Newborn prefold question

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beccasweet's picture
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Newborn prefold question

I have decided to do prefolds and covers for the newborn stage and was just about to order some when I realized I have another decision I had forgotten about.:confused: I want to get Unbleached Indian Cotton prefolds in infant size, but would you recommend 4x6x4 or 4x8x4 and are there any brands you highly recommend or would avoid?

I'm also open to any other tips/suggestions for CDing a newborn but to save you time I have gone back and read the last 4 months or so of threads mentioning newborns. Smile

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We ordered ours from Little Lions and some from Cotton Babies. Very pleased. We did order the "preemie" size for our newborn and they worked for a while (7lb 12 oz when born). We doubled them for more absorbency. Creating a "poop pocket" is the most important feature to learn, especially for EBF poo! We used proraps newborn covers and very rarely could reuse a cover--just a warning! I know people really like the GMD, but never tried them.

Def. recommend boiling method for prep... way less time than washing countless times.

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You'll be changing so often that I don't know if the 8 is really all that much more helpful than a 6. Aiden's are 4, 8, 4s and they have a TON of absorbency to last him 3 hours easily! Though you know that I didn't CD Aiden as a newborn. lol
Avoid gerber. Lol

Hopefully Erin will see this b/c I know she'll have something to say. Wink I think she has a lot of GMDs.

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I did the organic GMDs and loved them. I had 24 and it was fine--I think Erin had to go to 36. Definitely agree about the boiling and the poop pocket--the best fold for us was the angel wing fold (google). Addy outgrew them at...wow, I already can't remember, but it was only a couple of months. However, they've been awesome to have on hand anyway for baby rags, portable changing pads, etc. Definitely worthwhile.

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I'm the resident prefold lady! I cannot express how much I love my prefolds. I've tried pockets, fitteds, AIOs. Nothing works as well for us. They absorb anything and keep just about everything contained. They're easy as pie to clean and no harder to get on once you know what you're doing.

Brand- GMDs all the way! We have mostly GMD unbleached organic Indian cotton prefolds. They are 4-8-4. Sure, you're changing a NB a bazillion times per day so that's probably overkill but if you're going to use them later on down the road to add extra absorbency, might as well get the 4-8-4, right? For covers, I highly recommend ProRaps for the early days when the cord hasn't fallen off. Thirsties size XS are also great.

Quantity- for a NB, I recommend at least 36. We had 24 and I was doing a wash every day. Ugh. 36 will definitely get you every other day. 7 covers should get you through until wash day easily.

Size- Brands are different so for GMDs, here's what I suggest. Skip preemies unless you know your babies come small. A NB size will fit a pretty darn tiny baby. Our NB size fit DD for about 6 weeks. She was/is a super chunk. Her thighs are super chubby. She was in size medium by about 3 months and then got into size large by about 5 months. Her thighs have slimmed down enough that she can just about fit back into a medium at 22.5 lbs.

Folds- Angel wing fold works the best for us. We never could get the bikini twist to work right and I'm not convinced the jelly roll does anything special. Tri-folding works once baby's poop isn't pure liquid. We haven't reached that point yet :rolleyes:. Its super fast though and lets you use a size smaller prefold. I believe Leigh hasn't gone beyond size SM because she trifolds.

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Can someone remind me what GMD's are? Is this a brand? It's either been a little too long since DS was in cloth, or I have prego brain...

Edit: - Green Mountain! I had to google it, it was driving me crazy!

Thanks!

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Folds- Angel wing fold works the best for us. We never could get the bikini twist to work right and I'm not convinced the jelly roll does anything special. Tri-folding works once baby's poop isn't pure liquid. We haven't reached that point yet :rolleyes:. Its super fast though and lets you use a size smaller prefold. I believe Leigh hasn't gone beyond size SM because she trifolds.

Yes, we were able to go from SM angel wing to SM trifold at 6m (when she started solids) and never had to go up a size.

I still can't believe you (Erin) needed 36 diapers and 7 covers just to get to wash every other day! Like I said, we had 24 diapers and 4 covers and I was washing every 2-3 days. (Now I have a super pooper, though...she just waited until stinky solids to bring it on.) They're all different! You can always order more...