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How to Fold Cloth Diapers

When you learn how to fold cloth diapers, using them for your baby becomes as simple as using disposable diapers. Cloth diapers require a little practice and getting use to. If you commit yourself to learn how to fold cloth diapers and use them for your baby, you'll find cloth diapers offer many benefits to the health and overall well-being of your baby. You'll also find cloth diapers are more affordable than disposable diapers over time.

Folding Diapers

Flat cloth diapers and cloth prefolds need to be folded before they are ready to use on your baby. Practice makes perfect. If you have been practicing different ways on how to fold cloth diapers, you'll be comfortable using different folds for your baby. Different folds offer different levels of protection. There are also different folds for girl or boy babies. For the best absorbency, girls need more layers in the middle while boys need more layers in the front.

Beginners can learn how to fold cloth diapers by watching videos or reading directions on the Internet. Many cloth diaper beginners feel that the kite, newspaper, angel wing or jellyroll are easy folding methods to learn. Cloth diaper packages contain folding instructions with pictures and step-by-step guides. More advanced cloth diapering parents may prefer to use the origami fold. The more familiar you become with folding cloth diapers, the easier it will be to find a method that works best.

Using Diaper Covers

Using flat and prefold diapers means you'll need plenty of cloth diaper covers on hand. Flat and prefold cloth diapers can sometimes leak. Cloth diaper covers are made from waterproof fabrics. They provide more wetness protection and trap in messes. Cloth diaper covers keep your baby's clothes clean if the flat or prefold cloth diaper has a blow out. Cloth diaper covers are especially helpful when out of the house with your baby. They can be wiped clean and reused throughout the day. You only need to change the flat or prefold diaper if your baby has soiled it. Beginning cloth diaper users who don't now how to fold cloth diapers tightly around their wiggling baby use diaper covers as a back up. Cloth diaper covers secure the diaper in place and prevent heavy soiled diapers from slipping.

If you know how to fold cloth diapers securely, you can forgo the cloth diaper cover. Letting your baby crawl around the house in just their cloth diaper can clear up any diaper rash or chaffing. Also, it can keep your baby's skin stay dry and cool. Diapering newborns is much easier since they tend to wiggle around less. With practice, you'll be a cloth diaper folding professional. As your baby gets older, you'll meet new challenges and need to learn how to fold cloth diapers using different methods based on the baby's absorbency needs.

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