One of my neighbors gave me her old prefolds, so I did not have to do the preparing step. I am not sure what brand they are, but they are unbleached cotton. And sorry, I don't know what size they are, either. I know that she kept the newborn size ones, and that these are the ones that she used once her girls grew out of the newborn size. They still fit fine on my enormous one an a half year old. I know that they come in different sizes, but you can fold larger ones in clever ways so that you can use bigger ones on smaller babies.
I would think that the different sizes would matter more if you were folding and pinning them around the baby. If you're folding them in thirds, then it probably doesn't matter as much.
I tried to look up online to see if what I have are Chinese or Indian prefolds, but honestly I can't tell based on the photos or descriptions. I would just go w. what you have now. It probably doesn't matter that much, once you start using them. If you have a problem w. them once you start using them, you can always try the other kind.
But yes, I have heard that you have to wash them multiple times before using them. Since yours aren't dirty yet, I see no reason that you couldn't just wash them w. towels or whatever, so that you don't have to do six dedicated diaper prepping loads.
Prefolds really aren't leaky at all. They soak up an enormous amount of liquid. You can try them out ahead of time, just put one in a bowl w. water and see how much is soaked up. If they aren't doing a good job soaking, try washing them on hot w. Dawn dishsoap. That can help if you are having repelling issues.
Yes, I just fold them in thirds, lay the prefold inside the diaper cover, and then lay the baby on top of the prefold/diaper cover, and then snap the cover on. The prefold will be a strip down the center of the diaper cover, does that make sense? The bare diaper cover will be touching the babies hips. It doesn't seem to bother him, though.
You can also fold the prefold around the baby, secure it w. a snappi, and then snap the cover on over that. Some people prefer this method for younger babies, for when they tend to have more liquid poop. There are many many videos on YouTube that you can watch to learn different methods of prefold wrapping. We were using the FBs until a year, so we never used prefolds during that stage. I would go ahead and get a snappi to have on hand, and then try it different ways and see what works best for you. The main thing is that you want to make sure that the entire prefold is tucked under the cover. The prefold fabric will wick the moisture up, so if any is sticking out, it will leak. That's why I like the Thirsties so much, b.c they have gussets around the legs.
We ended up w. 8 covers, 6 of which are Thirsties. This is more than enough, since you can generally reuse the cover (I rotate through two covers most days.)
Oh, and we do have a diaper sprayer, and I love it. We have a low-flow toilet, so the old dunk and flush method really doesn't work for us. One of my friends uses a spatula and sort of scrapes it off... Sorry, so gross. The sprayer is particularly nice for spraying off the more liquid poop. When they start solids, you can just shake it off into the toilet.
Hope it helps!
2 parters are better for the early months as breastfeeding and early formula poos are liquid and you need something pretty strong to contain it at times. AIOs are good for after weaning and you can get birth to potty that last until potty training (though often don't suit all babies at birth if they're small).
I used Tots Bots bamboozles and Motherease wraps for the early months and then moved on to Bum Genius. These have been my go to nappies for all 3 kids and will be for my 4th as well. Some of my nappies have even lasted all 4.
Oh, I just wanted to add that we use cloth wipes as well. It is no extra work if you are already using cloth diapers, b.c you can just throw them in the laundry together. I just bought a pack of the cheapest possible baby washcloths at Ross Dress For Less and I spray them w. a mixture of water w. tiny amounts of olive oil, witch hazel, and baby Castile soap. There are loads of recipes for this online. Many people put cloth wipes in a wipes warmer, but I find the spray bottle easy enough to handle. We use disposable wipes when we are out. Anyhow, the cloth wipes will save you a lot of $$$ as well!
I am going to chime in here, now that I actually know what I'm talking about.
We bought nappies from littlelamb (link). We started using them two weeks ago (they were a wee bit too big for a brand new little body) and they are so snug and cute. I want to cuddle Baba's bottom all the time (I know this make me sound like a weirdo), they're so soft and fluffy! I cannot recommend them highly enough. They're very easy to put on, take off, she has yet to have a nappy rash and she never feels clammy. They are simply wonderful, they're easy to wash and dry very quickly. I use the organic cotton ones, the wrap, and of course... the bamboo (snugglebottom as I call it).
I know I wrote my experiences on the other thread mentioned, but if you have any futher questions please let me know. I am *loving* Grovia brand AIO's this time around, plus my friend owns the company which makes me a wee bit biased ;) but even so, they are wonderful diapers.
@tarynkay: thanks for ALL of the fantastic tips. i am really excited about prefolds now. i think i will buy some snappi's to try so that i have options. the prefolds and covers seem like the cheapest option by far. hope it works for us. i am trying to imagine the folded prefolds just laid flat in the cover without wrapping around the baby. it seems like a mess waiting to happen, but it sounds like its quite effective. can't wait to try this method out on my little baby. and thanks for the wipes suggestion. we're definitely planning on using cloth wipes. i am hoping to be out of this apartment before we get to solid foods, so i will save the sprayer logistics for the next home.
@malk: motherease has gotten great reviews. i want to order a couple to try.
@ottilie: littlelambs look snuggly scrumptious. i am assuming they're totally unaffordable to order to the states.
@jemama: i will keep your grovia recommendation in mind. you are a cloth diapering master!
Originally Posted by sdsurfmama
You should totally youtube flats and prefolds - there are videos on there showing how to do it properly, having a visual may help.
Thanks @flick. I will definitely take your advice!
Oh this is one of my favourite topics! I am a HUGE fan of cloth diapers (or nappies as we call them in australia). I have tried quite a few different brands of cloth nappies but my favourite by far is company called 'Itti Bitti'. Its an Australian company but is now available worldwide. Great quality fabrics, easy to use, and look so damn cute! They do make sized aio's but also make one size fits all nappies with snap in boosters. They are so simple to use I really dont think you'll have any issues with other family members having to use them (most grandparents are used to the old white squares so any modern cloth nappies will be a breeze for them). Definatly google itti bitti!
I bought the FuzziBunz one size diapers and they were TERRIBLE!
-they leak about 50% of the time, even with the hemp inserts, which were more absorbent. They leak so much I can't get over it.
-way to warm and bulky in the summer, especially since we don't have air-conditioning
-his skin couldn't breathe properly through them
-because they were so bulky they chafed a lot
-my son was obviously less comfortable in cloth diapers compared to disposables
-they were cute
-washed really nicely and easily
I have to admit that this one of the biggest disappointments I have had in years. I spent a lot of money on them and was so looking forward to them. Everybody I knew told me I was crazy to try cloth diapering and I was so eager to prove them wrong. Well... they were right. :(