Using pre-fold cloth diapers

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My husband and I use the pre-fold diapers and are pretty happy with them, but we're not happy with the rubber pants that we have to put over them and I'm researching new options for diaper covers. I found a couple of bumpkin diaper covers at a consignment shop that I look forward to trying, but I'm wondering if we should use inserts with the pre-folds as well. I'm happy for any advice that will make cloth diapering a bit simpler.


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Aislinn - posted on 01/10/2011




I'm another that thought Bumpkins were just okay. I like Thirsties much better, either Duos or their standard covers. I also love our snappis.

Sarah - posted on 12/14/2010




I use Indian prefolds and snappiswith Bummis Whisper wrap covers! Love them!!! I would not even want to try to actually pin my 2 month old. He's way too squirmy and I'd probably freak him out by jumping every time I stuck my finger with a pin. The whisper wrap covers are really nice, easy to clean and as long as I get the diaper tucked inside it, we haven't had problems with leaks (unless it was that one really explosive diaper that just went everywhere, but you get that with disposables too). I got my setup on 4 doz diapers, 2 snappis and 5 covers for about $150. I already have Motherease one size with the Air Flow covers for the next stage from my older boys. Those don't quite fit the newborns very well, as the poor kid's bum ends up being 3 times larger than normal after all the folding. Other than that, they're great!

Courtney - posted on 12/11/2010




I use prefolds with snappies and love Flips diaper covers. They're one size and have worked best for me after many tries with other covers.

Valorie - posted on 11/28/2010




We're using cloth diapers, partially due to the fact that we just bought a house & money is tight, & partially because my daughter is 6 months old while I'm 3 months pregnant & money is tight. (lol)

We use the gerber pre-folds with dappi diaper doublers & dappi nylon pants. (Which means we use pins.) This setup has worked well till recently, despite a few pokes to myself as she refuses to lay on her back (for the last 4 1/2 months!)

This last week she has leaked at every diaper change, 1 1/2 to 2 hours, which is unusual. Mind you, she's drinking much more than usual. Will the volume/leakage get better as her solids increase? We can't really afford most of the brands. (Our current setup costs $4 per diaper set.) Also, as she's an average build (25th-50th percentiles) how long should we expect her to fit the "one size fits all" diapers?

Leah - posted on 11/19/2010




I use prefolds and covers. I have bought several brands of covers and like Thirsties Duo the best. They're a nice slim fit. I usually fold the diapers into the pocket, so no need for pins/snappi's. I was using pins and rubber pants at first and this is SOOOOO much easier. If you like the "pinning", I would definately try the snappi. I have often wondered how on earth moms were able to get a diaper pin into the diaper of a squirming 9 month old without stabbing themselves or baby!!
When I used pins, I kept them stuck in a bar of soap to help ease them through the diapers easier. Good luck! Message me if you have questions!

Heidi - posted on 11/14/2010




If you use prefolds in those covers you may need a size bigger as they are often cut for the fitted diapers. As far as inserts it depends on how long the child is wearing the diaper, ie if he sleeps all night, and how much he wets. If you find that the diaper is soaked, you mignt need to, you can also use another diaper as a liner fold in thirds and place in the middle. It will make for a bulky bottom, but works well at night for a long sleeper. I don't know what kind of prefold I have, but the fabric is a tight weave cotton, and the snappies won't stick. You need to have a looser weave fabric fro them. I found that a small wype container (the big kid flushable kind) is a great place to store the pins espically if you have a mixture of diapers and don't want to be hunting when you need one.

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I would try a one-size diaper cover, like the Thirsties Duo or the Blueberry covers. I've been very happy with both of those. I also have some Wonderwraps (I think they recently changed the name) but have NOT liked those -- too leaky for me. I also like the KiwiPie wool pull on covers. I wouldn't think you would need a liner until your baby is maybe 8 - 10 months old and then I would just double up her diapers for night time (or use a liner if you like). I would also buy a Snappi -- much easier than pins. I agree with Tricia that a pinned diaper gives a trimmer fit than just folding into the cover. Plus, you will have fewer leaks once the baby really gets moving if you snappi or pin the prefold.

Tricia - posted on 11/04/2010




I like the trimmer fit you get with "pinning" instead of just folding the prefold into the cover. I use a snappi, though, instead of diaper pins. They're cost equivalent, and you can't stab your baby with a snappi.
I've used a variety of covers and the only one I've been really unhappy with was the proWraps. It just dosen't cover the prefold well, and the color bleached out of it, and the elastic started getting pills after only a couple of washes.

Mary - posted on 11/04/2010




I don't think you will need inserts with the pre-fold... Unless you are have a leak problem at night... I think you will be very happy with the new cover though.... best of luck

Suz - posted on 11/03/2010




I use bummis whisper pants, they have 5 star reviews on diaper pin, never had an issue with them, they wash easy, dry easy and don't leak.. they're fantastic. Love them. Hated bummis SWW as thick and stiff and marked baby, but flip covers are also great, I use those too especially for the prefolds. I mainly use the bummi whisper pants for the happy sherpa heiny hugger fitteds I use mainly at bedtime.

Never liked G diaper covers, they leak.

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I haven't tried that, I've still been using diaper pins and putting the cover over the diaper. I'll try folding the diaper into the cover next time, thanks!

Aicha - posted on 10/31/2010




I would use the gdiaper covers fold the prefolds into thirds the long way and then snap the gdiaper covers on have also used the bumpkins diaper covers I just lay the diaper in the cover and fasten the diaper covers this works great until baby figures out how to remove diaper

M - posted on 10/30/2010




Here's a few thoughts:

1. I found Bumkins to be just "okay". They felt a little cheap to me (in terms of material). Over time my favorite covers have proven to be Thirsties Duo Wraps and Motherease Airflow Covers. They provide a good fit, breathe well, and I've had very few, if any, leaks with them. You can find them online here: or you can purchase some gently used ones on places like,, and

2. Inserts are meant for adding more absorbency to your diapers. If you feel your diapers aren't absorbing enough I recommend adding a bamboo or hemp insert. Hemp and bamboo are all natural fibers that are antibacterial and super absorbent. My personal favorites are Pooters One Size Hemp Inserts ( and Babykicks Hemparoo Inserts.

You noted at the end of your comment that you're looking for "advice to make cloth diapering a bit simpler". I'd like to help. What exactly are you finding to be difficult?

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