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!

GroVia Bamboo Prefold

A couple of weeks ago, I got a new toy to play with in the mail.  I was fortunate enough to be one of the fifty Canadian testers of the GroVia bamboo prefold.  I’ve used prefold diapers before.  I’ve used bamboo diapers before.  But I’ve never used a prefold made from bamboo.  And I have to tell you, I am in love.  I’ve said before that prefolds are fantastically useful diapers because you can use them in a variety of ways.  You can use them for different folds.  You can use them as a doubler in a pocket diaper.  They’re great for burp cloths or changing pads when you’re on the go and have forgotten/soiled what you usually use.  You can use them for cleaning when you’re out of babies in diapers.

In short, you can do anything with a prefold.

I’ve used the GroVia prefold in a variety of ways since I got it.  I’ve put it through every cloth diaper laundry cycle, whether I’ve used it or not, just to see how it holds up for softness.  It has passed every test that I’ve thrown at it.  I’ve used it as a doubler for my toddler’s overnight diapers by wrapping the prefold diaper around a microfiber insert.  And I’ve used it as just a prefold in a simple trifold pattern on Eudora in a GroVia shell.  It stayed absorbant and it stayed amazingly soft… almost cuddly soft.

If prefolds seem complicated for you, check out the demo video where I show you different ways you can fold your prefold diaper.  I don’t do snappis, so all you need is a cover to hold them in place!

GroVia Bamboo Prefold


Why I Love Bummis Prefolds

I love prefold diapers.  They’re super versatile.  You can fold them in a variety of ways.  You can use them as doublers in your pocket diapers.  Or you can use them as cleaning cloths once your baby has outgrown diapers.  I love Bummis prefolds in particular for a few reasons.

1.) You can get them in a perfect little package.  The Bummis Beautiful Basic contains everything that you need for three prefold diaper changes.

2.) Bummis prefolds are made in Canada.  Since they’re made in Canada and not outsourced to a third world or developing nation, that means that they are made in good conditions, have emissions guidelines that must be followed, and the staff has access to medical care and is paid a humane wage.  I’m a huge fan of companies that keep their jobs in the United States and Canada.

3.) Bummis prefolds are made of organic cotton.  I like organic fibers against my baby’s bottom, just like I like organic food in their bellies.

4.) The waterproof wraps are adorable and super easy to clean. Why do you love the Bummis Beautiful Basic package?

Prepping Your Brand New Cloth Diapers

So you’ve taken the plunge.  You’ve decided that you’re going to use cloth diapers.  Now you’ve got this beautiful stack of fluff in front of you.  What next?  Prepping your cloth diapers for the first use is actually pretty simple.  It depends completely on what kind of materials you’re using, but here’s a good run down that will help you out.

The first thing that you need to look at is if you’re using natural or synthetic fibers.  I use mainly synthetic because I just like the absorbency of microfiber and microterry.

Synthetic – Wash it once using a good cloth diaper laundry routine, including a cloth diaper friendly detergent.  Dry the inserts and the shells if the manufacturer instructions recommend it.

Natural – Wash three to five times, preferably not with your synthetic diapers.  There are natural oils and such that are on your brand spanking new hemp or bamboo diapers that can impact the absorbency of your synthetics.  If you’re only looking to prepare a couple of inserts, you can always boil them for ten to fifteen minutes.  This is only if they are inserts or prefolds.  If the diaper has any sort of elastic or PUL, boiling will destroy the diaper.  So how do you prep those beautiful bamboo fitteds?  You can always wash them on hot with your towels, but use a cloth diaper safe detergent.

Will you wreck your diapers if you initially wash them all together?  No, of course not.  You may end up with repelling issues and have to strip your diapers, but that’s still fixable (albeit time consuming).  In the interest of true confessions, when I got my first bamboo diaper, I didn’t know any better and washed them all together.  I got lucky and didn’t have issues, but that’s probably because it was only one diaper.

Or, to for a quick explanation on how to prep your new diapers: wash them.  A lot.  Synthetics with synthetics, organics with organics.  After they’re prepped, you can wash them all together and they’ll live happily ever after.

Synthetics I’ve used and loved:

Flip by Cotton Babies with a microfiber insert

Best Bottom stay dry insert








Natural fiber inners I’ve used and loved:

Bummis Beautiful Basic (prefolds & cover)

Baby Kicks Joey Bunz Hemp Inserts








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