24 – Diaper Rite Flannel Wipes $11.98
1 – 10-Pack Charlie Banana Wipes $12.99
1 – Step Trash Can $15.00
2 – Planet Wise Pail Liners $33.00
1 – Planet Wise Hanging Wet Bag $29.99
1 – Planet Wise Wet Bag Medium $16.50
A grand total of $1,033.21. Disposable diapering can cost anywhere from $1,500-$2,000, so I’m still saving money while having my dream diaper stash. The crazy thing? These diapers will diaper all of my kids and I’ll still be able to resell many of these items when done and recoup some money (cloth diapering just makes cents). I feel I should have a disclaimer — I’ve not tried Blueberry or Applecheeks covers, I’ve just heard so many great things about them that I had to include them. Also missing? The diaper I am absolutely dying to try right now is a Smart Bottoms Smart One 3.0. I just can’t justify any more diaper purchases when we have so many diapers that go unused each rotation (even though I really, really, really want to add just 5 more AIOs/AI2s to my stash!).
Window shopping has been fun, but it makes me want so many more diapers (and another squishy baby to put fluff on)! I was surprised that I had difficulty with the $200 budget even with exclusive flat and prefold diapering. While I was pretty much a prefold-only gal (with a few fitteds thrown in for good measure), I did have a lot of comforts along with those diapers, in the form of multiple wet bags, pail liners, premium cloth wipes, wipe warmer, and way more cute covers than we have ever needed (who knew?). The biggest comfort I factored into my $500 and unlimited budgets was having the luxury of more diapers and cutting down on the frequency of laundering. What I didn’t factor in was a laundry service, but that may just be a topic for a future post…
|Excited kiddo at the beginning of the day|
|January, from Birth Without Fear|
Above is January, the mama behind Birth Without Fear. She inspires (and cheerleads) women to seek out the birth that they want, no matter the obstacles.
|Jessica from The Leaky Boob|
|Baby Guy NYC|
|End of the convention, people anxiously waited to hear if they had won in the 5pm prize re-draw|
|Pooped kiddo after a long day! D was a champ – he cut 2 new teeth that weekend!|
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I was inspired to write this post because there are barely any diaper comparisons out there…involving only prefolds. I see people write comparing new ‘models’ to old, name brand v. china cheapie knockoff, but I’ve never come across any prefold comparisons. I’ll be honest and say that I am typically a minimalist with diapering (at the end of the day, diapers are really just pee and poop catchers), and really thought that all prefolds were pretty much the same. I’m happy to say that I’ve been proved wrong.
Thanks Mama was kind enough to send me a selection of 5 different prefolds to try, all of which are available to order here. All of these prefolds styles/brands (I’ve used a different OsoCozy prefold…and liked it) were new to me, so it was a fun experience! I should add that I do have experience using several other prefold brands, including Bummis, Econobum, Green Mountain, and Geffen Baby.
This is an absolutely unscientific comparison. I will be rating prefolds based upon the following criteria:
- the diaper’s ability to absorb and distribute moisture
- the material (soft, stiff, stretchy, breathability, etc.)
I’m going to start with my least favorite prefold of those that I tested: The OsoCozy Stay Dry Better Fit:
I disliked this diaper before I even had the chance to try it out. After prepping, washing, and drying, the OsoCozy Stay Dry Better Fit pilled…and left pills all over a brand new fleece cover I had thrown in with my prefold wash. Not a happy camper, especially since the pills were white and the fleece cover primarily brown. If you look at the center photo above, you can see the pilling that occurred after washing. While I’m sure that this prefold would perform better when trifolded, I have to give this one an ‘F’:
- Absorbency? What absorbency? This is one of the few diapers I have that gets completely soaked when D wears it.
- The redeeming factor for this diaper would be the microfleece lining, meant to wick moisture away from baby’s skin, except it pilled so badly in the wash. The outer layer of the diaper is bleached & scratchy cotton.
- Because this is designed for folding into thirds and laying in a cover (which I don’t do, as I like my little guy’s diapers to fit snugly and contain messes) pinning this prefold really doesn’t work. The diaper is way too short to be a good fit when pinned and just doesn’t have the absorbency.
This diaper is good for stuffing pocket diapers or used trifolded into a cover.
I also received an OsoCozy Better Fit Unbleached Prefold to try. Much like the Stay Dry Better Fit, this diaper is meant to be trifolded and placed into a cover like a pad. This diaper gets a slightly higher grade than the Stay Dry, as it doesn’t have a fleece lining that pills. This diaper, however, is not good for pinning, as it fits just like the Stay Dry above, and doesn’t have great absorbency (when not trifolded). This diaper is good for stuffing pocket diapers or used trifolded into a cover.
Now on to some diapers I really like. I’m thinking it’s no coincidence that these are all hemp prefolds…
I have to start with a disclaimer with the Hemp Babies BiggerWeeds, this is yet another prefold that is designed to be trifolded and placed into a cover or stuffed into a pocket diaper. However, as the above photo shows, it works perfectly fine pinned as well.
- Despite being designed to be trifolded for use, it’s no surprise that this hemp diaper is pretty absorbent. I really like the absorbency and distribution of moisture, and find it interesting that it performs as well as my unbleached organic cotton prefolds with tons of layers. That, my friends, is the beauty of hemp.
- The Hemp Babies prefold is nice and soft, as you can see from the photo — would you believe that this is line-dried? My only complaint? The material is really stretchy, which is not so great for pinning (but it’s not meant to be pinned). And, the material is a little thinner than my other hemp prefolds, but again, this diaper is meant to be folded into thirds, not used as one layer.
- This prefold is a lot wider than the others, likely because it’s to be folded down. However, the elasticity of the fabric makes is incredibly easy to shape on baby; in the above photo, I’ve tucked excess material into the legs at the upper thighs.
If you like to lay your prefolds into your covers, or use prefolds to stuff your pocket diapers, Hemp Babies prefolds are the perfect choice for you. This prefold will provide a ton of absorbency, with all of the awesome antibacterial properties of hemp. (I want to try flats with my next kiddo, and am totally eyeing the Hemp Babies Flat Weeds)
Okay, so my favorite diaper of the bunch is a total toss-up. The two remaining are amazing hemp diapers, each with it’s own merits!
You’ll laugh when I say this, but the BabyKicks Hemparoo Fleece Prefolds are so soft that you want to cuddle with them!
- This is an unbelievably absorbent diaper, so much so, that I almost feel guilty only using this for daytime. If we were able to cloth diaper overnight (my little guy’s urine is too concentrated & his skin is too sensitive to go overnight) this would be one of my go-to diapers.
- As I said, this is an incredibly soft diaper. Made from 55% hemp/ 45% cotton fleece, you could repurpose this diaper into a stuffed toy. Not that you would particularly want to do that, but I’m just saying…. I think that Declan would deem this diaper the most comfortable of the lot, as far as softness goes. I do, however, think that he gets a little hotter in this diaper than in his jersey hemp. Again, I’ve not taken actual temps, it just my impression that the jersey breathes a bit more.
- Because the material has a bit more movement to it than cotton, the fit is better. Declan is actually at the smallest end of this size (you can tell by how it comes down on his hips/upper thighs), but I’ve used a bikini twist fold to fit him nicely.
Looking for a super soft and absobent prefold, then the BabyKicks Hemparoo Fleece is the right fit for you. Don’t forget, this diaper is great for nighttime diapering.
And last, but certainly not least, I present the Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefold:
I have to say that I am a huge fan of jersey hemp, which is why the Thirsties Duo Hemp may just have a slight edge over the BabyKicks Hemparoo Fleece diaper. I recently tried my first jersey hemp prefold when I reviewed Geffen Baby, and absolutely fell in love.
- This is a super ‘thirsty’ diaper! Again, I feel guilty only using this for daytime use, as this diaper is hardly wet after 2-3 hours on. The fabric distributes moisture superbly and is an excellent choice for a nighttime diaper.
- Thirsties Duo Hemp has an ingenious edge, in that it is sewn with an opening between it’s two 2 ply hemp jersey knit layers (see center photo above). This allows this prefold to dry a lot faster. This diaper has an excellent stretch to it, so it forms to D’s body and moves with him (versus cotton prefolds, which have no ‘give’ to them). Another thing that gives this diaper a slight edge over the others? Breathability. The Duo Hemp is comprised of 4 layers of jersey knit hemp, and breathes a bit better than some of the other diapers I’ve tried.
- This is a very trim diaper. The 4 layers of stretchy fabric form easily to D’s body, and provide an amazing amount of absorbency without a lot of bulkiness.
What are your thoughts? What prefolds are your favorites and why?
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Today’s guest post comes from Suzi, an expat living in Canada and the cloth diapering genius behind Cloth Diaper Addicts.
I never really got the hang of diaper pins when I first started out with prefolds. In fact, the only thing I liked about them was the price! So I was happy to discover that folding a prefold in thirds and laying it inside a cover worked very well and required no pinning.
|Comparison: Regular prefold on bottom, Smart Fit on top|
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Today’s guest post is from Jenna, the mama behind A Mama Collective. She has two daughters (and one more on the way!) as well as a loving husband. She loves to talk about mothering, cloth diapers, going green, and family life.
It’s prefold time!! I don’t think I can rave enough about prefold diapers. I loved using them on my daughter when we started cloth diapering her as a newborn, even all the way up to potty training. They were so much simpler than I thought they would be. Here’s what I love:
Today, I’m going to talk to you about “prepping“ your prefolds!
Why is it important to prep your prefolds?
So, how do you prep prefolds?
If your diapers are bright white, they’ve been “bleached” or chemically treated to remove most of their natural oils and bring about that lovely, clean diaper look. Although most of their natural oils have been removed, they’ll likely arrive to you large and stiff. They’ll need to be prepped in order to shrink them down and soften them up. To prep, simply run them through a hot water wash, with detergent, then dry on high heat. Ideally, you’ll want to do this 2 or 3 times to get them fully prepped and to their state of maximum absorbency.
If your diapers are more of a natural (oatmeal) color, they’re unbleached and will need more of a heavy-duty prepping. These diapers will need to be washed (with detergent) and dried between 5-10 times before they reach maximum absorbency. The detergent is needed to “strip” them of their natural oils. These wash cycles will use up a lot of time, energy (yours and your home’s), and water. When I have to prep anything with natural fibers, I usually throw them in with my normal laundry or towels to conserve resources.
Just remember, since natural fibers contain natural oils you’ll need to wash them separately from your regular diaper laundry for the first few times, otherwise those natural oils may coat your other diapers causing them to repel and leak.
Yes, an easier (but more dangerous) way to strip prefolds of their natural oils is to boil them. Although, a lot of companies and retailers do not recommend this method because it can be hazardous handling scalding hot diapers and large pots of boiling water. If you do choose to use this method, please be careful. There are a lot of helpful tutorials and videos about this online that you watch before you decide whether you’d like to boil or not.
Here’s how I prepped my prefolds:
1.) Fill a large stock pot with water and a small squirt (Seriously, a small squirt! A little goes a long way – use less than a teaspoon) of blue Dawn and bring it to a boil.
2.) Add your prefolds a few at a time – depending on the size of your pot you may be able to add more – and boil them for 30 minutes.
3.) Transfer the boiled prefolds into a large bowl/pot/bucket using tongs. You’ll notice the water has a dingy tint to it – that would be the natural oils that you’ve just stripped from your diapers.
4.) Drain the dingy water then repeat until all of your diapers have been boiled.
5.) Once they’re all done transfer the boiled diapers into the washing machine (probably not more than 18-24 diapers at a time depending on their size. Wash them on HOT without detergent. If you have any suds you’ll need to repeat the rinse cycle until they’re gone.
6.) Dry them on medium or hot in the dryer.
Please note: DO NOT boil anything with SNAPS, ELASTIC, or PUL/TPU – this will cause irreparable damage to your diapers.
Once prepped, the prefolds will have shrunken a bit (up to about 25% or so), will have “quilted up” nicely.