If you make the mistake of washing cloth nappies with pure soap, fabric softeners or have hard water, it is a good idea to remove the build-up left behind in the fibers of your reusable nappies and nappy inserts. Also, if you wash natural fibers with synthetics or do not rinse all the detergent out of your Modern Cloth Nappies each time you wash, you may notice your fleece begins to repel or they begin to leak. If your MCNs develop an odour when clean, this can signal it’s time to “strip” them. This simply means to take your clean nappies (do not have to be dry) and machine wash them alone on 2-3 times without detergent.
Some nappy terms are often interchanged but there are slight differences.AIOs tend to have multiple absorbent layers sewn into the nappy so there is no need for folding or inserting absorbers. They tend to be the thickest in cloth material which enhances their absorbency. AI2s have removable absorbent layers and also quicker drying time than AIOs. Both AIO’s & AI2’s tend to come in multiple sizes (i.e.: S-M-L).
Pocket Nappies (like Oz Nappies) have a waterproof (generally PUL) shell that you use with inserts or boosters. This allows for fast drying. These interchangeable inserts can be layered for heavier wetters. One-size designs, with adjustable Velcro or snaps, fit newborn to toilet trained toddlers. Fitted Nappies are mainly made of natural material like bamboo or hemp and require a cover. They may have clips or external fasters and require the most drying time of all Modern Cloth Nappies.