I have received quite a few questions on the different prefold sizes available. My previous posts on prefolds were done before all the changes that have occured in 2009 as a result of the testing required on all products for children.
Green Mountain Diapers is my go-to place to buy prefold cloth diapers. Instead of attempting to write an adequate description of the different sizes, I’ll let the experts speak:
These are hard-to-find, top quality, heavyweight 100 % cotton twill diapers. These are the real thing, and so very well made. They are far superior to the store bought kind, and will stand up to repeated washings. Don’t overlook this very economical way to diaper! It works very well. Consider the infant size for young babies. It’s very easy to pin these diapers on babies who don’t yet roll over.
But you don’t have to pin them. You can just fold the diaper in thirds and place it in a wrap style cover. The infant size can be used a doubler later on. Use the toddler size as a nice, soft, washable, vinyl-free changing pad for a young baby.
Our prefolds “quilt up” after washing. You will not be disappointed in these wonderful, versatile diapers. Prefolds of this high quality and weave are not made in the USA anymore, therefore must be imported. There are many brands of prefolds on the market, but we feel these are the very best, with the strongest edge stitching available.
Learn how to use prefolds. Step-by-step pictures.
What is “prefolded” about “prefolds”? They have a thick center panel. Non-prefolded diapers are huge one-layer old fashioned diapers, which need to be folded many times to get them into a cover or onto a baby. We carry those below, called Flat White Diapers. These prefolds are already folded to have many layers in the center.
New 2009 sizes! If you have 2008 Cloth-eez prefold diapers make note of this change. We now have all “Indian” cotton, and no longer have prefolds from China. These are somewhat different (superior cotton) to last year’s stock. All measurements are approximate, taken at rest and can be pulled wider. There is some variation. Prefold diapers shrink differently from batch to batch and diaper to diaper. Normal variation can be up to 15%. We provide shrunk measurements for selection purposes only. The measurements are helpful, but they cannot be exact due to the nature of this wonderful and beloved fabric. This is the normal nature of this product, for all brands, from all country sources. Most sites don’t even give any shrunk measurements at all! We try to give as much correct information as we can, but please understand these are not ever going to be exact due to the nature of the prefold fabric. All of our prefold diapers except preemie are 4-8-4 ply and are high quality cotton.
Cloth-eez® Preemie size (9″x13.5″ new, 8″ x 11″ when fully shrunk. (For preemies or as doublers) 2-6-2 ply. white edges.
Cloth-eez® Newborn orange edge 11.5″ x 12″ when fully shrunk in white. Unbleached is about 1/4 inch smaller. Fits newborn to about 6 weeks or 2 months, or fits about 5-10 pounds, 4-8-4 ply. Orange edges.
Infant size in Periwinkle and green edge discontinued.
Cloth-eez® Small Yellow edge 12.5″ wide x 13.5″ long when fully shrunk. Fits 10 pounds to about 6 months old or about 15 pounds or so but this varies a lot. Fits in most size small covers. 4-8-4 ply. Yellow edges, made in Pakistan.
Cloth-eez® Medium Light Brown edge sold out. Replaced with red edge.
Cloth-eez® Medium Red edge 13″ wide x 15″ long when fully shrunk. Measurements vary somewhat, quiltiness varies somewhat. Fits in most medium covers. From about 14 pounds or so, perhaps 5 months or so and older.
Cloth-eez® Large Brown edge 14.5or 15″ wide x 17″ long when fully shrunk. Measurements vary somewhat, quiltiness varies somewhat. Fits in most size large covers and also works well for the second half of the weight range in many medium size covers, usually for babies 20 pounds and up.
Cloth-eez® Toddler size green edge 17″x23″ when new, 15.25″ wide x 20.5″ long when fully shrunk. Serged on 2 edges. For over age 18 months, or for a night diaper for over age 9 months to potty learning age. Premium 4-8-4 ply. Full size toddlers.
White Prefolds Our white prefold diapers are CHLORINE-FREE, peroxide bathed, NOT chlorine bleached. Peroxide basically the same thing as the main ingredient in OxiClean. It’s dioxin-free and acid-free, known as “natural bleaching process”. All cotton must be degummed in some manner before it can absorb. I’ll repeat, our white diapers are chlorine-free. But of course, we do recommend washing them several times before use to prepare them for use. Everything should be washed before use. They will shrink and get soft and quilty after washing.
Unbleached prefold diapers have not been de-gummed and must be washed many times in hot water to remove the natural cotton oils from them. They will not absorb until washed enough times to remove the natural cotton oils, which could be 6 cycles or more. Unbleached measurements will vary from listed measurements more than the white cotton diapers. The size and the shrinkage is more varied with the unbleached. All measurements are approximate. The white are more consistently sized, but also vary somewhat.