These types of nappies are quick drying as they fold out flat. They are versatile as they can be folded in several ways to provide different fits and absorbency. You can choose from prefold or terry nappies.
Prefold nappies are folded and then placed inside a waterproof cover (wrap) and they come in several sizes from newborn to extra large. More than one nappy can be used for night time. The wrap is not changed every time the nappy is changed, you will use around 1 wrap to every 4/5 nappies.
These nappies come in a range of colours and fabrics including cotton and bamboo. If you use this type of nappy system it is recommended that you buy at least 20 of each size. Prices range from £1.50 to £2.25 per nappy.
Total cost of a prefold nappy system using 3 sizes of nappies (small, medium and large) and 4 sizes of wraps (pro wraps sizes newborn, small, medium and large) is around £295 if everything is bought separately.
You can buy special birth to potty kits for around £175 – £225. These kits usually contain:
- 24 small prefold nappies
- 20 medium nappies
- 18 large nappies
- 6 newborn wraps
- 6 small wraps
- 4 medium wraps
- 4 large wraps.
Remember you can also buy one size at a time rather than buying a birth to potty set.
Terry nappies are folded and held in place with a pin or a modern grip called a nappy nippa. A waterproof cover (wrap) is then worn over the top. The wrap is not changed every time the nappy is changed, you will use around 1 wrap to every 4/5 nappies.
Terry nappies usually come in a standard 60 x 60cm size but quality and absorbency differ. You can get smaller 40 x 40cm ones which are great for newborns or you can buy muslin squares.
Terry nappies come in a wide range of colours and fabrics including cotton and bamboo. If you use this type of nappy system it is recommended that you buy at least 20. Prices range from £1.25 to £3.95 per nappy.
Total cost of a terry nappy system using 2 sizes of nappies (40 x 40 and 60 x 60) 3 sizes of wraps (small, medium and large) and 2 packs of nappy nippas is around £204. Remember you only have to buy 1 size at a time.