I am open about my preference for prefolds; I would even consider myself an adamant advocate for them. I’ve mentioned my preference for them here, and here, and have even shared about prefold mishaps, but decided that I’m long overdue for an explanation of my ‘weird’ cloth diaper choice, amidst today’s fun modern cloth diapering options.
When I began my cloth diapering (CDing) journey, I took the time to research all of the options available to me, as well as weeding through the mountain of CDing information out there. For some reason, I saw All-in-Ones (AIOs) and pocket diapers as ‘wasteful’ early on, and developed a preference for prefolds and covers. I’m not sure what I was thinking, maybe it was because AIOs and pockets had to be discarded after each use like a disposable, whereas covers could be used over (if not soiled). Regardless, I ended up buying 10-11 pockets for my stash, just to try out, but they don’t really get used.
Once D was here, we quickly discovered that prefolds were our best option. Never did I think that I, a six foot tall woman, would deliver a small baby. In fact, my midwife was prepping me for an almost nine-pounder by her predictions with his weight gain and measurements in-utero. Thus, all of our pockets and one size covers were for 8lbs. and up – a bit big for our little peanut, who left the hospital at just over six pounds. In fact, our little guy didn’t hit the 8lb. mark until he was 2 months old!
Thank goodness for our prefolds and Thirsties covers! We did try some of our pockets in those early days, but our lean baby’s explosive breast milk poos constantly leaked from the gaps in the legs. I was so glad that I had, on a whim, purchased a dozen newborn prefolds. The fit was perfect – no major folding over or adjusting, making first time CDing with prefolds a breeze. Best of all, no explosive poo leaks! The prefolds, with the added barrier of the inner leg gussets in the cover, meant that we avoided some potentially messy situations.
While I often feel like a minority in the CDing world with my prefold preference, I’m gradually warming to the idea of breaking out some of those pockets. Now that my son has filled out a bit, with the introduction of solids, I feel more confident adding pocket diapers to our daily routine. However, unless someone can convince me otherwise, I’ll be stocking up on more newborn prefolds and using them with subsequent babies (if we’re so blessed).*This post contains affiliate links.