My biggest gripe about prefold diapers is they’re nearly impossible when your baby doesn’t want to lay still. It’s times like these I wish I could just use a preloaded pocket or an all-in-one cloth diaper and pop it on her butt, but unfortunately I don’t have the luxury of an adequately supplied stash of those more expensive cloth diapers. Here are some great products for us in the prefold club:
1) Hulabye Happy Changer
I saw this and immediately wanted it. They have raving reviews and every mom seems pretty content with their purchase. What the Hulabye Happy Changer does is velcro-pin your baby down to his changing table pad with a flannel or polyester wrap. There are multiple patterns and two different materials to choose from: flannel or minky polyester. Folding a cloth diaper is time consuming. It’s like diaper origami so when you’ve got a baby who likes to alligator crawl his way out of his halfway-pinned diaper faster than you can blink an eye, the Hulabye Happy Changer pins their little butt down in place. It’s genius. They range from $36 to $44 a piece depending on the pattern and material.
Forget trying to fit a safety pin on to the diaper without poking yourself or your wriggling infant. Snappis are diaper fasteners that do the job just as well, if not better. It’s basically a Y-shaped clip with three fasteners on the ends. One fastener attaches to the upper left hand corner of the prefold that wraps around, one on the upper right hand corner, and the last fastener attaches to the piece that wraps up and around the front. For a pack of three, you can pay less than $10 on Amazon.com.
3) Disposable Liners
I found four packs of 100-count disposable liners at the thrift store and have had them sitting in the drawer for the last month without using them. As of yesterday I just re-discovered them and can’t believe I’ve been going this long without them! Simply tear one off the roll and place it on top of the prefold. They’re so soft your baby will never know they’re there. When they poop, the liner catches it and you can simply toss the liner in the toilet and flush. They’re made of thin rayon material and if they are labeled as “flushable” then they dissolve in your sewage system within eight days. Bummis sells a pack of 100-count liners for $8 on Kellyscloset.com.
I have to admit, cloth diapering is a little bit addicting. Even if you’re using the old fashioned prefold method, why not buy these extra accessories to make it all that much easier?