(Closed) Cloth Diapers: Prefolds or Inserts?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My baby is due in a few weeks, so I’m not an expert, but from the research I’ve done I don’t think there really is an advantage of one over the other. I think prefolds with plain covers can be cheaper than buying pocket diapers. However, if you prestuff your pockets or use AIO’s it can be easier for daycares/dads/grandparents to use.

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I believe it is more about personal preference and investment expense.  For me it also was a factor of what would be easiest for our daycare to make it simplest for them since most often families are using sposies.  We went with pockets for after his umbilical stump falls off but during the newborn phase with his stump we are using fitteds with covers and like those just as much. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Prefolds and covers are cheaper, but can be more difficult to use, especially for dads, other family members or day care.

Pockets are more convenient, but typically cost more. If you have prestuffed pockets, it’s really like putting on a disposable.

We opted for mostly pockets and have a mix of BumGenius 4.0 (about $17 each) smartipants (about $13-15 each) and sunbaby (about $5 each).

An alternative to those are flips or gdiapers. They have a shell/cover that you can use more than once with an insert that you change each time. The covers are about $13 each and inserts are $5 each.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

We are planning on doing prefolds with covers initially and then switching to pockets (probably Bum Genius or Fuzzibunz) once the baby is big enough to fit in one size diapers.  I figured this will be the best mix of cost efficiency and convenience for us, but who knows what we’ll decide once the baby is here.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

We’re going to do prefolds with covers at first as well.  I might have a couple pockets in infant size for convenience but mainly prefolds.  Infants don’t seem to fit well into one size diapers but we don’t want to buy a whole stock of pockets just for the infant size.  Also infants pee and poop a ton so figure it’s easier to throw a pre-fold into the wash instead of a whole diaper.  We also got some one size covers for when she’s a bit bigger so are still planning on using prefolds as she grows but we already have a few one size pockets for convenience and when someone is watching her.  They’re more expensive but if you keep your eyes open you can usually find good deals on them.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I bought a few of the proraps in newborn size to try out: http://www.cottonbabies.com/product_info.php?cPath=36&products_id=284

I have to say, I was surprised at the cost of covers, most of them in the 12.00 range, which by the time you add the prefolds, the cost seemed similiar to pockets.

I also splurged on a package of lil joeys: http://www.kellyscloset.com/Rumparooz-LilJoeys-Newborn-Diapers-2pk_p_3978.html

and man are they cute!! They are pretty thick though since they are an AIO. I can’t wait to try them out.

Also, I don’t know much about this, but I found that fuzzibunz has a “seconds” website, so they sell things from the factory that aren’t made perfectly and they have x-smalls which are supposed to fit a newborn for $10.17 vs the 17.00 they usually are. I might buy one to see what it is like:

http://www.fuzzibunzseconds.net/store/WsDefault.asp?Cat=X-Small4-12lbs

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m pretty lazy, so I’m going with all in one, one size. I think it’ll be worth the couple of extra bucks for that.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@jubyju22:  Thanks for the links!

The one thing with covers is that you can reuse them in a day.  So while you might need 24 of the pocket or one size diaper to get through a couple days you only need 24 of the prefolds plus about 4 covers  – and the prefolds are only between $1-3 each.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

I would do mostly fitteds or prefolds for the newborn phase, since the others don’t hold in newborn poo as well.  Then, maybe have something simpler like BG XS AIOs for “helpers” to use.  One size usually don’t fit for a few weeks, about 4 weeks for DS, but he is BIG, and we still mostly used PFs at that age.

Also, some people love PFs, but I find that once kids are more wiggly, there is no way I’d do PFs unless it was just a financial requirement.  Pockets to me are a bit of a pain, too, but everyone has their own style.  That’s why I recommend trying a few things before investing in a ton of OS.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have a stash of BG 4.0s that came with microfiber newborn inserts. Can you use those inserts inside the newborn covers in place of a prefold or is a prefold the best thing for a diaper cover?

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@spraguebride: That is a good point and not something that had really crossed my mind. I had it in my mind that pockets would be easier because it seemed less intimidating that learning to fold prefolds. I was reading yesterday that some pocket diapers will enable the insert to agitate out in the wash where as others you have to physically separate and people said that if they open in the back there is sometimes poop on that part of the diaper or if they open in the front.. pee. That hadn’t crossed my mind either! Ahh, the things you learn!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

I have 10 of the BG AIOs (total of $100 since they were on sale) and I have some of the prefolds. I was going to do like one of the PPs said and use the prefolds first and AIOs later.

Also, on a MommyBoard I go to, they said the AIOs take a while to dry.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee

@spraguebride:  So I haven’t used anything yet but am getting a variety just to see what I like but here’s the advantages of pockets that I’ve read.  Taking out the insert enables the diapers to dry in less time and you can adjust the absorbancy.  For example a lot of people mention that they put an extra insert into the pocket at night, whereas during the day they want a little less butt fluff and will only put in one insert.  Since you can prestuff the pocket they still kinda work like an all in one in that you don’t have to fight with a squirmy baby to fold up the prefold and then cover when you’re diapering them.  

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