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Flats vs. Prefolds

post #1 of 18
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Which do you prefer?

Are flats less absorbant than prefolds?
post #2 of 18
FLats are less absorbant. Prefolds have 4 layers on the sides and either 6 or 8 in the middle. Flats have one. However, you can fold flats more ways, and with the kite fold or origami fold, you can get as much or more absorbancy in the wet zone. Also, flats fit a much larger size range.

Prefolds are quicker to put on, but you can fold the flats ahead of time, and then it comes out even.

I like them both, at different times. Depends on my mood I guess.
post #3 of 18
I prefer prefolds. I wouldn't mind doing all the folding required of flats occasionally but would prefer not to do it all the time. One nice thing about flats is how quick they dry. I still prefer the ease of prefolds, though.
post #4 of 18
I think I prefer prefolds, but it is a close call.

~~What I like about flats:
They are trim.
They make a nice nighttime dipe cuz they aren't so thick that it is uncomfy. I just use two dipes and then fold.
I like folding them.
They really can fit any size baby.
~~What I don't like about flats:
The ones I have are one inch shorter on one side than the other. This makes folding harder.
It is difficult to cup them around dd's legs. Makes for poopie accidents.
Whe dd squirms (and man does she ever squirm!!!) the dipe comes unfolded.

~~What I like about prefolds:
I can cup them puppies around dd's thigh to hold the poopie in.
They are absorbant.
They fold quicky when I am short of time.
The pillowy softness.
~~What I don't like about prefolds:
They are bulky, especially when you have to fold down the top for the rise to fit.
post #5 of 18
I used flats a bit w/my last baby (4y ago!) and loved them- I liked getting the fluffly laundry out of the dryer and origami folding my flats and having a stack ready to go. I also like how trim they are and there are a variety of folds you can try to get a better fit. I liked prefolds okay, but was frustrated by the bulk. I always felt inept at folding prefolds (I didn't know about the cool folds I've seen recently!). I also like that I can double up on flats for absorbency and it's not a huge amount of bulk.

I have been buying tie dye flats for weeks now and we're not even TTC till May!
post #6 of 18
I have a few dyed ones and I usually double them, so the dyed one shows. For the rectangular ones, I fold into a square before I put away.
post #7 of 18
If I had to chose one I'd say I prefer pf's over flats. They are quicker for me but I do love how many diff folds you can do with flats, and depending on how you do it they can be just as absorbent. Flats wash better and dry faster so that's a plus. I hate that you can't snappi them though unless they are birdseye which is what makes using pf's faster for me
post #8 of 18
I prefer prefolds for snappi-ing because I don't have to spend forever folding them, they don't come un-folded under a wiggly baby, and they hold in poo better IME.

However, laid in in a wrap or pocket, I prefer flats, because they're quicker drying and pad-folding is easy.
post #9 of 18

Okay, so where...

do you find out how to fold flats? I've never tried them, but being able to prefold sounds nice. I like my prefolds (not using them now, baby due in June, but have used them in the past). I didn't really even know flats were different! LOL I guess hey are more like what my Mom used? Anyway, can somone tell me or give me links on how to fold them. I might just have to get some!

post #10 of 18
http://www.gumbush.com/
post #11 of 18
oh thank you!
post #12 of 18
Thanks for that link!
post #13 of 18
I love flats! My 7mo. old poops in the potty (we're part time ec'ers) so I just fold them into a rectangle (like a tri-folded prefold) and stick them in a wool cover. They clean so easily and dry so fast!!!
post #14 of 18
I really thought I would love both, and I like the IDEA of flats, but in practice I like prefolds about a bazillion times better because they are more absorbent and fit better.
post #15 of 18
I have gauze flats that can be snappied, too.
And I figured out a great way to contain poo: the kite fold, but then roll the sides in, like a jelly-roll fold, and fold a little bit of the back down, to make a pocket to catch any up-the-back mess.
post #16 of 18
yep, that's exactly how I fold, too! Works great on my 1 year old.
post #17 of 18
The problem I find with snappi-ed flats on a *very* active toddler or very wiggly infant (can you tell I have both? LOL!) is that they wiggle themselves un-folded and don't contain anything. With prefolds, there's less to wiggle loose since all is sewn together. However, 2 flats pad-folded in a bummis wrap works fine on my toddler since the wrap holds everything in place. For an EBF infant, however, I don't find that pad-folding in a wrap provides adequate runny BF poo containment... probably depends on the shape of your baby. Both of my boys have had round tummies and skinny thighs as infants, which makes it challenging to find a wrap that fits tightly enough on the legs...
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by wawoof
The problem I find with snappi-ed flats on a *very* active toddler or very wiggly infant (can you tell I have both? LOL!) is that they wiggle themselves un-folded and don't contain anything. With prefolds, there's less to wiggle loose since all is sewn together. However, 2 flats pad-folded in a bummis wrap works fine on my toddler since the wrap holds everything in place. For an EBF infant, however, I don't find that pad-folding in a wrap provides adequate runny BF poo containment... probably depends on the shape of your baby. Both of my boys have had round tummies and skinny thighs as infants, which makes it challenging to find a wrap that fits tightly enough on the legs...
Ah, see that's the difference - ds has 12" thighs! not much worry about tight enough thighs around here.
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