September 16, 2011

Palm Tree OS Diaper Cover and Knickernappies Prefold Review!

Guest post by Amanda

I am incredibly grateful to have been given the opportunity to review three of Knickernappies Indian Prefold Diapers and Palm Tree One Size Diaper Cover! Since both of my children are on the older side of diaper use, I hadn't planned on buying any more diapers during the duration of their use. This review was such a nice surprise and I got new diapers because of it!

Hooray for new diapers!
When I opened the package, what immediately struck me was how large the prefolds are. Granted, the unbleached prefolds I already have were purchased second hand and I have no idea what size they might be considered, but even so I like the coverage the bleached ones give for my ever-growing children. Before washing, they were naturally soft to the touch, but what struck me even more than the feel of the prefolds was the texture of the inner lining of the cover. Although it is made of PUL fabric, you don't actually feel the normal shiny, slippery part because it is covered by a nice, gentle soft fabric. This was a refreshing change from the usual PUL diaper covers that are certainly lovely in and of themselves, but have nothing spectacular about them. I really, really like this extra layer, especially because it does not detract in any way from the functionality of the cover.

You can see the wonderful inner fabric covering the PUL.
Before using the diapers, I washed them but I must admit that I did not wash them correctly. Somehow I thought bleached prefolds did not need to be pre-washed as often as unbleached and I only washed them once. This has not, however, negatively affected their use with Piper, who I would consider to be a normal-moderately heavy wetter. Heidi, on the other hand, who is an incredibly heavy wetter, cannot wear them (though I think I remember that bleached prefolds of a different variety did not work for her either, so it might just be her amount of peeing).

Trifolded, it fills up this cover.

I decided to try the prefold/cover combination on Piper first because she is the child I typically use that style with anyway. I did a trifold (which is my basic go-to fold where I fold in each end about an inch, then fold the sides on one another so its a long strip with lots of layers) and laid it in the diaper. This was prior to going to church when we leave around 10 am and she wasn't changed until a bit after noon. I was impressed not only with the way the diaper soaked everything up, but more importantly with the cover, which did not have that damp-wet feeling after taking out a fairly wet prefold. Because of that extra layer of delicious fabric, I could use the cover again in good conscience knowing that there wasn't any extra moisture that could impact her skin.
Piper, ready to go!

As I eluded to before, I did try using these prefolds with Heidi. I have generally use a pocket diaper on her either stuffed with two microfiber inserts or topped with a trifolded prefold. Unfortunately, Heidi soaked right through these prefolds in half the time Piper wet hers. The good news is that the one size cover easily goes back and forth between both of them and I can get double the use out of it, which more than makes up for the prefolds not working on Heidi.

I would certainly recommend both the prefolds and the cover to anyone interested in going that route with cloth diapering. Although having the unbleached prefolds has really helped me with Heidi, if you have a "normal" wetter, any prefold will be fine for your baby. These prefolds are very large and ready to take on your older baby or toddler. The velcro on the cover is sturdy and looks like it will last through a number of washes, though I cannot say when/if it will wear out since it is far too early in the game for that. It also comes in seven different colors and is one of the more inexpensive covers on the market.

Amanda is passionate about natural parenting and green living. She enjoys chasing after her two daughters, cooking, sewing, writing and gardening. In her spare time,  she volunteers as an articles editor for Natural Parents Network. Her blog, "Let's Take the Metro," is about as diverse as it could be.


The more they're washed, the more absorbent they'll be. So if they were only washed once prior to use, then after a few more washes they'll be fully absorbent and will probably work great for both kids! Thanks for the review!