4 Basic Bummis Prefold Diapers Methods

I love my prefold diapers.  I bought my first six pack of Bummis organic cotton prefold diapers when Eudora was less than a week old.  She’d gotten a terrible case of diaper rash in the disposable diapers we’d been using and her little bum needed some fluffy relief.  I bought them after being convinced by some of my friends that prefold diapers were nowhere near as frightening as I’d thought.

It turns out that the scariest thing about using prefold diapers was all in my head.  It turns out that they are exceptionally easy to use.  Here are four of the easiest folds:

1.) The short trifold

Lay your diaper out so that it’s long way, and then fold into thirds.  Lay the folded diaper in the diaper cover and put on baby.  This keeps the thickest part of the prefold in the middle, which is great for girls.

How to fold a Prefold - Short Trifold

How to fold the short trifold, left to right

2.) The long trifold

Lay your prefold diaper out so that it’s short way in front of you and fold into thirds.  Lay the folded diaper in the diaper cover, fold down the front so that it’s in the cover.  This keeps the thickest part of the diaper in the front, which is great for boys.

How to fold Prefold Diapers - Long Trifold

How to fold the long trifold, from left to right

3.) The bikini twist

Lay the prefold diaper flat, short way.  Then turn one end.  Put the diaper in the cover and place on baby.  This is great for girls as it increases the layers in the middle.


Bikini twist prefold - How to fold a prefold

The Bikini Twist

4.) The fan fold

Lay the diaper out like you’re going to fold in a long trifold.  Place in the diaper cover and then fan out the back folds.  This is a fantastic prefold diaper method for handling those messy newborn poops!

How to Fold a Trifold - The Fan

The Fan Fold, left to right

The great thing about all of these diaper folds is that not a single one requires a diaper pin or Snappi.  It pairs great with any cover, including Bummis, GroVia, Flip, and Best Bottom.

What’s your favorite prefold?  (And if it’s not one of the ones that I listed, please share it!)

Still not sure?  You can see a Bummis Prefold Demo Video!

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Gina Hodges says:

    I am new to CDing and I am wanting to try prefolds I have a few now but do not have any fasteners yet. So I will have to try this!!

  2. Courtney R says:

    I am expecting this year and I plan to start CDing from birth. This post is very helpful, thank you!

  3. Rachel N says:

    I use the fan fold. I have only tried prefolds on small babies though, I might like the trifold better with a bigger baby.

  4. I’m a fan of the bikini fold, its great for my son’s chunky thighs. With it being trimmer in the middle his thighs don’t rub his cover.

  5. Theresa Lyon says:

    We’ve been using pockets and AIO’s but just getting into prefolds. thanks for this!


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