Cloth Diaper Folding Basics
There are many different ways to fold a Prefold! I have picked out the two most popular styles that have worked well for me and many others. You will find step-by-step instructions for those. (Your Prefolds will fluff up and look like the ones in the pictures – they just need to be washed and dried 4 to 5 times!)
My Favorite Fold (Basic Fold)
Step Six: Secure a
the diaper making sure that absolutely no part of the
out of the cover anywhere. Your diaper will leak at
where it sticks out!
One: Lay the Prefold flat on the
table, with the color stitched ends at the top and bottom
Place the baby's bottom on top of the diaper so that the
of the diaper comes to about the waist of the baby.
Two: Fold the lower side panels
diaper on top of the thicker center panel, so that the
together under the bottom of the diaper. (The top edges of
behind the baby's lower back are spread out.) The diaper
now have a kind-of a V-shape. If you want to add a Diaper
or Flushable Liner, you will need to it lay on top of the
section now. Step
Three: Grab the front section
fold it over the baby. For newborns and babies moving into
size of Prefold, the top section of the diaper will reach
the waist. Step
Four: Fold the piece that is too
back onto itself. Some people prefer to fold the piece
that is too
long over before they start and have it positioned at the
the diaper. You will need to try which one works better
Five: Pull the tucked edges of
of the diaper out and pull them around the sides of the
the “wings” from the back and wrap each one around the
side of the
baby. Secure the diaper with a Snappi Fastener as shown in
(secure sides first; the bottom plastic hook gets secured
Depending on the size of your baby, the Snappi Fastener
far into the side of the diaper or can catch the tips of
Step Six: Secure a cover around the diaper making sure that absolutely no part of the diaper sticks out of the cover anywhere. Your diaper will leak at the places where it sticks out!
Fold the sides of the Prefold onto the thicker, center panel. Lay the folded diaper lengthwise on top of the cover. Position baby's bottom on top the back section and fold the front diaper and cover over the front of the diaper. Secure Velcro. You may need to fold a section of the diaper back onto itself either at the front or the back if the diaper is too long. Once again make sure no piece of the diaper shows.
Start off again with the diaper in a big V-shape (described above). Twist the front of the diaper once as you are folding diaper over the baby. The twisted section of the diaper should be positioned over the groin area of the baby. Fan out the top front area and fasten with Snappi Fastener as explained above. (You might need to fold the diaper over if it is too long.) Many moms like this fold as it leaves a lot of bulk where it is needed most.