A quick run down on cloth diapers

Every so often (ok ok pretty often!) I get emailed asking what the difference is between the different diaper types and i usually retype this information off the top of my head. Really, I should sit down and write it out properly, but just quickly here and now..

For those of you who are starting cloth diapering or thinking about it, and are super confused about the options, here’s some quick definitions of most of the main types of cloth diapers:

Pocket diaper – 2 pieces – the pocket diaper itself (1 waterproof layer, 1 stay dry inner layer sewn together and with an opening between the layers) and the soaker / doubler / insert – all different names for the same thing (you put the soaker into the pocket between the layers of stay dry / waterproof).

* Note you MUST change the entire pocket diaper with every diaper change, you should not just change the wet insert with a dry one and reuse the pocket. That is because although the inner part of the diaper that touches the baby may feel dry, it is NOT clean, there is still pee residue there, which can lead to bacteria growth and rashes on your baby.

Examples – bumgenius, baby kanga, bouncy baby, rumparooz, GAD etc

AIOAll in 1 – all in 1 piece diaper, that means all the layers (waterproof, stay dry if any, soaking material) are all sewn together – no need to take apart or put together, you put it on and take it off just like a disposable.  Some AIO can be really truly all sewn together (like Monkey doodlez) – those can take longer to dry, others are sewn so the soaker layers are like flaps for quicker drying (like the dream eze diapers)

Examples – Starbunz AIO, bumgenius Organics, Grovia AIO, Monkey Doodlez, Thirsties Duo AIOs

All in 22 piece diaper – the waterproof layer (also can be used as a cover), and a soaker which is detachable from the cover and can be changed while reusing the cover part

Examples – Grovia / Grobaby, Daisy Doodlez, Soft Bumz diapers

Cover – Only a waterproof layer – use it over a non-waterproof diaper in order to make it waterproof (e.g. use it over fitteds or prefold diapers)

Examples – Thirsties Duo Wrap, Wonderwrap, Bunnyfeet designs Cover, My Precious Baby by April covers

Fitted diaper – made of all absorbent material, can be used on it’s own without a waterproof layer if you want more breathability for your baby sometimes. Or use it under a waterproof cover

Examples – Kiwi Pie fitted, My precious baby by April fitted, bunnyfeet designs fitted, dream eze fitted

Prefold – 100% cotton (can be made out of other materials, but cotton is most cotton. Also can be available in Bamboo or Hemp / combination materials), sewn into a rectangle shape, with thicker layers in the middle. Requires some pinning / folding to put on baby. 1 step up from a lampin – much more absorbent than lampin and easier to use.

Wool Cover – can be made to be pull ups, or tie ons, or looks just like a PUL cover with snaps and elastics. Use for night time. very good breathability and also will help with absorbency. you only need to wash once every 2 weeks or so.  You need to lanolize this (a very simple procedure to make the wool waterproof again) after many uses.

(also Fleece Covers – similar too wool, but fleece is a man made material, slightly less breathable, but does not need to be lanolized)

Examples – Disana Wool Covers, Fleece shorties, Llamajamas, many wool shorties / longies knitters on places like hyenacart.com / etsy.com .

Other definitions you’ll find helpful

PUL / TPU material – Waterproof part of most diapers, it is a material made out of plastics, not all PUL is equal though, there are better quality, there are also cheap ones that run the risk of “separating”

One size / Sized – one size really means from 3 months to about 2.5 years, depending on size of baby. Some newborns can fit some one size diapers though, it all really depends on the baby. Sized diapers mean you have to buy different sizes when the baby gets bigger, but most babies will be at the Medium size for most of their diapering lives (almost all babies go from XS to S to M to L in the first 9 months of their lives, but when they start moving and walking more at 10 – 12 months, they will go back down to a Medium or even small in some cases).

Snaps / Aplix – this is a choice for the closure of your diaper. Most day care centers will only allow Aplix to be used (snaps confuse some people especially for one size diapers).  Aplix is definitely faster at night time and usually allows for a better fit as there’s infinite ways to close the diaper with aplix, BUT Snaps are more durable, and snaps are harder for curious babies to rip off.  A lot of parents will use aplix for newborns and get medium size diapers in snaps as that’s the age when babies start figuring out how to remove their diapers.  Careful of stiff aplix strips on the diapers though, they can cut baby “buddha bellies” as the edges can be quite sharp.  Another negative about aplix is that it can start to lose it’s “stickiness” quite fast and have to be replaced.

Snappi – a plastic grip thing (think of those little claws used for bandages) that can be used to keep prefolds on instead of diaper pins.

Liners – you can get disposable or reusable ones – they are good for runny newborn poo if you don’t want to stain the inside if your diapers, or if your child has a sensitivity or rash it can be used against the child’s skin to keep the skin dryer.  Not 100% necessary at all.


GroVia Hybrid Cloth Diaper system launched in Asia

Grobaby has rebranded into GroVia – and this cloth diaper / hybrid system just got a whole lot better (it was good, now it’s great!)

The GroVia Difference (shell sets)

  • GroVia shells rise are 1/2 inch higher than the GroBaby version 2, and 1 inch higher than GroBaby version 1 – addressing what customers want – for the GroVia to fit longer!
  • GroVia soakers are now 6 layers Organic Cotton, have Leg gussets and wonderful TPU (waterproof) backing – this means even more absorbency, and dry mesh inners of the GroVia covers – yet again, addressing customer concerns.
  • GroVia shell sets no longer come with a booster included – not necessary with the boosted absorbency of the newly designed GroVia soakers

Still the SAME great value – even better in fact as the prints and snaps are no longer more expensive than solids (everything’s RM95.00 per shell set).

Same fabulous Experience and Live sets to save you if you’re looking for complete stashes

And now offered in Malaysia the GroVia Hybrid Test Drive package where you get 2 x GroVia shells (no cotton soakers) and 1 box of 50 x legendary biosoakers for 20% off the full retail price.   This is a great way for those who don’t want too much laundry to still do 1/2 cloth diapering (No blowouts from disposable diapers ever again!).

Look for more exciting things to come from GroVia – coming VERY soon to Malaysia.

GroBaby / GroVia have converted a whole ton of Malaysian parents to cloth or hybrid diapering for their babies, with their high quality materials, great design, organic cotton inners, super sweet designs and money saving functionality – it’s hard to beat the GroVia as a starter set for anyone who’s ever considered cloth diapering.

Have you considered giving them a try?

Now available at Tiny Tapir Baby shops in Bangsar Village and Ampang Park, and of course, online.

Thirsties Duo Wraps Restocked & NEW in snaps

Thirsties Duo wraps are now re-stocked in the ever-popular aplix.

Duos are great, because they are 2 sizes – size 1 to fit from newborn to around 7 or 8 months, the size 2 to fit from then until even 4 years old.   Using this 2 size system means it truly is 1 size, to fit from the smallest newborn all the way to the latest potty trainer or biggest child.

We have also stocked the new Thirsties Duos in Snaps for those parents who are just not into the aplix.

Thirsties Duo in Snaps on Tiny Tapir

Thirsties Duo in Aplix on Tiny Tapir


Jaya Jusco Roadshow – Kepong 16th to 28th March 2010

In conjunction with Jaya Jusco, the Grobaby and Rumparooz cloth diapers, and RuMe and Onya bags are going on various roadshows this year.

The first one kicked off on 16th March in the Jaya Jusco complex in Kepong, and is ending this Sunday.

Grobaby in all their glory, prefolds and covers, rumparooz pocket diapers, RuMe bags and Onya bags are now available for sale there. Do pop on over if you’re in the area and check them out!

Natural Baby Co Testers – 5 available!

Hi everyone,

Ugh, been too long without updating this blog!  It’s so much easier to do announcements over on our facebook, but i really need to get into updating the blog more !

Just a quickie :

5 x Natural Baby Co Tester Spots will be launched at 12 noon on Thurs 4/3/10 – To find it, go to “the Natural Baby Co” under the “Makers” drop down menu on our homepage http://www.tinytapir.com

SO very excited about this. It’s looking to be a fantastic product, I’m so interested to hear people’s response to it. Honestly, it’s like what I feel has always been missing in the market.

Some rules of the game – you’ll need to pay RM30 for the tester slot which covers courier shipping anywhere in Malaysia.  You can only purchase ONE tester each, and you have to have a child who is still being actively diapered.

Good luck everyone!

Cloth Diapers at Fit for 2 – Thurs 19/11/09

When ? 10am to 10pm daily on Wed 18 Nov 09 – Sun 6 Dec 09

Where ? Fit for 2, Lot 3F-1B / 3rd Floor Bangsar Village II, No.2 Jalan Telawi Satu, Bangsar Baru, Tel : 22881200


Fit for 2 (if you haven’t been yet) is a fabulous place for mamas to be, new mamas and super experienced mamas.  The pioneer in pregnancy fitness in Malaysia, there’s always a ton of great stuff to do there, not to mention the fantastic value (and just plain fantastic) food!

This is a super kid / family friendly place, so expect to see lots of tots of various ages running around safely creating havoc 🙂

We’ve kindly been invited to hold a (nice and gentle) introduction to cloth diapers and baby carriers there on Thurs 19/11/09 at 6pm.

We’ll be discussing the basics of cloth diapers, the usual things to look out for, and answering any questions that come up, so if you’re in this part of town, pop on by!

Link to Tiny Tapir’s fanpage Facebook Event

Fit for 2