Prefold Diapers - Simple, Effective, Affordable
T oday's parents have an overwhelming range of choices when it comes to choosing a cloth diapering system for their baby. Keep in mind that although fancy high-tech diapers can be convenient and cute, basic prefold diapers (when paired with a good fitting modern diaper cover) work great.
Prefold diapers are the least expensive diaper you can buy and are very easy to use and wash. The price per diaper depends on its size and fabric the diaper is made from. Basic cotton prefolds can cost as little as $2.00 each. Organic cotton and hemp prefolds are more expensive. Prices start at about $6.00 per diaper.
You need to use a separate waterproof cover over prefold diapers. Soft, breathable diaper covers made from polyurethane laminate (PUL) are most popular, such as those from Bummis and Thristies. These covers cost about $11.00 each. You can also find diaper covers made from polyester fleece or natural wool, or get crafty and upcycle wool sweaters into diaper covers.
If you choose to use prefold diapers exclusively, you will need to buy a few dozen diapers and about 5 diaper covers. You may need to buy diapers and covers in larger sizes as your baby grows. Adjustable, one size covers and other one size diaper options are discussed here.
You do not need to use diaper pins to hold a prefold diaper in place. You can use a fastener called a Snappi (pictured above) to secure the diaper if you wish, or simply let the diaper cover hold the diaper snug to your baby.