So, we've been using prefolds and covers since my little girl first came home from the hospital- first in the newborn size, then smalls- which she is still wearing now. I anticipate that in a couple of months we will be moving up to the medium size so I want to start building my stash.
I've been using Green Mountain Diapers Cloth-eez cotton prefolds and they are working well. Should I just stick with them or are bamboo or hemp much better? I had some Bummis organic cotton ones in the newborn stage and they didn't even come close to the Green Mountain ones. Sold them off immediately. Have been eyeing the Imagine bamboo prefolds at Nicki's diapers online, but still not sure. Any thoughts? Specific brands you love?
I've only tried a few different brands of cotton prefolds, plus one bamboo and one hemp. I don't find a huge difference between bamboo and cotton really. The bamboo seems a bit more absorbent so might be a better option for nights if cotton ones are nearly enough but not quite, but cotton is so much more hard wearing than cotton that I think it's a better option for every day use - you can soak it, boil it, iron it, use tough detergents, whatever really, whereas bamboo is much more delicate.
My absolute favourite prefold is our Thirsties hemp jersey one. I've found it much more absorbent than the cotton and bamboo we've tried, plus it feels nicer as it's like a t-shirt material (I wouldn't use normal hemp as that can go like cardboard if you air dry it, but hemp jersey is lovely. I'm not sure you can even get normal hemp prefolds). It is also trimmer than other fabrics while still giving you more absorbency. It does feel pretty heavy but still slim, which is great. It can take a while to dry but the Thirsties design allows more air into the middle of the fabric so it's not too bad. If I had only prefolds, I'd use our cotton around the house, bamboo for going out/in the car and hemp jersey for night times (we'd still need to boost it for nights, but less than we would boost cotton). If I had the money, I'd go with all hemp for all the time!
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