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All about Prefolds!

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

Weight range Measurements* Thickness
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.



I get a lot of questions about stains. What foods make them? What detergent gets rid of them? Does using a wetpail prevent them? And (my favorite) How do you keep your diapers so white?!

As far as preventing stains, I personally don’t do too much… We use flushable liners, and I dunk and swish as necessary. I don’t pre-treat any stains before throwing them in the wash. Most of the time I don’t see any stains make it out of the washer, but I did earlier this week… I’m not sure what was different… maybe the blueberries she’s been eating? So this is how the diaper (a motherease one-size fitted with handmade insert) looked after coming out of the final rinse.



My “special” treatment to get rid of this? Well, you can’t really buy it at the store… and I bet you already have the ingredients on hand. I simply dilute the juice from one lemon with about three cups of water in a spray bottle. Then spray the stained areas until they’re quite damp. Then hang the stained diapers in direct sunlight. A few hours later you should see improvement, if not complete stain removal… here are my diapers after:



So easy, and the lemon juice and sun have lots of anti-bacterial benefits too!  For faint stains sometimes I even skip the lemon juice and let the sun do all the work on it’s own. Either way is cheap, easy, and cloth-diaper-friendly!