Cloth nappies with Minky or PUL?
Cloth nappies have come a long way since the days of pins and rubber pants. Nowadays, there are so many different types and materials to choose from that it can be overwhelming. We are often asked what i the difference between minky and PUL and why which is the better choice. Lets have a look at each and what they are and their benefits.
What is PUL fabric?
PUL fabric is a waterproof material that is commonly used in cloth nappies. It is made by laminating a thin layer of polyurethane film to a polyester fabric base. The resulting fabric is soft, flexible, and waterproof, making it ideal for use in nappies. PUL is also very durable, and can withstand repeated washing and drying without losing its waterproof properties.
Why is PUL important for cloth nappies?
Cloth nappies made with PUL fabric are much more effective at containing moisture than those made with other materials. PUL creates a waterproof barrier that prevents leaks, but also allows airflow through the nappy as it is not composed like plastic. There are very small holes in the PUL which allow air through. This, unlike the plastics used in disposable help to keep the baby cooler inside their nappy.
Another advantage of PUL is that it is very easy to clean. Simply toss your nappies in the washing machine and dryer, and they will come out looking and smelling fresh. PUL is also very resistant to stains, so you don't have to worry about your nappies becoming discoloured or dingy over time.
There are different types of PUL fabric available on the market, including printed PUL, solid-coloured PUL, and PUL with a textured surface.
What is minky fabric?
Minky fabric is a soft and plush fabric that is often used in cloth nappies. It is made from 100% polyester, and has a very soft and smooth texture. It has a shore pile and it a bit like velvet. Minky fabric is available in a wide range of colours and prints, which makes it a popular choice for parents who want to add a bit of personality to their baby's nappies.
Why is minky used for cloth nappies?
Minky fabric is a popular choice for cloth nappies because it is very soft and comfortable against your baby's skin. It's also lovely to touch as a parent when on your child. The plush texture of minky can also help to wick moisture away from your baby's skin, which can help prevent diaper rash and other skin irritations.
Minky is also very durable, and can withstand repeated washing and drying without losing its softness or colour.
Which should you choose for your cloth nappies?
Both PUL and Minky will work to prevent nappies leaking and serve as a great cover fabric for your cloth nappies. Some parents believe due to the plush nature of the minky it is warmer, but this isnt the case. It is still breathable like PUL fabric. Essentially choosing between Minky and PUL is a personal preference. You may like how one feels more or you may just like particular prints and choose that way. Most parents have a mix of fabrics for their nappies and enjoy the benefits of both.