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5th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge- Day 6:  Flat Fold Favs

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The 5th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge is almost over. We have made it to day 6! Today we’ll talk about flat folds and what has worked best for you.

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Over the course of the week, I’ve worked with large thick terry flats, small thin cotton flats, less than square flats, and loosely woven flour sack towels. Each style flat seems to have a different fold that works best for it, and of course the baby that will be wearing it is a factor as well. My long skinny two year old wears her flats quite differently than her 20+ lb six month old sister. It’s also a good idea to consider wet pattern as well. A toddler will generally go a while without doing anything then go a lot all at once, whereas a nurse on demand baby may have a little here and there pretty much constantly. Not to say that is a rule, just an example. For the former, I’d make sure there is extra absorbency directly in the soaker area, and for the latter I’d be more inclined to look for overall coverage that could spread over time for longer absorbency.

The three folds I’ve turned to the most this week are the airplane fold, the origami fold, and the bikini twist. The airplane fold seems to offer the most absorbency where I need it, and yet is surprisingly trim even on a more plush terry bamboo flat. The origami fold is a great way to utilize a larger flat and get lots of extra layers, this is my favorite for overnight with a wool cover since it holds up well over a longer stretch of time. The bikini twist is a great quick option that reduces the need to jelly roll, tuck, or otherwise adjust your diapers, especially helpful if your covers don’t have gussets. I like this fold for my long thin girl, since it’s so quick and easy it’s great for changes throughout the day.

The airplane fold is a new one for me this year, I read about it in our facebook group, and after trying it I’m a convert. I know it’s been around a while but I was browsing for something different that worked especially well for toddlers and I think this is it. I found instructions for it here: http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1213698

Of course the origami fold has been a favorite of mine for a while, and Kim has a great video tutorial for it here on the site: http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/how-to-fold-a-flat-origami-style/

The bikini twist is about as simple as it gets (aside from the pad fold) and Kim shows us how it’s done here: http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/how-to-fold-a-prefold-4-video-tutorials-jelly-roll-angel-wing-bikini-twist-and-trifold/

Experimenting with different flats and folds is a great way to find a style that is perfect for you and your little ones, so if you’re getting frustrated and having leaks try switching up your routine a bit.

There are a million ways to fold a flat, what’s your favorite?  Our blogs will be linking up their posts but if you’re not blogging and have a favorite flat fold let us know in the comments!

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How to Fold a Flat Diaperbag Style- Video and Image Tutorial

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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.

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How to Fold a Flat Kite Style

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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.

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How to Fold a Flat Origami Style

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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.

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How to Pad Fold a Flat- Easy to Follow Video Tutorial

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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.

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