Thursday, February 19, 2009

Diapers: what they stand for

Been awhile since we've talked about diapers around here. (Thought we all needed a break.)

Then I heard that Momfessions was doing a Diaper Chatter carnival today, and I thought you know what? It's probably about time to revisit the topic.

So. Cloth diapers.

One big reason people don't use them is because they are unfamiliar. And if go to research them, you quickly run into all these abbreviations and jargon that make it hard to learn anything.

So let's start here...

10 diaper-related acronyms to know:

  • AIO - All-in-one (type of cloth diaper)
  • BG - bumGenius (diaper brand)
  • CD - Cloth diaper(s), cloth diapering
  • CPF - Chinese prefolds (type of cloth diaper)
  • DSQ - Diaper service quality
  • EC - Elimination communication (diapering alternative)
  • FB - Fuzzi Bunz (diaper brand)
  • HH - Happy Heinys (diaper brand)
  • PF - Prefolds (type of cloth diaper)
  • PUL - Polyurethane laminate

And, if you haven't hung out much on forums/blogs/other places where people resort to weird, abbreviated internet-speak, you might find these helpful as well...

10 bonus acronyms (not specific to diapers but come up a lot when you're reading about diapers):
  • AP - Attachment parent, attachment parenting
  • DD - Dear daughter (i.e. "My DD is 3 months old...")
  • DH - Dear husband
  • DS - Dear son
  • DIL - Daughter-in-law
  • MIL - Mother-in-law
  • NB - Newborn
  • SIL - Sister-in-law, son-in-law (context is everything!)
  • SAHM - Stay-at-home mom
  • WAHM - Work-at-home mom
Alright, think that's enough for today. HTH! (Hope that helps! ;)


Photos by Chris and Jenni.


  1. OOOOOOoooo, I love glossaries of terms. I hope I'm not the only dummy who spends a lot of time trying to figure out new acronyms I come across. :o)

    Thanks for playing along!

  2. Great list of terms. I'll have to print it out and keep for the next baby...hopefully there will only be one the next time. Check out my story of training twins! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Awesome glossary! I think the abbreviations are confusing! Thanks so much for sharing this post!

  4. LOOK! AT! YOU! You are so totally in the know. I am impressed. You could probably teach me a thing or lots.

  5. Just a one time thing... thought I'd try something new!

  6. I think the abbreviations were the hardest thing for me when I was researching diapers a few years ago. That was a great post for people who are considering using cloth! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Abbreviations~shmeeviations!! The only choice I had when my kids were born was CD (cloth) and DD (disposable). Yes, I am bitter, I admit it.

  8. thanks for this post! i am new to CD and i didn't know some of these abbreviations!!


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