Flats and Prefolds are your most inexpensive option for cloth diapering.
Flats are made of 100% birdseye weave cotton and are 27" x 27", although they will
shrink 5-10 % after laundering. Since they are only one layer thick,
they are super easy to clean and fast to dry - line dry or your dryer.
This is the first true one size diaper! Just fold it to fit your baby.
Prefolds are the cloth diapers used by most diaper services. They are high quality, yet inexpensive, soft and very absorbent diapers.
Prefold Cloth Diapers have a rectangular shape with three panels going length wise. A Prefold Cloth Diaper will state that it is 4 x 8 x 4 or 3 x 6 x 3, etc. which refers to the number of layers of soft cotton in each panel. The side panels get folded onto the thicker middle panel. The Prefold is then placed on a diaper cover and folded around the baby. No fasteners are needed with most wrap style diaper covers! If you prefer to use waterproof pull-up pants, you will want to fasten the Prefold with a Snappi Fastener or diaper pins.
Look at our Diaper Folding Section to learn how to best fold your Prefold Cloth Diaper. You will find that there are many different ways to use a Prefold and can adapt it to place the most absorbency where your baby has the greatest need.