(Closed) prefolds– is this a good deal? where did you get your prefolds?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 4
1032 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

That’s a decent deal. I think I paid $18.00 for a dozen.

There is no way to know when your baby will hit 15lbs. Depends on what they weigh at birth and how quickly they grow. But, I have heard that on average babies will double their birth weight by 6 months. It varies from baby to baby….but it’s a good rule of thumb.

Wet pail seemed to be a pretty outdated technique and most people now just do a “dry pail”. A wet pail seems like a pain in the butt. You will have all this stagnant water…the pail will be heavy, and you will have to dump out the water each time. Just put your diapers in a diaper pail or a “wet bag”. I have heard really good things about “planet wise wet bags”.

I guess they REALLY contain the oder. And you can just throw it in the wash with your diapers to get it clean. I ordered a large one with handles and am going to hang it from a hook on the wall. A small wet bag is also good for your diaper bag. You put your dirty diapers in there. If you get a small one for your bag…don’t get the “small”. I did and was shocked at how small it was. It would fit one diaper…that’s it. Get a medium. I now own a small, medium, and a large wet bag 🙂

You don’t actually have to buy special detergent..even though there is a ton of $$ ones out there. Just make sure you get one that is unscented, etc…  Like Tide “free & clear”…that kinda stuff. And you are not supposed to use dryer sheets.


Check out the message boards on diaperswappers.com

You can learn A LOT of information. 

Also, just google things like “washing cloth diapers”, “cloth diaper prep”, etc…. and you will find a zillion websites with tons of info. That is where I have gotten most of my information.

Post # 6
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

I bought all my prefolds online. I got some from Green Mountain, some from Cotton Babies, and a couple that came with my Econobum covers. They’re all fine, I honestly don’t have much of a preference. The Green Mountain ones have colored thread on the end to help identify the size, and that was helpful; we started with the orange ones and moved to the yellow ones when DS was a couple months old.

I’m not actually sure how many prefolds we have. Around 3 months or so we started using Fuzzibunz OS instead of the prefolds and covers, so now the prefolds are just burp cloths, and we have them all over the house for that reason. 36 sounds like plenty to me, though if you have a bigger baby and plan to do prefolds for more than a month or two, you might find yourself wishing you had more than one size.

I feel like we must have been doing something wrong, because we almost never reused our covers without washing them. DS used to soak the prefolds so thoroughly that the covers just felt yucky too. We probably could have wiped them off and left them to dry for a couple hours, then reused, but we just bought lots of covers instead. I’ve heard of people getting by with just a few, but I think we had 2 Econobum, 3-4 Thirsties, 2 Bummis, and 2 Flip.

Re: weight, if you look at growth charts, it looks like the 50th percentile for 15 lbs happens around 4-5 months. Also, remember that even if it says “15 lbs” whether or not it fits will also depend on your kid’s body type.

Re: detergent, we use Country Save which we buy in bulk online. And we use a dry pail.

Also, remember that if your infant is exclusively breastfed, you don’t need to spray off the diapers before they go in the wash, since all the poop is water-soluble. We tried to spray off all the diapers in those early days when he was pooping 45 million times a day and it made me hate cloth diapering, until we figured out that we didn’t have to, and then life was so much nicer.

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