If you’re a member of an online mommy group, there’s a good chance you will come across a slew of abbreviations. Mom groups can be helpful to us for a variety of reasons. If you’re looking to join one, may we suggest the Cotton Babies: The Mob on Facebook. Here’s a dictionary of our unofficial list of the most commonly used abbreviations and terms. Hopefully, this list will help you join in the conversation!
4.0 – 4th style of bumGenius Original pocket diaper; see BG4
5.0 – Latest version of the bumGenius Original pocket diaper; see BG5
AI2 – All-in-2 Diaper; Usually consists of a diaper cover with a removable absorbent liner
AIO – All-in-One Diaper; Cloth diaper with absorbency sewn in. Changes like a disposable diaper
BC – Birth control
BF – Breastfeeding
BG – bumGenius
BG4 – bumGenius 4.0; see 4.0; a pocket diaper
BG5– bumGenius 5.0; see 5.0; a pocket diaper
BLW – Baby-led weaning
BW – Babywearing
CB – Cotton Babies
DD – Darling daughter / dear daughter
DH– Darling husband / dear husband
DS– Darling son / dear son
E2 – Second version of bumGenius Elemental. Learn about the different versions here.
E3 – Latest version of bumGenius Elemental; see also NBGE
EBF – Exclusively breastfed
EC – Elimination control
EP – Exclusively pump
ETA – Edited to Add
FF – Formula Fed
Fluff Mail – Mail containing cloth diapers (our favorite!)
FT – bumGenius Freetime
FTM – First-time mom
IRL – In real life
ISO – In search of; typically used on buy, sell, trade groups
NB – Newborn; newborn baby or newborn size diaper aka bumGenius Littles
NBGE – New bumGenius Elemental; see E3
OBGE – Original bumGenius Elemental. Learn about the difference in Elementals here
OP – Original poster: (The person who originally published a post in a Facebook group)
OPD – Original Pocket Diaper
OS – One-size
OTB – On the bum: What diaper their child is wearing
Pocket Diaper – Waterproof outer cover with a pocket that accommodates inserts for customized absorbency. Discover our selection of pocket diapers here.
PP – Postpartum
PT – Potty training
PUL – Polyurethane laminate: a waterproof fabric that keeps diapers from leaking
Rise – bumGenius and Flip one-size diapers can be adjusted to fit babies by snapping or unsnapping the 3×3 snaps on the front of the diaper.
RS – Ring sling: a type of baby carrier. Learn more here.
SAHM – Stay-at-home mom
SO – Significant other
SSC – Soft structured carrier; a type of baby carrier. Learn more here.
STL – Share the Love: a National Cloth Diaper Bank. A great resource for families facing diaper need.
TTC – Trying to conceive
VBAC – Vaginal birth after Cesarean
WAHM – Work-at-home mom
Wet Bag – Bag used to store soiled diapers on the go
Now, you’re ready to follow along and shorten your own posts. If you haven’t already, make sure to join our Facebook group, Cotton Babies: The Mob, and let us know if you have any more to add to our list!
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