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Does anyone exclusively use prefolds? I decided on this method for economic reasons and also because my mom used prefolds for me and my sister so she's a wise mama in the cloth diapering regard (and the only mama I know that's used cloth at all...I know, kinda sad). I'm going with prefolds, rubber pants and/or wool cover combo right now. I've also found a disposable diaper online that's seventy percent biodegrable I'm thinking of using as a backup, just in case I'm having problems or need a babysitter.<br><br>
Any prefolding mamas out there? Any tips for a newbie?
 

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Other than 5 bumgenius 2.0 onesize pockets we use for going out we use prefolds and have for 10 months now. I think they rock, in fact I like them better than the pockets most of the time. Lately since it's so hot I've been either using a knitted wool cover or even going coverless if dd is in the high chair or outside. We also use bummis super whisper wraps. They are the shape of a disposable diaper with velcro. Is that what you are using also or are you really using the pull up rubber pants? We just do the twist in the middle and put a snappy on and a cover (or not) and you are set. It is so much easier than stuffing pocket diapers everytime you wash! When I do go out with prefolds I just fold them into thirds and then roll them up so they don't take up to much room and bring a wet bag. You don't really need as many diapers as people think when you go out. I usually only take one or two and have an extra one in the car always just in case. As for disposables, we haven't used yet but are going to use on our trip because we don't want to swoosh our poo diapers in someone else's toilet, or we might try bioliners. I don't know which ones you saw but seventh generation makes them and you can get them at babies r us now and most natural foods sotres. Also I saw at a target one time another brand like seventh generation. Another thing that is semi disposable are g diapers. They have a flushable/biodegradable inside and then you use a reusable cover. If you have any other questions I would be happy to help. I'm a bit obsessive about cding!!
 

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I have used mostly prefolds and prefer them to pockets as I haven't had any leaks with prefolds. I think prefolds are definitely the most cost effective way to do it.<br><br>
I have used Bummis pull up pants (<a href="http://nickisdiapers.com/catalog.php?category=56" target="_blank">http://nickisdiapers.com/catalog.php?category=56</a>)<br>
and they work nicely and Thirsties/Bummis wraps with prefolds (<a href="http://nickisdiapers.com/catalog.php?category=216" target="_blank">http://nickisdiapers.com/catalog.php?category=216</a>). Thirsties' sizing is more generous, which means they've lasted longer.
 

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I'm a huge prefold lover. I use them with my 2 yr old, and occasionally use pockets and fitteds, but the prefolds are my favorites. I also use them inside the pocket diapers.<br><br>
I've used them since he was a few days old. I plan to do the same this time around. I have some preemie prefolds for when this baby is just born, and though I'd really like a few fitteds, I like my prefolds too much.
 

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I exclusivly use prefolds and pull up covers. I use the gerber diaper service quality diapers for my 18mo old. I would suggest not using the plastic/rubber pants, and go with the nylon kind. Even though the plastic pants are realy cheep they don't last very long. They tend to crack very easily, even when I was hand washing them and hanging them to dry they still cracked quickly. I switched to the nylon ones and love them.
 

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We use prefolds and Knitted by me soakers and LOVE it! Especially with my 1yo who is popping 4 teeth right now and the bum rash gets HORRID!! all the air on his bum helps it heal much quicker! We go coverless unless he goes down for a nap or night time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> You'll LOVE it! I got mine from <a href="http://www.greenmountiandiapers.com" target="_blank">www.greenmountiandiapers.com</a> and went to the seconds page, they have some brown edged prefolds on sale that are AWESOME! and cheaper than a normal dozen!
 

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I use mostly prefolds. They are by far the most cost affective option, and I like the fit I get with them. I also like that after the tiny newborn stage, I can use the same diapers for my 8mo and my 2.5 yo. Hand knit or recycled wool is my favorite cover.
 

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I was wondering how possible it was to just use the prefolds by themselves without a cover. For some reason it seemed like a big no no, lol. I'll be looking into the nylon pullups...I know I want to get some wool ones I saw online, they're more expensive but I was told that they work better than plastic and often you can use them for more than one diaper changing.<br><br>
I am looking into getting some snappies. I have no idea how those even work, but I want to order them because the pins do give me some heebie jeepies, heh.
 

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there are a lot of good deals to find with the wool covers. You can even learn to make some yourself with the cheaper wool from hobby stores in your area.<br><br>
Also, we do just prefolds with no cover quite often. Especially with newborns, which is why it's crazy that I have as many covers as I do. lol
 

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We used prefolds almost exclusively when DS was born (for economic reasons) but had 5 fuzzibunz, forn nights and outings.<br><br>
When we sized up we bought some fitteds, but I still prefer my prefolds.<br><br>
I like a wrap style cover though, (especially on a newborn) we've used and like BSWW.
 

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I used prefolds and loved it. Would get a "just right" fit each time. As for the diaper covers, I did not like the gerber pull on in the begening. However when my dd got mobile they were a life saver. I did use the gerber pants, but I liked the "litewrap" the best. the size I ordered , 20-30 pounds was huge on my 22 pounder. she is potty trained now but I put a cover on her at night. She is just now 28 pounds and they are still very loose. So you might want to buy a smaller size in this brand. They are only like $7.00 a cover and have cute prints.<br><br>
I used gerber diapers for the most part. They are doable but take a lot more work. The regular gerber diapers are not all that absorbant and I would have to use a diaper as a liner for each change. Kinda bulky to!I bought Some of the DSQ gerber diapers (for my sister) and they are wonderful, almost identical to some of the more expensive prefolds that I have aqquired. I have used them on a newborn I was watching and he is a VERY heavy wetter and they did not leak. They are around $11.00 for 6 but so worth the extra money compared the the regular gerber diapers.
 

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There are good how-to pages here:<br><a href="http://diaperpages.com/" target="_blank">http://diaperpages.com/</a><br><br>
and here:<br><a href="http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/diapers.htm" target="_blank">http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/diapers.htm</a>
 

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We use indian cotton prefolds...I have about 30 of them (for my 3 month old baby), and wash every other day. We also have 3 fitteds, because I wanted to try them, but we don't usually use them because they seem to always get stuck at the back of the drawer. The prefolds dry more quickly, bleach in the sun well, and are cheap.<br><br>
I imagine it might be nice to have some fitteds for babysitters and such. The thirsties diapers are really easy (and less expensive than some), if you're not opposed to a diaper that isn't 100% natural fibers.<br><br>
I knitted a couple covers, which I use on hot humid days, and have some super whisper wraps (5 of them). The sww hold in poop well, and are more breathable than the plastic pants I had as a baby.
 

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We also use prefolds and different covers. Some motherease, some bummis, etc. I used a service for my older kids, but finally decided to buy my own this time. I wash every 3-4 days. I LOVE prefolds and especially putting CJ in his diaper with cover and a t-shirt. I always get lots of questions! I can't believe I din't wash my own diapers before and save sooo much $$$!!!!
 

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I have used prefolds for my last two children and tend to with this one come along. I do have one tip for you for super wetters and night diapering. You fold one prefold into the middle then place onto another prefold and you fold your diaper the usual way.<a href="http://s208.photobucket.com/albums/bb18/kareybear_2007/?action=view&current=DSC00559.jpg" target="_blank">http://s208.photobucket.com/albums/b...t=DSC00559.jpg</a>
 

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I have used prefolds for my last two children and tend to with this one come along. I do have one tip for you for super wetters and night diapering. You fold one prefold into the middle then place onto another prefold and you fold your diaper the usual way.<br>
I am sorry that is the wrong picture.<br><a href="http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb18/kareybear_2007/DSC00562.jpg" target="_blank">http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...7/DSC00562.jpg</a><br><a href="http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb18/kareybear_2007/DSC00563.jpg" target="_blank">http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...7/DSC00563.jpg</a><br><a href="http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb18/kareybear_2007/DSC00564.jpg" target="_blank">http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...7/DSC00564.jpg</a><br><a href="http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb18/kareybear_2007/DSC00565.jpg" target="_blank">http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...7/DSC00565.jpg</a><br><a href="http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb18/kareybear_2007/DSC00566.jpg" target="_blank">http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...7/DSC00566.jpg</a>
 

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We started out loving fitteds.. then, I tried my first PF.. wasn't too sure about the fold so I said I would give them a week try.. use just them, but fitteds at night (DS is a super soaker) Well, I didn't touch my fitteds for 2 weeks, went to try one the other day.. ODS wanted to learn how to change him and thought fitteds were the way to go.. he has outgrown almost all of his stash! I have most def found the prefold love! DH has found the prefold love! and my 12 year old DS even loves them! We are selling our stash and buying more! Our fav combo is PFs and wool!
 

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we use Green Earth prefolds and hand knit wool covers too.<br><br>
I wouldn't recommend using Gerber (PVC) pants.....not too good for baby. I used them on my first couple of kids <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/Sheepish.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sheepish">: because I didn't know ANYONE else who used cloth.<br><br>
Try <a href="http://www.greenearthmama.com/catalog.php?item=45&ret=catalog.php%3Fitem%3D2%26catid%3D1%26ret%3Dcatalog.php%253Fcategory%253D1" target="_blank">Aristocrats</a> covers a night. You will love them!
 

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I'm exclusively using prefolds with my 5 day old dd. We have Green Mountain dipes and I LOVE them so far! It took me some practice to get them folded and fitted properly, but now that I have it down it's easy. My baby is a tiny 6 lbs and while the infant prefolds are huge on her, they absorb beautifully. She was getting a rash from the sposies in the hospital, but it cleared up right away once we started on cloth at home.
 

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Another prefold fan here! We have a mix of PFs from GMD and BumGenius 3.0's and I reach for the prefolds every time (DH prefers the BGs). I was using Bummis SWW and Thristies covers, which are excellent and allow you to just tri-fold the dipe instead of fiddling with snappis or pins, but I have recently found the wool love. If you knit, wool soakers are super easy to make, and while the commercially available wool covers are more expensive, they are worth every penny and you only need a few.
 
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