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O.k..not having any kids yet, and knowing little about diapers,I was under the assumption that prefolds are the classic cloth diapers that our mothers used..a rectangular cloth with safety pins. I though these diapers were very difficult and nightmarish to use. The ones that give cloth diapering a bad name.<br><br>
However, I have noticed a lot of folks on the board mention they use them and that they are good for newborns.<br><br>
Could someone please explain ? Do they actually work o.k (as compared to the modern type of cloth diapers) and are they the traditional cloth diaper I am thinkinking of, or something different ?<br><br>
Thanks ~ Pixie
 

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i believe they are the traditional one but their is so much more to them now.. great covers,snappis ...<br><br>
here is a site that will give you info on folds:<br><br><a href="http://www.diaperpages.com/pf_folds.php" target="_blank">http://www.diaperpages.com/pf_folds.php</a><br><br>
this site has info for new to cloth mommas :<br><a href="http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/newmom.htm" target="_blank">http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/newmom.htm</a><br><br>
i think pf work great and will use them mostly next time i have a new one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> i like pockets for my wiggly 11 month old and since we go out alot ,playgroups etc they are super for that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Prefolds are not your mother's cloth diaper. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I remember the kind of diaper you are talking about. My mom used them on my younger sister. They are simply a rectangular piece of cloth, and you have to fold them into a diaper shape and then pin them together. I remember Mom using what looked like a fairly complicated triangular fold to get them on properly.<br><br>
Prefolds, as the name suggests, require less folding. They are sewn with multiple layers of thickness in usually three rows. So you'll have a row of 5 layers, then a row of 7, then another row of 5. Usually the center has more layers for added absorbency where the baby is most likely to pee.<br><br>
You do still have to fold them a little bit, but it's not complicated at all. Here's one site that shows a few different fold styles:<br><a href="http://www.thediaperhyena.com/prefoldwrapfold.htm" target="_blank">http://www.thediaperhyena.com/prefoldwrapfold.htm</a><br><br>
We usually just used the "newspaper fold". If you have a wrap-style cover, you can just fasten it directly over the diaper and no pins are necessary, although some people still like to use pins or Snappis for added security. I personally never felt they were necessary.
 

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prefolds are easy to get clean and dry, pretty inexpensive, can be dyed to make them super cute (thats my next project), and will always have a place in my stash. love them for using at home and they are about a 3rd of my diaper stash right now. once you find a fold that works best on your munchkin they are super easy and quick. i never got the hang of pins but i love snappis... super easy. i use them to reduce the chance of poop getting on the covers (containment). prefolds are a very breathable natural option when you use wool as a cover but any cover works great.
 

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My grandma thought the prefolds were great compared to what she used. When she talked about how she had to fold the diaper it sounded a lot like a flat.<br><br>
I really liked PFs for the newborn days, but didn't really like them later. The fitteds were too combersome on my itty bitty babe, it was kind of hard to snap the snaps I thought, maybe because the diaper was so small, not sure why. I loved fitteds when she got older though, we just had some prefolds for backup.
 

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i've found that prefolds tend to be a tad more trim than some fitteds so i've gone back to using them mostly. i hated them at first but in their defense i was trying to put too big of a diaper on too small of a baby. ( i've since found that i like how the preemie prefolds fit and probably would like the orange newborn diapers from green mountain diapers for a newborn). they wash and dry easier and i've had less problems with buildup on my prefolds than i did with fitteds.
 
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