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Cloth 101: Do you speak cloth?
July 22, 2013 6:24 pm | by
Prepping Cloth Diapers

Cloth diaper terminology is a foreign language. And, if you haven’t done your homework, learning the lingo may seem well, … exactly like a foreign language. Speaking, reading and understanding cloth diaper terms gets easier. It just takes a bit of studying, but with hard work and dedication, you will quickly pick up on cloth diaper vocab.EleClementine_Detail325x325

For those of you who want to become fluent in cloth diaper, we have a cheat sheet for you! Below is a list of some of the most popular cloth diaper terms.

AIO – All-In-One, a diaper with a waterproof outer and absorbent inner all in one piece like bumGenius Freetime or Elemental

AI2 – Al-in-Two, a two-piece cloth diapering system, like Flip Diapering System

BG – bumGenius cloth diaper brand

Brick and Mortar – refers to a local retail store, rather than an online only retailer

CD – cloth diaper

FB – Fuzzibunz cloth diaper brand

Flats – Birdseye Flats, a single layer diaper you can fold in a variety of ways for to adjust fit and absorbency

Fitted – cloth diaper with sides cut for legs so they don’t have to be folded and elastic in the legs, these still require a cover to be waterproof; likeKissaluvs 2.0

Fluffy Mail – mail containing cloth diapers

Hook and Loop – generic term for a closure – think Velcro (aka aplix); like Kleenex is a brand of facial tissues

DH (or DW, DS, DD) – Dear husband/wife/son/daughter; similiarly SO is significant other

EBF – exclusively breast fed; baby’s diet can affect care of cloth diapers, especially in laundry routines

FF – formula fed baby

FSOT – for sale or trade

GN – gender neutral, in reference to colors or print styles

Inserts – the absorbent pad that goes inside a pocket diaper

ISO – In search of, commonly seen on resale websites or groups where the poster is looking for a specific item(s) to buy or trade

MF – microfiber, a type of polyester fabric commonly used in modern cloth diapers

Nappy – European word for diapers

OS – one size diaper that will adjust to fit your baby as he/she grows, like bumGeniusFlip and Econobum products

PF – prefold diapers

Pocket diaper
 – a diaper-shaped, waterproof shell sewn to a fabric inner. One edge is left open, creating a pocket. The pocket is then stuffed with one or more inserts, like bumGenius 4.0 cloth diapers

 – polyurethane laminate, a common fabric for waterproof outer layers and covers for cloth diapers

 – stay at home mom/stay at home dad

Snappi –  diaper fastener used in place of pins

 – disposable diapers

 – a collection of cloth diapers that someone owns

 – Work at home mom/dad; can also refer to small batch cloth diaper companies.

Those are just a few cloth diaper terms. Do you have any phrases or acronyms you haven’t quite figured out yet? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll be glad to help.

About the Author

Brittney is a social media coordinator for Cotton Babies. She has three sisters, loves pizza and enjoys listening to obscure bands no one has heard of. Outside of posting on the Cotton Babies Facebook and Instagram pages, she babysits a few cloth diaper-wearing kids and likes playing with her dogs.


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