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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

How Do You Fold your Flats?

I am taking part in the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry.  For 7 days I will be using only flat cloth diapers and handwashing them in an effort to prove that cloth diapering can be affordable and accessible to all.  You can learn more about the rules and why this challenge was started by visiting the announcement post.  This year there are over 450 participants from all over the world! 
Padfolded flats ready for tomorrow!
How do you fold your flats?  Me?  I'm mostly padfolding.  Why?  Because my mom and hubby don't want to deal with complicated folds.  For the hubby, I put the padfolded flats into pocket diapers - he won't use the Flips.  For my mom. who watches Addie while I'm working, I just padfold them for her to put into the Flip covers.

Once I get home from work, I have tried a diaper bag fold and a kite fold.  I'm not going to lie, putting on the Boingos is challenging when you have a squirmy 8 month old on your changing table - especially when you're new at it.  So far, I'm finding the Snappi more convenient as I have yet to get a good hold with the Boingos and still hold up the middle of the diaper.  It tends to fall out on me - and of course that is a MAJOR problem!  No middle diaper = no coverage in the wet zone.  I'm hoping that by the end of the week I can try out some more folds and master the Boingos.  I want my little girl to run around in the cute tie dyed diapers without a cover!

Diaper drawer!
Just in case there is someone who doesn't know, a padfolded flat is basically a flat folded down to a rectangular shaped insert.  Essentially you fold the flat into quarters and then trifold it.  You can flare out one end a bit to have more coverage in the bum area.

Padfolding is a lot more absorbent than I expected.  I am highly considering replacing the microfiber inserts for my pockets with my flats after the challenge is over!

1 comment:

  1. I'm thinking about switching out my microfiber inserts too. I have to care for them WAY to often, bleaching, extra rinses, etc.