Nappy Guide: Terry Square Nappies

What Are Terry Square Nappies?

Terry square nappies, also known as terry squares, or simply terries, are a type of reusable cloth nappy absorbency option that have been around for generations. They are normally made from a single layer of absorbent material, and are often considered a more economical option compared to other types of reusable nappies.

Bayrli Reusable Cloth Nappy

Features of Terries

Terries are very durable, which means they can withstand multiple washings and can last for years. They are similar in feel to very soft bath towels as they are a looped fabric, but thinner.

Terries are normally made from natural fibres such as cotton, organic cotton, or bamboo cotton blends. They are a fantastic absorbency choice for nighttime as they can absorb a large capacity of liquid. 

Terries need to be folded and fit around your baby and paired with a waterproof nappy cover made from PUL or TPU, fleece, or wool to be leakproof. They also require nappy pins or nappy fasteners to stay in place. If your baby doesn't like to feel wetness you can pair with a reusable nappy liner to have them feeling nice and dry throughout the night. View our guide to folding terries.

Bayrli Bamboo Cotton Terry Square

What Are the Pros and Cons of Choosing Terries?


  • Cost-effective: They can be purchased in bulk at a relatively low cost and can be used for multiple children.
  • Durable: Can withstand multiple washings and last for years.
  • Versatile: Can be folded in various ways to fit babies of different sizes and can be used with or without a cover.
  • Eco-friendly: Produce less waste than disposable nappies and are made from natural materials.
  • Customisable: They can be folded in different ways to adjust absorbency and fit.
  • Soft and comfortable: Cotton and cotton blends are a natural and soft material that won't irritate the baby's skin.
  • Fast absorbing: The raised fibres that feature on terries trap and soak up liquid quickly.


  • Bulky: Can take up a lot of space storing as well as bulkier than some other absorbency options.
  • Effort: They need to be folded to fit around your baby which isn't difficult, but may require some practice.
  • Accessories: Require additional accessories like nappy covers and fasteners.

View our collection of terries here.

Bayrli Reusable Cloth Terry Nappy