Folding Prefolds
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Below are several ways to fold and use a cloth diaper. Click images to enlarge.

standard fold (flat diaper, with or without pins)

diaper cover fold (flat diaper, no pins)

kite fold (flat diaper, with or without pins)

Originally posted on Diaper Pin by Baby Bunz & Co.


How to fold a Chinese Prefold Diaper to Use with Pins or a Snappi Fastener

1. Lay the diaper flat lengthwise in front of you 2. Fold the bottom of the diaper up towards the center. Adjusting the length to fit your baby and/or her diaper cover. 4. Fold in the remaining side and tuck in to the previously folded side to help keep it in place.
4. Fold in the remaining side and tuck in to the previously folded side to help keep it in place. 5. Fold the diaper up between babies legs. 6. Pin the diaper on each side or use a Snappi Fastener.

How to fold a Chinese Prefold Diaper Basic Fold

1. Lay the diaper flat lengthwise in front of you 2. Bring the two sides of the diaper in towards the center folding into thirds. 3. Fan out the top of the diaper to fit inside of a diaper cover or to use when pinning or using a snappi fastener

This is the most basic of folds and from this point the diaper can be laid in a cover, pinned or fastened with a Snappi Fastener.


How to fold a Chinese Prefold Diaper for use with a Velcro or Snap Cover

1. Lay the diaper flat lengthwise in front of you 2. Fold the bottom of the diaper up towards the center. Adjusting the length to fit your baby and/or her diaper cover. 4. Fold in the remaining side and tuck in to the previously folded side to help keep it in place.

4. Fold in the remaining side and tuck in to the previously folded side to help keep it in place. 5. Lay the diaper in your diaper wrap and fasten.

How to fold a Chinese Prefold Diaper using the Bikini / Twist Method

1. Lay the diaper flat lengthwise in front of you 2. Turn the bottom of the diaper over twisting once in the center. 3. Bring the diaper up between babies legs and fasten on each side using diaper pins or a Snappi Fastener.

About Brookie-Lee

Brookie-Lee is the mother of four wonderful children and wife to her best friend. She is a La Leche League Leader, Hypnobabies instructor, and previous owner of Happybottomus. She gives birth at home, breastfeeds, co-sleeps, cloth diapers, baby-wears, non-vax, eats organically, uses natural remedies, does yoga, and now homeschools. She lives in Historic Northeast Kansas City and has an urban farm with a garden and chickens.
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3 Responses to Folding Prefolds

  1. Julia Knapp says:

    Which folding method do you recommend the most? Is there one or a couple that have better absorbency than the others? what about keeping all the solid stuff in?

    • Brookie-Lee says:

      The jelly roll fold is a good one for holding in messes. I will work on getting that up on the website soon.

  2. farmermama says:

    cannot read the white text for the Diaper Pin post…can you please fix it ?