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Old 09-05-2006, 11:21 AM   #1
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Bleached or Unbleached Prefolds? Which do you prefer?

I've heard a lot of good things about prefolds so I think I'll try some. Now for the hard part: which are the best and why?

Bleached or Unbleached?
Regular or Premium?
Infant or Baby sized?
Best brand?
Best place to purchase them?

Thanks so much for your help mamas!

Edited to add: for the sizing question - our youngest is 2 months old and 11 pounds.


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Old 09-05-2006, 11:36 AM   #2
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Re: Bleached or Unbleached Prefolds? Which do you prefer?

Well now I have tried Bleached and Unbleached and I have to say that I like the Unbleached better. They seem to be fluffier and just softer and nicer on baby's bottom.

The ones we got with our loan kit from a local store are bleached premium chinese PF's and I have to say I don't like them nearly as much as our own Unbleached Premium Indian ones.

The store says they keep the diapers in a rotation for 6 months then donate these PF's are so pilly and just look VERY worn. I haven't had mine for that long but I hope they don't end up like these after 6 months of use.

I like the Indian WAYYY better than the Chinese they seem to absorb more and they are just so much softer and like butter to me than the Chinese ones.

As for size I would buy some infant and some Regular size ones at 11 pounds it seems like your little one will be in the regular soon but you also want something for now hence the infant.

You can always use the infant ones as doublers/liners later anyway.

For pricing when I was looking I looked EVERYWHERE it seemed for the best price and made a word document with price comparison this is what I found:

Pre Fold Diaper Price Comparison

Infant: Indian Cotton bleached 9.95 DZ or 0.83 ea

Regular: Premium Indian bleached 24.00 DZ or 2.00ea

Infant: Thirsties Chinese bleached/unbleached 20.00 DZ or 1.66ea

Regular: Thirsties Chinese bleached/unbleached 26.00DZ or 2.16ea

Infant: Chinese standard 18.25 DZ or 1.52ea
Premium 20.00 DZ or 1.66ea
Regular: Regular Chinese standard 24.00 DZ or 2.00ea

Infant: Chinese Premium 23.00 DZ or 1.92ea

Regular: Chinese Premium 29.00DZ or 2.40ea

Ebay Thirsties:

Infant: Thirsties Premium 20.00 DZ or 1.66ea

Regular: Thirsties Premium 26.00DZ or 2.16ea
Standard 24.00DZ or 2.00ea

Infant: Indian Unbleached Premium 22.20DZ or 1.85ea

Regular: Indian Unbleached standard 25.20 or 2.10ea
Premium 27.00DZ or 2.25ea
Super cheap shipping

Ebay Granitesmith:

Chinese Prefold:
Infant: Standard 14.00DZ or 1.16ea
Premium 16.00DZ or 1.33ea
Standard 24.99 2DZ or 1.04ea

Regular: Standard 16.00DZ or 1.33ea
Premium 18.00DZ or 1.50ea
Unbleached Standard 18.50DZ or 1.54ea

Indian Cotton:

Infant: Indian Combed Cotton Premium 19.00DZ or 1.58 ea

Regular: Indian Unbleached Premium 20.00DZ or 1.66ea
Indian combed cotton premium 18.00DZ or 1.50

European Prefold:

Infant: Standard super absorbent 17.99DZ or 1.50ea

Regular: Premium 21.99DZ or 1.83ea

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Old 09-05-2006, 11:50 AM   #3
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Re: Bleached or Unbleached Prefolds? Which do you prefer?

i prefer unbleached indian prefolds. Premium size. i tried toddler and he was swimming in them! LOL

i have gotten all my UBIP off a co-op here OR a yahoo co-op
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Old 09-05-2006, 11:53 AM   #4
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Re: Bleached or Unbleached Prefolds? Which do you prefer?

I have used both bleached and unbleached, Indian and Chinese. I prefer unbleached Indian prefolds by far. Like PP said, they are much softer than Chinese and seem to absorb a lot. The only thing is they are thicker than my unbleached Chinese so they take up more space and seem bulkier. There is a plus and down side to each kind. I recommend looking at the comparison chart at the website, it really helped me out.

I bought a dozen of my prefolds from DiaperWare just because I have always received great customer service from her site, and I had a 5% coupon. However I know that it was not the least expensive site to order from, so I'd just try looking around.

Hope they work out for ya! I love prefolds!
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