Cloth Diaper Lingo – FAQ – Cloth Diaper Glossary

New cloth diapers should come with specific instructions on everything you need to know about cloth diapers, not just the care of the brand you just purchased! They don’t. And no one agrees on anything. So the best that a new cloth diaper parent navigating the shifting landscapes of shoulds and shouldn’ts can do, is study up on vocabulary so they can at least understand what everyone is arguing about.

What is needed is a glossary full of terms lest a facebook group, well-meaning family, doctors, and reddit groups leave dad and mom both dumbfounded. So we’ve created just that, a new cloth diaper lexicon boiled down to the essential terms. This list is by no means a complete rundown, however, it is enough to get you in the game!

Once you have made the decision to cloth diaper (or an in the research period) you will most likely happen upon cloth diapering communities on the internet. These communities can offer great support and information for the newbie. However, it can be a bit intimidating at first. I will never forget the first time I entered a cloth diaper forum and began searching the posts. I started to realize that these mommas spoke a different language than me. Many times I was left thoroughly confused about what anyone was talking about because of all the abbreviations. Many newbies are afraid to ask what certain terms mean so instead either get frustrated and leave, or spend hours on end trying to decipher this cryptic code themselves. Lucky for you I am here to help! I have compiled a list of common cloth diapering and parenting terms used on many forums.  So here we go!

Cloth Diaper Lingo & Glossary

  • AF– Aunt Flow (menstruation)
  • AIO – All-in-One: Cloth diapers which have all of the elements of a diaper attached as one piece. This means that the absorbent layer is attached to the waterproof layer. Sometimes, these all-in-one diapers also have a way to add additional inserts for greater absorbency.
  • AI2– All-in-Two
  • AP – Attachment Parenting
  • Aplix:  A brand of hook and loop system which is often used as a closure system for cloth diapers.
  • BBC – Bohemian Baby Couture Diapers OR Baby Center (aka: Babycenter Birth Club, Baby Center Community, etc.)
  • BF– Breastfeeding (or sometimes Boyfriend)
  • BG– bumGenius Brand Diaper
  • BKT – Burly Knit Terry
  • BRB– Be Right Back
  • BTDT – Been There Done That
  • BTW– By the Way
  • bumGeniusA brand of cloth diapers which is manufactured by Cotton Babies. BumGenius makes pocket diapers and all-in-one diapers, among other things.
  • BummisA brand of cloth diapers which features diaper covers with prefolds and all-in-one diapers, among other things.
  • CD– Cloth Diaper
  • CPF– Chinese Prefold
  • Cloth diaper safe laundry detergentDetergents that are approved for use with cloth diapers are generally free from perfumes, dyes, enzymes, fabric softeners, brighteners, bleach, or essential oils. Each diaper manufacturer has their own recommendations so check with the manufacturer before using a specific detergent.
  • Cloth wipesWipes made of cloth, often flannel, which can be used in place of disposable wipes.
  • DD – Darling Daughter
  • DDL – Dirty Diaper Laundry Blog
  • DH – Darling Husband
  • DS – Darling Son OR DiaperSwappers
  • DSQ – Diaper Service Quality
  • DW – Darling Wife
  • Diaper CoverA waterproof outer layer which is paired with an absorbent inner layer.
  • Diaper sprayerThis device is very similar to the sprayer that is present in kitchen sinks. Like the kitchen sprayer, diaper sprayers hook into the house’s water line. In the case of the diaper sprayer, it is the line which goes to the toilet. The diaper sprayer draws water directly from the house’s water line, not from the toilet bowl. The diaper sprayer basically consists of a hose to carry the water and a hand-held sprayer. On my diaper sprayer, there is a small lever, where the diaper sprayer connects to the water line, which controls the amount of water that comes through the sprayer. There is also a small button on the hand-held sprayer which is held down to actually spray the water. In addition, there is a small hook that can be placed above the toilet to store the sprayer when it is not in use.
  • DoublersExtra inserts which can be added to a diaper for added absorbency.
  • Dry Laundry bag/pailA store system for cloth diapers in which diapers are placed in a dry bag or pail.
  • EBF – Exclusively Breastfed (You’ll see this especially in regard to staining types in used diapers.)
  • EC – Excellent Condition OR Elimination Communication
  • EDD – Estimated Due Date
  • EO – Essential Oils
  • EUC – Excellent Used Condition
  • FB – Fuzzibunz Brand Diaper
  • FC – Free and Clear Detergent
  • FFS – Free For Shipping
  • FLer – Front loading washing machine
  • FS – For Sale
  • FSOT – For Sale or Trade
  • FUC – Fair Used Condition
  • FWIW – For What It’s Worth
  • FYI – For Your Information
  • Fitted: A fitted diaper is basically just an absorbent layer which can be put on like any other cloth diaper. While a fitted can be used on its own, it is wise to pair it with a diaper cover for superior leak protection.
  • FlipA brand of cloth diapers which is manufactured by Cotton Babies. Flip makes a hybrid diaper.
  • FuzziBunzA brand of cloth diapers which is manufactured by Mother of Eden. FuzziBunz makes pocket diapers, among other things.
  • GM– good mama Diaper Brand
  • GN – Gender Neutral
  • GUC – Good Used Condition
  • HC – Hyena Cart
  • HE – High-Efficiency Washing Machine
  • HH – Happy Heiny’s brand diaper
  • HTF – Hard-to-find diapers
  • Hook and Loop: Often used as a closure system for cloth diapers. It is similar to velcro.
  • HybridA hybrid diaper is a diaper cover system that can have a cloth insert or a disposable insert.
  • IHA – I have available…
  • IMHO – In My Humble Opinion
  • IPF – Indian Prefold
  • ISO – In Search Of
  • ITA – I totally Agree
  • Inserts: The absorbent layer of a cloth diaper which is laid inside a diaper cover or placed inside a pocket. Inserts can be made of a variety of materials a few popular options include cotton, microfiber, and hemp.
  • KWIM – Know What I Mean
  • LMK– Let Me Know
  • LN – Like New Condition
  • LO – Little One
  • ME – Mother’s Ease Brand Diaper
  • MIL – Mother In Law
  • MM – Maiden Mills Fleece
  • NAK – Nursing At Keyboard
  • NB – Newborn
  • OBV – Organic Bamboo Velour
  • OS – One-Size
  • One-size: A type of diaper which is made to fit a child from birth (around 8 pounds) to potty training (around 35 pounds). One-size diapers can be adjusted to fit a variety of sizes. The adjustments are generally made in the rise and around the waist. Typically, adjustments are made with snaps, hook and loop tabs or elastic and buttons.
  • PF – Prefold
  • PM – Private Message
  • PPD – Postage Paid OR Pay Pal Direct
  • PUL –  Polyurethane Laminate (The waterproofing layer found in many diapers.)
  • PocketPocket diapers generally have a waterproof layer which keeps the diaper from leaking, a stay-dry layer which creates a pocket, and inserts which are placed inside the pocket.
  • PrefoldA type of insert which begins as a flat rectangular multi-layered piece of fabric. The prefolds are then folded to fit inside the diaper cover. Prefolds are often made from cotton.
  • PreppingThe process of preparing cloth diapers so that they can be worn by the baby. The purpose of prepping diapers is to maximize the absorbency of the inserts and to remove any chemicals or oils on the diapers. Prepping cloth diapers requires washing and drying the diapers several times.
  • PUL: A type of fabric with polyurethane lamination which is often used as a diaper cover or the outer layer of pocket diapers and all-in-ones.
  • RLR – A water softening additive found useful by people with hard water.
  • ROFL – Rolling on the Floor Laughing
  • Repelling: When invisible materials begin to build up on the surface of the cloth diapers they tend to cause the wetness in the diaper to repel rather than absorb. Repelling is a common cause of leaks.
  • SAHM – Stay at Home Mom
  • SAHP – Stay at Home Parent
  • SC – Suede cloth
  • SO – Significant Other
  • SS – Side Snapping
  • Snaps: A type of closure systems often used with cloth diapers.
  • Stay-dry: The layer of fabric which is often placed closest to the baby’s skin. The purpose of the stay-dry layer is to wick the moisture away from the baby’s skin. The stay-dry layer is often made from microfleece or suede fabric.
  • Stripping: A process whereby the invisible materials that tend to build up on the surface of the cloth diaper are removed through a special washing routine.
  • TIA – Thanks in Advance
  • TROLL – People will refer to someone with this name if they believe they are just on the forum to provoke an argument
  • T&T – Turned and Topstitched
  • TTC – Trying to Conceive
  • TTO – Tea Tree Oil
  • Thirsties: A brand of cloth diapers which features diaper covers, all-in-one diaper, pocket diaper, and fitted diaper, among other things.
  • UB – Before anything means “unbleached.” (ie: UBIPF, or UBCPF. )
  • WAHM – Work At Home Mom
  • WCD– WhyClothDiaper.com (Sorry, had to!)
  • Wet bag: A small storage bag with waterproofing on the inside which can store wet and soiled diapers while on the go.

 

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