How to Fold a Cloth Diaper
One reason many parents choose not to use cloth diapers is because they do not know how to fold a cloth diaper. 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. With some patience and a little practice, you can learn how to fold a cloth diaper and start experiencing all the benefits they bring to you and your baby.
There are a few different ways to fold cloth diapers. There are different folding methods for flat diapers and different methods for prefolds. Learning how to fold a cloth diaper is easy. Start with a beginner folding method. Many cloth diaper beginners feel the kite, newspaper, angel wing or jellyroll are easy folding methods to learn. More advanced cloth diapering parents may prefer to use the origami fold. There are also different folding methods for diapering girls and different methods for boys. For the best absorbency, girls need more layers in the middle while boys need more layers in the front.
You'll need to stock up on cloth diaper covers depending on which folding method you use. Cloth diaper covers provide more wetness protection and keep your baby's clothes clean should the cloth diaper leak or have 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. Diaper covers help trap in messes and prevent the cloth diaper from falling off of your baby. Beginning cloth diaper users sometimes struggle with getting the cloth diaper folded tightly around their wiggling baby. Soiled diapers are heavy. If they are not properly folded and well fitted around your baby, they can slip off. A cloth diaper cover prevents slipping and protects from leaks when you and your baby are out in public.
If you and your baby are at home, you can feel free to ditch the diaper cover. Let your baby crawl and play in just their diaper. This helps clear up any diaper rash or chaffing. Also, your baby's skin stays dry and cool. Just make sure you know how to fold a cloth diaper nice and tight around your baby before you let them go. The last thing you want is to find your naked baby crawling around and their saggy diaper full of poop on your carpet or couch. Keep in mind as babies get older, they become curious. That same diaper full of poop may become your baby's new finger paint activity center if not folded correctly.
When you know how to fold a cloth diaper, messes and slipping diapers are not a problem with practice, you'll soon master the art of folding cloth diapers. Diapering newborns is much easier since they tend to wiggle around less. As your baby gets older you'll meet new challenges and need to learn how to fold a cloth diaper using different methods for their absorbency needs.