When you’re starting out in the land of cloth nappies all the acronyms and strange terminology can be very confusing and add to the overwhelm that new parents often feel. As with anything new, it’s just a matter of researching and learning but this list is a great place to start so all that research actually makes sense!
These are the most common acronyms you’ll see used on cloth nappy blogs, forums and Facebook groups.
MCN – Modern cloth nappy
OSFM (sometimes OSFA) – One size fits most (sometimes one size fits all)
AIO – All-in-one
AI2 – All-in-two
This blog post is a great place to learn more about the different types of nappies.
PUL – Polyurethane laminate (waterproof fabric) PUL is chemically bonded.
TPU – Thermoplastic polyurethane (waterproof fabric) TPU is heat-bonded.
WAHM – Work at home mum. Sometimes refers to the person and sometimes it is used to refer to a nappy they make by hand at home. For example: I have some great WAHMs, they’re so reliable.
RAOK – Random act of kindness (usually a giveaway drawn at random)
CC – China cheapie. This is a bit of an in-depth one without a simple answer so if you’d like more information on China Cheapies, check out this episode of the Nappy Leaks podcast.
EBF – Exclusively breastfed. Usually used to refer to poo in cloth nappy forums because what baby eats greatly affects your nappies and how to clean them.
FF – Formula fed. As above it’s usually about poo and cleaning.
S&S/SS – Strip and sanitise. With a good wash routine, this is something you may never need to do. To learn more see this link.
OTB – On the bum
Second-hand cloth nappy market
Good terms to know
These are some of the terms specific to the world of cloth nappies or that have a slightly different use in this world.
Often confused terminology
These are some terms that are often confused with each other and I thought it would be helpful to break these down from the get-go.
Insert – Absorbent piece of fabric, usually referring to the main piece of absorbency that comes with your nappy.
Booster – Absorbent piece of fabric, usually added if your child is out-wetting their nappies.