Types of Reusable Nappy

Learning about reusable nappies can sometimes seem like you need to learn a whole new language! But we promise it's not as complicated as it might seem.

Here we run through the different types of reusable nappy, what they are, and their advantages and disadvantages.

 Type of nappy What is it? Advantages Disadvantages
All-in-one 

The closest to a  disposable, goes on in one piece

  • Convenience
  • Slim-fitting option
  • Can take a while to dry
  • More likely to leak than some other options
  • Can be expensive
All-in-two Absorbent inserts popper into a waterproof wrap, then goes on like an all-in-one
  • Convenience during changes
  • Dries more quickly than an all-in-one
  • More likely to leak than some other options
  • Poppering inserts back in after wash can be a hassle
  • Can be expensive
Pocket nappy Absorbent inserts are placed into the 'pocket' of the nappy
  • Fleece lined to keep baby dry
  • Easy to customise absorbency
  • Convenience during changes
  • Dries more quickly than an all-in-one
  • More likely to leak than some other options
  • Stuffing pockets can be a hassle
Fitted nappy and wrap An absorbent fitted nappy is placed on baby first, then the waterproof wrap is placed on top
  • Less likely to leak than other options 
  • Wrap can often be reused for a few changes
  • Economical options are available
  • Can be a faff to put two layers on during change
  • Have to buy both fitted nappy and wrap
Flat nappy and wrap A flat absorbent nappy can be folded into a pad or folded around baby, then a waterproof wrap is placed on top
  • Flat nappies dry quickly
  • Less likely to leak than other options 
  • Wrap can often be reused for a few changes
  • Often one of the most economical options
  • Can be a faff to fold nappies and use two layers during a change
  • Have to buy both flat nappies and wrap