May 20, 2010

How to fold prefold diapers - Part 1 - Angel Wing Method

A wonderful way to save money or supplement your diaper stash is to use prefold diapers. I often recommend having at least half a dozen on hand for "just in case" when your baby is sick or if you miss doing laundry. And a stash of just prefolds is the most economical way to cloth diaper your baby. But how do you use them? How do you fold them?

There are lots of ways to fold prefolds. I've started this tutorial with two basic ways. They're both easy to learn and easy to use.

Angel Wing - this is probably the most common method and one that your mom or grandma likely used.

Step 1: Lay out your prefold, then fold the sides on one end toward the middle. The prefold shown is a preemie size, but if your prefold is a little too long, you can fold down the folded end to be the right length.

Step 2: Lay your baby on top of the unfolded end.

Step 3: Pull the folded end up over your baby's tummy.

Step 4: Pull up the "wings" that are behind your baby's back. Overlap them over the folded portion and secure with a Snappi.
Post and photos by Heather Hicks.  Copyright CDO LLC.


These are great posts! I have a few prefolds and I know I wasn't using them to their advantage. Thanks!

Prefolds are so versatile...they can be used as diapers, inserts, changing pads, burp clothes, blankets, etc. And for rashes, they're really nice for extra breathability. Plus, if I use rash cream and it seeps through the liner, I'm not ruining an expensive diaper (plus rash cream isn't quite as hard on prefolds as it is on pocket diapers).