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Cloth Diaper Dictionary
July 21, 2017 2:47 am | by

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!

4.04th style of bumGenius Original pocket diaper; see BG4

5.0 – Latest version of the bumGenius Original pocket diaper; see BG5

AI2All-in-2 Diaper; Usually consists of a diaper cover with a removable absorbent liner

AIOAll-in-One Diaper; Cloth diaper with absorbency sewn in. Changes like a disposable diaper

BC – Birth control



BG4bumGenius 4.0; see 4.0; a pocket diaper

BG5bumGenius 5.0; see 5.0; a pocket diaper

BLW – Baby-led weaning


CBCotton Babies

DD – Darling daughter / dear daughter

DH– Darling husband / dear husband

DS– Darling son / dear son

E2Second version of bumGenius Elemental. Learn about the different versions here.

E3Latest 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!)

FTbumGenius 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

NBGENew 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)

OPDOriginal 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

RisebumGenius 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.

RSRing sling: a type of baby carrier. Learn more here.

SAHM – Stay-at-home mom

SO – Significant other

SSCSoft structured carrier; a type of baby carrier. Learn more here.

STLShare 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!


About the Author

Julia joined Cotton Babies in 2016 as Executive Assistant to Jenn Labit. She’s the proud mama to a toddler and a baby. She and her husband also have 2 dogs, a cat, a turtle and a pet fish. Julia is a diehard Cardinals fan who loves spending time with her family, shopping, crafting, and binge-watching “The Office.”


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