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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.

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Stains!

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.

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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:

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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!