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When we were moving last month and getting settled in I needed a cloth diaper that wouldn’t be a hassle. Something easy. I realize that easy is a relative term but I must admit that a year ago I never would have thought that I would choose prefolds to be that diaper.
Heck, I sold off what few prefolds I had last year because they were just collecting dust. To me, prefold diapers were to be used as burp cloths. Well, when my son became a super soaker I entered and won a giveaway for a dozen prefolds to use as pocket inserts. Imagine my surprise when I didn’t use them for inserts for very long. Instead I put them in a cover and started selling off my pockets! WHAT?! Yup. True story.
Now mind you, I am a lazy prefold user. I just trifold them, lay them in a cover and go. But prefolds are so incredibly versatile that I am now considering purchasing another dozen in a larger size so that I can fasten them and use them inside a wool cover.
They are also easy because they can take a beating and you don’t have to adopt an overly complicated wash routine. Since they are made of natural fibers they are also more breathable and you are less likely to have rash issues. Some babies are sensitive to the synthetic fibers in pockets like suedecloth and microfleece. Prefolds are a great option for those on a budget too, of course.
I am not an expert on diaper folds since, as I mentioned above, I just trifold them. But there are plenty of sites on the web that show you how to fold prefolds. The Eco Friendly Family blog has a great tutorial on several kinds of diaper folds.
If you’re anything like the me of a year ago I urge you to give prefolds another chance. They’re not just good for burp cloths. Except for Gerber prefolds; those are great for burp cloths, not so great for diapers.
Update: Now my husband has starting to reach for “the old school diapers” more than the pockets. I never thought that would happen!
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