This is part two of a series on the different types of cloth diapering
Prefolds are a bit less complicated than flats. Essentially, they ARE a flat just folded and sewn into layers, with more layers through the center of the prefold. When tri-folded, prefold can be used inside a pocket diaper, or laid inside a cover to be used without pins/snappis. They can also be folded in a variety of different way, and used with pins/snappis for more protection.
Benefits: Still one of the cheaper options. Easier to wash/dry than some fancier cloth diapers. Not as high of a learning curve as using flat diapers. If choosing an organic cotton/bamboo/hemp material, and a wool cover, synthetic materials can be completely avoided. Are pretty flexible on sizes, and can fit a variety of different sized babies. Prefolds can be used for a variety of household purposes after they are done being used as a diaper!
Drawbacks: Most prefolds are sized, meaning a prefold that fits a newborn pinned around the waist will not fit through potty-training pinned in the same fashion… it may fit as a doubler, or tri-folded in a larger cover, though. Babies wearing just a prefold without some sort of stay-dry layer (like micro-fleece) between their bottom and the diaper will feel wet.
Different prefold sizes: Sizes and thickness vary between the brands. Here are a few size charts for brands we carry!
Bummis Organic cotton prefolds
|Preemie||4 – 9 lbs (2 – 4 kg)||9.5 x 13″ (24 x 33 cm)||2 x 6 x 2 ply|
|Infant||7 – 15 lbs (3 – 7 kg)||12 x 16″ (30 x 40 cm)||4 x 8 x 4 ply|
|Baby||15 – 30 lbs (7 – 14 kg)||14 x 21″ (35 x 53 cm)||4 x 8 x 4 ply|
Unbleached Premium Indian Cotton prefolds
Size Weight Range Thickness
Premie <7 4x8x4 ply
1 7-15 4x8x4 ply
2 15-30 lbs 4x8x4 ply
Different prefold folds: Video of 5 different ones here
Price range: Around a $1.60 each for organic cotton, up to $9.95 each for hemp prefolds.