When I first started exploring the world of cloth diapers, I really wanted to use prefolds. Not only were they inexpensive and one of the most natural choices, but there was something about the look, feel, and very idea of a prefold that made me feel a little bit more connected with so many generations of moms before me, ones that didn’t have the luxury of snaps, aplix or PLU.
Call me old fashioned, but hanging prefolds out on the line just gives me the sense that I am part of a tribe bigger than I can imagine! <<happy sigh>>
But when it came time to use my prefolds, my plan fell apart a little. I either bought diapers that were too big or I was just really bad at folding them, and my poor Little Man was left nearly unable to walk with the wads of fabric under his diaper cover. Poor kid.
So, I tried a few pocket diapers and the rest is history. I was hooked, and Dada and Grammie loved them too (which is SO important!) But, as all cloth mommies know, pocket diapers can get expensive…and I had a bunch of nice, soft, practically new prefolds just sitting around…
That’s when I found the talented Malia at Bumbledoo!
Malia does prefold conversions, so I sent her 3 of my prefolds to have them converted into fitted diapers. I thought it might make them easier to use, and WOW! It really did!
As soon as the holiday spending is done, I’m having 5 more converted!
But what IS a converted prefold? I’ll show you…
Here is one of my standard unbleached Indian cotton diaper service quality (DSQ) prefolds, before conversion:
And here’s what it looked like after conversion:
SO much easier to use! No folding, no need for pins or a snappi…just put it on, snap a cover over it, and go!
There’s even an extra soaker layer sewn in, and some snug elastic around the legs to keep messes in (we’ve had no leaks with these.)
Here, you can see how trim the diaper fits now (under a Thirsties cover.)
No lumps, no wadded up fabric. Little Man is totally comfy!
If you have any prefolds laying around that just didn’t seem to work for you, I urge you to have them converted to fitteds! Malia’s prices are very reasonable (some as low as $3.50!) so it’s a great way to increase your stash of fluff for only a few bucks! Or, if you’re just starting out, you could buy a few new prefolds and have them converted right off the bat. You’ll still save a lot over traditional fitteds (some run close to $20 each!)
If you’re into something a little fancier, Malia offers lots of customization. You can have colored fabric or even PUL added! Needs snaps? No problem. She’ll do that, too. For a full list of prices and offerings, along with Bumbledoo’s full range of products, visit Bumbledoo.com
- Diaper Accessories
- Bumble Pockets
- Bumble Booties
- Toddler Aprons
- Mama Pads
- Nursing Covers
- Nursing Pads
- Wee Pouches
Every time I reach for one of my converted prefolds, I get a little twinge of satisfaction knowing I made use of something I already had instead of buying something new. Love that.
Tell Bumbledoo that ABCs and Garden Peas sent you!
Do you use prefolds? Do you find them easy to use? Difficult? Would you consider having them converted?