This is part 3 in my series of long-term reviews of diapers in my stash. I’ve been reviewing some of my older diapers to see how they’ve held up over time, both in terms of appearance and in performance.
Today I’ll be reviewing Bummis Organic Cotton Prefold Diapers. I bought two packs of these prefolds in March 2010 for $18.00 per pack of six, which works out to $3.00 per prefold. These were the very first diapers I put on my first baby four years ago, and they’ve been in constant rotation ever since. How have they held up?
Anatomy of a Bummis Organic Cotton Prefold
Bummis Organic Cotton Prefold Diapers are made in Pakistan from unbleached organic cotton. They’re sold in packs of six and come in three sizes: preemie, infant, and baby. Prefold diapers are described by the number of layers in each section, and the number of layers determines the absorbency. My prefolds are the infant size and 4x8x4 – four layers in the outer sections and eight layers in the middle section. They’re intended to fit from 7-20 pounds.
Diaper Fit & Performance
Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds (and any natural fiber diapers or inserts) need to be prepped before using. This means they need to be washed to strip the natural oils and waxes from the fabric to allow for full absorbency. Generally, prefolds should be washed in hot water and detergent then dried a minimum of three times before using. If you only have one or two, you can boil them with Dawn dishwashing liquid, but as I had twelve it was easiest to run them through my washing machine. It can take up to ten washes for the prefold to completely quilt up and reach full absorbency.
Prefold diapers can be folded many different ways to fit onto your baby. My favourite fold for newborns is the jelly roll fold, fastened with a Snappi. The nice thing with prefolds is they are infinitely adjustable. They don’t come with snaps or hook and loop, so you can fit them perfectly around your baby’s legs and waist. I used jelly rolled prefolds with a Bummis Super Brite Wrap or Bummis Whisper Wrap for about the first six months or so, at which point I switched to pad folding them and using them as inserts in my pocket diapers.
I love how easily you can fit prefold diapers to your baby’s unique shape. Skinny legs and fat tummy? Long skinny minnie? Chunky monkey? No worries! Once baby starts moving though, I found it more challenging to keep them from sagging without the hook and loop tape or multitude of snaps that you’d find in your typical pocket or all-in-one diaper.
Because prefolds contain no PUL, elastics, snaps, or hook and loop tape, they can easily be washed in hot water, boiled, bleached (only when absolutely necessary), or dried on a super hot sanitizing cycle if needed. Both my babies had yeast rashes as newborns, and I was grateful that I could sanitize my diapers afterward without the worry of ruining them.
Did They Last?
At an average of three loads of cloth diaper laundry a week, over four years, I estimate these prefolds have gone through my washer and dryer about 600 times. A few have some faint staining, and I recently noticed a bunch of them have just started to show some thinning and fraying on the edges.
I think that’s pretty awesome for 600 washes. And when we’re done with diapering, I’ll repurpose my prefolds into rags. I think I got my $3.00 worth!
Some parents might balk at the additional steps required to fold, fasten, and wrap a cover over a prefold diaper. Yes, prefolds are a bit more work than a pocket diaper or all in one, but with a little practice it really wasn’t that big of a deal for us. Hubs had no problems folding and fastening these either.
One thing to be aware of is that because prefolds don’t come with elastic, they’re not as good at containing poop as other styles of diapers. You’ll be washing your covers more frequently with prefolds than with fitted diapers, especially when baby gets older and starts moving more.
Bummis prefolds are a super economical way to cloth diaper your baby, and my preference for newborns because of their adjustability, versatility, and durability. Families who are focused on the cost savings of cloth diapering should seriously consider picking some up. Even with the added expense of buying covers for your prefolds, these are one of the cheapest options out there.
Check out my post 6 Ways to Fold a Prefold Diaper for a full tutorial on how to use these prefolds.
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I have no relationship with Bummis or its retailers, and I did not receive any compensation financially or in kind. I bought these diapers with my own money. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.