Prefold diapers were our first cloth diapers! I love the natural fibers, absorbency, ease in washing and the variety of covers that can be used with them. I stuff them into pocket diapers, use them with shells and find they make great night time absorbers too. One of my favorite prefold brands is Green Mountain Diapers! Their Medium prefolds get used daily on all 3 of my cloth diapered babies and I would love to share our prefold samples with you.
Organic prefolds are offered in Preemie, Newborn, Small, Intermediate Light Weight, Medium Wide, Medium, Large, and XL Toddler. They are 100% Indian cotton in a 4x8x4 (preemie is 2x6x2) ply (meaning the middle panel is thicker) with strong stitching at the edges, made in Pakistan . I have photos of the 3 prefold samples we have been testing and they are fantastic! This brown large size is overnight quality. I could let my toddler sleep in this overnight! In addition to being absorbent, they are soft and moldable. Seriously, beautiful prefolds! These are now 3 years old and going strong. I would even pass them onto another baby!
If you’re new to prefolds then you’ll want to know that unlike synthetic fibers…there is a prepping process. New prefolds come very flat, and after 4-5 wash/dry cycles they pucker and shrink. Once they reach this state they are at their maximum absorbency and continue to get softer through use.
What about covers? Right now we’re working with some PUL covers over our natural fibers, hybrid fitteds and working towards wool over natural fiber and all organic cotton. I feel more secure knowing that the organic cotton is what’s touching my babies skin, even if covered by a synthetic diaper cover, and although I haven’t found any research about adverse or nonadverse impact of these fibers over time…I like to be cautious.
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