Nappy ComponentsCover | Shell: The waterproof outer part of the nappy that fits over the absorbent part(s) of the nappy to prevent leaks. The cover can be unlined or lined in suedecloth, athletic wicking jersey or similar.
Insert | Booster: The absorbent part(s) of the nappy contained within the cover | shell
Liner (* optional*): An additional liner between the absorbent part of the nappy and baby's skin
Types of Inserts
Snap In Inserts | Boosters: Inserts | boosters that have inbuilt snaps that allow it to snap into a snap on the internal side of the cover | shell. Snapping an insert in helps to keep the insert/ booster in place
Why use liners?
Liners are fantastic if you use barrier creams on bub's little bottom as they prevent a build up of barrier cream on the absorbent components of the nappies. Although barrier creams should wash out in hot water, if they don't they can coat the absorbent fabric causing it to repel rather than absorb liquid
Why disposable liners? Awesome if you have a weak stomach and don't like dealing with poo! Catches most of the solids so you can simply lift out the liner + poo and the job is done! Usually flush-able (check your septic system can handle this) and sometimes even compost-able
Why not disposable liners? Can be a cause of nappy rash or skin irritation if your bub has sensitive skin. Try going without a disposable liner if your little one is experiencing nappy rash or other skin irritations but also check your wash routine as this may be a contributing factor. And of course, seek medical advice if necessary
Why re-usable liners? Microfleece (and similar fabrics) make great reusable liners as they wick (fancy word for move) liquid away from baby's skin helping to keep your little one's bottom feeling dry. They protect the more expensive components of your nappy from staining and the build up of barrier creams, extending the lifespan of your nappy.