This post is part of the Focus on Fluff cloth diaper series.
Also known as flat diapers, Prefolds are the original cloth diaper that our grandparents grew up with. Most are made out of natural material, such as cotton or hemp. They require a fastener and water-proof cover.
May be a good option for you if…
- Frugal is your middle name. Prefolds are inexpensive, even cheap, compared to other cloth diapers. They are the most economical option available.
- Laundry is not your favorite chore. They are simple to wash and dry very quickly, in the dryer or on a clothes line.
- Re-purposing is one of your hobbies. Prefolds have multiple uses. They can also be stuffed in any cloth diapers for added protection or used as burp cloths. They also make great dusting rags when you don’t need them as diapers.
May NOT be a good option for you if…
- Pins, Snappis or clips scare you. Prefolds do require a fastener to fit snugly. However, I must say, you can just fold them and place them in a cover and it could work well for you.
- Your looking for convenience. Using a flat diaper, pin and cover is not always easy with a squirmy baby.
- Cleaning up runny messes is a turn off. Although you will have blow-outs with any diaper at some point, they tend to happen more with prefolds…at least in my experience. Once your baby is eating solids and has firmer stools, however, this will not be an issue.
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In my opinion…
As I mentioned before, we tried to use prefolds when my oldest was a newborn and they didn’t work well for us. However, I recently learned a new way to fold them and it has worked well. I still don’t use prefolds often, but have a dozen or so as back ups or to use when I’m stripping our other cloth diapers.
Have you used prefolds? If so, please share your experience in a comment!