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Prefolds: 100% cotton vs. bamboo

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March 8th, 2013, 07:42 AM
Mega Super Mommy
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I am debating between buying 100% cotton and the 55% bamboo/45% organic cotton smart fit prefolds from nickis diapers. I just don't know what the difference is...can anyone shed some light on the differences please?

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March 8th, 2013, 02:18 PM
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I'm pretty sure that bamboo has anti-microbial properties that prevent it from getting stinky, but I've never used them. I use 100% cotton and those are working great for us!
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March 8th, 2013, 05:29 PM
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Bamboo is faster absorbing than cotton, with about the same total absorbency, maybe a bit more. It can be much softer, especially at first, but may not wear as well (can get more "crunchy" or stiff) and may not be as durable, it depends a lot on the fabric weave and how the bamboo was processed. The jury is still out on how the Imagine bamboo prefolds will hold up over time, they are a pretty new product. I think the bamboo prefolds have gotten great reviews so far though, people love how soft they are and I think they stay a bit flatter than the cotton ones (don't quilt up as much) which some people really like for a thinner diaper. I am interested to see how they hold up over time compared to the cotton, cotton often just gets softer and better with time and I'm not sure if the bamboo will be like that or not.

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March 9th, 2013, 10:32 AM
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hmmm I do not think I will be adventurous then and stick with good ol' cotton or maybe just get 1 dozen bamboo to try them out.

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March 9th, 2013, 12:14 PM
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I bought as much cotton as I could because I am using my own DIY detergent and cotton would be the less risky fabric to use. Easier to strip to if it just doesn't work. Note: so far my DIY detergent does NOT impact any of my cotton prefolds or inserts for my fuzzibunz, trend labs, and random chinese diaper that I'm not sure of what it's called, lol.

If you're handy with a sewing machine you can purchase a yard of bamboo fabric to make your own inserts to play around with instead of paying a bunch of already made

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March 9th, 2013, 02:26 PM
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I exclusively use bamboo and did with my previous baby's after having trouble with cotton.
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