable size and fit. Cost from around £13.00 each.
|Easy to use||Can be bulky on newborns|
|Economical in the long term||Initial cost is more expensive|
These are very useful for trips to the local swimming pool or seaside. They consist of a fabric outer with a waterproof inner. Elasticated waist and leg cuffs provide comfort and security. Cost around £8