After hearing the raves about the Diaperbag fold on Diaperswappers (thanks in part to Padded Tush Stats) I tried it, and fell in love. I wanted to add a video tutorial of this fold to the others I have done. I have used this for both boys at night already and it held up beautifully.
The one thing that I love the most about this fold is how easy it is to get a good fit on any size baby. I’ve extended the life of one flat that is too small to be used with the Origami or Kite fold, and I can get larger flats to a very manageable size very easily.
The other wonderful thing about it is how I can actually use it on my changing table!!! I pinch it closed after it has been folded into the finished product, then lay it under him and open it back. If you keep it open and try to transport it it will come undone. Other folds require more folding at the moment, and I find it easier to do those on a floor. I hope you all love this fold as much as I do! I also used Bamboo Terry flats for this video (per request).
Anyone can use this fold but it is especially great for boys because you can double it over in front which gives you lots of layers where little boys need it most!
Special thanks to the DS mama who posted this a few years ago. Here is the original tutorial.
Folding flats in the “Kite” style is actually quite fun! As the name suggests, Kite Style makes your square Flat look, momentarily, like a homemade Kite. When you fold each side in you will see it.
I found the Kite style to be very trim. I also found out that everyone seems to do it just a little differently. I chose to make a tutorial based on the way I found easiest for me.
The absorbency of this fold is really going to depend on how many times you fold the tip in front over and what size flat you are using. And, like with any diaper, you can add an absorbent doubler if you need to.
Folding flats is intimidating! I scoured the internet to find resources on folding them and came across many helpful tutorials and videos. I like to put my own spin on things so I also made a tutorial video.
I don’t claim to be perfect on folding flats but so far my method is working on my son. There are quite a few different ways to Origami fold but I chose the way that worked best for me.
The origami fold gives you about 8-12 layers of absorbency in the wet zone. In may ways it acts like a prefold once you get the diaper folded. I found this fold to be more absorbent than the Kite fold, but the Kite fold is a bit trimmer and easier to put on the baby, in my opinion.
Arguably, the Pad Fold is the easiest way to use flats. This fold turns a large square/ squarish piece of cloth into what can be used as an insert or a soaker to be laid into a cover.
Pad folding means no pins or snappi’s to mess with.
Many mamas love Pad Folded flats as pocket inserts because they wash up like a dream and dry even faster! Plus, the added bonus is that Flats (birdseye flats) are cotton and less prone to the stinkies.
The downside to the Pad Fold is that, depending on the size of your flat, if you need to fold the top over to accommodate a shorter baby it might be bulky up at the front or back.