August 16, 2012

Cloth Diapering as EASY as it CAN be.

People will argue with you until they're blue in the face.  Cloth diapers are not EASY, you're just saying that because you like them and want to convince people to use them.  But they are easy we protest, well at least there are easier methods and tips that you can learn to cloth diaper more easily.

Having had twins in cloth diapers I was surprised to find that the easiest method for me wasn't the most modern.

While at home I preferred to use cloth cotton prefolds and diaper covers, specifically Thirsties diaper covers.  With aplix fasteners and different sizes, the covers are easy to put on and hold the prefold in place without needed a snappi or diaper pins.

You don't HAVE to use a fancy folding technique if you don't want to and you don't even have to change the cover with each diaper change, just the prefold.

I could easily tri-fold a prefold with one hand, place it on the cover, put the baby's bottom on it, fasten and go!

Another tip to make it even better, wipe out the cover, even if you think it didn't get soiled.  I found that without wiping, after a few changes it began to smell like urine.  If you wipe the inside of the cover before putting it back on I discovered that the cover could be used for even longer without needing to be washed.  This was a big deal considering that I had two in cloth and required a lot of diapers.

Do you use prefolds and diaper covers?  Did you imagine them to be complicated and a hassle only to discover like I did that they are super easy to use?  Do you prefer them over more modern cloth diaper styles?

Please leave your comments, I'd love to read them!



I have a 22-month-old boy who has been in cloth diapers from the start. We also use primarily prefolds with Thristies Duo wraps (Aplix size 1 and snap size 2). I was buying disposables for babysitters, and then I decided to stop doing that and bought a couple Tots Bots AIOs (don't like having to put it together, terry cloth is rough when air dried) and three of the new bum genius Freetime AIOs. I couldn't have bought the Freetimes when we started because they didn't exist then, but they are great, and I would love a whole stash of them. They are easier to put on a moving child than prefolds are.

The wonderful thing about prefolds is I have been able to use regular diaper cream with them without a problem (Natural Boudreaux's Butt Paste), but you can't do that with the AIOs (it happened by accident, and it didn't come off easily). We used newborn and infant prefolds for the first several months. The medium prefolds have been in commission for about 1.5 years now, and it's starting to show--some will be rags by the time he's potty trained. I'm not sure if I will even buy the large (next size of prefolds) before he's out of diapers because these are still working fine. Anyway, I will have to buy some new prefolds for the next baby eventually, but I may decide to just go with AIOs. We'll see...

It's so true that prefolds are still (IMO) the best cloth diaper around - although not "modern". We use prefolds and cover 90 to 95% of the time on my squirmy 14 month old.

We have cloth diapered our twins since birth. They have just turned 3 and are potty training now. We used prefolds and wraps for the first year-and-a-half and then moved on to pockets (which she hated to stuff and eventually we added wraps and stay-dry inserts back into our stash). Loved it!! Worked so well, especially with multiples.

i <3 prefolds and covers - the AIOs i have are just for emergencies! i keep one in the car and one in the diaper bag. they're hard to clean and take forever to dry - flats/prefolds and covers are the best!!