Today’s guest post comes from Suzi, an expat living in Canada and the cloth diapering genius behind Cloth Diaper Addicts.
Prefolds, love them or hate them, are easily the most versatile option in the cloth diapering world. If you aren’t using those simple layers of cotton on your baby’s bottom, then there are a ton of other ways for repurposing prefolds.
When my littles were small enough to require that I pack a lot for them, I loved to pack a single prefold diaper in my diaper bag. It had a multitude of uses, even during the time period when I might put it on my baby’s bum. Prefolds are soft and absorbent, so it was a great option to use as a burp cloth. Even better, it’s of a much more useful size than those silly little things that might cover a shoulder. It kept both my outfits and baby’s outfits pristine, reducing the need to carry clothes to change into for either of us. Not only that, but in a pinch, a prefold could be used as a receiving blanket in a chilly store or as a replacement changing pad when yours is forgotten. (And I do mean “when,” not “if.” Because these things will always happen at some point.)Repurposing Prefolds On the Go
Repurposing Prefolds in the Car
Let’s face it: little kids are messy little things. If it’s liquid, they’ll spill it. If it’s sticky, they’ll wear it. Keeping a prefold in the car is a fantastic way of taking care of unexpected messes. If you live in the South, you know that it gets brutally hot, especially in a closed up car. A prefold can be used to act as an oven mitt if you need to touch something in your overheated car.
Repurposing Prefolds for Cleaning
If you’ve got some tender items to dust, I recommend repurposing prefolds as dust cloths. They’re soft and tender enough for baby’s bottom, so they’re generally soft and tender enough for cleaning your great grandmother’s dresser. If you want to make your Swiffer a little more environmentally friendly, you can replace those disposable cloths with a prefold. They’re a fantastic unpaper towel solution, too.
What’s your favorite way of repurposing prefolds?