This can be a huge question. Silly that something so minor can bug the heck outta ya.
Do I go with the Indian or the Chinese?
Sounds like I’m choosing dinner options.
Hands down, prefolds are the most popular way of cloth diapering babies around the world. In 2009 and 2010, Heather of Banana Peels Diapers listed them in her top 10 sellers (#1 in 2009). Diaper Junction has a widget in the sidebar listing top sellers- Diaper Rite prefolds are #1.
I’d venture to say that most of you have prefolds in your stash…whether you use them or not is another question.
So, you’re staring at the screen wondering which to choose. (I’m right there with ya)
Cottonbabies has a nice little chart of pros and cons to each.
I have expensive prefolds and I have cheap.
All were about equally absorbent; one pee and you can feel it slightly on the outside.
Here are some facts I have learned about the two types while scouring the web for information:
- Indian = made in Pakistan, Chinese = made in China. Wow. That was much simpler than I thought.
- Materials are the same. The main difference in quality, performance and feel is how the material is weaved and sewn. This differs from factory to factory more so than country to country. (Nicki’s Diapers)
- GMD Prefolds (Cloth-eez) are Indian cotton made in Pakistan.
- DSQ doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Make sure you get 4x8x4 prefolds if you want the most absorbency.
In conclusion, paying more doesn’t mean “better”, Indian prefolds appear to be the choice of most retailers and consumers and if you want a cloth diaper you can’t mess up go with a prefold.
Another perk of prefolds is the ease of embellishing and dyeing! I’ve dyed some before with Dylon dyes and it was a lot of fun!