I started a reply to your last post & got distracted
Your tots bots is a fitted nappy. A fitted nappy is one that requires a wrap over it. Wraps are made of PUL which is a non breathable material. Another option is a wool wrap or soaker that has been lanolised. Wool is breathable which keeps baby from getting too hot (like in sweaty pul) & also allows moisture to evaporate so your nappy can adsorb more.
AI2 - All in 2. It is a nappy that doesn't need a wrap & has a snap in soaker so the nappy is 2 parts (all in 2
). There is also AI1 - all in one where the soaker is part of the shell so there is no stuffing or snapping in soakers. AI1 & AI2 don't work for everyone though.
No need to pre soak the nappies. I just rinse the worst of the poop off into the toilet (my shower head reaches as far as the toilet so I use that) & then throw it into the bucket. They don't really get a chance to dry in the bucket as such & I've never had any major problems with staining or anything.
When I am washing, I put them in for a cold pre-wash first, then a 40 or 60 degree wash with a half dose of bio powder, then an extra rinse.
As for suggesting others to try, there are so so many different nappies. My advice is to stick around & do a bit of reading. It really is the quickest way to get to know the nappies. Ask any questions you like, no question is a stupid question. Have a look on classifieds, buy any you like the look of to try. You'll get to know your postman on a first name basis. At that stage, the best advice is not to leave you dh look at paypal