May 6, 2010

Prefolds?!?! One mom's experience!

When starting a quest for cloth diapers, it is overwhelming the number of choices a parent can be faced with:  all-in-ones, pockets, one-sized, prefolds, the list goes on.  And that is just the tip of the iceberg.  Then there are fabric choices, snaps or Velcro and many more decisions that have to be made before taking the plunge.

I’m certain that most people looking to make the switch to cloth have at least considered using prefolds with covers as they are one of the most economical options out there.  While they may be the cheapest, they certainly are not the easiest.  That being said, they are still completely doable for everyone, it just takes a little practice & a lot more patience.  Many people have the preconceived notion that prefold diapers=pins & plastic pants.  NOT TRUE!!!  The pins have been replaced by a remarkable invention called a Snappi & the plastic pants have long given way to diaper covers that go on just as easily as disposable diapers.

My first experience was with my almost 2-year-old who had pretty much outgrown his bumGenius one-size.  I knew he was close to being potty trained & didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a new stash.  For less than $100, I bought my son 15 unbleached Indian prefolds, 5 Thirsties covers & a Snappi. I got my diapers home, prepped them & was ready to go….let the frustration begin. J I had done my research & found as many different kinds of “folds” as I could but none of them seemed to work for us, I just couldn’t get the diapers to fit the way I wanted them to.  I would get the snappi hooked on but as soon as my son stood up, the diaper would still fall off, or the diaper was so tight, he couldn’t sit down, or it would be so saggy in the rear, he looked like he had a full diaper after each diaper change.  But I kept at it.  I can’t say that any one fold is better than another. Each baby is shaped differently & each parent has their own preference.  But I can say that after about a month in the prefolds, both my husband & I could get them on almost as easily and quickly as our bumGenius.  And we finally came to the realization that it didn’t really matter as much how the prefold went on.  As long as it was in the cover, the mess stayed in the diaper.

My son was in the prefold diapers for only about 6 months before he was done with diapers completely.  But the 6 months gave us enough practice that when our daughter came around, we were confident enough to buy an entire set of newborn prefold diapers for her until she was big enough for the bumGenius dipes. 

--written by Missy Z.


Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! I have been trying to find someone who uses/used prefolds and their thoughts on them.I am switching over to cloth, my daughter is 9mo and I want to do prefolds with covers for now but I feel so overwhelmed by the amount of choices, and companies, and prices that I don't even know where to begin. I would appreciate a little more insight into your cd experience with prefolds!
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