When most people think of cloth diapering, they think of the diapers that our parents wore – with all the folding, pins and plastic pants. While cloth diapering has come a long way with the invention of pockets and AIOs, there are many people (including myself) who still prefer the folding/cover method. However, even those have received a facelift in the past few years! This also happens to be one of the cheaper cloth diapering methods, so I’m going to cover prefolds and covers in this post!
Prefolds are a flat diaper with two rows of stitching that make it them easier to fold. They can be 100% cotton, bamboo, hemp or a variety of other extremely absorbent materials. It may seem complicated to fold a diaper but, once you do it a few times, it’s extremely easy! There are over a dozen ways to fold a prefold, depending on your baby’s size or your preference. You can easily find prefold how-to videos on YouTube – that’s how I learned!
Other than the daunting task of folding, which is much easier than it looks, many people avoid prefolds because of diaper pins. However, you no longer need pins! We now have Snappis! I snagged this from the SnappiBaby website where you can also purchase or find a retailer for Snappi’s. See how easy they are? It’s very similar to the fasteners for an ace bandage, only they have harmless plastic hooks.
One of the great things about using prefolds and covers is that you don’t have to change the entire diaper each and every time. With most cloth diapers, you have to change the entire diaper. This can make for a hefty big load of laundry. With prefolds and covers, you can reuse the cover! Just rinse the cover, hang it to dry and then reuse it on your next change! You can reuse the same two covers until you feel they need to be washed. This saves on laundry, which saves on water.
More great things about prefolds and covers:
- They’re easy to find on swaps and resale boards
- They have a fairly high resale value
- They’re easy to take care of
- They can double as swim diapers!
Shai Smith is a mommy and freelance writer as well as a business owner and lifestyle blogger at The Vagabond Studio. She is dedicated to inspiring entrepreneurs and green-living families to live outside the box, and spends her time chasing around four kiddos, hiking and painting.