It is hard to save those pennies. Sometimes we just have the bare minimum to start cloth diapering, so what we choose to use has to stretch our dollar to the extreme. I remember when my son was a newborn, and I invested in a stash of organic one-size hemp/cotton fitted diapers. I was so excited that I would have a stash of organic, absorbent, and premium diapers. After I washed them up and tried them on my baby, I realized that they were way too big and bulky. They were also not very soft, which was a big issue with me. I wanted nothing but softness and comfort for my baby. (I am sure that resonates with all of you!) Being that I could not return them, I had to use them, knowing that they were making my baby uncomfortable. They were very absorbent, which is important, but they also made him very hot. They also only fit him for a short period. The moral of the story is; you don’t need the fancy diapers to cloth diaper. It is an investment, and the basic and affordable diapers may work just as well or better as the premium options. Enter the Prefold diaper. Prefolds are a very versatile and affordable cloth diapering option. They are very durable, and have uses beyond cloth diapering. They are made from natural fibers which are easier to clean. This has become one of my most recommended cloth diapering options! Now for some of you, this may bring visions of the old fashioned flat diapers, pins, and vinyl pants. But cloth diapers have a new twist, even when using prefolds and covers. There is no longer a need for diaper pins with many of the new cover designs – simply trifold the prefold and lay into the cover. Please see the illustration below. Duo Wrap to keep the prefold in place and up against baby’s skin. The price of the Duo Wrap/Duo Hemp Prefold combo is about $384 per child from birth to potty training. This pricing is based on a stash of 20 diapers and 7 covers in size 1, and 12 diapers and 3 covers in size 2. You will need at least this amount if you wash every other day. Prefolds should last you through more than one child, compounding the savings. + PrefoldsWraps: $384 Total water/energy/detergent and washer/dryer upkeep per child for 2.5 years: $502
Thank you! It is tricky to figure out in advance what system of cloth diapering one will prefer, but I do like the idea of prefolds specifically because of their versatility.
We’ve decided to take this route with our first born, as well. Unbleached Indian Cotton prefolds w/ Thirsties Duo Snap Wraps as our main workhorse, with Thirsties Duo Diapers (& Thirsties hemp inserts) for nighttime and going out. I hope this combo proves to be a working one! We’ve attempted some sort of organization by getting solids for wraps & prints for pockets.
I wish when I was starting I would have been brave enough to do this, but I have learned that it is really just as easy as pockets. WE are actually getting our stash ready for our new baby with covers and prefolds!
Prefolds are handy, but we’ve come to appreciate flat cotton diapers. It’s easier to put the bulk and absorbency right where you need it, and they dry faster, too. The gussets on the duo wraps really help keep everything corralled, though. They’re definitely our favorite covers!
My son has been wearing the same prefolds since he was a newborn and is now 13 months old. I should also add, that his prefolds sat in my mom’s attic for almost 30 years. He wears the same prefolds that I wore for the first two years of my life!! And they are still plenty absorbant and still wash up nice. Sure some of them are a little threadbare in places, but what can you expect from diapers that are 31 years old!
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