So last time we went over the cloth diapering basics and why people do it. Today we start to dive a bit deeper into the types of cloth diapers. Let’s start with the most basic and old school type of diaper: the prefold.
|Green Mountain Diapers unbleached infant size|
Prefolds are the diaper that people most often think of when they hear someone mention “cloth diapers”. Luckily, plastic pants are a thing of the past and adorable covers are the new norm. These are the kind of diaper we use on a regular basis and has been, in my opinion, the easiest. It is also the most affordable out of all of the options.
Prefolds are essentially a square of fabric that is thicker down the middle for more absorption. There are tons of brands and fabrics used (cotton, hemp, and bamboo, etc.) I use the Green Mountain Diaper brand, which I have heard is the best you can get. This particular brand comes in sizes priced to about $25 to $30 a dozen.
Pins are not essential and the alternative is a Snappi. It’s basically a plastic piece with “claws” that hold the diaper in place:
There are several different ways you can get it on the baby, with these being the most common:
You can use the angel wing fold (this is what I use) where you only fold the portion that comes up over their tummy:
The jelly roll fold where you roll the edges inward before folding up (good for those liquidy poops and babies that like to blow out of their diapers):
The bikini twist where you twist and then fold up over their tummy:
Or you can simply trifold the prefold and place it right into the cover (the easiest, but most likely to get poop on your covers):
|Dominik with the angel fold|
|Thirsties Duo diaper cover size 1|
|Flip one size diaper cover|