There is a lot terminology associated with cloth diapering. Here is a breakdown of common terms and abbreviations as they relate to cloth diapers:
AiO: All in one, a CD that is all one complete piece and does not require any extra parts. Requires a new diaper each after each change and takes longer to dry.
CD: Cloth Diaper.
Covers: a waterproof (PUL) diaper that is placed over fitteds/contoured/flat/prefold diapers.
Fitted(s): (or contoured) are commonly made of cotton,hemp or bamboo. They are secured with Velcro/Aplix or Snappis and require a cover.
Inserts: Commonly made of microfiber or micro fleece, used to stuff pocket style diapers.
Nappies: the Commonwealth English term for diapers.
One Size (OS): a cloth diaper that has a series of snaps and (sometimes) elastic, that are used to adjust the diaper into multiple sizes as needed. They are designed for use throughout the whole time a child is in diapers.
Pockets: CD style with a “pocket” that needs to be stuffed with an insert order to be absorbent.
Prefolds: (or Flats) old fashioned diapers made of cotton that require a PUL cover.
Prepping: the processing of preparing a CD before first use, usually a series of 4 wash and dry cycles (instructions may vary by manufacturers).
PUL: Polyurethane Lining, the waterproof fabric that makes up the outer layer of most cloth diapers, covers are made of this.
Repelling: when a diaper is coated (often with soap or diaper rash creams) and urine cannot absorb and therefore leaks. See: stripping.
Reuseable diaper: Another term for cloth diaper, used to disassociate from the ‘old fashioned’ idea of cloth diapers.
Snap-ins: a PUL liner that is snapped into a cover. Example: gdiaper brand diapers.
Sprayer: an accessory used to clean CDs, uses a special attachment to the toilet waterline and waste is sprayed into the toilet.
Stripping: the process of ridding CD of residue causing repelling issues. Sometimes done by boiling or a series of extra hot wash cycles or washing with Dawn dish soap.
Wetbag: waterproof bag used for soiled diapers while away from home.