Without further ado, here is the first entry by our guest blogger! Libby has a vast knowledge of prefolds, so if you have any questions please feel free to comment here for her. You can also contact us directly if you prefer! 😀
Sometimes new and improved doesn’t mean better. Prefolds are a perfect example of this. Affordable and functional, prefolds can be a wonderful choice when deciding to cloth diaper. With multiple kinds of covers, types of folds and ways to fasten (pins and Snappis), they really are a versatile choice when cloth diapering. I prefer simple when using prefolds and use 2 different folds, the tri-fold and quad-fold. Using these 2 folds requires a snug fitting PUL cover or wool wrap. Tri-folding and laying in a snug fitting cover is simple and effective. Simply lay the prefold flat on the ground, longest edges vertical, and fold three times and lay flat inside a cover. Basically you have just created an all in two diaper. There will be extra diaper in the front which requires folding in. This extra amount can be great when diapering a boy by increasing absorbency in the wet zone.
If you find tri-folding leaves too much in the front creating extra bulk, quad-folding will cut down on excess. Simply lay the prefold flat on the ground, longest edges horizontal, and fold into fours. This fold fits perfectly in covers with a liner to accept both ends of your prefold. To me, the biggest benefit of quad-folding is when you tuck the ends in the cover you get no sliding around of the prefold. This also allows you to use a prefold that may be a bit to large for your baby thus cutting down on purchasing multiple sizes.
Of course, for a perfectly snug fit you can use pins or Snappis. Using pins and Snappis allows for the use of a variety of different covers. A simple traditional fold for use with a Snappi or pins is a variation on the tri-fold. Again, lay the prefold flat with the long edges vertical. Tri-fold the prefold then open the top to create a spot for your baby’s bum. Lay baby on top and fold up the front. Grab one edge from the back and bring forward to grab with a Snappi or pin. Repeat on the other side. If using a Snappi, then pull the center hook down towards you and secure firmly. I prefer folding because my babies figure out both pins and Snappis very early on, but if I need a very trim option I pull out my pins.
Prefolds can be a great choice if you have chosen cloth diapering to save money. They can also be your best friend if rash or irritation becomes a problem for your baby. Non diaper safe creams can be used with prefolds as they can be boiled and laundered more harshly than other types of cloth diapers.