Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Be Not Afraid...of Prefolds

Second Son was huge when he was born and has grown quickly. He was well over 15 pounds at two months old and swiftly outgrowing his diapers. He was still a little too small for the toddler size fitted diaper (they left big gaps around his legs), but I didn't have quite enough of some that were just a tiny bit smaller.

"Seriously," I said to myself, "I cannot buy more diapers! We have tons. Surely there's something he can wear!" But there really wasn't. Plus, Second Daughter is actually wearing those other diapers. (There's something wrong with a 26 month old and a 3 month old wearing the same diaper size.)

I needed to do something and I didn't want to spend a lot of money. Inspired by a recent post on the Cloth Diaper Outlet blog. I bought...(gasp) prefolds! I know quite a few moms who use prefolds, so I wasn't going entirely into unknown territory. One mom even sent me a few to try with Second Daughter. I had tried them out and even used them with doublers for a while before my new ones arrived. It's still a bit of a change from the fitted diapers.

It took a few days of practice, but now I reach for the prefolds first. I use the bikini twist almost exclusively, with a little extra step. Here is Second Son in one of his prefolds.

Right there, where I'm grabbing the diaper, I tuck it in. This creates a bit of a pocket to catch stuff. It leaks more than a fitted diaper, but the trusty Thirsties cover never lets leaks onto his clothes. (I just have to change the cover if it gets dirty.)

I joked with a friend that moving into the prefold world is really a whole other level of cloth diapering, but it's really surprisingly easy especially with that cool Snappi! It's inexpensive and the diapers wash and dry easily and quickly. Just be sure to buy the quality prefolds, not the ones you can probably find in the aisles of your local superstore, which are best used for burp cloths.

I tend to use the prefolds at home and the fitted diapers when we're out and about. I like to keep the Snappi under strict supervision since Second Daughter has recently started putting everything in her mouth. That would be gross. And also potentially painful.

As a reminder, if you follow any of the links above to the Cloth Diaper Outlet and make a purchase, I receive a small commission. I did not, however, receive anything in exchange for this post. I just wanted to share because knowing my friends had successfully used prefolds helped encourage me and I thought I'd pass on the favor.


  1. I LOVE my prefolds. I typically use the jelly roll fold which does a GREAT job and keeping stuff in!

    I use bumGenius if I'm doing errands or something, but otherwise it's exclusively prefolds and a handful of fitteds I've made, and I wouldn't do it any other way!! Glad they're working out for you!

  2. Monica, that jelly roll on the sides is pretty much what I do, just after I've twisted and snappied it.

    I almost wish I'd started out with prefolds as it would have been a lot cheaper, but then I wouldn't have so many other cute diapers.

  3. Love my prefolds and just have fun getting cute/colored covers. I enjoy that Thirsties has a handful of prints now and home they get more. Kolbe has the striped ones.

  4. I've used prefolds some with each kid, but it took until Gideon to use them with any consistency. Love the snappi! I had some newborn pfs and found myself reaching for them first when he was little. I have some in other sizes and have used them some, but honestly I can't imagine trying to get a tight fit with the way he writhes around during changes now. I'm lucky I can get a fitted and cover on him!

    Really nice bikini twist, by the way. That's a fold that has never been to useful on my skinny babies.

  5. Hilary, skinny babies were never the norm at our house, but Second Son takes it to the extreme!

    I'm not sure I'd use a prefold on Second Daughter. She doesn't always move around that much when I'm changing her (depending on her mood), but she does take her clothes off with disturbing regularity and I'd worry about giving her access to a Snappi that often. Our large sized diapers are all pocket diapers and fitted diapers.


Comments make me happy; thanks for speaking up!