Prefold cloth diapers rock. Seriously. Even with the many, many cloth diapers I have, I use prefolds about half the time. Why? They are easy to use. They are super absorbent. They are great for clearing up the food allergy rashes my little one is prone too. They are inexpensive. They are cute. And getting a good fit is easy, even when your baby changes sizes rapidly!
This picture shows a hand-dyed Indian unbleached prefold diaper held on with a Snappi. Prefolds are really inexpensive, even high quality premium Indian prefolds are just about $2.25 each and will last through hundreds of washings. Consider that 9 disposables will cost the same and last through only 9 uses – it is clear that prefolds are a bargain. Prefer organic? Bummis new organic cotton prefolds are a real deal at $3.25 each. Infant sizes are less, of course!
Even cute hand-dyed premium Indian prefolds like this one are only $4.77 (at least at One Lucky Mama, I have seen them higher elsewhere). So, for the cost of 2 days worth of disposables, you can have an adorable diaper that will last a year or more. Indian prefold cloth diapers are made with cotton, in this case unbleached cotton. Natural fibers are breathable and biodegradable. Since they are dyed with low-impact dyes they are a fun and relatively ecofriendly way to spice up your diaper stash. We have so many colored prefolds, the only white or unbleached prefolds we have are samples of other brands. I do wash all the diapers together and we have never had a problem with the colors bleeding.
Eva has had a few really bad allergic reactions to food that have literally left open sores on her bum within a few hours after eating the offending food (corn seems to be the newest villian – even her lips and chin peeled!). Nothing clears her skin up faster than putting her in prefold cloth diapers with either no cover or wool covers.
No, the diaper is not making her bowlegged. She can’t stand alone yet, so I propped her against the wardrobe for a picture! The fold you see here is a modified newspaper fold. I’ll have to post a tutorial, it is super easy. A lot of people are intimidated by folding prefolds, but they are so much easier than people make it sound. I usually alternate between newspaper fold and the twist fold, but it takes just a few seconds to get a diaper on even my contortionist wild child (ever seen a kid stand on their shoulders to avoid a diaper change?