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Folding a Prefold

Fastening a prefold might help with keeping BM's off your diaper covers and is more versatile than just laying the diaper in a wrap. If you fold and fasten your diapers, you can use pull-on or side-snap covers. Or, you can let your baby run around coverless if they are prone to diaper rashes. The folds I've used in the past are the newspaper fold, the bikini twist, and the angel wing fold.

I've recently started using pinned prefolds and pull-ons on Isaac rather than tri-folded prefolds in wraps because he's starting to learn to sit-and crawl. At this stage, I find that the velcro wraps are too binding around the waist (like a pair of tight jeans), and Isaac just doesn't seem as comfortable in them. The pull-ons are nice and soft at the waist and he can fold over in half without anything cutting into his belly. Julia's fine with the wraps as she's walking and sitting upright. I will probably switch Isaac back when he starts walking. For now, the old-fashioned approach is working best for us.

I find that once I've fastened a prefold, my velcro wraps don't work that well as covers. There's too much tucking involved to keep any of the diaper from sticking out. So for fastened prefolds, I prefer to use pull- on covers (like Dappi's), or side-snap covers (like Motherease Airflows).

Oh, and one other little tip: I covered a bar of soap with a pretty piece of fabric and use this as a pincushion for my diaper pins. This keeps them handy and the soap ensures that the pins slide easily through the diapers.

Main page | Types of cloth diapers and covers | My search for the perfect cover | A note on detergents | My repelling fleece saga | Pics of Isaac in cloth dipes | Pics of Julia in cloth dipes | My experiences with diapering a newborn | Nighttime diapering | Diapering on the go | Prefold folds | My recommendations for getting started | Step-by-step diaper change pictorial | Knitting soakers | Trimming prefolds | Homemade pockets | Other earth-friendly choices

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