Once again, I have a wonderful product review brought to you by Megan of Cushy Tushy Bum Apparel & More. This time, however, rather than bundling this review in with a set of other items up for review, I decided to review this one item completely on its own as it is so incredibly different compared to everything else out there in the diapering world.
As many of you know, prefolds are flat-shaped diapers that are sewn to have a special, extra-thick soaker pad within the middle of them. They can be folded in a variety of ways and fastened with pins or a Snappi. All prefolds must be covered with a diaper cover to be completely waterproof, but they are also great for letting baby go "coverless" in hot, humid weather or when baby's bum is developing a bit of redness or a rash. Prefolds are easy to launder, are inexpensive, and are typically a real "no fail" system. However, the down side of them can be all the folding & pinning (newbies to cloth diapering may find this especially intimidating!).
|the prefold, prior to washing|
When I first got it, the diaper was very flat and thin. I had never used prefolds before, and I wondered how this diaper could actually absorb anything at all. However, once I followed the prep washing instructions (I washed and dried it 4 or 5 times before using it--this removes the natural oils and "primes" the diaper for its first use), I noticed a substantial transformation with this prefold--it fluffed up considerably, and its fibres became plush and noticeable. Suddenly it was turning into what looked like a much softer, more absorbant diaper.
|this prefold has built-in snaps to fasten it without pins or clasps|
After watching the video, I felt comfortable to use this diaper right away. I laid Baby Aurelia onto the medium prefold, trifolded the pad & front section (as the video showed), and folded it up, snapping it wherever it felt comfortable. I like that the v-shaped rise snaps are also available for smaller or skinnier babies as well--it's a really clever design!
|this fluffy diaper is absorbent and doesn't dig in anywhere at all|
As Megan mentioned in the video, Cushy Tushy carries these unbleached, 100% cotton prefolds in the following sizes (amounts of fabric layers are also shown):
She has also had some of these Flair Prefolds tie-dyed which I think is a super fun way to jazz up a basic prefold! These are a great value at only $6.00-$7.50 for the plain prefolds (small through large), or you can add $10 to each one if you'd like it tie-dyed. Megan also has bundles of 6 available starting at only $35. Overall I think these are a great value as they will only continue to get better, fluffier, softer, and more absorbent over time. They are also a no-fuss laundry option, washing cleaner than synthetic or layered diapers and drying very quickly. Paired with a great cover, these would be terrific for newborns with their multiple daily diaper changes and runny poop.
Small: 6-13 lbs 11×14″ 4-6-4 layers
these unbleached diapers have gorgeous, rainbow-serged edges
Medium: 14-26 lbs 14×18″ 4-8-4 layers
Large: 27+ lbs 17×22″ 4-8-4 layers
Any further questions about this product can be directed to Megan on the Cushy Tushy Facebook page--she's always willing to go above and beyond to provide answers & help to both novices and experts alike!
|these prefolds are comfy & natural and need only a cover to make the perfect system|
Disclaimer: The opinions shared in this review are my own. I received no financial compensation to write this review other than receiving this sample product free of charge. Other users of this product may have different experiences than the ones shared.