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Just a bit of jargon - Glossary blog

So we promised no Jargon, and we mean no jargon, however, sometimes acronyms are essential and there is no better replacement to describe what we mean (Just like LOL or ROFLMAO). So here we'll try and explain some of the essential jargon and acronyms, much like you explaining LOL is not "lots of love" to your in-law.

  1. MCN- Lets warm up first with an easy one, Modern Cloth Nappy. This one is used to differentiate between your old school cloth nappies, where your Mum would fold a piece of terry towelling and secure with a pin.

  2. OSFM - Probably as common as LOL, this one stands for One Size fits Most. It's used to describe MCNs which size from (just about) birth to toilet training. Using the snaps, rises and side snaps, these MCNs can adjust to fit most tots.

  3. PUL cover -PUL(Polyurethane laminate) is a waterproof cover also known as a shell for your cloth nappies or liners. It is usually either lined/sandwiched between two layers of fabric (think your BabyBare Minkies) or left exposed on the inside of the diaper. Find out more in our Blog - "Getting to know your nappies"

  4. AIO - All-in-One, This nappy comes in one piece, such as your Peekaboo by BABY BARE nappies. This means there is no shell or liner to separate from, just toss it in the pre-wash (and make sure your velcro flaps are folded down).

  5. AI2 - All-in-Two, the most common MCN design, which often includes an outer shell and a detachable insert for absorbency, which can be snapped in, or tucked into the pocket of the nappy. Our packs have a number of AI2 MCNs, including Grovia's, Designer Bums and Alcmena's.

  6. Pre-wash vs Main Wash - Often the most confusing part of MCN routine. The pre-wash is the 40-60 degree wash with a detergent that removes the majority of th