Prefold Cloth Diapers are the "original" Cloth Diapers. You know, the one's our Mom's and Grandma's used! Prefolds are as they sound...they can be folded in many different ways, however, contrary to popular belief, they don't come "prefolded", you must fold them yourself.
I think then when you tell people you are "Cloth Diapering", this is what they traditionally think of...the pins and folded pads!
Prefolds can be used with snappi's or pins, and inside diaper covers or stuffed inside pocket diapers. They are very versatile. They can also be found in many baby stores or mainstream stores such as Target, Babies R Us, or Walmart. This makes prefold diapers the most easily accessible and, in most cases, economical! So if you are looking to Cloth Diaper for cheap, prefolds are the way to go.
Prefolds can be folded in many different ways to accommodate the baby or particular use. Typically, Prefolds are created to provide three layers of absorbency, with the middle layer being the most absorbent and the two outer less absorbent. For this reason, you will sometimes see Prefolds referred to as 2x4x2 or 4x6x4 ( the two outer numbers represent the two outer less absorbent layers, and the high number in the middle representing the most absorbant layer). These numbers refer to the "ply" of the material (3 ply, 4 ply, etc).
What are they made out of? Cotton, Hemp, Polyester, Flannel, or Velour. They can be bleached (pure white) or unbleached (off white color)
What Sizes do they Come in? Preemie through Toddler, and even wide sizes
- One of the most economical options
- Dries quickly
- Widely distributed making them easily accessible
- Can be used in different diaper types (ex: pocket, hybrid,etc)
- Can be a little tricky with pins or snappi's and folding the diaper
- Does require the purchase of covers (unless you go coverless)
- Can be bulky at times
- Sometimes Nursing Poopies can't be contained as well
That about sum's up Prefold Cloth Diapers! Hope you enjoyed the little overview!
What about you, do you use Prefold Cloth Diapers?
If so, do you use pins or snappi's?
What is your favorite material that the Prefolds are made from?