MCN Acronym Meanings:

MCN stands for ‘Modern Cloth Nappies’. This is the abbreviation for fabric nappies that have been sewn in a preformed shape much like a single use, or disposable, nappy and fasten with snaps or velcro. You may also see them referred to as CD (Cloth Diapers), especially in US chats and groups.

If you have started researching cloth nappies you have probably already come across some confusing acronyms or terms, here is a list of nappy terms and acronyms (used in Australia) to help out.

Nappy descriptions, associated slang and construction terms:

  • AIO – All In One
  • AI2 – All In Two
  • Aplix / Touchtape / Velcro / Hook & Loop – all terms for the same closure type just different brand names
  • AWJ – Athletic Wicking Jersey (an inner stay dry layer we use in the toddler pull ups and Soakmaster1000 nappies)
  • BF – Bamboo Fleece
  • Boingo – A modern nappy fastener used as an alternative to safety pins or a Snappi
  • Booster – absorbent fabric sewn together in a smaller sized insert to ‘boost’ a nappy’s absorbency
  • BTP – Birth To Potty (essentially the same as OS/OSFM/OSFA)
  • CC – China Cheapie (a slightly negative term of endearment for cheap nappies mass produced in Chinese warehouses and sold on Aliexpress or Ebay. CC’s are often bought in bulk and ‘rebranded’ by an Australian small business with their own tags and resold at a higher price)
  • CD – Cloth Diaper
  • Contour – a step up from the prefold, sewn with leg and waist elastic but still fastened with pins or fasteners (see explanation above)
  • CV – Cotton Velour
  • Diaper – American word for nappy. So you may see the acronym CD occasionally, this means Cloth Diaper
  • EC – Elimination Communication
  • Flat – Old school cloth nappies (see explanation above)
  • Fluff – a cute way to refer to cloth nappies
  • Fluffmail – when nappies arrive in the post. The most exciting type of mail!
  • Front snap – fastens at the front with polyresin snaps (as opposed to side snaps)
  • HCNC – The Handcrafted Nappy Connection is a multi-seller website dedicated to showcasing high quality Australian nappy makers and their wares
  • Hybrid – This can refer to a style of sewn nappy which has a layer of fleece in the shell but otherwise looks like a patterned fitted, OR a shell and disposable insert combination nappy
  • Insert – absorbent fabric sewn together in such a way that it can be snapped or stuffed into a waterproof nappy shell
  • Leg gusset – sometimes just referred to as gusset, or a double gusset. A secondary inner row of elastic as an extra layer of protection from leaks
  • Liner – A single use or disposable single layer which can be used as the layer against the skin inside a nappy to provide more comfort for baby, or to protect the nappy inner from staining
  • Longies – woollen pants, long ones like our leggings
  • MCN – Modern Cloth Nappy
  • MF – Microfleece (inner against the skin fabric) or Microfibre (synthetic absorbent fabric)
  • Minky / MinkyPUL – Fluffy fabric like mink baby blankets used as the outer layer of some covers, and modern cloth nappies. MinkyPUL is the pre-laminated version
  • NB – Newborn
  • OBF – Organic Bamboo Fleece
  • OBV – Organic Bamboo Velour
  • OS – One Size (essentially the same as BTP/OSFA/OSFM)
  • OSFA – One Size Fits All (essentially the same as BTP/OS/OSFM)
  • OSFM – One Size Fits Most (essentially the same as BTP/OS/OSFA)
  • OTB – On The Bum
  • Overlocking – also called serging, is the way most inserts are sewn together using an overlocker. The stitching covers the raw edges of the fabric to prevent fraying
  • PL / TL – Potty Learning / Toilet Learning. Predominantly the same as PT/TT but emphasis is placed on your child learning rather than being trained. Children take a more active and autonomous role in learning to toilet without nappies in their own time
  • PT / TT – Potty Training / Toilet Training.
  • Prefold – A ‘pre-folded’ flat nappy, sewn to cut the folding part out of using more traditional nappies (see explanation above)
  • PUL – Polyurethane Laminate, water resistant fabric used in most modern cloth nappies and many covers for its breathability compared to PVC or single use nappies.
  • RTB – Ready To Buy
  • RTS – Ready To Ship
  • Shorties – the short version of longies
  • Side snap – Fastens at the hips with polyresin snaps (as opposed to front snaps)
  • Snappi – A modern nappy fastener used as an alternative to safety pins or Boingos
  • Soaker – An absorbent insert, may sometimes be used to refer to a woollen pull up style nappy cover (usually homemade or handknit)
  • Sposie – Disposable (single use) nappy
  • Stash – Your collection of nappies, inserts, covers and associated fluffy goodness
  • Stay-dry – inner fabrics used as the layer against the skin such as athletic wicking jersey, microfleece or suedecloth
  • Stocking – When not working on custom orders, WAHM nappies are generally uploaded to a site and set live ready to buy at a specified day and time. This is called a stocking
  • T&T – Turned and topstitched, is the opposite construction technique to overlocking. The stitching is done inside out and the nappy turned to the right side then ‘top stitched’ to hide the raw edges and prevent fraying
  • WAHM – Work At Home Mum (WAHM nappies generally refers to nappies handmade by the seller in their own home)
  • Wetbag – a bag made from PUL to store used cloth nappies when out and about
  • Wicking – can refer to slightly leaky nappies, where the wee has wicked to the outside fabric. Also refers to inner stay-dry fabric which pulls the wetness through to the absorbent layers underneath while staying relatively dry to the touch

Caring for cloth nappies terms and descriptions

  • Delaminate – when the PU laminate separates from it’s fabric. Can happen when nappies get old, may happen in the first few washes if a new nappy is faulty (take it back for a replacement or refund if this happens to a new nappy)
  • Dry Pail – A well ventilated laundry basket or similar in which nappies are kept after use and rinsing, and before washing
  • Nappy sprayer – A hose and low pressure jet nozzle which is attached to the toilet to clean nappies before dry pailing
  • Prepping – pre soaking and washing new nappies, particularly the absorbent fabrics as they need to be washed a number of times to build absorbency
  • Stripping – (not what you’re thinking haha!!) this is a process of soaking and ‘stripping’ out built up detergent, grime, bum creams etc. This is not something that is normally ever required if the nappies are being thoroughly and routinely washed
  • Repelling – when absorbent or wicking fabrics repel the wetness back rather than allowing it through to soak in. Results in leaky nappies and can happen from using zinc based rash creams or fabric softener
  • S&S – Strip and Sanitise, the same as stripping
  • Stuffing – inserting the absorbent insert or prefold inside a pocket nappy shell

Buying / selling / trading cloth nappy terms and discussion group acronyms

  • BST – Buy Sell Trade
  • EBF / BM / FF – Exclusively Breast Fed / Breast Milk / Formula Fed (as relating to poo!)
  • FS – For Sale
  • FSOT – For Sale Or Trade
  • GUC / VGUC / EUC – Good Used Condition / Very Good Used Condition / Excellent Used Condition
  • ISO / DISO – In Search Of / Desperately In Search Of
  • LO – Little One (baby)
  • NNR – Not Nappy Related
  • NWT / NWOT – New With Tags / New Without Tags
  • OT – Off Topic
  • PIF – Pay It Forward
  • RAOK – Random Act Of Kindness (usually someone giving away a nappy or nappies)
  • WSS – What She Said

Want to know more about MCN’s and how they work? Head over here to read about the different types of cloth nappies that are popular now.

If you have more questions about cloth nappies or feel overwhelmed, ask for help – join a group like the Australian Nappy Association‘s Facebook Group, our own Community Group or contact us directly, we are always keen to chat cloth with you.