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Very old diapers

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I am currently pregnant, this is my first baby.

My parents have just sent me up a huge bag of the diapers that were used on me many years ago. It is mostly flats, and there are some prefolds. I think I'll be using prefolds primarily (though of course I will experiment with the flats).

These diapers were bought in a Biway or Kmart or Woolco or similar type store in 1985. I know that diapers have come a long way in the last 25 years. But most of the improvements have been in the covers department, I believe.

My question is, can I rely on these prefolds as the main part of my supply, or am I likely to find these diapers less absorbent or less quality than modern prefolds and wish I had bought more new? Most prefolds sold today seem to be 4x8x4, these ones are definitely 2 layers on the edges, I can't tell how many in the middle.

Thanks for any advice.
post #2 of 7

I would imagine they are probably a lot like the Gerber diapers that they sell now, which aren't very absorbent. Wow you are almost 20 years younger than me! Anyway, you can get good diaper service quality prefolds for fairly reasonable so I would just buy some of those if you want prefolds.

post #3 of 7

Wow, your parents kept your cloth diapers for 20 years? :-) 

post #4 of 7
To be fair, I have both Gerber prefolds and GMD prefolds and I have never noticed a big difference. I have some prefolds that are about 10 years old that DD is still using and has used for about 10 months now smile.gif
post #5 of 7

I think the old prefolds will work fine, they were most likely made a lot better in 1985 than the current Gerber ones.  (Although I do have some Gerber diapers that work great!)

post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the opinions... I guess I will have to wait and see how well they work out.

Originally Posted by kitchensqueen View Post

Wow, your parents kept your cloth diapers for 20 years? :-) 

Yeah, my parents, uh, over-save (my youngest sibling is 24!). But it comes in handy sometimes! I also have a huge number of baby/child clothes to sort from the same source.
post #7 of 7

Hey, you never know when you're going to need stuff!

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