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Published on August 6th, 2012 | by Heather Vaughn


Do you speak cloth?

I don't know about you, but the longer I'm in the cloth diapering world, the more I forget how completely overwhelming it can be when you are first trying to learn everything about this new adventure. I can't believe it's been THREE years since we've shared a blog post about one of the most difficult obstacles to overcome when researching cloth diapers - the lingo! Sure, it may just look like someone is typing what happened when their toddler spilled the alphabet blocks, but it actually does mean something.

With online forums, blogs and all sorts of mobile devices it's easy to start using the abbreviations and jargon and completely forget that it looks and sounds like a foreign language to a new parent. There are many terms, but here are some of the most common to get you started:

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

- bumGenius cloth diaper brand

brick and mortar
- refers to a local retail store, rather than an online only retailer

- cloth diaper

- Fuzzibunz cloth diaper brand

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

- 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; like Kissaluvs 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

- exclusively breast fed; baby's diet can affect care of cloth diapers, especially in laundry routines

- formula fed baby

- for sale or trade

- gender neutral, in reference to colors or print styles

- the absorbent pad that goes inside a pocket diaper

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

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

- European word for diapers

- one size diaper that will adjust to fit your baby as he/she grows, like bumGenius, Flip and Econobum products

- 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

- 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 of the common ones, 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.

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Heather is mom to four, born within 40 months (single, twins, single). She writes transparently about her chaotic household to encourage others through the twists and turns of parenting.

9 Responses to Do you speak cloth?

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  2. Sofia says:

    Thank you for sharing this to us. Well, I find it really interesting and will be very useful to moms like us.

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  3. Thanks for sharing actually i have been checking Check out the forums and blogs to get useful tips and more formation about cloth for baby use. No body want to buy items that are just a waste of money.

  4. Sara says:

    I’m saving the link to this page to pass along to my friends who are interested and looking for more info!

  5. Anonymous says:

    think you’ll find nappy is the British word for diaper, each European country will have their own word for it, depending on the language spoken

  6. This is a great list- I hope new parents find it when researching cloth! When I was pregnant 3 years ago, cloth seemed like a whole other world.

  7. Jamie Warren says:

    PPD- postage paid

  8. Anonymous says:

    to add:

    Snappi – diaper fastener used in place of pins

    Stash – one’s collection of cloth diapers

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