pre-folds vs. pocket?

Carole-Anne - posted on 07/23/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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We are going to use cloth diapers, but not sure where to start. I have some pre-folds and wraps from my sister-in-law who swears by them, as do her CD'ing friends. Has anyone tried pre-fold and pockets and have a preference? Any input is appreciated! Thank you, Carole-Anne

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Natalie - posted on 08/13/2009

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We don't use prefolds here. A lot of mamas I know swear by them but I just can't imagine trying to fasten the darn thing on my squirmy baby, LOL

We don't use pockets either, though! We use what's called an All In Two (AI2) diaper. It has an outer part like a cover/wrap that you would use over your prefold but the absorbant soaker snaps into it. Once it's put together it works just like a pocket diaper. But the beutiful thing is that when it's only wet you can unsnap the soaker, let the shell air dry, and reuse the shell. You can't do that with a pocket.



We love them. The kind I have are one-size too so we don't have to keep buying new sizes when E grows.



They're called Gro Baby cloth diapers made by The Natural Baby Company. Check em out!

Samantha - posted on 08/06/2009

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We use both but I LOVE my prefolds! The best part is that I seem to get a better fit with my daughter. Also, when it comes to laundry, I seem to be able to get away with a few extra prefolds before having to wash. Also, I can rotate the Thirsties and get away with only using 2 a day. So price wise, you save a lot more money with them. They also take up less space under the diaper changing table. 36 prefolds and 6 Thirsties seem to be a lot smaller than 16 Pocket diapers. So if you are space challenged like I am, you might want to consider that.



The pocket diapers work for us at bed time because she is a super wetter during the night and I was getting tired of having to change the sheets at 3AM. Most mom's don't seem to have that problem. Some even get away with using a prefold, then doubler, and a cover. They are also great to have around for babysitters, grandparents, and anyone else who might not be familiar with prefolds. I find the my pocket inserts need to be stripped more often and a little longer to dry than the prefolds.



I hope this helps.

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Charmaine - posted on 08/13/2009

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I have both and right now we are mostly using pockets and fitteds because it's simply much easier when I have to chase our 17 month old to snap a diaper on her as it is! I agree with the ease of prefolds though since we used that for several months when I didn't have enough of a pocket stash and saved them for going out or for grandparents or other caretakers. They also clean soooo much better. The first few months we used prefolds because the one-size pockets were too big as well. I bought two dozen infant-sized prefolds and they were well worth it because after she outgrew them, I used them to stuff into the pockets. Cotton, bamboo, and hemp clean sooooo much better than microfiber and does NOT hold that funky smell! I sold a bunch of them on diaperswappers but wish I didn't since I really hate those microfiber inserts. We're about to outgrow our stash of MotherEase Sandy's (Craigslist find: 36 fitteds, 10 doublers, 4 covers, $175) which we use around the house coverless just to "air out", and when we do, it's back to prefolds! Bottom line, for "as close to disposable" ease, I go with pocket diapers because they dry quick and I can stuff them with whatever, but natural fibers are just much easier to maintain. No matter how fancy and cute some of the diapers are, there is a reason why prefolds have been around for so long!

Amelia - posted on 08/11/2009

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I've got a variety of kinds - prefolds (which get the most day to day use), pockets (which get the most night use because its easy to stuff them with extra padding), and fitteds (which dad uses the most). We like wool covers because they breathe better, so we tend to avoid pockets during the day.

Jen - posted on 08/11/2009

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You don't save a couple hundred, but maybe close! lol

Wanted to update my answer. If I could do it all over, I would have a stash of prefolds and cotton fitteds ONLY. They are so much easier to care for. The Thirsties Duo Wraps would be my PUL cover of choice and then some wool for at night or around the house. You can't deny that PUL covers are trimmer for under clothing. I like the sized prefolds; still cheaper than any pocket system and even if it's close to the same price after you buy all the sizes, the ease of your wash routine with cotton is a huge plus to me. The Thirsties Duo Wraps will save you lots of money.

Abby - posted on 08/10/2009

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We use prefolds with our daughter. We refer to them as "old school" the way our mom's did with pins and everything. For us it was mainly a money saving thing. It is expensive to get started with the newer types of cloth diapers. We decided to purchase a dozen smaller diapers to use primarily when she was a newborn. But it was too costly to buy several more sizes as she grew. So we just have the generic ones and fold them as needed. Good luck with cloth diapers! It truly is a money saver! We are pretty sure we save a couple hundred a month just on diapers alone!

Lisa - posted on 08/08/2009

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I love my FuzziBunz!!! A good microfiber insert + Hemp = No leaks for my heavy wetter! I've tried others, but I kept going back to my pocket diaper. While they cost a bit more initially, I have definitely got more than my money's worth over the last two years!!! You can also get some nice deals on ebay and on www.diaperswap.com. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 08/08/2009

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I'm relatively new to CD'ing and have tried a good selection of diapers. I have the full reviews of how they worked on my blog: http://simplisticmom.blogspot.com

I think I have settled on the Wonder Wraps over a prefold or occasional fitted. I haven't found that my prefolds are too bulky as others have said, maybe it's the size of the prefold. I find the pockets are good at night with a booster pad, but I have a hard time fitting pockets under my sons clothes.

Vilate - posted on 08/07/2009

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Melanie,

I would challange you to use my diaper. I have had others say that they couldn't find a diaper absorbent enough for all night either and then used mine and loved it! :)

http://www.vilatesniftynook.etsy.com

you can check out my feedback too.

Paired with a wool cover these are practically bullet proof. I have never had a leak using these and we leaked out of disposible all the time!

Ali Marie - posted on 08/06/2009

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Who cares if the pre-folds are bulky??



I have pre-fold and most of my friends have inserts. They paid like $600-$800 for what they use and I spend $100 NUFF SED

Melanie - posted on 08/01/2009

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Jen--thank you for the compliment. I'm now pursuing my Master's in special education! We mostly use swaddlebees or my homemade diaper pattern. I love how swaddlebees are trim, cover his kind of blessed hiney, and snap on the side (makes it harder for him to take it off as any two year old would want to). My other son is 3 1/2 and still not potty learned, but he won't wear cloth (it's for babies!). I got a good deal and bought about 18 CDs with inserts off of diaperswappers.com (from another special needs mom) for roughly $100. I know swaddlebees won't fit him in another year or so, but my own cloth diaper pattern size large is pretty large that they would fit my almost 40 lbs older son if he'd wear them. I love sewing cloth diapers!

Lynn - posted on 08/01/2009

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My baby isn't due until October but I plan on starting with prefolds, because if you look at the size chart for pockets some just don't go small enough for a newborn. I was told that a few fitteds for night time are also great because they hold a little bit more. You kind find the bumgenius fitteds on clearance right now at all the online diaper stores. $10 each instead of $14.

Jen - posted on 08/01/2009

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Melanie, congrats on celebrating your son's abilities! What brand of pockets do you use for him? I have a friend whose daughter has special needs and I told her cloth diapers would really really save her lots of money because he'll take so much longer to potty train.

Melanie - posted on 08/01/2009

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I have only CDed since my youngest was 16 months old and found out about his special needs (so it has been almost a year). We have prefolds, fitteds, covers, soakers, longies, AIOs, AI2s, and pockets. On a 20+ pound frame on a toddler, I have loved the pockets. I occasionally use the fitteds. I rarely use prefolds. In the winter, I used a lot more of the prefolds and fitteds along with a soaker or a pair of longies. The prefolds I have are the large toddler size which I bought because of John's abilities, it may take him longer to become potty learned. I got rid of all of my AIOs because there was not enough absorbancy even with a doubler to last two hours with my supersoakerson. I use the AI2s only when I have to. I have yet to find a cloth diaper to last through 8hours of bedtime, so they wear sposies at night and also on long car rides and when my sister takes the boys out. I make CDs for my Goddaugher, and her mother prefers the AIOs (my Goddaughter has worn them since birth three months ago and refuses to have a sposie on her cute tushy). I hope that I have been of some help, even if it is for down the road. ;)

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pockets is my preferance, but really a NB needs prefolds and covers becausse they poo and wee their way through so many nappies its not affordable to buy pockets and fitteds at all. MOSt pockets are one sized fits all, but they dont always make the best seal on a tiny like baby.

Carole-Anne - posted on 07/29/2009

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Thank you everyone! Like some said, I have heard that prefolds are a bit bulkier, but still worth it. I will keep some easier styles on hand for hesitant caretakers. Jen- I am due September 30th. Expecting an October baby, but she'll come when she feels like it! Thanks again.

Naomi - posted on 07/25/2009

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we are mainly a prefold household. I think you should have a little of several types and see which you like best.
we started off with prefolds and snappis, tried stuff in between. I also like fitteds. but mainly use prefolds and pins now :)
and wool and night
there are so many options it can get overwhelming. there are a couple cloth diapering online stores that offer trial packages, I'd start there
GL

Rhiannon - posted on 07/24/2009

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I was super skeptical on the pre-folds b4 baby was born, but husband was insistent on at least trying them - and now i'm a total convert. I cant even see how AIO's or pockets are that much easier now, but it's always good to have some on hand for baby-sitters and reluctant relatives! Plus they are WAAAAAAy cheaper, even the sized kind. The best thing before investing in any system is to have a few of each and see how they work for you.

Julie - posted on 07/24/2009

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I have a NB, for him I prefer pfs because I can get that perfect fit that I can't get with my NB pockets. For my toddlers I prefer my pocket dipes because I find them easier when it comes to diaper changeing. I use Bum Genius and Fuzzi bunz pockets and don't get leaks very often. I havent had a leak with my pfs/covers--not even once in the last 2.5 weeks

User - posted on 07/24/2009

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I have TONS of different diapers between my store and my review sites, but I still use prefolds about half the time. They really are easy and absorbent. I like pockets for diaper bag and when I am in a hurry, but really they are not that much faster once you get the hang of the prefolds.

Jen - posted on 07/23/2009

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I agree about prefolds being bulky. Perhaps if I'd invested in the slightly more expensive "sized" prefolds, where they fit her rise better, I'd have less of the issues I experience. I love pockets (one-size), by far, because compared to disposables, you are STILL saving money, it just takes longer to build up a stash if you are on a budget, or it just takes a very hurtful pocket of change at first. Definitely use the prefolds and wraps you got from your sister-in-law, but then try a couple brands of one-size pockets (Bum Genius, GroBaby ... ) if you get sick of the prefolds. I love my pocket diapers and once you figure out a wash routine that gets the microfiber inserts CLEAN you'll be in heaven. You might want to have a couple pockets or all-in-ones on hand for babysitters or grandparents. Good luck! When is your baby due? Congratulations!

Meagan - posted on 07/23/2009

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I use primarily prefolds, but I have a few pockets. I chose prefolds because of the price and durability. They are also the simplest to me, but I think I'm pretty alone in that view. The only thing I don't like about them is that they are bulkier than pockets. I use my pockets when I'm putting my daughter in an outfit that needs to be trim. If it weren't for the bulk, prefolds would be my first choice.

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