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Choosing your baby's nappy - text version

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Cloth squares

  • Folded and fastened with pinsor clips
  • Usually made of cotton


  • Can be fastened with velcro or clips
  • Waterproof layer near or on the outside


  • Leak-proof shell
  • One or more absorbent layers

Pocket nappies

  • Water resistant outer shell
  • Absorbent inserts


  • Plastic outer layer
  • Super-absorbent chemicals layer

Biodegradable disposables

  • Non-chemically absorbent
  • Made from fabrics, bamboo and paper pulp

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Last reviewed: August 2020

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