Organic Cotton Prefolds ... a classic & dependable diapering method.
The highest quality fabric and manufacturing available makes these the best prefold inserts that you can buy. Also known as Diaper Service Prefolds or Chinese Prefolds, these are the same style of diapers used in diaper services across Canada designed for repeated, industrial-style washing and drying. One big difference between OUR prefolds and prefolds used by diaper services is that these are UN-bleached and ORGANIC. Unbleached, organic prefolds are softer, more absorbent, contain less toxins and will last longer than a bleached version as well as being void of the chemicals and dioxins used during the bleaching process. You won't be disappointed in these cloth diapers.
Why you'll love using Organic Cotton Indian Prefolds:
- Diaper Service Quality (DSQ) prefolds that are loved by diaper services & moms alike.
- Finally an economical organic cotton option in cloth diapers.
- Maximum absorbency is suitable for day use, heavy wetters & even overnight.
- Superior construction & quality fabrics make these the BEST prefolds you will find available in Canada.
- Highly adjustable to the build of your baby based on the folding technique that is used.
- Organic cotton prefolds are extra soft & incredibly durable!
- Unbleached ORGANIC cotton has not been damaged by the harmful bleaching process making these one incredibly soft & durable diapering option.
- Void of all unnecessary chemicals during the production process.
- Natural in color, thus hiding stains better.
- Strong stitching will hold up to repeated washing & drying with hot temperatures.
- Highly absorbent with 8 center layers of cotton!
- Trim & easy to use with a Snappi Cloth Diaper Fastener - no pins required.
- Economical! Many parents use one-size from infant straight through to potty learning (Premium size).
- Practical - these diapers have many uses for well beyond your diapering days.
- Easy care. Machine wash & dry.
- Responsibly made in India from 100% organic, sustainably grown cotton.
Organic Cotton Indian Prefolds are unmatched in quality and absorbency when compared to standard cotton or Chinese prefolds. Your prefolds will arrive rather flat looking, however, after a few washes to remove the natural oils that are present, they will quilt up beautifully making them super soft and plush. Maximum absorption is reached after about 6-8 washes. As with anything that is 100% cotton, please expect a minimum 10% shrinkage.
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We've included both washed and unwashed dimensions for our prefolds. These are all approximate and may vary slightly from batch to batch. The average Chinese prefold is 12"x15" for the Infant sized prefolds (UN-washed) and 14"x20" for the Premium size. As you can see, the dimensions are almost identical - it's the quality and softness of the cotton that will be a more important concern.
Available in Infant and Premium (Regular) size, buy our Indian Organic Cotton Prefolds in bulk for the best value. Finally an economical organic cotton option in cloth diapers! Always in stock and ready for immediate shipping.
Unbleached ORGANIC Cotton Prefolds are the best of the best and you won't find better quality prefolds than these in Canada. Our custom organic cotton prefolds are the softest, highly absorbent, hard-to-find, pure 100% ORGANIC cotton twill weave diapers that are imported directly from Pakistan. These are the same GREAT quality as conventional diaper service quality unbleached Indian prefolds, with all the benefits of organic cotton. Soft, durable, environmentally friendly, and best of all, affordable.
These are the real thing! Diaper Service Quality (DSQ) prefolds are your most economical choice when it comes to cloth diapering. They are a soft, flat style of diaper that requires folding and the use of a separate waterproof cover, but they are definitely worth the extra effort. They wash up beautifully, dry in no time, and you can customize the fit to your own baby. A wonderful choice for a baby of any shape or size. No need to choose between conventional cotton or organic cotton prefolds when organic cotton can be used at such an incredible price. Finally an economical organic cotton option in cloth diapers.
Prefolds can be pinned, fastened with a Snappi Cloth Diaper Fastener (so easy!), or folded in thirds and simply placed inside of a wrap-style diaper cover. They are suitable for the newborn to the toddler. While they require a bit more work to fold on a baby, this is a classic, dependable and economical diapering method that has stood the test of time. For as little as $500 Canadian, you can use cloth diapers on your baby from birth to potty training with a system of prefolds and Bummis Diaper Covers that is simple, easy to care for, and will last through more than one child with proper care and laundering. Check out our Complete Prefold Cloth Diapering Packages.
Prefolds - The ORIGINAL One-Size Cloth Diaper.
That's right! Prefolds are considered to be the original "one-size" cloth diaper. Premium (regular) sized prefolds can be used on the average baby from birth through to toddler, depending on how you fold them. Most parents still prefer to use 2 sizes - Infant sized prefolds on their newborns, for a more customized fit and less bulk, and Premium prefolds on their older baby. If you are new to cloth diapering, and you are using your cloth diapers on a newborn, you may also find it easier to get a snug fit with smaller sized prefolds, which will help to contain leaks better. Generally you will be able to use Infant sized prefolds for 4-6 months, depending on the growth of your baby. After this time, Infant prefolds make GREAT doublers for overnight, naps and longer periods between changing, so they will not go to waste. Unless you are on a very tight budget, we still recommend parents invest the small amount into having two sizes which will give you a better fitting system with less bulk, overall. The end result is a a better cloth diapering experience for everyone.
Frequently Asked Questions about our Unbleached Prefolds
Melanie Doan of Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) asks us...
Q: Are prefold cloth diapers really that difficult to fold?
A: Prefold cloth diapers are not really that difficult to fold, but there is an initial learning curve as there is with most new experiences. Since most parents are used to seeing and using disposables, the transition to cloth diapers seems scarier than it needs to be. We're hoping to change that perspective, one bum at a time.
Whether you choose to use prefold cloth diapers, fitted cloth diapers or pocket cloth diapers, you will have to learn a few basic techniques at the beginning, in order to adequately prevent leaks. But don't worry! We've been right where you are - new to using cloth diapers - and we're happy to help! Folding prefolds is not as difficult as it may seem, and after a few days of using your new diapers, you will be folding them just as quickly and finding them just as easy to use as disposables.
There are multiple ways of folding prefolds and the simplest method of how to fold prefolds is to simply tri-fold them into a cloth diaper cover and put the cloth diaper on your baby. The following diagram shows how using prefolds can be as easy as folding them in thirds (image 1), laying the prefold inside of the diaper cover with a cloth diaper liner on top (optional) (image 2), and fastening the diaper and cover securely on baby (image 3).
How to Use Prefolds (tri-fold method)
It's really that easy! Remember, prefold cloth diapers are the SAME cloth diapers that diaper services across Canada - from Vancouver to Halifax - choose to use with their daily, bi-weekly, or weekly diaper service. If they were that difficult to use, diaper services would not have any business at all. Prefolds really are the most reliable, dependable, adjustable and long-lasting cloth diaper available. And let's not forget how incredibly affordable prefolds are! At only $3-5 each, you would be savings hundreds of dollars with your diapering choice, even with organic cotton.
Q: What is the difference between Indian Prefolds and Chinese Prefolds?
A: Prefolds go by many names - Indian Prefolds, Chinese Prefolds, DSQ Prefolds (Diaper Service Quality Prefolds) and just plain Prefolds. Chinese Prefolds and Indian Prefolds are almost identical to the untrained eye. The main difference between Indian Prefolds and the "Chinese Prefolds" variety is where the cotton is sourced and the prefolds are manufactured. Indian cotton is known by many to be incredibly soft and highly durable. Generally speaking Indian Prefolds are softer, more plush and more absorbent than Chinese prefolds. Keep in mind that because the term "Chinese Prefolds" is sometimes used interchangeable to describe any and all styles of prefolds, it may not be a true Indian or Chinese prefold you are purchasing. Only true diaper service quality prefolds (whether they are called Indian or Chinese prefolds is irrelevant) will stand up to the multiple washings and provide you with maximum absorbency.
The most important factor in determining a quality prefold is whether or not the manufacturer uses high-quality, durable and absorbent materials. They should be ALL cotton (no fillers or polyester sewn in - watch the department stores for this!), contain at least 8 layers of material through the center (wet-zone) and it's essential that the prefolds are designed for diaper service use. Our prefolds are used and loved by diaper services across Canada and they will stand the test of time. At Parenting By Nature we only carry the best, and our Indian Diaper Service Quality Prefolds are unmatched in quality, performance & price.
Q: Which Cloth Diaper Covers do you recommend using with Prefolds?
A: In order to prevent leaks and help contain any mess inside of your prefolds, we highly recommend the Bummis Super Whisper Wrap for a perfect and trim fit, or a wool diaper cover for a completely natural system. The Bummis Super Whisper Wrap seems to be the easiest for the beginner to use, and it's easy care means they can be tossed in the washing machine alongside your cloth diapers. The Bummis Original Diaper Cover is top pick for a newborn cloth diaper cover among many of our customers.
Cloth diaper covers that work best with our Organic Prefolds include:
- Bummis Super Whisper Wrap (our number one pick for a virtually LEAK-FREE system)
- Stacinator Wool Cover (our favorite, all-natural solution)
- Aristocrats Wool Cover (best for night-time use - a closure such as pins or a Snappi is required to keep your prefolds in place)
- Bummis Original Diaper Cover (a top pick for a newborn or preemie)
How to Wash & Fold Prefolds Instructions
The Bummis User Guide ~ Washing and Using Cloth Diapers offers comprehensive washing and folding help for parents that are new to using prefold cloth diapers. This will help get you off to the right start with prefolds. (Please note, these recommendations are for PREFOLD cloth diapers or true cotton or hemp cloth diapers only. Instructions will vary for cloth diapers containing polyester or PUL covers - Fuzzi Bunz, Happy Heiny's, BumGenius cloth diapers etc. Soaking cloth diapers of any style is NOT recommended nor is this necessary).
Regardless of the type of cloth diaper system you are using, we highly recommend having a handful of prefolds on hand as you will find many uses for these diapers. Prefold cloth diapers can be used as diapers, burp cloths, changing pads, diaper doublers (infant size), pocket diaper inserts and even dust & cleaning rags when your baby is potty-trained.
Organic Cotton Prefolds really are a classic, dependable cloth diapering method as well as being one of your most economical options for cloth diapers.
Too bulky on little babies Review by Shelagh
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I really like the quality and price of these prefolds, but I found that even when using the smaller size they were extremely bulky, especially on a newborn or smaller infant. Maybe trimming them as another reviewer mentioned would help with this issue. I think that for my next baby I would buy some fitted diapers as well, especially for the early months. (Posted on 6/30/10)Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Our diaper stash staple Review by Toniette
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We use prefolds the majority of the time, and we love them! My husband was a little leery of them at first, but he got the hang of it in no time- even my mom and sisters, who were previously grossed out by the thought of cloth diapering, find these easy to use! We use the trifold ("girl fold") during the day for our son, and the "boy fold" at night to prevent leaking. (Posted on 1/1/11)
Good inexpensive diaper Review by hen_mama
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These diapers are good for the price and do the trick, but I find them pretty bulky. They also seem to be a bit irritating to my son's skin when he pees. I also find it's nearly impossible to reuse [the diaper covers] when he has a dirty diaper as the poo always finds it's way out of the actual cover. They are really absorbent though and as far as a pre-fold go, they are fine, though I much prefer the bamboo prefolds (much more expensive though).
A note from bynature.ca: Thanks for your review! Skin irritations when a diaper is wet can be caused by a number of issues not usually related to the diaper itself. Please contact us to help trouble-shoot! Thanks! (Posted on 9/24/11)
Use these all the time, a little bulky with the wings, very absorbent. Review by Miranda
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I think I use these the most of all my diapers. They are very inexpensive and it's cheap to have a lot of them on hand. The one thing I didn't like about them was they were really bulky and it was hard to fit pants over my son's bottom. I solved this problem by sewing the side panels off and just using the middle section inside a Whisper Wrap and tucking the front underneath a bit so it is more absorbent in the front. I find that it is still very absorbent this way. One thing to note is that after a few months of washing the material is not very soft if it is line dried. I solve this problem by lining it with a fleece liner. (Posted on 6/12/10)Would you recommend this product to a friend? Without hesitation!
Prefolds all the way! Review by Mary
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My son is almost two, and we've been using premium size prefolds since he was about a week old. These are so much cheaper than fitted diapers, and they are not difficult at all to use. They are also incredibly durable, and we're planning to use them for an eventual second child.Would you recommend this product to a friend? Without hesitation!
I don't recommend them for line drying--they seem to get very stiff that way. Pop them in the dryer, though, and they're good as new every time.
(Posted on 6/25/10)
Low maintenance, economical way to cloth diaper your baby Review by Westee
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I used the infant size from 4 weeks to >5.5 months and have just recently switched to the premium size. I nearly always use the trifold and place the diaper within a wrap cover. These diapers are deceptively easy to use (even my husband agrees!) and they launder very well. I always use the dryer to dry them as I do find them stiff when line-dried.Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
The only con I have is that they shrunk to a smaller length by 3" from that indicated by the manufacturer. This isn't really a big deal but I think it might be part of the reason why I have a harder time using a fastener with these diapers on my very chubby-legged baby. (Posted on 6/30/10)
So many good reasons to use pre-folds Review by Barbara
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We used disposable diapers in the hospital and for the first week of my son's life. Once we started using cloth prefolds, we liked them so much, I ended up donating the rest of our disposables to the church daycare. I invested in a full set of diapers when I first became pregnant, since I knew money would be tight when my Mat Leave started. Best money I ever spent.
Prefolds are easier to clean than the pocket or fitted diapers because they wash flat without any little crannies for poop to stick into.
I used the small sized pre-folds from 7lbs to 15lbs and have now moved up to the larger size, we're now pushing 30lbs.
You can re-use the diaper covers over multiple diaper changes, so you only need 4-6 covers with 20-30 prefolds, instead of buying a couple of dozen all-in-one diapers.
I agree with the previous poster that most US style baby jeans don't properly, but I've found that most European-made clothes are better cut to fit cloth bums. It has made no issue for my son's mobility or comfort, so I really look at it as an non-issue.
(Posted on 1/1/11)
A must have! Review by SK
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Prefolds are a must-have in any well stocked cloth diaper arsenal! They are inexpensive, wash really well (after 7 months of regular use and washing, they still look good as new; no visible wear, no stains!) They are soooo absorbent, when I use prefolds with a diaper cover, I never have leaks. Whereas I find with my AIO and pocket diapers, we have leaks pretty regularly. I do agree that prefolds can be a bit bulky, so I find that they make great 'everyday' diapers, and I use fitteds or AIO's when my son wears 'going out' clothes like jeans.
I love everything Bummis, and these prefolds are a testament to their commitment to quality. (Posted on 7/11/11)
Most economical way to cloth diaper Review by Narneh
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I love prefolds. When I was first considering cloth diapers I looked at all the options. While AIO and Pocket are great for easy of use, prefolds are much cheaper. I love that they dry faster then the inserts I have for my pocket diapers and there is no 'stuffing' required. I will say that there is a bit of a learning curve if you want to try out some of the different folds; I find that the angel wing fold works great for my son due to his EBF poops. Once I got the hang of it I found that I could just as quickly put on a prefold and cover as I could a pocket diaper. These diapers are super absorbent and because they are cotton I haven't had as many smell issues as I have with the inserts for the pocket diapers I use (for my husbands sanity we have a few pocket diapers for ease of use because they are so similar to disposables)Would you recommend this product to a friend? Without hesitation!
Overall I love the value of these, ease of use and how quickly they dry. Plus once I'm done with cloth all together I can use them as great rags or pass them on to someone else who could use them. (Posted on 3/4/13)