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Do you speak cloth?
July 23, 2009 2:35 pm | by

Cloth diapering is a whole world of its own (as I’m sure you are well aware!). When I first started learning about cloth diapers, I was so overwhelmed by all the terms and acronyms on message boards and blogs…so I thought I would refresh this post from 2005 and decipher a few more terms you may see out there:

AIO All-In-One diapers – diaper with a waterproof outer and absorbent inner all in one piece
Aplix – hook and loop fastener a-la Velcro
bG bumGenius – top selling cloth diaper brand
CD cloth diaper
Contour – cloth diaper with sides cut in with out the elastic
CPF – Chinese prefold
Flats Birdseye Flats – single layer diaper you fold like oragami for max aabsorbency
Fitted – cloth diaper with sides cut in so they don’t have to be folded and elastic in the legs
Fluffy Mail – mail containing cloth diapers
DD or ‘sposies – disposable diapers
DH (or DW, DS, DD) – Dear husband/wife/son/daughter
FSOT – for sale or trade
Inserts – the absorbent pad that goes inside a pocket diaper
MFI – microfiber inserts
Nappy – European word for diapers
OS – one size diaper that will adjust to fit your baby as he/she grows
OC – organic cloth diaper – see bumGenius Oraganic Cloth Diaper
Pocket diaper – A pocket diaper is usually made of two layers of fabric sewn together to form a pocket for an absorbent insert – see bumGenius one-size cloth diaper
Stash – pile of cloth diapers that someone owns
UBCPF – unbleached Chinese prefold diaper

I hope this helps and if there are any other terms you run into out there, just comment on this post and we will help dicipher them together!

About the Author

Jenn is the founder of Cotton Babies & creator of bumGenius, Flip, and Econobum, worldwide leading cloth diaper brands. She has four children (Andrew, Oscar, Elsie and Louis) and holds an MBA from Washington University. When she's not working full time, she enjoys teaching business leaders how to implement sustainable economic & social change.



  • Samantha @ Mama Notes said...
    August 8, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    That is so helpful! Thanks, great idea!

  • Kimbrah said...
    July 26, 2009 at 12:10 am

    The one that threw me off at first was PUL.

  • Rambling Rachel said...
    July 24, 2009 at 8:05 am

    Nice post!

    Others that I see a lot on the message boards:

    PF — is also used for prefold
    strip — Getting the gunk out of diapers using Dawn, Bac-Out, Bleach, RLR (another acronym) or hot water