If you're new to cloth diapering and thinking of going the prefolds route, you should know that they require prepping. When they first come to you, whether in the mail or you actually go to a store to get them, they will be large and not at all soft. They require a certain amount of prepping.
To prep them, this is what I do:
1. Put all of the new prefolds in the washing machine alone. Don't put any pockets or anything in there. Just keep it to the new prefolds. Anything that's on the prefolds at this point could get on your older diapers and mess them up.
2. Run them through on a hot wash cycle. I often add a small amount of soap at this point as they're new and need to be cleaned before use.
3. Run them through a dry cycle until they're actually dry.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 at least 3 more times.
You may notice after washing that your prefolds look smaller. That's okay! They're meant to do this. Also, as you continue to use and wash these diapers, they will continue to get softer and softer.
Have a great Thursday!