I’m not a prefold user nor have I ever been.
There are several reasons why including: most of my children don’t like feeling wet, they aren’t as absorbent as I like a diaper to be and they require more work to put on.
All of these reasons, of course, are easily remedied and are merely just my own personal justification for using a more convenient system.
However, over the years I have dappled here in there in the use of a few fabulous brands of flats and prefolds. Orange Diaper Co. squares, Sustainablebabyish prefolds and GMD/Cloth-eez prefolds all have their glowing reviews.
Recently, I was sent another prefold and quite honestly I thought it would end up as a snot rag.
Geffen Baby prefolds are too good to be used solely as a snot rag. When I received the prefold I immediately noticed how extremely soft it was.
GB prefolds aren’t like the traditional 4x8x4 or 4x6x4 tri-portioned cotton rectangles. They are 4 (medium thickness) layers of fabric sewn together around the edge.
The fabric itself is unique to Geffen Baby and proves itself to be superior.
Geffen Baby is our pride and joy just as your child is yours. We are deeply involved in every single step of the manufacturing process to ensure that our product is perfect.
We began as Los Angeles-based textile manufacturing company that saw a need for natural baby products. We manufacture the textiles we use ourselves at our own plant in our own backyard to ensure that we have a hand in on every step of production from start to finish.
We decided to improve our fabrics by adding more hemp to the content, becoming the only fabric in the industry to have 60% Hemp and 40% Organic cotton. In doing so we created a performance fabric that is not only more durable, but also more absorbent.
After countless hours and late nights of studying all there is to know about babies and reusable diapers. We have gone above and beyond to improve all aspects of some of the best selling diapers on the market today. We have created the only Universal diaper inserts with an absorbency level system unique to us and especially designed to fit every baby’s needs.
Camden is 18 months old and a bit bigger than an average child his age. He received the fleece lavender trim prefold which measures 16″x18.5″ (new) and 12 3/4″x16 1/2″ (washed).
I prefer to trifold or in this case 4-fold prefolds and lay them in a cover as opposed to using a snappi or pins.
Geffen Baby prefolds when combined with their amazing Super Absorber Universal insert (it rivals my #1 recommended Hemp Babies doublers) and stuffed inside a Ragababe stay dry insert cover make for a successful nighttime solution for my little guy.
After several washes the hemp/cotton prefold is still soft!
Right now Camden is wearing it folded up inside a gDiaper cover. It’s a bit poofy but oh so cute!
Have you tried a Geffen Baby product? Are you as impressed as I am?
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Autumn is a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, friend and most important a follower of Christ.
Gonzalez Mary says
Thanks for this article. Iam expecting my first kid in the month of December. Iam really excited and want to be well prepared. I have already bought cloth diapers, wll try t hemp the prefolds. I prefer cloth diapers, as i guess the baby will not get diaper rashes while using these. Thanks once again for this article and looking forward for more updates.
Well, Autumn, I suppose I can blame you for my dwindling bank account, ha ha. I love my AI1s and AI2s but have no problem with prefolds with the right cover. Right now I happily use in the mix a Flip organic cotton prefold with the Flip cover and also I throw a SBISH doubler in the middle, fold it and lay it in my “antique” (OK 7 years) Imse Vimse wool diaper cover (you can get them from my dear friend Rosie in Nashville who has been the only distributer in the US of their products http://www.imsevimse.us). I’ve never used a pin or Snappi once, just folded the thing and thrown it in. Works beautifully. I love the softness of the natural fiber and fortunately, my now toddler has never griped. Love the idea of another buttery soft natural diaper and am thankful that my money spent is reused every day (never thrown in the trash). Hankering to try this diaper as well!
Autumn Beck says
Glad I could help you spend that money!
I just want to know how “puffy” That nighttime diaper is. I’m trying to find a reasonably trim nighttime diaper for my heavy wetter that isn’t super expensive. So far, I have had success with AC’s 3-ply bamboo insert and 3 hemp doublers with no leaks.
Kristi Potts says
Normally I really like your posts, but this one I guess just kind of rubbed me the wrong way. I guess some of it is because you leave out the good stuff about prefolds/flats since you have a preference for other types of diapers, and the other would be the statement from the company.
I feel like you aren’t giving prefolds/flats an objective view to your readers. Everybody has their own preferences, of course, which we all freely express. Fitteds, flats, prefolds, contours, AI2’s, AIO’s, pockets, Hybrids.. Everyone has their own favorite, and a lot of people (including myself) change what type of system they like to use most. So no issues there. But I just want to point out the good stuff, too! Prefolds are actually really absorbent. They hold more than the regular microfiber inserts that are sold with most mainstream diapers (just check YouTube. There are lots of mama’s out there who have done diaper insert comparisons). They can also be easier to use than pocket diapers if you just trifold and lay it in a cover. No one ever said that with flats and prefolds you HAD to learn how to do the origami, jelly roll, newspaper fold (etc., etc., etc.,)and pin or snappi them on to your child. They also work much better for nighttime since you don’t have the compression issues with natural fibers that you do with microfiber. Another good point with natural fibers is you are lot more open with your washing routine and the types of detergent you can use since you wont have nearly the issues with build-up like you do with microfiber, suede cloth, and the like (which is why when Grandma babysit’s she is likely to just throw cloth diapers in the wash thinking she is helping because detergent didn’t play a huge role with all of their natural fabric diapers. Of course you have pocket diapers, not prefolds, so now you have to strip them all because of the detergent and softener that she used on them makes your diapers repel instead of soak up all of that pee. I love you Grandma, but ugh!)
I just think there are A LOT of good points that you should mention. :) Each system has their pro’s and con’s, and every person will find what works for them, their baby, and their storage, travel, laundry style best.
As for the company, I guess it just bothers me that they are making it sound like they are the only ones on the market with this type of product when they are not. They may make their own fabric and blend, which is totally awesome, but a hemp/cotton blend is not unique in the diaper making world. And neither is the size of their inserts.. that is a pretty standard industry size. The fabric I normally buy is 55/45 hemp/organic cotton so theirs does have a tad more hemp than what I currently have on hand, but 5% (give or take) isn’t going to make a significant difference in performance and absorbency. Don’t get me wrong, I think they are making a GREAT product that is very durable and absorbent. I just don’t like that they make is sound like they are the first and only ones on the market with hemp/cotton blend diapers and universal size inserts when they are pretty common (especially among WAHM’s). Honestly if I stumbled upon their product on my own and read their statements, I would seek out another brand just because of that. But that’s just me. I’m quirky that way. I know a lot of WAHM’s that put their heart and soul into their products and I feel like it is discounting them. But I know, they are also a business so of course they want to make their product sound better and unique to any other product out there. :)
Autumn Beck says
This post wasn’t about prefolds in general but about Geffen Baby. I’m sorry it rubbed you the wrong way I felt I was actually very pro-prefold in this post.
Sarah Jane says
I did not get that same feeling the above commenter mentioned. I did not sense you were blasting prefolds.
I LOVE Geffen prefolds. They’re SO soft. I’ve tried other hemp prefolds and they end up hard and rigid after multiple washes, but that was not the case with Geffen. Their prefolds remain soft, even after 30+ washes. I too highly recommend them.
Shannon B. says
I wanted to try the hemp prefolds during the 4th of July sales, but Dearest Diapers didn’t have any in stock :(
I’m still gonna try to snag one eventually to try…I’ll have to hop over to lovely eco chic & check ’em out!