There is something to be said about simplicity and my dose of diapering simplicity this week was a breath of fresh air. After catching up with my loads of laundry last week after my dryer was fixed I was feeling a little burnt out. Line drying loads of laundry for three weeks with the added stress of having our house on the market (and not wanting laundry strewn all across the house) did not make me excited to stuff another load of pocket diapers.
I do not know why I thought to pull out my prefolds, but regardless of where the inspiration came from I feel like I have been reunited with an old friend. They had been gathering dust in the nursery closet for quite some time, and I do not think I had pulled them out since potty training my daughter. After all I have modern, snazzy, colorful diapers in all sorts of styles, why would I need to use prefolds?
As “old fashioned” as prefolds may seem at first sight they are absorbent, reliable and practical. Even my daughter can help put the rectangles in a pile on laundry day, and my husband will not mix up the inserts 0f one brand and another. I will admit I may not have been lured into the world of cloth diapers almost four years ago if prefolds were the only option on the market, but as an experienced cloth diaper user I have found a new appreciation for them.
When it comes to prefolds I am a no-fuss kind of girl. With the exception of some experimentation I did in my early months of cloth diapering, and my fun attempt at dying a prefold with grape juice, I only use the newspaper fold where you fold it into thirds and set it in a cover. As long as you are using a good quality cover there are no leaks and they are as bulky as one would think– especially with a newspaper fold that does not require any extra fabric to wrap around the waist.
I am actually feeling the urge to get some more, since my prefold stash is pretty small. Even if they are only to use a couple of times a month for when I need an easy laundry day. I have a hodgepodge of a few different brands and styles, but I gave a Diaper Rite cover and prefold from Diaper Junction as part of a gift to a friend at a baby shower this week and really liked how the cover and prefold looked. I know they are popular for their trimmer, newspaper-fold-friendly size, but I am curious what are your favorite prefolds and covers?