Prefolds and covers are the most popular option by far for newborn babies. But which prefolds should you buy? There are couple of different choices and the prices and absorbency vary with each.
#1 – Indian or Chinese Cotton Prefolds: This is the most economical option out there. Indian or Chinese prefolds are 100% cotton and you can choose from bleached or unbleached (softer). Before buying, check the number of layers sewn into your newborn prefolds. Some of them are thinner than the standard and larger sizes. The reasoning behind this is that tiny babies don’t wet as much at one time, and are usually changed more frequently, so they don’t need a really thick prefold. Price ranges from $1.75 to $2.00. If you buy your prefolds at Diaper Safari, they ship FREE.
Here’s a newborn cotton prefold trifolded in a Sweet Pea newborn size cover:
#2 – Bamboo Prefolds: Prefolds made of bamboo are relatively new to the market, but already growing in popularity. They are slightly softer and more absorbent than standard cotton prefolds, and many mothers like that bamboo is such a sustainable and “green” crop. Plus, you don’t have to shell out that much more for bamboo. Price ranges from $2.25 to $2.67 each. Nicki’s Diapers recently added bamboo prefolds and flat diapers to their Imagine product line.
Here’s a bamboo prefold trifolded inside the same Sweet Pea newborn cover. As you can see, the fabric is very similar:
#3 Hemp Prefolds: Hemp is definitely the “Cadillac” in terms of absorbency, but you do have to pay more for this perk. Although some hemp fabrics can be stiff and a bit “crunchy,” that’s not always the case with hemp blends. I am completely in love with the Geffen Baby hemp jersey prefolds – they are made in the USA from a smooth and soft blend of hemp and cotton. They feel like an old t-shirt and they absorb LIKE CRAZY. At just over $5 each, I can’t have entire stash of them, but I did grab 6 when Geffen Baby had a free shipping promotion. They are perfect for long naps and overnight.
Here’s a Geffen hemp jersey prefold (newborn size) in the Sweet Pea cover:
Hint: if you are looking for the Sweet Pea newborn cover that is featured in all these photos, Green Baby Goods sells them for just $9.95.
Did you use prefolds for your newborn? Which kind did you choose and why?