Are prefolds really cheaper than disposables for newborn
, Apr 15 2012 11:31 AM
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:31 AM
Just really want your opinions or advice.
I am keen to do the whole MCN thing and have bought a selection of Ittis and BBHs to try (when baby comes). I was planning to do prefolds and covers until baby grew a bit to fit into the OSFM or other MCNs, but prefolds just don't really seem that cheap.
If for example I look at Real Nappies cotton prefolds which are highly recommended, a six pack is $22. Now it seems you need about 30 for a two day washing cycle, which makes five x six packs at $110, PLUS the covers you have to buy - and would I have to buy multiple covers in two different sizes. And then would I need more than one size in prefold, hence even more cost?
Am I better just going down the disposable route to start with for the first 6 or so wks (just guessing)? It somehow feels like i'm cheating, but will it be more cost effective and easier as a first time mum? I guess the only saving is if I use the prefolds when we have a second child or if I use them in pocket nappies (if i decide i like pocket nappies)
Edited by Fifi-G, 15 April 2012 - 11:40 AM.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:39 AM
I absolutely love pre folds to death. My son is 4 months and he is the first baby I have used them on. I would never use MCNs on a new born again. Pre-folds dry in about an hour and they take up very little space. Plus they are cheap as chips... all of the above unlike MCN's.
My washing machine goes around daily and I only have 10 prefolds so that is perfectly sufficient because they are so quick drying. I also have some one size fits all though AIO's (Bum Genius Organics and Pop In's) if I do get caught short that were DS2's.
I use Green Kids covers over my pre folds as they are one size fits all so I use them on my baby and he will grow into them too. I used Green Kids with my second as well as pocket nappies. The beauty of buying a one size pocket cover to put over a prefold is that when they are too small for the prefold to wear as a nappy... you can fold it up and stuff inside the pocket saving you money on specific inserts.
So, in short... I say go for it. I know newborns poo a lot but if you wash every day like me, you wont need that many. Maybe a few more then 10 like me if you don't have back up but 30 IS a lot!!! I don't do a special wash for mine. They go into a bucket of water after use to dilute all the pee then go straight into the washing machine with everything else. It all comes out clean.
Edited by Bek+3, 15 April 2012 - 11:42 AM.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:48 AM
I have never used cloth nappies, but my sister did. I know she struggled at the beginning esp for the middle of the night changes esp when you're trying to keep the light low!!
She now has the insert things and totally loves them and also claims her DS has never had nappy rash
I would say that maybe when you're settling into motherhood you could use a combination - go easy on yourself.
I don't know if I have actually answered your question...!
But good luck
Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:55 PM
I actually did the calculations for this and came to the conclusion that if you are planning to use MCNs from about 2-3 months of age anyway, then it's cheaper to just get a few boxes of newborn disposables (I did the calculations with huggies) for those first few months.
By the time you fork out hundreds of $$$ on a stash of MCNs, you then have to pay a substantial amount for the prefolds and covers which are only going to be used for a couple of months. Yeah, you can use them as stuffing for pockets which is good (if you have a stash of pocket nappies) but most pockets come with inserts anyway so they are more like extras and you might not use them as much as you thought. Alternatively you could use the prefolds for about 6 months or so and then just move into medium MCNs - something like that might work out more cost effective? I'm not sure. Or buy only pocket nappies like green kids which don't come with the insert standard, that way you can just use the prefolds as the pocket stuffers so they would be used for 2+ years.
I've just decided to get 2-3 boxes of disposables for the early months and move into my OSFM MCNs (mostly pockets) from then on. MCNs were too big for my daughter until that age, and I did try prefolds when she was a newborn, they worked really well but I found them quite fiddly and preferred to use disposables at that stage.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:01 PM
With DS1, I used disposables until he fit into the MCNs I bought. He went into mediums at around 5 months old and they lasted until he was toilet trained.
With DS2, I used prefolds from when he was a newborn for a few months. I had a small number of sized small nappies that fit him from around 6 weeks too. I'd switch between the prefolds and the small nappies until he fit into DS1's mediums.
With my third baby, I'll be using the prefolds again. I have around 20 I think?? And that was enough. Just make sure you have good covers and they are easy to use
As for saving money? I worked it out at the time and found it cheaper to use the prefolds and now that I'll be using them again, they are definitely worth it.
But, disposables can be good for the first couple of months until baby fits into your stash
Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:07 PM
Do you have a sewing machine? Or your mum/mil could whip some up with you/for you
There is heaps of YouTube instructions and websites on making your own nappies and prefolds - one I watched made prefolds out of $1 tea towels from Ikea, but you could get cheap of cuts of fabric at stores or in op shops
There is also instructions on making them out of old t-shirts etc.
You don't HAVE to spend lots of $.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:07 PM
aqua.lime do you prefer sized or OSFM covers for prefolds?
Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:10 PM
Buy some second hand prefolds and covers to mix in with new ones. You don't need to buy everything new
and get some disposables for the times you don't feel up to it. Be easy on yourself, the early months can be hard especially with your first, I did some of both. Every time you use a cloth nappy you're saving one disposable going to landfill, that's the way I look at it.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:21 PM
If you are going the name brand route for cloth nappies yes it can be cheaper to use disposables for the really little stage.
Real Nappies and Bambino Mio are overpriced. You're better off just ducking into Target or Big W for a couple of packets of Dickies, Big Softies or Actil. Yes they are flat folds but you still need to fold prefolds and it's really no more work to fold a flat fold.
I used flat folds on DS until I had enough of a stash of pockets to go full time pockets (I was buying one at a time as I could afford them). Flat folds were adequate but I preferred pockets for him. For DD I started out in exclusive pockets because I had built up a good stash, but now I tend to do flat folds more with her because she has horrible sensitive skin and it's a LOT easier to get detergent residue out of flat folds than it is pockets.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:58 PM
Wow, thanks for the fast replies.
I must admit, I don't like the idea of disposables contributing to landfill. Maybe people can suggest some cheaper good brands of prefolds?
Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:22 PM
During that stage, I had 6 booroi prefolds, 6 totsbots fitteds, a few handmade fitteds someone gave me and 12 terry flats. The one thing I wish I had more of was the covers.
The prefolds were expensive but I still use these to boost Ds's pocket nappies, so I've gotten value. Also, Have a look at the Close Parent Pop in nappies, they claim to do from 3 kilos to TT. they have a wonderful gusseted cover but I've only used them recently.
Oh and definitely buy done disposables, I had one box which lasted till Ds was 7 weeks and it was a lifesaver. You're already learning do many things, keeping on top of washing might slide a bit.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:43 PM
I created a stash of nappies for my newborns for all of $25, it was made up of second hand flanelette bunny rugs, I picked most of them up from the op shop or was given them by friends and a few second hand small covers. i found bunny rugs excellent for the newborn size and they'll fit on a bigger baby too if needed. I used the angel fold and once I had practiced it a bit i could do the whole pile one handed in a just a couple of minutes, I used to fold them up with a liner already in them. In hind sight I wish I'd made better use of them rather than spending so much on expensive MCNs
Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:58 PM
I still use my prefolds when my inserts don't dry in time as even with my AI2 nappies I just lay the prefold in and use the shell as a cover. I also use them to boost up nappies for night time.
I didn't buy them until my son was 8 weeks. I bought 10 and then used them daily until he was about 4 months. They were economical for me as my son cried everytime he'd even wet his nappy a little bit and we were going through a box of huggies a week.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:23 PM
I bought all of my prefolds second hand and covers too - they aren't in them for that long, so you can buy them in great condition at a great price & even sell them on if you want too.
a prefold with a cover gives you muc h better protection against leaks than a disposable!
Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:29 PM
We went with MCNs from the moment DD left hospital. Yes, she was a bigger baby (straight into 000s) but we didn't have a problem with her fitting the smallest size of the AIO MCNs.
ETA: We used the prefolds for everything but nappies - they make fantastic spew rags, or to put under the baby for if she spits while feeding, or to put under her for no nappy time. Plus the covers can be used for some of the MCNs that need covers. So I wouldn't think it's a huge waste to buy them as they can be used for things other than the immediate intended purpose.
Edited by Dabri, 16 April 2012 - 10:33 PM.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:39 PM
We use iishfly prefolds and Thirsties covers. I also have a few sized bummis covers too.
As DS got a bit bigger, and I didn't need to make them into a nappy shape, I made "pockets", essentially like a little polar fleece pillowslip to act as (1) a stay dry liner, and (2) to hold the prefold in shape so that I could have them ready to go. I use them like a pad in a cover. They work brilliantly still (DS is 22months).
I had planned to start with the prefolds then "upgrade" to proper mcns, but in the end, the prefolds + covers worked so well that we just bought a second round of bigger cover. (the thirsties are multi-fit but in two sizes).
I have 20 prefolds, and that is PLENTY. I wash every second day.
I wasn't too worried about starting off in disposables, then transitioning into cloth as my confidence grew. In the end, DS was in cloth full time by three weeks, because I liked them so much and they were so much kinder to his skin.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:05 PM
Thanks everyone. I'm still thinking that maybe I will go down the prefold route, but maybe bamboo, rather than cotton, even though they are more expensive... But maybe I'll have a box of disposables on hand for when the going gets tough
Now, more research required.....
Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:27 AM
In the first 6wks you will change around 600 nappies so any cloth nappy is still cheaper than disposables!
Posted 19 April 2012 - 04:20 PM
Wow, put like that, that's a daunting number of nappy changes....
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