March 18, 2009

How do you stuff a pocket diaper?

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At the request of my husband, the bulk of our diapers are pocket diapers. They are just as easy as a disposable when the need for a diaper change arises. The system works best if all the diapers are stuffed and ready, so it’s the first thing I do every other morning. Pocket diapers comprise about three-fourths of our stash, but I need only about twenty minutes to get all the diapers from the dryer to the shelf.

Stuffing a pocket diaper can be frustrating. I’ve discovered a little trick that works perfectly on our Knickernappies diapers. My husband kindly served as photographer so you can see it in action.

First, place a hand on each side of the diaper cover and scrunch it up on either side. (Ladies, think pantyhose!)

I hold the diaper cover with my left hand and place the inserts into the opening with my right hand.

I then slide my left hand over so I can pinch the inserts at the closed end of the diaper cover.

I spread the right hand so my thumb is on one side of the insert and my fingers are on the other, tucked just inside the diaper cover. I hold them out slightly, so they can slide easily on either side of the insert. Then I pull my right hand down, dragging the cover with it. The insert and end of the cover stay in place, still held firmly by my left hand.

That’s it! I like to give the diaper one good snap to even everything out. Sometimes I then run my fingers over the edges just to make sure the insert is smooth.