While cloth diapers are generally cheaper than disposables, costs can still add up. Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds are a more economical, versatile way of cloth diapering than using pricey pocket or all-in-one diapers, parents say. Though more expensive than some prefolds, Bummis prefolds earn raves for their absorbency, durability and softness. However, learning how to properly use prefolds can take some effort, and they can be bulky.
Excellent absorbency, but bulky. Parents say Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds are absorbent and then some. One reviewer finds they can hold more than three times their weight in liquid – not bad for one of the least expensive cloth-diapering options on the market. Another high point is prefolds' versatility. Parents can fold them up and use them with pins or a fastener like the Snappi; as the absorbent layer inside a diaper cover; or as inserts for additional absorbency in other diapers. Parents say they are also ideal changing-pad covers or burp cloths. However, reviewers also say these diapers are one of the bulkier cloth options on the market.
Organic cotton is soft, but lacks wicking power. Bummis Organic Cotton Prefold diapers are made of organic cotton twill that reviewers say gets softer the more it is washed. One reviewer notes that the diapers do feel fairly soaked when they're wet, as cotton lacks the wicking power of other, more specialized fabrics such as microterry or hemp. The diapers are easy to machine wash and dry, though parents note that they shrink up to 25 percent -- common with prefolds. There are no special colors or patterns, but parents can opt to use them with colorful diaper covers for a less traditional look and greater absorbency.
Review Credibility: Excellent Babble.com editors name Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds as Best Prefold after testing them on a toddler and an infant. They say Bummis are an a very soft, economical alternative to $20 cloth diapers, though they may not be as easy to use or as trim under clothing. However, absorbency is supreme, and editors say you can customize the diapers for better performance on each child.
Review: Babble Best Picks: Cloth Diapers, Editors of Babble.com, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good This cloth-diaper roundup covers several popular brands and includes a discussion about the benefits and types of cloth diapers. Rosen says Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds are an "absorbent, economical approach to cloth diapering" and a good way for parents to dabble in cloth diapering without a lot of upfront investment. She notes that the prefolds will shrink in the wash.
Review: Best Cloth Diapers, Melanie Monroe Rosen, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Owners give Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds 4 out of 5 stars in more than 20 reviews on Amazon.com. The prefolds are soft, absorbent "fluffy goodness" and "worth the extra" over other prefolds because they don't deteriorate during washes, reviewers say. They like that they are organic, too. Others note that they are also useful as changing covers and burp cloths. Some reviewers say the prefolds run small, and others say other comparable prefolds are cheaper.
Review: Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds Diaper, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good Blogger Melissa Dimock takes an in-depth look at the benefits of prefolds and the Bummis Organic brand specifically. All prefolds are versatile and inexpensive compared to other cloth diapers, she says, but the Bummis can absorb up to three and a half times their weight in liquid. She says that using only the Bummis prefolds can cost as little as $283 from birth to potty training, and that they will last for another child. The prefolds are also handy as doublers, cloth wipers or burp cloths, she adds.
Review: Review: Bummis Prefolds, Melissa Dimock, April 1, 2012
Review Credibility: Good Owners give Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds 4.6 out of 5 stars in 12 reviews on cloth-diaper retail site DiaperPin.com. The short reviews praise the prefolds' absorbency, versatile fit, durability and softness. A couple of reviewers complain that the diapers run small, and one reviewer says they are too bulky, especially as a doubler.
Review: Bummis Organic Pre-fold Diapers, Contributors to DiaperPin.com, As of February 2012