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[Bummis Series #2] Compare Organic Cotton Prefolds

2010 December 16
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

Bummis Organic Cotton Prefold (Baby)

Welcome to Part 2 of Mummy’s Reviews™’ Bummis Review SeriesTiny Pants provided me with both Infant- and Baby-sized organic cotton prefolds to test out on Vee. When Vee was a newborn, we relied on 3 dozens of traditional square nappies, as I wasn’t sure about prefolds. This time, I’m excited to try prefolds while potty-training Vee and they’ve been working great for us. Moreover, I certainly prefer to lay organic fabrics next to my dear son’s uber-sensitive skin.

What is a Prefold?

A prefold is a rectangular diaper with more layers in the centre than the sides. Its design is a major improvement from traditional square nappies (lampin) which is single layer and needs more folding.

When used with a good-quality diaper cover and stay-dry liner, its performance can be comparable to other modern cloth diapers. They’re an economical choice, especially for day-time use.

About Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds

These are the main features of the prefolds:

  • Material: 100% certified organic cotton twill
  • Layers: Infant & Baby-sized: 4 x 8 x 4 ply (This means 8 layers in the middle, and 4 layers at the sides.)
  • Dimensions: Infant-sized: 14″ x 11.5″ (36cm x 30cm); Baby-sized: 19″ x 13″ (48cm x 34cm) (after shrinking from prewashes)
  • Country of origin: Made in Pakistan

A preemie size in 2 x 6 x 2 ply is also available.

First Impressions

Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds (Packaging)

I like the idea of a cloth packaging, that can be reused as a small pouch. However, when I handwashed the pouches, colour-run was experienced. The water turned very yellowish, and it took many rinses to clear up.

The prefolds felt soft and smooth. This is how they look after shrinking 20-25% post-prewashes:

Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds (Compare Infant and Baby-sized)

How to Use Prefolds

Bummis has a “Care and Use” resource section that describes clearly how to use the diapering system, including folding instructions. The following is my version:

(a) No Need to Fold

Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds (No Need to Fold )

For a toddler, this works with an Infant-sized prefold and diaper cover. Simply lay the prefold on the diaper cover, fasten the cover, and stuff the excess fabric into the crotch area. ANYONE can do this!

(b) Fold into Thirds: For Pee Only or As Insert / Soaker

Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds (Fold into Thirds) Infant-sized prefold: When folded into thirds, it’s of similar size to a regular insert, so would fit nicely into most pocket diapers. This makes a good back-up insert / soaker for pocket diapers / AI2s (All-in-Twos), especially during rainy days.

This is also suitable for a diaper cover such as Bummis Super Whisper Wrap (that has no exposed laminate).

(c) Fan (or Angel Wings) Fold: For Pee & Poo, Diaper Cover Optional

Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds (Fan or Angel Wings Fold)

A suitable fold for newborns with explosive poo, especially when used with Bummis Super Brite (that has leg gussets).

(d) Bikini Twist Fold: For Pee & Poo, Diaper Cover Optional

Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds (Bikini Twist Fold)

This is currently my favourite fold; I use it on Vee without a diaper cover to facilitate toilet-training in the day. (Note: By right, when using a Snappi, a diaper cover is needed to conceal it from curious fingers. Since Vee doesn’t bother the Snappi at all, we can do without the cover.)

How We Tested Them

(a) Prewash & Laundry: I prewashed the prefolds at 60°C using a washing machine. They started absorbing after 1 prewash. In the beginning, they shed a little lint, which is expected. Apparently, when no lint is shedded anymore, the prewashes are completed — i.e. the prefolds have finished shrinking and reached their maximum absorbency.

During normal laundry, I wash these prefolds together with other cloth diapers at 40°C. They take about 1 sunny day to dry.

(b) Comfort & Fit: The Infant-sized prefolds are small and trim, so I like to use them with a diaper cover.

The Baby-sized ones are larger, and can be folded into a Bikini Twist on Vee. Recently, he runs around the house with only a prefold and Snappi, without it ever slipping down his bums. This is an effective way of allowing breathability for his sensitive skin, and more economical than fitted diapers.

(c) Ease of Use: Initially, it took a little practice to master the Bikini Twist fold and secure it with a Snappi on an impatient toddler. Compared to folding traditional square nappies into origami, this is considered easy-peasy.

When using the small Infant-sized prefold with a diaper cover, I prefer the simple no-folding method mentioned above. My hubby has mastered this too!

(d) Absorbency: With a cover, the Infant-sized can hold 1-2 of Vee’s pees; the Baby-sized can hold 2-3. The prefold + stay-dry liner + cover combination can last up to 3 hours. This is for a heavy-wetting 21-month old.

Without a cover, we can only use the Baby-sized, and change after every pee. Sometimes, Vee does a forceful pee, and a little bit would wet the floor. Ironically, Vee doesn’t mind sitting on wet diapers but HATES wetting the floor. Nowadays, he’d tell me before he pees and get me to bring him to the potty. Thanks to the prefolds for our potty-training progress! :)

(e) Overall value: As mentioned in the previous post, I like to use prefolds during the day because they aid Vee’s potty-training while being very economical.

The price of 6 Infant-sized prefolds is SGD32.90 (~USD25 or RM79); 6 Baby-sized prefolds is SGD43.90 (~USD34 or RM106). After using these Bummis prefolds for 2 months, I find them functional, easy to use, and more economical than other modern cloth diapers (especially those made of organic fabrics). For super-frequent diaper changes on a newborn or a potty-training toddler, these prefolds are very budget-friendly.

So my verdict: they’re versatile, high quality yet affordable. Just like the Bummis covers, I’d definitely use them until Vee is potty-trained and on the next baby.

Stay tuned for upcoming reviews in this Bummis Series:

  • Bummis Liners
  • Bummis Fabulous Wet Bag & a GIVEAWAY!

What we like about them:

  • Made of certified organic cotton (Read the benefits of organic cotton at Treehugger.com.)
  • Very absorbent, especially the largest Baby-sized
  • The densely-woven fabric is easy to use with Snappi or pins
  • Reusable cloth packaging

What can be improved:

  • Prewash the fabric of the packaging so that the colour doesn’t run so much
  • As for the prefolds, I seriously can’t find any fault with them…

Get Your Own (with Discount!)

To get your own Bummis cloth diapering products for baby, visit Tiny Pants (distributor for South East Asia).

  • Special Treat: 15% discount storewide
  • Discount Code: MV15A
  • Validity Period: Until 30 December 2010, 2359hr

You may also check the price at Amazon.com here:
Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds Diaper (Infant)*
Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds Diaper (Baby)*

Disclosures: I received 3 packs of Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds for review — 6 Infant-sized and 12 Baby-sized.
*: affiliate link to support the growth and maintenance of Mummy’s Reviews™

P.S. Need help on cloth diapering? Read all our Cloth Diapering Tips.

9 Responses leave one →
  1. Rooma permalink
    December 16, 2010

    Oh, you mean that the infant size fits your 21 month baby as well??!!Thats mighty good isn’t it!! I guess still a good mix of infant size and baby size would be needed right?

    • December 16, 2010

      The infant-sized fits him well when used with a diaper cover: works with no-need-to-fold, fold in thirds, or angel wings fold. Or as spare diaper insert for pocket diapers.

      The baby-sized is a little bulky when used with a diaper cover / pocket diaper since it’s too long for him and needs to be folded at the front or back. I like it with only a Snappi. His waist is about 20″ (!!!); if he gets any chubbier, I can’t Snappi the prefold anymore.

      Yes, a mix of sizes is good. In fact, newborns would really need more prefolds, so more infant- than baby-sized would be better. Moreoever, the infant-sized can be used even during toddlerhood. For mums not keen on using prefold + Snappi only, may even skip the baby-sized. To increase absorbency, can always add a booster to the infant-sized prefold. Super versatile! :)

  2. December 16, 2010

    Answers to email enquiries from a reader:

    1) What’s the weight of your LO? Read one review that the baby prefold is way too big for her 22lbs

    My 21-month old boy is almost 13kg, waist 20″, short and chubby. Waist / rise / thigh measurements give a more accurate idea of fit, than weight.
    Reason: a 22lbs child may be tall-slim or short-chubby. The same prefold would be big on a tall-slim child, while just nice on a short-chubby child.

    I find the baby-sized prefold a little bulky when used with a cover. So when we need a cover, I choose the infant-sized (add booster if needed).

    At home nowadays, we mostly use the baby-sized and Snappi, without cover.
    In fact, if my boy’s waist grow more than 20″, I can’t Snappi the prefold anymore.
    (Got to find the Toddler-size Snappi…)

    2) How is it compared to unbleached indian prefold in terms of softness

    These are the first prefolds we tried, so I can’t compare them to other types.
    They are soft enough for my liking, definitely softer than hemp or bamboo that stiffen up after drying under the sun.

    3) The prefold is not very wide, is it easy to snappi?

    It depends on the child’s waist relative to the prefold’s width.
    For my boy now, as mentioned above, we can still use the Snappi.
    For a slimmer child, it should be much easier.

    Oh… and Snappis aren’t for super-wriggly children.
    By the way, when using a cover, a Snappi isn’t needed.

  3. March 25, 2011

    Hi, I am considering transiting to cloth diapers as my girl is having very bad redness on her private parts.

    I don’t know the difference between the diapers and what are all these inserts/doublers/or booster for. Do I need to buy these when I am getting the one sized cloth diapers?

    • March 29, 2011

      Hi Ivy, thank you for your comment.
      1. Have you found out the reason for your girl’s rashes? How old is she? Ever had such rashes before?

      2. Using cloth diapers avoid sensitivity to chemicals commonly found in disposable diapers (e.g. bleach, fragrance).
      For an easy start, you may consider getting one-size pocket cloth diapers with a stay-dry suedecloth or fleece layer.
      Stay-dry layer keeps moisture off baby’s skin and can help prevent rashes, especially if baby is napping or sleeping for several hours.
      Pocket diapers usually come packaged with 1-2 inserts.
      Young baby can use 1 insert with pocket diaper.

      Older baby with more pee may use 1 insert with 1 booster/doubler (to increase absorbency), or 2 inserts (a little more bulky though).

      Start with a simple system, then adjust it as you know better what you and baby prefer.

      Also, try with 1-2 diapers to see if you like its cutting and fit before getting more.
      There are many options nowadays.

      If you need more specific recommendations, please let me know:
      – baby’s age
      – baby’s weight
      – baby’s size: slim or chubby
      – your location: Singapore, Malaysia or elsewhere
      – budget: very tight or open to choices
      I’d try to see if can point you in the right direction.

  4. Sandy permalink
    September 17, 2012

    Hi, I’m getting some bummis prefolds in infant size and wanted to use them with a cover. My boy is 7 weeks old, long in the body and weighs around 14 pounds. He has a bit if a Buddha belly and chubby thighs. What diaper covers would you recommend? I would prefer to trifold and lay flat. Like the look of Flip due to the high rise.

    • September 19, 2012

      Hi Sandy, congratulations on your newborn! :)

      Does he do explosive poo? If so, Bummis Super Brite with leg gussets is good. It’s a sized cover though.
      If no exposive poo, I like Bummis Whisper Wrap.
      Review of Bummis covers here.

      Flip cover has very gentle and thin elastic, which I prefer to use with a fitted diaper, or on a poo-trained toddler.

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