I am no expert on using flats and prefolds. I prefer the convenience of my AIO’s or AI2’s. However, I have found an affection for the ease of washing that comes with using them. What my newness brings to you instead are a few ways to fold flats and prefolds that are so easy even a beginner like me can do it with ease. That means if you are new, you should have no trouble at all mastering them either!
I only have my daughter Sophia as my test subject. :) She is 23 months old now. These folds are what worked for us. What that means is that I dealt with mostly solid poo and a heavy wetter. What worked here may not work for you and may not be the right folds for a newborn or a baby that is EBF (exclusively breastfed).
First up, my favorite way to create a powerful anti-leak solution for heavy wetters. I first brought this up in my Cloth Diapering at Night: Budget Edition.
Lay out your larger prefold (1) and place the smaller prefold (trifolded) in it (2) or your insert (3), then trifold the bigger one over the smaller one (4). Use this as an insert in your favorite PUL/TPU cover, wool or fleece soaker.
Next up: The Diaper Bag Fold using a Flat
I tried this one because I found it here and Autumn said it was a good one. I have to agree.
Last: The Angel Wing Fold (or Newspaper Fold) using a Prefold
Lay the prefold out flat. Next fold it in thirds. Then fold the bottom up. Pull the tops out to form the wings (looks like an upside down triangle). Place baby on (or Minnie in this case), pull bottom up over baby and pull wings around and secure with either Snappies, Boingos or pins.
I’m so glad that I had a chance to work with Sweetbottoms Baby on this. I may not have ever ventured into flats and prefolds again. Click here to read my flats and prefolds review. If you haven’t already, please enter the giveaway that is being sponsored by Sweetbottoms Baby! You have 2 more chances to enter by commenting on this post as well.
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