Hi! We're just starting our cloth diapering adventure. My little girl is nearly 19 months old; 30 lbs, 34" tall! And prefolds just don't work. Even the toddler size was too tight in the waist, too bulky in the behind. I'd like to stay as natural / organic as possible. Fitteds? Contours? Thanks so much!!
Try the prefold folded into 3rds and laid in the cover. I never fasten prefolds on. If you want to use only natural fibers, your best bet is fitteds with a wool cover. There's tons of brands of fitteds, including wahm ones. Same for wool. There's knitted/crocheted wahm ones, mass produced ones (like stacinator, sustainable babyish, aristocrat) and recycled ones made from old sweaters. All work excellently. If you can sew, you can easily make a wool cover yourself from thrift store sweaters
Hi! We started cloth diapering when our son was just about the same size. I found the toddler prefolds to be far too large! The size large "brown edged" prefolds from Green Mountain Diapers fit him quite well. We do the "angel wing fold" and then put a Thirsties duo wrap over top - no pinning or Snappi or anything.
I tried a lot of different things to get started - fitteds, pocket diapers, and prefolds. I really prefer the prefolds. I have had stink issues with the pocket and fitted diapers I bought because they are not 100% natural fibers. I didn't really care about natural fibers when I started out but I love that my prefolds come out of the wash smelling CLEAN.
Mumma to DS July 2010 and expecting another baby boy late July 2012
I would recommend you start slow and get a couple of different diaps to see which type works well for you and what brands/wahm you like. I have a couple of things that weren't the best fit for us and I'm happy we have one of each and not five.
Good luck! Keep us posted. I'm curious to hear what works for your toddler since it might work for mine too :-)