Prefolds and flats are nothing to be afraid of. While they may not be the most convenient of the cloth diapering options they are still pretty easy to use and pocketbook friendly. The biggest bonus, in my opinion, is how EASY these will wash and dry. Most people who exclusively use flats and prefolds don’t have the same washing woes that plague some cloth diaper users. If you have to hand wash or use a Laundromat, this is probably the way to go.
I tried to use prefolds when Sophia was a newborn. I think I was doing a jelly roll secured with snappis and a Thirsties cover on top. For whatever reason, they leaked every…single…time. I honestly think it may have been user error or just not enough absorbency as I was using a straight cotton blend. Either way, I didn’t try prefolds or flats again until I started to do this review. I don’t know why I waited so long!
Thankfully, the second time around went much better than the first! No leaks this time. As someone who was pretty new to actual flats, when I first opened the package that Sweetbottoms Baby sent to me, I thought, “What am I going to do with these? These can’t be actual diapers!”
Three months later, I can say, while I am no expert, that I think I have the hang of it, lol.
Sweetbottoms Baby is an amazing sponsor of All About Cloth Diapers. Even before I started blogging, I loved Sweetbottoms Baby. It is seriously one of my favorite shops to buy from. They have FREE shipping on everything (unless it’s super heavy and then it has a small surcharge). Every package arrives wrapped up like it’s a gift! This is how the flats and prefolds arrived. Finally, they have a great selection and amazing customer service.
One other cool thing about this shop is that they offer a prepping service. For $8, they wash your prefolds 3 times in hot water using Eco Sprout detergent. They arrive at your door ready to use! If you still need to prep them, this will explain how.
I did receive these for free, however this is my honest and true opinion.
I received all large sizes as they are for my soon to be two year old daughter. I found that pad folding or a trifold, was the easiest way for us to use the prefold. I had no problems with it shifting. This worked for me because we are dealing with solid poo here. If your baby has looser bowel movements or you find that the prefold moves, keeps your eyes open for my prefolds and flats folding post that is coming soon! If you’d like to see how-to do a pad fold with added absorbency, click here.
As for the flats, I’ve been doing the diaper bag fold, click here to see how to do it!
This is my favorite of the bunch. It’s because I’m not really a flats girl and this prefold reminds me the most of just plain ol’ insert. I love Thirsties Hemp Inserts. And I love their prefolds just as much. High quality materials, SUPER absorbent and made in the USA. If you are looking for something for a heavy wetter, this is it.
The Thirsties Hemp prefold is sewn into a circle so the layers can separate in the wash to clean and dry better. The one downside of that is when you try to trifold this, there will be a hump wherever the seam is because there is overlapping fabric. If you use a different fold for this you won’t have the problem as the seam won’t be stacked on itself.
Anytime you want better absorbency go with a bamboo or hemp blend. They absorb A LOT more than straight cotton. This is bamboo/cotton blend that stays soft even after washing and drying. I loved how much this thing could hold. That makes it a good option to use at night, although we still add a doubler for extra protection.
One thing that I would change is the size. These run bigger than I thought! I think the size three (infant long 15” x 18.5”) would have been a better fit on Sophia. The size four or toddler seems to be more like for 2.5 years and up. I had trouble containing the length of this in our covers. Just a heads up!
This one is sized to be 2.5” shorter in the infant size and 5-6” shorter in the premium (larger) size. That solves the exact problem I was having with the Grovia prefolds. If you are trifolding then you don’t need the extra length and this allows for that and keeps things trimmer. The only reason I would say I like the Grovia better is because I need the hemp or bamboo blend and their increased absorbency at this stage in the game.
These are made diaper service quality, lint free (love that) and made of 100% Indian cotton gauze weaved material. These didn’t stay quite as soft as the Grovia’s after being washed either but that is due to the material it is made from.
If you like to keep it organic then this is the choice for you. This is super trim and stayed soft after washing. Made of 100% organic Birdseye weave cotton. And the website says sewn by WAH moms and grandmas! This is an incredibly trim option. However, I had to use a doubler to have enough absorbency. Usually, I like to throw in an extra Thirsties Hemp Insert.
Babykicks Hemp Flats
I really like this one. Folded up easily and I used like an insert. I folded it in half and then half again and then just played it in a cover. Maybe someone can help me with this one though. I am not sure it is still being made and sold. I couldn’t find it anywhere, just the Joey Bunz prefolds. This measures 14” x 21” and is 55% hemp/45% cotton.
Today’s post is just a review of different flats and prefolds. But keep an eye out as my next post will be a how to of my favorite folds!
Click here to go to my Collection of Easy Folds for Flats and Prefolds including pictures!
Sweetbottoms Baby has been kind enough to offer a wonderful prize package to All About Cloth Diapers readers. They giveaway will include the reviewed flats and prefolds as well as a Blueberry Coveralls One Size cover! Click here to check out my favorite ways to fold flats and prefolds including pictures! Good Luck!
Congrats~Heather K. was the winner!
Jenn is a long-time cloth diaper educator and a passionate small business advocate. She has worked in the reusable diaper industry for over a decade, helping millions of families via her websites All About Cloth Diapers, Thinking About Cloth Diapers and Cloth Diaper Geek as well as hundreds of small businesses during that time. Her goal always to provide simple, reliable information.