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Old 01-10-2013, 02:29 PM   #1
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Flats vs prefolds

I really like how easy prefolds are inside pockets & covers for an ai2 system

I bought some imagine bamboo flats because of all the rave reviews but not understanding the appeal of flats vs prefolds for pad folding?

Is it because they wash & dry easier? (I can see the benefit of this for sure!

Anything else I am missing?

Any links to ways to pad fold besides the modified kite one? (I'll bump it up but can't link bc on my phone
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Re: Flats vs prefolds

Flats wash and dry SO easily! I keep a dozen flats in my emergency kit because they would be super easy to hand wash if necessary. They also come really clean because it's just one layer. Depending on the size of prefolds you have, flats are more trim.
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Why I'm going with flats and covers after trying EVERYTHING else.

1. Cheap. Getting back to CD'ing to save money.
2. Wash super easy. I have soft water. The easier to wash and rinse clean, the better.
3. They are trimmer than prefolds, maybe because they don't quilt up? I always thought a pad-folded prefold seemed bulky, but a pad-folded flat seems much trimmer.
4. They are more customizable. I can fold them to get more layers of absorbency where I need it without completely doubling up like I had to do by folding over a prefold. Also, I don't have to buy multiple sizes like you do with prefolds.

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5. folding laundry is therapeutic for me. There is something very peaceful about folding flats. The dishes might not be done. But the flats will get folded.
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Why I'm going with flats and covers after trying EVERYTHING else.

1. Cheap. Getting back to CD'ing to save money.
2. Wash super easy. I have soft water. The easier to wash and rinse clean, the better.
3. They are trimmer than prefolds, maybe because they don't quilt up? I always thought a pad-folded prefold seemed bulky, but a pad-folded flat seems much trimmer.
4. They are more customizable. I can fold them to get more layers of absorbency where I need it without completely doubling up like I had to do by folding over a prefold. Also, I don't have to buy multiple sizes like you do with prefolds.

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5. folding laundry is therapeutic for me. There is something very peaceful about folding flats. The dishes might not be done. But the flats will get folded.
Couldn't have said it better myself!
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I use flats. For me it is a trimmer option...even if I don't use the modified flat fold. I had way more 2x4 butt with prefolds...and like you mentioned they are harder to get clean.
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Re: Flats vs prefolds

You're right, a lot of it is how easy they are to wash and dry.

The other is how easily you can use them in many, many, many ways. The end result is usually more trim than a prefold in certain spots too.

In my sig is my favorite fold for stuffing pockets or laying in covers. Even with 2 flats inside a Flip it's more trim than any other solution I've found with equal absorbency.
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In my sig is my favorite fold for stuffing pockets or laying in covers. Even with 2 flats inside a Flip it's more trim than any other solution I've found with equal absorbency.
Need to check this out on the computer!

Here is a fold I tried. Don't know if it will work but will try after they are fully prepped. Want to give them a fair chance!

Folded into a triangle

Long ends folded in

Tail folded in

Then folded in half to create a pocket insert


Just an idea to try out.
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i tried this out for in a flip, love it! they look neat put away when they are folded like this too
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Need to check this out on the computer!

Here is a fold I tried. Don't know if it will work but will try after they are fully prepped. Want to give them a fair chance!

Folded into a triangle

Long ends folded in

Tail folded in

Then folded in half to create a pocket insert


Just an idea to try out.
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Need to check this out on the computer!

Here is a fold I tried. Don't know if it will work but will try after they are fully prepped. Want to give them a fair chance!



Just an idea to try out.
Hey this is a cool way to padfold! I have sat around and tried to come up with a way to padfold that doesn't involve mashing all the edges together but haven't been able to. this is awesome! I tried it and it worked great! Thanks for posting.
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Hey this is a cool way to padfold! I have sat around and tried to come up with a way to padfold that doesn't involve mashing all the edges together but haven't been able to. this is awesome! I tried it and it worked great! Thanks for posting.
I figured out a way to have a "no-bump in the middle, no-lump of hemmed edges on the end" padfold. I start with the flat lying flat in front of me with the hemmed edges parallel to me. Then, I basically, for lack of a better term, accordion fold the whole thing to the desired width so that its one LONG pad, then I fold in half or partial thirds and good to go. The hemmed edge is on each side of the long sides and within the fold, so you don't feel it at ALL! Clear as mud?
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