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OSFM (One Size Fit Most) - What are they?

OSFM (One Size Fit Most) - What are they?

One Size Fit Most also known as OSFM are nappies that are made for newborns until potty training. They have snap buttons that are adjustable and some closures are made from velcro. The absorbent liners are sewn and the nappy cover are made from laminated PUL/waterproof.

These comes in 3 different styles 

1. Aio (All in One) Nappies

Aio nappies means it includes everything that you need. There are Aio nappies for newborn only and there are Aio nappies fit from Newborn to Potty training.Most of the absorbent liners are already sewn or attached and the cover is waterproof. Credits to the brand and Belleview Cottage for the pictures.

 

2. Ai2 (All in Two) Nappies or Hybrid Nappies

The Ai2 nappies are similar as the Aio nappies. It's knewn name is now called Hybrid Nappies. The absorbency layer can be snap in and out of the cover, which makes it economical for parents giving you the ability to change the liners/boosters anytime and can re-use the shells or waterproof cover if not wet/soiled. Also, it is easy to get dry. Please see some of the brands that we are selling that falls under Ai2.

3. POCKET NAPPIES

Pocket Nappies are consist of waterproof cover and an inner layer forming a pocket. It has a separate absorbent liners that you can insert in the pocket. Some of the closures are also made from snap to velcro.

Pocket Nappies - Nanay 'n' Baby

 

 What are the Pros and Cons of these nappies?

 PROS

  • First, there is no need to use safety pins or snappies as closure
  • The closure are made of snap buttons or velcro which makes diaper changing easier for parents.
  • It is all in one! You don't need a separate cover for this. 
  • Majority are following the growth of little bub, from newborn to potty training.
  • For AiO - the absorbent liner is already attached which is less work for parents to do the rinsing during changing nappies. All you have to do is rinse it using your diaper spray and straight away put in your diaper laundry bag.
  • For Ai2 and Pocket Nappies - its absorbent liners giving you the option to use any absorbent liners you have. You can even use a prefold or flats as an absorbent liner. They are even more easier to wash and fast to dry.

CONS

  • For starters, OSFM nappies are expensive rather than using fitted nappies, prefolds and flats.If you are on a budget, you can try the bundle nappies or trial package nappies before starting to buy them piece by piece. This will help you save as well as most trial and bundled nappies are discounted.
  • Some OSFM doesn't fit newborns since different babies have different size and weight. 
  • For Aio - some of them takes time to dry; also small damaged from the absorbent liner or cover will affect everything. 
  • For Ai2 - if the covers are wet/soiled, you will need to change everything.
  • For Pocket Nappies - you will definitely need to change everything not giving you the option to just replace the absorbent liner or booster.

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What is a Fitted Nappy

What is a Fitted Nappy

Fitted Nappy - Nanay 'n' Baby
Fitted nappy are shaped like diapers made of cloth. Majority of them are plainly designed without closure, so you will be required to use a snappy or baby safety pins, unless you can get one with a snap buttons or velcro. Compared to flats and pre-folds you don't need to fold them with style. It is very absorbent and mostly require a nappy PUL cover. It also comes in different fabric.
PRO'S
  • like the prefolds and flats, this is a good start for those parents that are new in modern cloth nappies. recommended for new mom's as well as it is very easy to use. 
  • you don't need to do a lot of folding style compared to pre-folds and flats
  • they are very absorbent too
  • can easily be fitted to baby as majority of the fitted nappies does not have closure.
  • majority of these fitted nappies are easily to get dry unless it is specified by the manufacturer if there is anything especial about the fabric.

 CON'S

  • a waterproof nappy cover is always recommended for fitted nappies.
  • some can tend to be bulky and hot for baby because it is like wearing 2 shorts at the same time (again it depends on the fabric).
  • some parents may feel too much work on it - you need to snap it in then add a cover.

I hope I helped you clarifying what a fitted nappy is. Despite of its con's, I will still use fitted nappy especially for newborns (1st to 2 weeks). Like the prefolds and flats this is a good start of using cloth diapers. Once you get the technique on how to use it, you will definitely consider buying this for your newborn. Just patience especially on the first few nights. If you are changing your disposable nappies 12-15 times from morning till the next day for the first 3 nights with little bub, it is the same as the fitted nappies. 

I remember when we had AG last 2009, my mother changes his nappies 15- 20 times from morning until the next day. Ag's a heavy wetter. I have been observing my mother and she always check AG's nappies every 3 hours. If he already pooped or pee, she changed it right away. She didn't use any nappy cover instead we only have waterproof change mat. Looking after AG every 3 hours wasn't easy so my mother and father do some alternate schedules for changing nappy. Both pre-folds, flats and fitted nappies are used during these time. The next day, they will washed the nappies right away and it get easily dry under the sun. Re-using them again saves a lot of money!   


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PREFOLDS VS FLATS

PREFOLDS VS FLATS

What's the difference between Prefolds and Flats?
One of my favorite cloth nappies for newborn especially if you want to save a lot of money and your new to cloth diapers, I will always recommend the prefolds and flats. This is a good start for premmie to newborn because you doesn't really know how big little bub is and if your baby is a heavy wetter or not. 
For me, prefolds and flats are pretty much the same. You fold them with style, it can be used as boosters or liners, both needs safety pin or snappies and can be worn from newborn till potty training.
But let's discuss what are the few differences between the two!
 
PREFOLDS
prefolds diapers
The prefolds are somehow the same as the flats. It is a flat diaper that has been prefolded and stitched to make it thick. It comes in different sizes and the stitching colors signifies the sizes. Most of the time its fabric are made of bamboo cotton, organic cotton, terry cotton, etc. Prefolds shrink after its first wash.
FLATS 
Flats are the most traditional nappies. I was raised by my parents through flats. This is more common under the name of Birdseye or Musni. Most of the time it only comes in one size but they are pretty big. Flats are well known for its "origami folding". This is thinner compared to pre-folds. You will already see the difference after washing it a couple times, it will be more thinner. That's why some of these flats are now used by our mothers and grandparents as kitchen towels or rags.
SIMILARITIES
  • both need snappies or safety pins as closure
  • both can be used as reusable liners or boosters in one of your cloth nappy or nappy covers.
  • they are both easy to wash and hang and not sensitive with detergent
  • both can last from newborn to potty training. (this applies if you choose to get large size for pre-folds).
  • both are also known as fitted diaper, therefore some parents used diaper cover.

 

DIFFERENCES

  • fabric and size

 

ADVANTAGES OF PREFOLDS AND FLATS

  • The most economical cloth diapering option. It is least expensive.
  • You can easily customized its fits. Especially if you buy the big sizes for prefolds, that will fit from newborn to potty training. You don't need to keep on buying diapers.
  • Very easy to wash and quick to dry.
  • It can be used as reusable liners or boosters.
  • Very quick to fold.
  • In the long run or if you don't need them anymore, you can use as kitchen towels or rags.

 

DISADVANTAGES OF PREFOLDS AND FLATS

  • Because it is not PUL (Polyurethane Laminated), you might be needing a nappy cover. Unless you want to check little bub every 2 to 3 hours and if its already full, you need to changed him straight him. 
  • You have to fold, even a pre-fold and regardless what size it is
  • Harder to put if you don't know how to customized its fits.

So there you go! If you have anything in mind or opinions about its differences, similarities or advantages and disadvantages, let me know and we will add it on this blog!

Next topic, we will discuss about Fitted Nappy!


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CONFUSED ABOUT NAPPY STYLES?

CONFUSED ABOUT NAPPY STYLES?

Are you one of those that are confused about cloth nappies? They all look the same style but what is the difference aside from the brand name?

Before I open my online store, I was one of those mother's and mother's to be who are confused about the different kinds of cloth nappy. The only thing I know was the traditional "muslin and birdseyes flat" or what we called "lampin" in the Philippines. I am aware of it because this is how I was raised and Philippines still prefer to use cloth nappies compared to disposable because they are very economical. 

"Lampin" is the same as cloth nappy and It is not a type of fabric. In the Philippines, you can choose muslin, cotton, birdseye or whatever clean cloth and thick cloth/fabric, for us it is good to go. In fact, when we had AG in 2009, I saw my mother using this safety pins and muslin as the cloth diaper and telling me this is how I took care of you. 

When I moved to Australia, I was looking for cloth nappies on google and came across to these beautiful and attractive cloth nappies. They are very different than the traditional one. They called it modern cloth nappies. Like the new mom's and new to MCN I confused about the styles. For me they all look the same. They have liners and boosters, they are made of cloth in a different designs, made of different fabrics... so what is really the difference between all these styles? 

Below is the diagram that I found from envirobaby.co.nz

It is very helpful and you will have a little understanding on how cloth nappies really works. On my next blog, I will discuss one by one, the differences and similarities of each styles.

nappy styles

   


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5 STYLES OF CLOTH DIAPER

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