How To Fold And Use Cloth Diapers

Cloth Diapers

Cloth DiapersLet’s skip right past the superb diaper debate and assume that you’ve read what there’s to read, done your soul-searching, and made the choice for your baby. However, it is practically nothing but natural against that tender skin. Regardless of whether your choice is ecological, economical, or influenced by something else entirely, you have decided on cloth diapers for baby. Now it’s time for Diapering 101 – how do you turn a rectangle of cloth into a comfy cover for the little baby?

Wash The Diapers First

Do not ever diaper your baby in a brand new cloth diaper directly from the plastic wrapping. In between the natural cotton as well as the manufacturing procedure, new diapers have a waxy covering that reduces their absorbency and can irritate baby’s skin. Toss all of your new diapers into the washer and run them at least five or six cycles with detergent, bleach and the hottest water you can muster. If you have got a clothesline and a sunny day, that is the ideal way to dry them.

Folding Diapers

You thought you had made your last choice after you picked the diaper, did you? You will find more choices in 100% natural cloth diapers than you will find in the disposable diapers aisle at the supermarket. Prefold, padded, flat-folded, nappy-style, all-in-ones, all-in-twos, these are enough to make your head spin just trying to absorb it all. For the purpose of this diapering baby class, we’ll believe that you’re working with plain old flat-folds which is a very simple rectangle of absorbent cotton that could have a quilted layer running down the middle for additional absorbency. Here are some different methods of folding diapers, courtesy of moms, grandmas and also the manufacture’s.

The Angel-Wing Fold

1. Lay the diaper length-wise on the changing table. Fold the sides of the diaper in to the middle to form an absorbent pad.

2. Fold a few inches down at the front.

3. Unfold the sides at the back of the diaper, fanning them out.

4. Place the baby on the diaper, and pull the front up in between his or her legs.

5. Positioning the front against his belly, bring both sides of the back around to the front, and pin in place, pushing the pin through one or two layers of diaper. You do not need to go all the way through the diaper to ensure that the pin is against baby’s skin.

Bikini Twist High-Cut Fold

1. Lay the diaper flat on the table.

2. Turn one end of the diaper totally over, twisting the diaper at the midpoint to form an absorbent pad.

3. Place the baby on the diaper (or the diaper under the baby, whichever is simpler).

4. Pull the front of the diaper up between baby’s legs.

5. Pull back corners of the diaper around the baby, over the front corners and pin firmly.

Double-Diaper For Heavy Wetters

1. Use one regular diaper and one infant size diaper. Lay regular diaper on table. Place infant size diaper in center.

2. Fold sides of infant diaper in, then fold sides of regular diaper in to cover the infant diaper.

3. Fold a few inches of the diaper front up, then fan the back of the diaper out to form angel wings.

4. Plop the baby in the center of the diaper, and continue as for the angel wing fold.

Whichever fold you choose to make use of, cover the whole thing with a diaper cover, smooch the little child and send him back off to play with a warm, dried bottom.

 How to fold a prefold cloth diaper (5 different options)
In this video I will show you how to fold a prefold diaper using a snappi and cover and also a cover with no snappi or pins.

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