Cloth Jargon

Clarification on some of those strange nappy terms:

Term Description
All in One (AIO) Same as a fitted nappy, but the waterproof cover is part of the nappy.
Bamboo Yarn made from the bamboo plant and then woven into a terry style fabric. Very soft to touch, very absorbent, naturally antifungal and antibacterial. Bamboo is a highly renewable resource and hence this fabric is very environmentally friendly.
Booster Extra material used in any nappy to provide extra absorbency.
Cover A waterproof material which fits over a fitted nappy, prefold or traditional terry square. Can also been known as "pilchers" or "wrap".
Fitted Nappy A shaped cloth nappy, generally with elastic around the legs and waist which is made of an absorbent material. They are generally fastened around the wais with snap or Velcro. Fitted nappies need a separate waterproof cover.
Flannel Cotton which is densely woven and is brushed, making it very soft to touch.
Fleece Soft synthetic fabric made from PET (Polyethylene terephthalate - recycled plastic bottles). The material is Hydrophobic, meaning that it does not absorb any liquid and remains dry to touch.
Hemp Hemp fibres woven to make a breathable fabric which is stronger and more absorbent than cotton. Hemp has natural antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Pocket Nappy A fitted waterproof cover with a lining, which forms a pocket to be stuffed with any absorbent material or a specially made booster. These nappies have no absorbency on their own, so must be stuffed.
PolyUrethane Laminate (PUL) Substance applied to a fabric to make it waterproof yet it remains breathable.
Prefold Similar to a Terry Flat, but includes a sewn in central panel for extra absorbency.
Sized Nappy Nappy comes in various sizes which need to be purchased as the child grows.
Soaker A cover made from wool.
Terry Cotton fabric with loops, which is very soft and absorbs a large amount of water. Commonly used in bathroom towels.
Terry Flats A square of Terry Toweling. They can be folded in a variety of different ways (boy, girl, newborn, toddler etc) and fastened with pins or snappis.
Velour Material which is knitted, providing a small amount of stretch, and the appearance and feel of velvet. Generally 80% cotton, 20% polyester.
Wool Lanolin contained within the wool makes it hydrophobic and hence moisture proof while providing excellent breathability.
Liner Inner layer of a nappy which can washable or disposable, reducing the moisture touching the skin, and providing a layer to catch most of the mess.
Snappi A plastic fastener used to hold together a nappy around the waist. Also known as "Nappi Nippa"
Wicking Process of moisture moving up or through a fabric. For example if you hold just a corner of a towel in the bath, the water wicks up the towel making the whole towel wet, not just the corner in the bath.