What is a Prefold
A prefold is a rectangular piece of material that you fold onto baby or into a pad and place into a diaper. Where flat diapers are just one single layer of material, a prefold is multiple layers.
More traditional prefolds are made of gauze-cloth and consist of multiple layers, upwards of 12 in the mid section, the modern variation is the sleek but absorbent prefold like the Nuggles Bamboo LUXE.
Also known as a trifold, or sometimes a preflat, these modern prefold variations are 2-3 layers of high quality textiles with absorbency and function in mind.
They do need to be folded. The easiest way is to fold in half or thirds. Once folded into a pad it can be added to any diapering system.
A prefold is just absorbency. It needs to be added to a waterproof cover or pocket to work. Many families find the Nuggles Tuck-Wrap-Go Cover is the perfect compliment to this diapering system.
Why a Prefold?
1. While modern prefold styles like the Nuggles BambooLUXE prefold are priced higher than conventional gauze styles, prefold diapers as a collective offer a budget-friendly cloth diaper system. They are cheaper than inserts, or boosters, or fitted while providing amazing absorbency.
The budget strategy for cloth diapering and prefolds is to use 3 prefolds for every one cover. Prefolds are changed when soiled and the cover is swapped for a new one when dirty or stinky (usually every poop or third pee)
2. Prefolds provide incredible absorbency. From the size 1 2-ply to the size 2 3ply, the absorbency range and performance with the Nuggles BambooLUXE prefold will meet your needs.
Prefolds are bigger than inserts ad this dense rectangle of material is ready to save the day, or night. They also do an incredible job of cleaning up messes around the house.
When folded in thirds, the 2 ply give you 6 layers of absorbency where you need! When folded in thirds, the 3 ply gives you 9 layers of absorbency!
3. Prefolds are simple to wash and launder.
Cloth diaper laundry is easy, but with prefolds it becomes a breeze. They dry quickly on the line or in the machine.
Tell Me More About BambooLUXE Terry Prefolds
Made with 70% Bamboo and 30% organic cotton, Nuggles BambooLUXE prefolds are manufactured overseas.
Size 1 prefolds are ideal for young babies and infants. Measuring in at 11" x 13", the size 1 prefold can be folded in thirds and tucked into a size 1 tuck-wrap go cover for babes 8-15 pounds.
Get extra life out of your size 1 prefolds by folding them in half lengthwise. The length of the size 1 prefold is the same as the width of our size 2 prefold. This lets you continue to use this product if your absorbency needs don't change. You can also use this half folded size 1 as a booster in other diapers and prefolds to make it through and or night.
Size 2 prefolds are ideal for older babies and toddlers. Sized at 13" x 16.5", the size 2 prefold fits nicely into the size 2 Tuck-Wrap-Go Cover when folded in thirds. You can also fold this in half for longer toddlers as they get bigger.
Size 2 prefolds can be folded down to size and shape to fit in size 1 diapers, but extra bulk will be present. We'll be putting together some videos and fold guides in the coming weeks.
2 Ply or 3 Ply?
What are your absorbency needs? Do you need it to last a few hours or a full nights sleep. We recommend choosing the night time prefolds for daytime super soakers and for night time.
Check out the absorbency chart below for more information on estimated ounces held by the BambooLUXE prefolds. You might find variations in real life. This is an estimate provided for your convenience.
They need to be prepped. To prep a cloth diaper is to prepare it for use. A full prepped prefold takes about 6-10 washes.
Nuggles BambooLUXE Terry Prefolds are not preshrunk.
If you have enough for a full wash load, wash with hot water and small amount of cloth diaper safe detergent, rinse, and dry on low. Repeat 3-5 times without detergent. Drying on low between uses will ensure the fibres shrink and fluff as needed.
What if I only bought 3 prefolds? You can prep your prefolds with other laundry or cloth diapers. Be efficient of your time and resources.
When will I know if they are absorbent? Best way is to try it yourself. Take your dry prefold and pour water on it to see how it absorbs. It will take time to get better absorbency performance.
Many families find they wash their Nuggles BambooLUXE terry prefolds twice and then add them to their collection. They know that the first few times they might not get the max absorbency and change more often, but with each they continue to improve reaching peak absorbency around 6-10 washes.
Next week, we'll share with you a list of our favourite folds for the BambooLUXE Prefold to make it fit in your cloth diaper covers. Most family's use the pad fold for simplicity. See the video below.
Bailey is a mom of two young and wild children living in the cold tundra of Northern BC. She fell in love with cloth diapering where she continues her passion here at Nuggles as the Director of Happiness. Bailey loves social media, chewy candies, and chasing waterfalls.