But looking back on that post, while it has some great information, it still makes prefold diapers sound kindof complicated. I wrote about different types to try to help explain options. Likewise with folds. I hope it doesn't discourage any mamas from trying prefolds and covers - it really is quite simple to cloth diaper with prefolds. I probably would have never switched from prefolds as the main part of our diaper stash if it wasn't for starting daycare (where we need to use pockets).
1. Pick a cover type and size. If I had it to do all over again, I would go with Thirsties Duo covers in snap versions. Two sizes cover the range from small babies to potty learning. Those covers weren't out when I started, so I used Thirsties sized covers. Which are still awesome, and we stopped at size Medium, but that still means we've gone through three sizes of covers (XS, S, M) and it would be four if my kid wasn't so darn petite.
2. Pick a prefold fabric. I prefer hemp because it's so darn absorbent. But that also means expensive. (Thirsties, Knickernappies, Baby Kicks, or my newest fave, Hemp Babies are my recommendations for hemp. Panda Tushies is my recommendation for bamboo. Little Lions or Econobum are my suggestions for cotton prefolds.)
3. Pick the size prefolds that you need to fit in your chosen cover type and size. (Preemie sized prefolds worked in XS covers, infant size worked well in S covers. GMD reds work well in size Medium covers, but by then I had moved on to hemp. Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefold in size 2 works magically in Medium covers.)
4. Trifold the prefold. Lay in the cover. Fasten cover around baby.
That's it. Prefolds boil to down to simply that.
Trifolding works awesome because it puts the most fabric in the wet zone. I've tried - and describe in the prefolds post - a couple of other folds. I've come around to the conclusion that trifolding is the way to go.
And now for some action shots of prefolds in covers on my kid. Maybe she's so cute, she'll convince you.
Most recent shots of prefold in cover in the backyard swimming pool are here.
Prefold in cover on the beach can be seen here. The green snap cover is a Flip with a prefold in it.
|Purple Flip cover. Doll stroller.|
|Econobum cover. Grandpa shoes|
|Econobum cover. Messy kitchen. Melting down kid.|