A few months ago we released the results from our Insert Absorbency Experiment. You know what came out on top as most absorbent? These bad boys. The Geffen Baby Fleece Prefold (in size Extra Large) held a whopping 14 ounces (that’s three ounces more than the beloved Knickernappies SuperDo that is frequently mentioned in other reviews here at PTS!).
In this review, we are going to talk about the features of this prefold, and how it worked on our kids.
There are 4 layers of ultra soft combed organic hemp/cotton. The blend is 60% Hemp, 40% organic cotton.
Tara: This is VERY soft. I did find that I got some pilling on the fabric that made it softer than I had hoped.
Carolyn: The fleece is like that on the inside of a sweatshirt, though the fabric is thicker. As most prefolds do with our hard water, this diaper seemed to get stiffer over time. I was initially able to fold it around my baby and fasten it with a Snappi, but the more I used it, the more difficult it became for me to fold and for the Snappi to grab hold. I do not know if this diaper would be easier to Snappi in different water conditions or using a different size prefold, but I would encourage people to not let that turn them off from trying it as it works excellently when trifolded (I actually prefer to use it that way!)
These prefolds come in 4 sizes (all of which have the same number of layers of fabric): Extra small is for babies approximately 0-3 months old, and measures 12×13.5 inches. Small is for babies aged 1-6 months, and measures 14×16.5 inches. Medium/Large is meant for babies 6-12+ months old, and measures 16×18.5 inches. X-Large is for toddlers from 18 months to potty training, and measures 18×21.5 inches. (All measurements are before washing).
Tara: I used the size extra large. My kids are in the 26-29 pound range and I found it to be very large on them. I think in the future I’d get the Medium/Large.
Carolyn: I started using the size small on Emily when she was 14 weeks and 11.5 pounds. At 23 weeks and 13.5 pounds, the fit and absorbency levels have remained unchanged.
Extra Large prefold in an Imagine One Size Cover:
Extra Large prefold in a Swaddlebees Capri Cover:
Tara: Here is how I would fill out a Padded Tush Stats Survey for Prefolds based on how it worked on my kids (I have a 2 year old son that is 26 pounds and a 3 year old daughter that is 27 pounds. Both are normal to heavy wetters).
Notes on Responses:
- Absorbency: Holy SMOKES this was absorbent. I wasn’t quite ready for night tests yet (I like to finish nap tests first) and my husband grabbed this for night time—he even TRIFOLDED it rather than pinned it and it was totally bulletproof.
- Trimness: The only downside of this prefold is that it is VERY thick. I definitely like it for naps and night, but it isn’t a top choice for daytime. In those cases, I like to grab my Geffen Baby Inserts, which are ridiculously trim and incredibly absorbent.
I would have to fold it over like this to get in my largest cover (the Swaddlebees Capri):
- Fit: I will say, this would probably get a better score if I had a smaller size. I tried this larger size and I think that my kids are just too little. So the diaper was huge on them.
Carolyn: Here is how I would fill out a Padded Tush Stats Flats, Prefolds, and Contours survey based on how it worked on my daughter, who ranges from being a normal to heavy wetter.
Notes on my responses:
- I consider this a nighttime diaper and not something I would put on my child during the day. There’s nothing PROHIBITING someone from building an entire stash out of these prefolds, but there are plenty of other diapering options that are absorbent enough to last 2 hours. Using one instead that can easily last for 14 hours (and 2-3 nursing sessions) just seems like overkill. Score for “worth the price” reflects the fact that I compared it to our other, similarly absorbent nighttime diapering options (which are 2-3 times the cost of this diaper).
- The size small diaper, when trifolded, fit perfectly inside a size 1 Swaddlebees Capri or Imagine Newborn diaper cover with the rise fully extended, a small (sized) Thirsties diaper cover, and the Smart Bottoms Too Smart 3.0 cover on the medium rise setting.
- This diaper, when trifolded, is not terribly trim, but it’s also not terribly bulky (it’s perhaps slightly thicker than a traditional cotton prefold, and definitely less bulky than most of our other nighttime diapers!) Scores for “trim” and “liked by skeptics” reflect the properties of a prefold in general, and not anything negative about this particular prefold.
16 weeks / approximately 11.5 pounds
These are made in the USA.
Where to Buy: You can see who carries this diaper by typing in “Geffen Baby” at the Cloth Diaper Retailer Database (www.clothdiaperretailers.com). You can compare retailers based on shipping costs, location, and even specials they have going on. Many of them even post exclusive discounts for Padded Tush Stats followers. If you buy from those with an asterisk (***) next to their name, a portion of your purchase goes towards supporting this site, so thank you in advance!
Have You Tried This Insert?
If you have tried this prefold (or any other prefold, flat, or contour diaper!) please head on over to our Prefolds, Flats and Contours survey page and take a quick, 2-minute survey on how this survey worked for you. Survey responses go towards detailed statistical reviews.
Change-Diapers provided this product for review, but that did not impact the opinions reflected in this post.