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What Is A Preflat Cloth Diaper

What Is A Preflat Cloth Diaper

Are you ready to dive into the world of cloth diapering innovation? Let's talk about a new trend in the realm of eco-friendly parenting: Preflat cloth diapers. If you're new to the cloth diapering scene, fear not, I'm here to unravel the mysteries of preflats and stretchy preflats and show you why they're gaining popularity among savvy parents.

But first, what exactly is a preflat cloth diaper? 
A preflat, short for "prefolded flat," is a hybrid creation that combines the simplicity of traditional single layer flats with the convenience of prefolds. Picture a flat diaper that's been pre-shaped for you so that most of the origami folding associated with flats is replaced with simply folding in thirds before putting it on baby. 

stretchy preflat cloth diaper

Preflat diapers are typically made from natural fibers like cotton, hemp, or bamboo. The fabric is designed for maximum absorbency yet quick drying. They can be stretchy or non-stretchy materials. Materials with some stretch can help you get a better fit. Manufacturers often sew two or three layers of fabric together, creating a pre-folded, rectangular shape that's ready to use with minimal folding.

So now that we know what it is, how do you use it? 

How to Use Preflat Cloth Diapers:

Using preflats is a breeze once you know how they work, making them an excellent choice for parents seeking an easy to wash and fast drying diapering solution that's a little less fussy to learn than folding a basic flat:

  1. Pad Fold: Lay the preflat flat and fold each side of the bottom rectangle in to the centre to make a pad shape. 

  2. Snappi or Pins: Use a Snappi or diaper pins to secure the preflat around your baby. 

  3. Use A Cover: Preflats are not waterproof and need a waterproof diaper cover on top.

*See a VIDEO of how to use a preflat on our YouTube Channel HERE

Pros Of Preflat Diapers

  • Versatility: Preflats are incredibly versatile, accommodating babies from newborn to toddler.  Simply add a booster or additional insert as baby grows to provide the absorbency they need. They are soft and comfortable for babies. 

  • Quick Drying: Thanks to their design of only 2 or sometimes 3 layers, preflats dry quickly, making them an excellent option for families without easy access to a dryer or those who prefer to line dry.

Cons Of Preflat Diapers

  • Learning Curve: Similar to using flats or prefolds, there is a learning curve at first with preflats. While not as complex as folding traditional flats, preflats may be intimidating for those new to cloth or other caregivers like babysitters or grandparents.

  • Diaper Cover Needed: To achieve a waterproof diapering solution, you'll need to pair preflats with a diaper cover on top. 

  • Can Be Bulkier: Compared to ultra-trim diapering solutions like All-In-Twos or some All-In-Ones, preflats can be bulkier than other diaper options when you add in additional boosters or inserts.  If you add lots of extra absorbency, say for nighttime, you may get close to the bulkiness of a fitted style cloth diaper. It's all in how you layer it. 

In the world of cloth diapering, preflats emerge as a practical choice for parents looking for the simplicity and easy washing of flats paired with the convenience of less folding. 

Shop Preflats HERE

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