Today’s post was written by Alice Henchion from Nappy Lane.

Don’t forget to head over and vote for your FAVOURITE prefold in this year’s Cloth Nappy Awards!

Prefolds are the often forgotten about middle child of the cloth nappy family. A simpler option than traditional flat nappies but without the pizzazz of modern cloth nappies (MCN’s)

Prefolds are a rectangle nappy, with extra layers of absorbency sewn in the centre. You can get them in cotton (cheap and hard-wearing) or bamboo (super soft and often stretchy). Prefolds should be used with a waterproof cover.

Cotton + Bamboo Prefolds

The easiest way to use Prefolds is to fold them in three and place them in a cover – often called the Trifold or Pad Fold. You can also use a Snappi (3 pronged stretchy plastic fastener) and do all sorts of fancy folds. The Angel fold, The Jelly Roll fold and the Newspaper fold are just a few. My personal favourite is the simple Angel Fold, which gets a snug fit on even the most skinny-legged newborn.

Prefolds come in sizes and can be used for newborns through to toddlers. A lot of parents use Prefolds in the newborn stage before their babies fit into their One-Size-Fits-Most MCN stash.

Cotton Prefold

Some benefits of using Prefolds:

  • You can do different folds to suit your baby
  • You can tailor absorbency for overnight and heavy wetters
  • Quick drying (+ you can tumble dry if you need to)
  • Cheap! Prefolds are one of the most affordable nappy options
  • Works well for skinny-legged and smaller babies
  • They are great to travel with as they don’t take up too much space

Prefolds are a great, affordable and flexible option to cloth nappy your baby.


About Nappy Lane

Nappy Lane is an online Modern Cloth Nappy Shop. We sell a wide range of nappies as well as do consultations, workshops, local markets and run a nappy library.

We love spreading the good word on modern cloth nappies (MCNs), helping new parents starting out using MCNs and supporting local business. We LOVE Australian designers and owners. All the products we sell have been tried and tested personally and have the Mum, Dad and baby tick of approval.


About Alice

Based in the Illawarra, NSW, I have a funny Irish husband and 3 beautiful kidlets aged 5, 3, and a newborn – all who have been in cloth nappies since birth. I love the parenthood adventure with all the bliss and bedlam it entails.