In this installment of the neverending “Introduction to Cloth Diapers” series, I’m talking ’bout Prefolds. You know, the diaper your rich grandma or young grandma may have used.
There was a time when the Prefold was the “luxe” diaper. Flat cloth diapers, the very large squares of fabric, required lots of folding to use. Prefolds, which have more layers in the middle strip called the “wet zone,” only required minimal folding around the baby. They can come in white (bleached) or brownish/tan (unbleached). Unbleached prefolds have natural oils and take longer to prep (multiple washings to reach max absorbency).
Prefolds are rectangular diapers with more layers of cotton (or chosen fabric) sewn into the center, and less on each side. Most prefolds are 4x8x4 layers. The most common prefolds are Chinese or Indian. Many brands have colored stitching to help visually tell their sizes.
Today, many people see a prefold and think, “Geeze, that looks hard.” It doesn’t have to be.
There are lots of reasons to love prefolds. They: (more…)