Prefold diapers are guaranteed to work wonders for your baby for a number of reasons. Prefold diapers are usually made out of layered and organic fabrics; eight layers in the centre and four layers on the side are the most common type. These are designed such that maximum absorption takes place in the center of the diaper. The standard fibers used are usually cotton, hemp and bamboo, though others are also used for their softness and absorption capabilities. Pre-fold diapers ensure that the infant’s pelvic and pubic region remains dry, this preventing conditions like rashes, infections and allergies which might occur due to continuous presence of moisture.
The primary benefit of prefold diapers is that the fabrics they are manufactured with breathe and allow free flow of air to the body of the baby while also ensuring adequate insulation. Usually soft to the touch, these diapers can be worn for longer periods of time than those manufactured with synthetic fabrics. Coarser fabrics, plastics and some synthetic fabrics can also cause skin irritation over long durations, especially when combined with sweat.
Prefold diapers don’t completely eliminate the work for you – they still have to be secured around the infant’s pelvis with clips or pins. However, they also allow for the greatest flexibility in terms of body shape – allowing a snug fit and minimum leakage. Care should be taken to adequately prepare new prefold diapers depending on whether they are bleached or unbleached. In either case, a few wash-dry cycles are definitely in order.