If you haven’t heard about bumGenius’ new diaper the Econobum, you need to. This is a very affordable one size prefold system that will allow families on a tight budget or looking for a no-frills option of cloth diapering to go from birth to potty training for around $100. Unheard of considering even the most affordable prefold systems cost closer to $200 over the diapering years, since larger prefolds and covers needed to be purchased as your baby grew. A one size cover allows one set of covers to work on most children from birth to potty training and the prefold may be folded in different ways to change the length.
The downside? As a no frills system the covers are the bare basics, using as little PUL as possible to back the snaps for the rise. In addition, the prefold will be very bulky on younger infants, and the covers only have one row of snaps that do not cross over. This means that it may not be the perfect fit for some body types, however, it is what it is. An affordable prefold system that allows families to be able to get the size stash they want, purchase some extra diapers as a buffer for laundry day or for families who are looking to spend the least amount of money on diapers so they can spend their money on other things.
I will admit I was skeptical about the quality of this diaper, because of it’s affordability, but wanted to give it a try because of bumGenius’ reputation and my experience with their products. I knew they would never sell something that was terrible, but the reality is this system may not be everyone’s dream diapering system either. The prefold was SUPER soft and absorbent. The cover was not highly adjustable, but the thickness of the prefold aids in keeping most leaks from seeping if you cannot get a picture perfect fit. My theory is that they can keep the costs as low as they do because the covers are only available in white, so they can buy one color of PUL with a higher volume discount and they use less PUL in the backing.
For $9.95 for a cover/prefold set and $49.95 for a dozen prefolds and 3 covers, no other prefold system can match it’s affordability. The prefolds are of equal quality to most DSQ prefolds I have tried, and you can always supplement with a favorite cover or two if you want some luxury to go along with your stack of prefolds.