The Indians are supposed to quilt up thicker and softer than CPFs. They also tend to shrink a bit more.
I have a dozen of each in the infant size and find that I prefer the CPFs over the IPFs, but I think it's just a personal preference thing. Both seem to hold equally well...the CPFs are slightly larger so we'll get more wear out of them, which may be why I prefer them!
My premium indian prefolds are MUCH smaller than my premium CPFs. This is a good thing for us, the premiums are way to big for my 8 month old DD, they may actually never fit her. Indians are softer,fluffier and a tad bit more absorbant I'd say. Love em!
As pps mentioned, the Indian Prefolds are supposed to be softer and more absorbant. I have mostly Indian PFs with one or 2 CPFs mixed in and I can totally tell which is which. The Indian PFs are much fluffier and they are softer as well. They are a bit smaller than the CPFs I have, but not by much.
I have a both and I like the CPF's better. The Indian prefolds are thicker, and shorter. The cpf's are about an inch longer, but they are the same width. Dh prefers the ipf's.. so its just a personal preference. I dont think one is actually better than the other. The absorbency is about equal I think.
They are thicker and softer than CPFS. They pill less too. But, they are smaller-much shorter and a bit smaller width wise too in regards to the premiuns. Some people say that toddler IPFS are wider than Toddler CPFS, but they look to be the same to me, and I have washed mine alot. They fray a bit more than CPFS too-I have never had a CPF fray, but I have had an IPF fray-just a couple. I like them both equally for diff reasons! I like the length of CPFS and the trimness. I like the feel and thickness of IPFS. I'd try both.
Indian prefolds benefits:
Unbleached diapers wash up quicker (3-5 washes)
Indian prefolds drawbacks:
May wear out faster than the Chinese prefolds.
Lighter weight thread is used when sewing the ends of the diapers so the thread may wear out faster than the fabric does.
Chinese prefolds benefits:
Heavier duty stitching
Due to being made of a heavier-weight fabric and stitched with a thicker thread, these prefolds will probably stay nice longer than the Indian prefolds.
Chinese prefolds drawbacks:
May pill up more than the Indian prefolds.
These diapers are still soft but they are definitely rougher than the Indian prefolds (when washed and dried in the same load)
It takes 7-10 hot wash cycles to make an unbleached Chinese prefold usable and absorbent.
My ipf's started out softer but now they definitely are not. Some of them got tears just in the initial washes so I don't think they are as sturdy overall. That's all fine for the price, they are still good value. I would just stick with the cpf's in future though. The cpf's I got for my son look as good or better than the ipf's I got for my dd and that's about a two year difference in wash and wear. That's just my experience.
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