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Old 09-12-2007, 02:31 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hey! The final step for our baby preparation is to get the prefolds ready for use. Right now I've got them running in a cold wash with a tiny little bit of Planet detergent. I'm just wondering how many times you'd recommend that I wash and dry them before declaring them baby-ready! And any other starting advice you can give me would be great, as I am new to prefolds with this baby.

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We did 3-5 hot washes with new prefolds, as I recall. We didn't dry each time , though -- just one dry after. That should be fine. If you've got snappis and some decent covers, you'll do great! We learned exclusively on pfs in the beginning. GL mama!

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Hot washes? Ok, I had it set to cold for the last two. I will do at least three more with it on hot. There's so many different things. Some sites say 5-10. Some say 8-10. I couldn't believe how much fuzz came out into the lint filter when I dried them the first time!

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I'd say 5. Newborns also wet so little the first week or so that they will be washed a few more times before the great absorbency is needed.
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3 on hot should be fine. As the pp said, they wet so little that you will have time to get them washed plenty more before extra absorbancy is needed.

I have a hard time justifying 5 hot washes, so I usually just do 3. And hot is definitely the wya to go. You'll be washing for a LOOOOOOOOOOONG time on cold.

Oh, and make sure to machine dry too. that helps fluff them up.
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OK thanks. I did two cold and am on my second hot. I think I'll do one more hot. I am still getting a lot of fuzz out of them when they go in the dryer!

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Thanks for posting this, I was wondering the same thing.
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I'd dry more than once to fluff them properly. I did a few hot washes, dried them, then repeated.

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Should you dry after every pre-wash or after your done with all the pre-washing?
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I dry after the first one but just wash for the rest.
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It also depends on if they are unbleached, which you have to wash a few more times, than if they are bleached. I have unbleached ones and they got real fluffy and nice after 6 or so washes.
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just boil once, and wash twice on medium-hot.
as people said babies actually wet less intially, so will be more absorbent with time
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