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When I read about Pf/CPF (custom pre fold?) and see them listed on the different sites - I simply cringe <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="huh"> .<br><br>
I am flooded with visions of those things that I was given at the shower that came in a pack of 10 or 12 and labeled "Cloth Diapers" -- <span style="color:#800080;">This might be hard for all of you experienced CDers to imagine, but the thought of trying to figure out how to successfully finagle that thing around my bebe's bum & stick pins in it, not him, and then hope that it might even begin to catch what would come out, was beyond me!</span> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shake.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shake"> These started out as burp cloths and now are solely for spills 'cause they have pilling all over them and are rough and scratchy. I certainly don't want anything like that against my bebe's bum!!!<br><br>
So, sell me, if you can. What are prefolds? How do I use them? Why choose them over something else?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/oops.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="oops">T Reading your posts here sold me on wool and soakers. I have acquired several from the TP just since Sunday evening. My dh is not going to be crazy about how they look on ds. But, oh well.
 

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Please don't be scared of CPFs (Chinese Pre-Folds)! They're really easy to use! I use them exclusively and I've never used a pin (there's something out there that's called a Snappi <a href="http://www.snappibaby.com/generic0.html" target="_blank">http://www.snappibaby.com/generic0.html</a> that holds the diaper together).<br><br>
I would also recommend Karen's cloth diapering page for a ton of info on prefolds:<br><br><a href="http://kfegelman.home.comcast.net/siteindex.html" target="_blank">http://kfegelman.home.comcast.net/siteindex.html</a><br><br>
Hope this helps!
 

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Well, my friend, I use prefolds because they are CHEAP! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> I am a prefold lover, and honestly, I don't find them difficult to use at all! Even my DH figured them out with very little instruction. I also use a snappi and it works great. My son has unbleached Indian premium prefolds, as well as dyed toddler Chinese prefolds. They're super, simple, cheap (did I already mention that?), easy to get (no getting trampled by packs of wild hyenas), they last forever...what's not to like?<br>
I should mention, however, that I did not start CD until my son was 5 months old and basically past the super-explosive BF poopy stage. I have never cloth diapered a newborn, so my prefold <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> experience is with older babies only.
 

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Oh yes, and I forgot to mention that DH (who said before dd was born that he would never use a cloth diaper) figured out how to use them in a snap!
 

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Do you lay then in a cover? What is the difference Chinese, Indian etc.. I believ I will head out to the info site, I like cheap at this point.<br><br>
Our ds is 8.5 mo, can these be used until potty training?
 

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I'm snappi-impaired. I have two of them and can't figure the dern things out. :LOL I just fold my prefolds in a cover and slap it on the kid. Very easy and not scary at all.<br><br>
Oh--and I started at 9 months with my son. I bought premium cpfs and I figure he'll be in them until he potty trains.<br><br>
Go for unbleached if you are looking for soft, though.
 

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I was afraid of prefolds at first as well, but after trying out a few different diapers, came back to them. They're the cheapest way to CD, and last forever. I'm 25 and my mom still had some of my diapers (4x8x4 prefolds from Sears actually) when I was in college for cleaning rags. To make my own sets of prefolds not as boring I went and got some dyed ones. Here's my <a href="http://community.webshots.com/photo/133626252/150604239LeQyyQ" target="_blank">little stash</a>. And now dh and I can snappi a prefold on my son quicker than I can snap on a fitted because of his wiggly-ness. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The diapers you alraedy have - have you used fabric softener on them? I started off with prefolds as burp cloths (I used sposies for ds's first 4 months <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> ) and think I accidentally used fabric softener a few times. It took about 2 months for the scratchiness to go away (before I learned what a strip wash was). Now they're really soft and hardly have any pills anymore because of the repeated washings. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Iguess I;m off yo find some prefolds. I still don't quite understand the difference between all of the different types. Dou you use liners or doublers w/ these?
 

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My dd is also about 8.5 mos and I'm not sure her premium prefolds will fit until potty training (she weighs about 21 lbs and is about 29" long). I think we will eventually have to upgrade to the toddler size. But that's because I snappi them. If you're just going to lay them in a cover then the premium size will probably fit until potty training since they don't have to be wrapped around the hips.<br><br>
I've never used Indian Prefolds, but most here have mentioned that they're more absorbant than Chinese Prefolds. I know this can be really confusing but hang in there! You may also want to try ebay for some used CPFs.<br><br>
Good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I use infant size chinese prefolds. I fold them in thirds, then lay them in a velcro cover like bummis super wisper wrap, or bumkins.<br><br>
My 2 yo and my 4 month old use the same prefolds. very convenient, absorbant, dry fast, cheap!!
 
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