They are not the only diapers I use on my daughter, but they are an essential part of our stash. I know that some people don’t like prefolds
, but personally I think that everyone should have at least a dozen prefolds
if only as backup.
The first prefolds
I bought were the Gerber ones they sell at Walmart. I was not impressed, but I found ways to use them. They are very adequate as a stuffer in a FuzziBunz
. They work as a good doubler inside a Kissaluv fitted
. Two in a fleece cover worked well for overnight diapering. They are great for cleaning up spit up. There have been several times when all my preferred diapers have been dirty or in the wash and I’ve had to rely on the prefolds
Over time I realized that they really aren’t that difficult. They are definitely better than resorting to disposables. They wash easily and dry quickly. Over time using prefolds
has grown on me. Recently I bought a dozen unbleached premium size Chinese prefolds
. WOW, the difference between these and the Gerber prefolds
is amazing. When I first bought them they were flat and stiff, but after a few washes they were soft and fluffy.
They are so thick that I don’t think I could put two on her at one time. I recently discovered the How to Fold a Prefold Diaper section
on Kelly’s closet
the diagram was very helpful, but I haven’t quite gotten the hang of step 4. This is how I fold my diapers.
A friend demonstrated how to use a snappi
, but I have found that I prefer the old fashioned pin method.
I bring the wing around from the back, place my hand between the front flap and my baby and then pin through the wing and the first layer of the flap, then repeat on the other side. With a little practice this is very quick & easy. I find that pins allow me to get a tight secure fit. Around the house, I don’t always put a cover on, this allows my daughter to get lots of air to her bottom.
My favorite cover to use with prefolds
is the Thirsties diaper cover
They can be put on over a pinned diaper, but they fit so securely that you can just lay the prefold inside the cover, then fasten the velcro.
I really like that using prefolds
gives me the option to use a variety of covers.
By incorporating prefolds
into our stash, I was able to accumulate a large quantity of diapers at a fraction of the cost of pocket diapers. I’ve saved a lot of money and I never run out of diapers. I would highly recommend that anyone who is still using disposables part-time or washing diapers every night for the next day, buy at least a dozen prefolds
– By Denise C.