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Cotton Prefolds vs Bamboo Prefolds for Newborn

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#1 coco100

Posted 02 July 2009 - 04:47 PM

Up until now I have planned to use the Booroi bamboo prefolds on our next newborn for the first few months until bubs is big enough to start using AIO's.

WHilst shopping around recently I saw on nappybucket.com.au cotton prefolds which are half the price of the bamboo ones.. I have been told by one person who has used these that they have never had any leakage probs... what are your experiences? Should I go cotton because it is cheaper, bamboo because they are supposedly more absorbent, or get a mix of both?

Any how many prefolds will I need? I am budgeting on 30 atm but could I get away with less?

#2 pendingdelivery

Posted 02 July 2009 - 04:58 PM

I've got both and TBH I preferred my cotton over bamboo when he was little. Now I use them both to stuff his pockets and I really don't notice the difference. I think cotton is supposed to be harder wearing but DS's wee will deteriorate anything so I can't comment on that as nothing seems hard wearing enough for him.

I didn't have the Booroi ones everyone raves about either so maybe that would have made a difference?!

#3 crazy*cat*lady

Posted 02 July 2009 - 05:05 PM

Cotton also dries faster.  

I know people swear by bamboo, but DD rarely out wets a cotton pre-fold at 5 months and I like having an option that I can just about guarantee will dry within one day.

#4 FluffyChickenhead

Posted 02 July 2009 - 05:09 PM

Booroi are so thick and thirsty, they are well worth the money. I have them and they are the thirstiest ones ive used yet. The Bamboos do require some sun to get dry because they are so thick, so having a combination of types is helpful.

I would also get some fitteds, you change nappies so many times a day its sometimes nice to have an easy nappy in the middle of the night when you feel like a zombie. Itti bitti snap in and pocket nappies are quick drys

#5 forgetful

Posted 02 July 2009 - 05:16 PM

I have both. I prefer the bamboo as they dry softer and last longer. The cotton dy faster but I find I have to either use 2 or boost them to get longer then one hour out of them

#6 my little pony

Posted 02 July 2009 - 05:24 PM

A bit of both is good - as PP said, the cotton dry much faster than the bamboo ones. You need at least 8-12 per day, so taking into account washing every second day then 30 would be fine. I had 36 prefolds plus a few fitteds and haven't run out (although came close a couple of times! ph34r.gif )

#7 ~*Lou*~

Posted 02 July 2009 - 06:31 PM

When DD (now 21 mths) was born bamboo prefolds weren't really around, it was all cotton prefolds. So I started with 24 infant-sized cotton prefolds, plus 6 newborn sized fitteds and that was fine for washing every 2 days, never ran out. I found cotton worked fine for us, no leaks, and even though bamboo now seems "all the rage" I'll get the cotton ones out again when I next have a new baby.

Maybe a mix of both? cotton is cheaper and does dry faster, bamboo is more expensive and more absorbant but dries slower, but then I'm happy to change my child when she is wet, although increased absorbancy of bamboo would be good for nights when bub hopefully sleeps a bit longer (thats when I tried to use a fitted and cover).


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#8 ImperatorFuriosa

Posted 03 July 2009 - 12:16 AM

I use Booroi cotton prefolds and they dry pretty quickly. Bamboo is pretty absorbant, BUT does take a while to dry. So if you want bamboo buy a few for your stash as they might take a while to dry in the winter cold. I'm not interested in buying bamboo prefolds, to exy for me hehe. I just boost my cotton prefolds with bamboo boosters and that works fine. Saying that I fold a booster into my prefold in a pad fold and insert the prefold into a Booroi PUL cover. I don't actually do the prefold up like a proper nappy. They are the right size for my DS2 but his got a funny shaped body and I just can't seem to get a prefold done up lol. I prefer putting one in a cover instead, except his Booroi covers still gape a bit around the legs and he has leaks sometimes.

I use terry flats mostly with a bamboo booster. I have 36 prefolds in rotation. That's a good rotation number if you are going to use prefolds and that is it. Get some good covers like Motherease, Thirsties, Bummis or BBH and your set!

#9 coco100

Posted 03 July 2009 - 10:48 AM

Well I think you have all convinced me to get a mix.I will look into the fitteds for sure, it does sound like a good idea to have some of those especially for night time.

Now to find exactly what covers I want and I can start buying!

#10 cloudgirl

Posted 14 July 2009 - 02:54 PM

i think i have a super wee-er as he was soaking through his bamboo prefolds on day one at home... so the cotton ones were used for one nappy change and that was it! i now use mine on the change table to soak up the 'accidents' when his nappy is off!

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