How to Diaper a Baby Using Prefolds

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I’ve had this video sitting on my computer for a very long time. In fact, the baby in the video is not Garin…it’s Micah!

I’ve talked to you before about how to use prefolds, but for me it took actually seeing someone use a prefold before I really got it.

In this video you will see Baby Micah covered for modesty-sake with another prefold; however, you can use an extra liner in prefolds to offer more absorbancy in the exact same way I am using one for modesty.

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  1. Thank you for this! I work as a nanny & we have been cloth diapering the baby since birth (she is 6 1/2 mths now). I have never been comfortable with the prefolds so I just use the other kinds we have but this gives me some confidence to try!

  2. I have been married two and a half years and have two little boys (16mo and 3mo), I love being able to stay at home with my children, but I’m not really great with the homemaker thing…When I left home I knew how to scramble eggs and boil spaghetti, my learning curve has been, well, steep. I have been thinking about switching to cloth to save money. That said I dread spending money to make the switch only to find I can’t handle it. This video certainly makes actual changes look easy, which is great, but I’m worried about not being able to keep up on the laundry side of things. I was doing well until we welcomed our newest, but am now struggling to keep us all in clean clothes/bedding/etc. Can you give me an idea of how much time, or how many extra loads per week would be added with two babies in cloth?
    Thank you

    • I have two girls that are 14 mo apart & both are in cloth dipes. I do one load eod & rarely run low on clean diapers in between. Cloth diapering is amazing & you should go for it! But do your research so you know what you want. There are a lot of options out there & (if you’re like me) you can get overwhelmed. Here is a great FAQ site that helped me a lot:

      If you aren’t making your own cloth diapers, this site really has a great variety to look over.

    • Almost from the beginning of my cloth diapering years, I’ve had 2 in cloth at a time. You’ll have approximately 2 extra loads per week if you have enough diapers to wash every 3 days.

  3. what I want to know is how in the world did you get your little guy to stay so calm and still? My guys have ALWAYS squirmed and fussed during diaper changes. : ( I use disposables, but I’ve been going back and forth. Maybe next one, I’ll take the plunge into the world of cloth diapers! : )


  4. My mom used prefolds and pins on 5 little ones (usually with more than one in diapers at a time) and went for many years without a washer or dryer. I remember her washing them in the bathtub and hanging them to dry on drying racks and radiators around the house. From the age of 7, I took turns with my older sister changing our baby sister’s diapers. We always fought over whose turn it was when she was dirty :) I only remember poking her with the pin one time.

  5. Thank you for posting this. I am about to start using pre-folds for our baby due in October. This gives me a bit more confidence and I will have my husband watch it too.

  6. We use OS pockets b/c when we made the switch from sposies to cloth, my husbands only request was NO TOILET SLOSHING! He was 12 when his sister was born and often had the job of sloshing her diaper. Or, he remembered having to use the toilet, only to find a diaper soaking in there, and then having to remove it. Here’s my reason for the comment…B/c the OS can’t really be turned down, our babe was in them only after his cord stump fell off. I’d like our next babes to be in cloth from moment one. Can you easily fold the prefold down so its out of the way of the cord stump? And the cover too? Since the tiny babe would just be breastfed, there would be no toilet sloshing so I think hubby would be fine with prefolds for the beggining days.

    • First off, please, please, please look into the mini-shower attachment for toilets to use to spray off diapers! LIFESAVER! Secondly, yes, you can fold them down and they actually sell newborn size that are smaller and less bulky.

      • We actually do have the toilet sprayer and LOVE it. My husband had to have that once our youngest started on solids. :) Ok, I’ll check what my consignment store has b/c they sell new prefolds and I always have credit there. So the cover folds down easily too? How many covers would you need and how many snappies? Thanks for answering all my questions!

        • Personally, I’d use either a newborn Prowrap (they have a cord cutout) or a Bummis SuperWhisper Wrap (I don’t think they have a cord cutout, but they don’t have as high a rise as the Motherease) For newborn, I tell people 24 diapers & 8 covers. As they get older, you can reduce the number of covers to 4. And 2 snappis are sufficient. :)