Compare Cloth Diapers – Prefold Reviews

How to use Indian prefolds

Prefolds are the most common one-size diaper. They are cloth diapers that stretch any budget through low cost, little need to buy multiple sizes, and very simple care. Below we’ve gathered comments and reviews from our customers, so you can find out what other parents think of prefold diapers.

For the advantages and disadvantages of each style of cloth diapers, see our comparison posts.

The listing of Prefolds and Flat Cloth Diapers at includes reviews, ratings, price, and tiny icons that indicate which standards this product exceeds as part of our Safe Family Promise. We hope all of these help you to find the diapers that best fit your needs as a family.

Prefolds Are So Versatile

Parents use prefolds for more than just diapers.

“I think I use these the most of all my diapers. They are very inexpensive and it’s cheap to have a lot of them on hand.” Unbleached prefolds reviewed by Miranda, “Use these all the time. . .”

“It is super handy to have a few of these around for all sorts of uses. Under his bum in case he pees when he’s “airing out,” stuff inside any pocket diaper when I can’t find the insert, use to double up for naps or long car trips, or just as a diaper in a pinch. Washes and dries easily. Soft, organic, absorbent, comfortable, custom fit – what more can you ask for?” Hemp flat diapers reviewed by Kristen, “Perfect multi-use diaper”

“My son is almost two, and we’ve been using premium size prefolds since he was about a week old. These are so much cheaper than fitted diapers, and they are not difficult at all to use. They are also incredibly durable, and we’re planning to use them for an eventual second child.” Unbleached prefolds reviewed by Mary, “Prefolds all the way!”

“These diapers are deceptively easy to use (even my husband agrees!)” Unbleached prefolds reviewed by Westee, “Low maintenance, economical way to cloth diaper your baby”

“I invested in a full set of diapers when I first became pregnant, since I knew money would be tight when my Mat Leave started. Best money I ever spent.” Unbleached prefolds reviewed by Barbara, “So many good reasons to use pre-folds”

“Bummis cloth diapers are by far my favourite. They are the best value, easy to use, the pre-folds are so absorben, the diaper covers are gorgeous and good quality, and we NEVER have leaks with Bummis. I use several different kinds of cloth diapers (pockets, aio’s and fitted diapers with a cover) and the Bummis prefolds remain my favourite.” Bummis starter kit reviewed by Steff, “I love Bummis”

Washing & Drying Prefolds

Washing prefolds couldn’t be simpler. Rinse on warm (about body temperature) then wash on hot. Parents like that prefolds don’t take extra care.

“Prefolds are easier to clean than the pocket or fitted diapers because they wash flat without any little crannies for poop to stick into.” Unbleached prefolds reviewed by Barbara, “So many good reasons to use pre-folds”

Many parents mentioned in their reviews that line drying prefolds leaves them stiff. This is going to be true of any all-cotton diapers, and it is an easy problem to solve. You can either just machine dry the diapers, or, even you want to save energy, just finish the diapers off in the dryer. If you don’t want to use a dryer, you can roll the diapers around in your hands after they are dry to flex the fibers and soften up the feel.

Don’t add fabric softener, though! This is a chemical additive that can inhibit the absorbency of the cotton. You want mechanical softness rather than chemical softness for the best performance.

“I don’t recommend them for line drying–they seem to get very stiff that way. Pop them in the dryer, though, and they’re good as new every time.” Unbleached prefolds reviewed by Mary, “Prefolds all the way!”

Prefold Sizing

Some parents find they can use one size prefolds and just stick with those. Other parents change sizes to get a batter fit. Whether you go with one-size or not depends on whether you mind the bulk on a very small baby and whether you want to pay for a new set of diapers. Even doubling your cost for prefolds still leaves the cost of cloth diapering with prefolds much lower than with disposable diapers or with any other style of cloth diapers.

If you have a very small newborn or a newborn with skinny legs, you might have to use newborn size prefolds and adjust your folds to make keep from having leaks. Bummis has a starter kit just for newborns with a new, smaller size diaper for the tiniest babies. These diapers come in handy later as doublers and wipes.

“I do agree that prefolds can be a bit bulky, so I find that they make great ‘everyday’ diapers, and I use fitteds or AIO’s when my son wears ‘going out’ clothes like jeans.” Unbleached prefolds reviewed by SK, “A must have!”

That’s it! We’ve spent a month comparing the four major styles of cloth diapers as well as our customers’ reviews of those diapers. Every style and every brand is someone’s favorite. Every diaper was created by someone who wanted to make a product that would help parents and babies. We carry diapers that we have found work for us or that have worked well for our customers. Please continue to share your experience with other parents by reviewing cloth diapers and other products from

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Compare Cloth Diapers – Prefold & Flat Diapers

Hemp cotton prefold cloth diapers

Finally, my favorite cloth diapers. I did say that fitted diapers are my favorites. Well, prefolds and flat diapers are my other favorites, and I’m ready to compare them with the other great cloth diapering choices you have available.

Prefold Cloth Diapers

I just laugh when people talk about “modern cloth diapers” as if there is something about prefolds and flat diapers that they are trying to avoid. In my experience talking to a big variety of parents in a variety of situations, at least half still use prefolds. Why? Because they work!

Prefolds provide simple and adaptable moisture absorbency for any cloth diapering system. Prefolds are a rectangular diaper with extra layers down the center. As with fitted diapers, you will need to use a waterproof diaper cover over prefold diapers.

Because of the simple construction and materials of a prefold diaper, they are much less expensive than fitted, all-in-one, and pocket diapers. If fitting cloth diapers into a tight budget is your priority, prefold or flat diapers are your least expensive choice.

The prefolds sold at are either all cotton or a hemp/cotton blend. These natural fibers are absorbent and very easy to wash. You don’t need a special routine to get a cotton diaper clean. They can take a beating, which also means you save even more money because they will usually last for more than one child.

If you like variety in your cloth diapering system, prefolds can help. They can be used as inserts in pocket diapers as well as on their own under covers. You don’t need special inserts or special fibers since cotton prefolds will do both jobs all on their own.

Prefolds come in different weights and sizes, but you can usually use the same size for all but the tiniest babies, adding your newborn prefolds as doublers as your baby grows.

Flat Cloth Diapers

Flat diapers are what our (great-great)grandmothers used before prefolds were available through diaper services. My grandmother saved her flour sacks for both kitchen towels and baby diapers. My mother-in-law uses my husband’s old diapers as kitchen towels now. Towels and diapers do a similar job of holding moisture.

Flat diapers come in a variety of sizes as long as you are looking for variety between 18″x18″ and 36″x36″. (A bit like Henry Ford’s Model-T, which came in any color you want as long as you want black.) The smaller sizes are usually a heavier weight, such as terry toweling, in order to provide enough absorbency for a diaper. The flat diapers we carry are made from cotton birdseye and shrink to about 28″x28″ after washing.

Flat diapers will need to be folded to create a size to fit around your baby and into a diaper cover. Prefolds are called that because they took a popular diaper fold and sewed it into place. The diaper came prefolded, which meant more layers needed heavier washing to get clean, but cleaning both types of diapers is super simple compared to more complex diapers.

Most parents also use a closure to keep the diaper snug on the baby to prevent leaks. Yes, some parents—many parents—still use pins because they are practical and they work, but another very popular choice with prefolds is a Snappi diaper fastener. This is a plastic T-shape with teeth to grab and hold the diaper on the baby. I skipped both of these and used flat diapers without closures. I had pins, but I ignored them. I just used diapers folded in thirds with snug covers and T-shirts that snap at the crotch to keep diapers on.

Snappi cloth diaper fastener

Prefold & Flat Diaper Advantages

  • The least expensive diapering option.
  • Very quick to fold and put on a prefold. (My husband says he reached for them first because they made a quicker diaper change.)
  • Customized fit and absorbency for every change because babies can grow even week to week, and you don’t want to have to buy new diapers.
  • A variety of folds put absorbency and a kind of catcher’s mitt exactly where you need it.
  • Very easy to wash.
  • Very quick to dry, especially flat diapers.
  • Flat diapers have lower environmental impact in production, washing, and drying that any other type of diaper.
  • Now, prefolds even come in colors, sometimes with prints.
  • After they are done being diapers, either prefolds or flats make good cleaning rags.

Prefold & Flat Diaper Disadvantages

  • You have to fold, even a prefold.
  • On a very active baby, your skillful fold can move around inside the cover unless you use a Snappi or pins.
  • Harder to put on a standing or running toddler.
  • No gussets can mean messes if you don’t fold with messes in mind.
  • The chemical impact of the bleaching process on bleached (white) prefolds results in a shorter life for the fibers.
  • A substitute caregiver can be intimidated by folding no matter how simple you think it is.

Saturday we’ll share highlights from our customers’ reviews of prefolds and flat diapers. You still have a few days to add your review.

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Compare Cloth Diapers – Fitted Reviews

Bamboozle stretch fitted cloth diapers

Fitted cloth diapers give great leak protection and are easy to wash. sells a range of popular fitted diapers to meet the needs of most parents. We’ve gathered customers comments for you.

Read about the advantages and disadvantages of each style of cloth diapers. Whatever your need or lifestyle, there is a cloth diaper that will work for your baby.

When you look at all of the Fitted Diapers at, you will see number of reviews and overall rating, price, and tiny icons that indicate which standards this product exceeds as part of our Safe Family Promise.

Which diapers work for which babies often depend on the parents’ expectations and needs. Among the factors we found mattered with fitted diapers were: age, shape, and special circumstances like EC (elimination communication).

A Baby’s Age Makes a Difference with Fit

Especially with one-size diapers, the fit on a newborn and on a toddler is going to be very different. Some parents love one diaper for newborns and another for older babies.

“This is by far my favourite newborn diaper. . . . It fits perfectly right from the start, even with newborn chicken legs!! I like to pair it with a Thirsties cover and it is bulletproof for runny breastfed poops.” Cindy reviews Kissaluvs fitted diapers on, “Best newborn diaper”

“[T]he diapers are sized to have a short rise, and as both my kids were tall, they fit less time than I anticipated. . . . I found that these diapers worked really well with little babies.” Eleanor reviews Bamboozles Stretch Diapers on, “Great for infants”

In a review, it helps to know exactly why a particular diaper works or doesn’t work. I like to look at the worst review first to ask myself if I can live with the worst. Knowing that a child’s movement moves the doubler helps me as a parent know how I would use these diapers to fix the problem.

“With older more mobile kids, I found the sewn-in doubler would move around and often end up hanging out one of the leg holes.” Eleanor reviews Bamboozles Stretch Diapers on, “Great for infants”

An Unfamiliar Shape Can Be a Deterrent

Not all diapers are intuitive to use, and they don’t need to be. It can take a little extra thought to learn how best to use a different style of diapers. The Kissaluvs contour diaper does not have closures. Some parents use the diaper with no pins or Snappi but only with a tight cover. I did this with my children. Others find that this doesn’t protect against leaks. The extra time required can be a deterrent for some.

“These diapers have served us well – they fit our long, skinny, chubby thighed baby perfectly at 4 mo and continue to do so at 1 year. There is still loads of growing room. . . . We use them with a Snappi under a knitted wool soaker and we have no fit or leak issues.” Em reviews Kissaluvs contour diapers on, “Great diapers”

“This fitted diaper took some getting used to. It is very stretchy, but I have to use pins with it to keep it from ending up around my baby’s knees – even with a tight fitting cover. . . . Compared to other fitted diapers I find I have to fiddle around with this one to get a good fit, and prefer the ease of some of the others.” Kristen reviews Kissaluvs contour diapers on, “An okay fitted diaper”

Cloth Diapers for Elimination Communication

When parents use primarily EC (elimination communication or diaper-free), they often still use cloth diapers in some circumstances. These parents need diapers that are very easy to get on and on quickly. Two parents chose MotherEase One-size diapers are their favorite for EC.

“Loved these for EC because of the easy-on easy-off standing up (just like training pants).” Eleanor reviews MotherEase One-size Diaper on, “Great diaper”

“These work great for EC, or full-time diapering.” Cindy reviews MotherEase One-size Diaper on, “Best fitted diaper, hands down”

Washing Cloth Diapers

Every parent cares how easy their cloth diapers are to care for. Most fitted diapers are easy to wash and dry, but parents note that terry cloth, like that in Kissaluvs and MotherEase diapers, can be more difficult to rinse. Thicker areas on the diapers can take longer to dry.

“The one thing I like the least about these is that they are hard to wash – if the poop is soft but not runny it will cling to the fabric.” Miranda reviews Kissaluvs fitted diapers on, “Wings really stretchy, holds poop in really well, hard to wash”

“Like any terrycloth-style diaper, there can be some extra work involved in getting poop out.” Eleanor reviews Kissaluvs fitted diapers on, “Great diaper”

“They dry in one cycle as compared to the Kissaluvs fitteds I used before.” EW reviews Sugar Peas fitted diapers on, “Awesome fitted diaper!”

“Only downsides: 1. you’ll be (rinsing) poop out of these. Terrycloth=large surface for solids to stick.; and 2. we line-dried ours and found that they were really stiff, to the point of making the kid uncomfortable as the terrycloth dried in strange stiff configurations. Never an issue in the drier, of course.” Eleanor reviews MotherEase One-size Diaper on, “Great diaper”

“The main part of the diaper dries quickly after washes, but around the elastic in the legs it can take quite a bit longer to dry fully.” Kristen reviews Hemp One-size Diapers on, “Great choice once baby passes 10 lb mark”

Cloth Diapers That Last

To realize the financial and environmental benefits of using cloth diapers, you need diapers that will last. Over and over, parents pointed to MotherEase One-size diapers as their long-lasting diapers of choice.

“I used these for 4 of my 5 kids and they were still good enough to resell.” Cindy reviews MotherEase One-size Diaper on, “Best fitted diaper, hands down”

“If I had to recommend one fitted diaper for someone to buy to last through all their kiddos, this would be it.” Cindy reviews MotherEase One-size Diaper on, “Best fitted diaper, hands down”

“[T]hey stand up well to repeated use and washing.” Kristen reviews MotherEase One-size Diaper on, “My number 1 cloth diaper”

“Used these for years with multiple children, and still going strong. These were our everyday diapers for the majority of their diaper time.” Eleanor reviews MotherEase One-size Diaper on, “Great diaper”

My Favourite Cloth Diapers

Several diapers showed up as customer favorites: Kissaluvs, Sugar Peas, and MotherEase.

“I have nothing but great things to say about these diapers!” EW reviews Sugar Peas fitted diapers on, “Awesome fitted diaper!”

“We bought a number of different types of diapers to try and will re-stock mainly with this one.” Kim reviews Sugar Peas fitted diapers on, “Great diaper”

“Without a doubt my favourite cloth diaper.” Kristen reviews MotherEase One-size Diaper on, “My number 1 cloth diaper”

“If you’re unsure about cloth diapers, try these and I hope you’ll be convinced! They’re wonderful.” Kristen reviews MotherEase One-size Diaper on, “My number 1 cloth diaper”

“These are my favorite diapers..I love them! They hold in the most explosive poop without a leak.” TM reviews Kissaluvs fitted diapers on, “LOVE THESE!!!”

“[T]hese and the Sugarpeas are my favourites (and we tried fancier, more expensive diapers).” Kim reviews Kissaluvs fitted diapers on, “Great diaper”

“[T]hese are not my favourite.” Miranda reviews Kissaluvs fitted diapers on, “Wings really stretchy, holds poop in really well, hard to wash”

One person’s favorite diaper can be another person’s least favorite. The best cloth diaper always depends on what you need and how well a diaper matches that need. Every diaper works well for someone.

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Compare Cloth Diapers – Fitted Diapers

Bamboozle Stretch fitted diaper on a baby

We’ve been comparing cloth diapers over the past few weeks, starting with one-piece diapers and moving toward simpler diapers. Today, we outline the benefits and drawbacks of fitted cloth diapers.

Fitted Cloth Diapers

Every diapering system needs to include both moisture absorbency and moisture resistence. A fitted diaper has all of the absorbency and none of the moisture resistence. You need to use a waterproof cover over the top of fitteds. In an all-in-one diaper, these two pieces are combined.

A fitted diaper is a contour shape made of absorbent material. Gathering at the legs and waist as well as a closure at the waist make this fitted. Without the closure, and sometimes without the gathering, you have a contour diaper, which requires a Snappi or pins to hold it tight, though many parents choose to forgo closures altogether. Both fitted and contour diapers often have extra layers of absorbency down the center of the diaper where the baby wets.

Fitted diapers are a similar shape to pocket diapers, but the pocket diaper shape is created by non-absorbent material with the absorbency stuffed inside.

Fitted diapers can be one-size, though you might find that they create too much bulk on an infant and don’t give enough absorbency for a toddler. Even a two-sized diaper gives you more flexibility to get the absorbency right—and absorbency is key with any diaper.

If you prefer that your baby not feel wet, you can add a liner of silk or synthetic against the skin, but some parents prefer their baby to feel the wetness so they let the parent know that it is time for a diaper change or so a toddler feels the urge to use the toilet to avoid the wet diaper feeling.

Kissaluvs contour cloth diaper

Fitted Diaper Advantages

  • No folding or stuffing.
  • Easier to get clean than mixed fiber diaper systems.
  • Cotton diapers can take a beating in the washer, dryer, and sun.
  • Sized diapers don’t leave your tiny baby with a bulky bottom.
  • Contour diapers have a lot of flexibility because you use a Snappi to customize fit.
  • Gathered leg prevent leaks.
  • You choose the kind of separate cover that works and fits best for your baby.
  • You don’t need to wash the cover unless it has been soiled, so there is less wash than with pocket diapers or all-in-one cloth diapers.

Fitted Diaper Disadvantages

  • You need to train caregivers to use a cover over the diaper.
  • A contour diaper without gathering at legs and waist doesn’t always contain messes.
  • When your baby grows out of a fitted diaper, you can’t use it as a doubler, burp cloth, or rag like you can with a prefold or flat diaper.

I have a difficult time coming up with disadvantages for fitted diapers because I have always found them my favorite type of diaper. If you have found disadvantages or advantages with fitted or any other type of diaper style we’ve been reviewing, please comment. A broader view will help new parents who are choosing diapers.

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Compare Cloth Diapers – Pocket Reviews

Stuffing a Pocket Diaper

Parents choose pocket diapers for ease and convenience. For the rest of the story, we’ve gathered comments from our customers’ reviews of pocket diapers.

In addition to reviews, we are comparing the advantages and disadvantages of each style of cloth diapers to help you find the diapers that will work best for you and your baby.

When you look for Pocket Diapers, search for products with reviews, and be sure to check the tiny icons below the review stars for our Safe Family Promise. These tell you how this product reaches a high standard for you.

Getting a Good Fit with Pocket Diapers

Parents start with a particular diaper for colors and style, but they stay with a particular diaper because it works. One of the most important elements of making a diaper work is getting the fit right so the diaper won’t leak. Fit depends on the shape of the baby, and some brands make getting a good fit easier.

“This diaper has a unique sizing system compared to others I’ve used, and I find it helpful to be able to adjust the elastic tight enough around my babies legs, but keep enough room around his belly, without leaks.” Lisa reviews Fuzzi Bunz one-size diapers on, “Good one size pocket diaper for small babies”

“I have tried a couple different pocket diapers and I liked HH fitted b/c they seem to have a lot of elastic around the legs so they are not too tight on my babies legs.” Mariko reviews Happy Heinys pocket diapers on, “I would buy these diapers again”

Easy to Use Pockets

There is very little specialized knowledge needed to make a pocket diaper work. No long explanations and processes to convey to babysitters, grandparents, or daycare providers. That makes pocket diapers very easy to use away from home.

“We did EC and used these as our naptime and going-out diapers. I found them especially useful because they could be easily put on while the kid is standing up- something mine both insisted on doing as soon as they could stand.” Eleanor reviews Fuzzi Bunz perfect size diapers on, “Awesome”

“We use these diapers primarily on outings and when we send our son to daycare. . . . the best pocket style diaper we have used.” VRon reviews Fuzzi Bunz perfect size diapers on, “Great Diapers”

“Our daycare loves them – they are their fav cloth diapers, they tell us regularly.” Michelle reviews Happy Heinys pocket diapers on, “Our main diapers from Day 1 (almost!)”

Pocket Diaper Inserts

All pocket diapers require inserts. Inserts provide the absorbency of the diaper. One of the disadvantages of pocket diapers is having to unstuff a wet insert, but Apple Cheeks brand touts the inserts coming out in the wash by themselves as a benefit. When it works, customers love this.

“If you are put off by having to unstuff dirty diapers, these ones will solve that problem. We just put these in the washing machine and the inserts come out in the wash as promised, both in a top-loading and front-loading machine.” WL reviews Apple Cheeks Cloth Diapers on, “No more ‘yuck’”

“My inserts didn’t come out all the time in the washer though.” Tara reviews Apple Cheeks Cloth Diapers on, “Nice diaper”

Cautions about Pocket Diapers

A lot of parents are true believers in particular brands, but I didn’t find any raves for pocket diapers in general as pocket diapers. A couple of reviewers had general cautions, though.

“I don’t like that the entire thing has to be washed after each use, but all pocket diapers are like that.” Kristen reviews BumGenius one-size pocket diapers, “Top of my pocket diaper list”

“I would recommend a good fitted diaper for an easy to use, cheaper, more leak proof combination.” Kim reviews Apple Cheeks Cloth Diapers on, “Can find better value and fit”

Not everyone uses pocket diapers as intended. One reviewer mentioned using the pocket diaper as a cover, with the absorbent diaper next to the baby.

“I use these with flat diapers and pre-folds placed on top rather [than] stuffed.” LisaT reviews Apple Cheeks Cloth Diapers on, “My favourite Diaper Cover/pocket Diaper”

Using a pocket diapers as just a cover would seem to negate the benefit of the pocket and wicking moisture away from a baby’s skin, but it also points to the versatility of the style. You don’t necessarily have to use a diaper as recommended. Use a diaper how it works for you.

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