Diaper Tips Tuesday: Don’t Pack Away Infant Prefolds Too Quickly

A great reminder from Hannah VW about diaper sizing for this week’s Diaper Tips Tuesday. Don’t pack away the smaller sizes (particularly prefolds) too quickly as they may work longer than you think, just in a different way. Also be sure to try on diapers early on as every brand runs differently or fits your little one differently. I still use infant prefolds as inserts from time to time, and newborn prefolds make great doublers! 

Are your little one’s diapers getting a bit tight? Is it time to pack away the smaller size, or change the snaps or elastic  on your one size diapers? I’m currently diapering a 7 month old, 17 lb. little guy and I would like to share a few tips I have gathered as he’s changed size and shape over the past few months. We mostly use prefolds and covers, with a few other types of diapers thrown in. Hopefully these tips can help you, whatever size diaper you use.

1. Try it on early: you would hate for your little one to outgrow a cute diaper after just a few weeks of using it, or to finally switch sizes and wish you had done so earlier. Or perhaps the next size up will more easily accommodate the extra absorbency your baby needs for naps or overnight.

2. Keep the little size around a bit: I made the mistake of packing up my infant (up to 15 lb.) prefolds the moment my boy hit 15 lbs. I got them out again a few days later at my husband’s request. Turns out that although they aren’t big enough to be snappied anymore, they work great tri-folded, and are much trimmer than the “baby” (15-30 lb.) size. We’re still using them at 17 lbs. Perhaps your smaller diapers will still work for daytime, or under an outfit that needs a trimmer diaper.

3. Speaking of pounds, remember that weight ranges are approximate: The shape of your baby makes a lot of difference too. My friend’s little girl is the same age and weight but needs larger diapers and covers because she’s more of a chubby baby.

Cloth diapers are beautifully flexible! Isn’t it great to be able to choose what type and size of diaper is best for your baby at any given time!

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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  1. Teresha@Marlie and Me says:

    I never thought of using the nb prefolds as inserts…makes sense though. thanks for the tips!

  2. It's nice to hear from someone who likes prefolds! We have found infant prefolds to be the most absorbent and versatile diapers in our stash. We have been using them un-Snappied for months, and still have zero leaks even overnight at 21 pounds!

    Laura C


  3. Khrys { Mom of 3 Dolls } says:

    I don't use much prefolds. Brought some on Craig's List but never used them. They just didn't fit into my pockets. I would probably prefer the nb size for doublers, too. Now I know the differences.

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  4. Thanks for featuring my tip, Emi! And thanks for the comments Teresha, Laura, and Khrys! I hope my tips come in handy, for people who use prefolds a lot, a little, or not much!

  5. newmami_rgv says:

    OH yeah! I tell this to new CD mama's all the time. It saves money. We use infant prefolds in our gdiapers… seem to be the right size. Our little one is now 22lbs!

  6. Thanks for the great diaper tips!

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