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    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" days...like 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.

    Angel Wing Cloth Diaper Folding
    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.


    Lay your baby on top of the unfolded cloth diaper end

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

    Pull the folded diaper end up over your baby's tummy

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

    Overlap them over the folded portion and secure with a Snappi

    Step 4: Pull up the "wings" that are behind your baby's back.  Overlap them over the folded portion and secure with a Snappi.




    Bikini Twist - this is my favorite method.  Watch out for little boys, though, that you don't twist up their parts into their diaper!  I like the Bikini Twist because it gives a trim fit, it takes up extra length (good if your prefolds are a little too long), and it puts max absorbency right where your baby needs it.

    Bikini Twist gives Cloth Diapers a trim fit
    Step 1: Lay out prefold and lay your baby on top, leaving about half of the prefold out from underneath.



    Twist the prefold cloth diaper one time

    Step 2: Twist the prefold one time so that the twisted portion is close to your baby's body.  Be especially careful with boys that you don't twist up body parts into the diaper.

    The Cloth Diaper twist should be right between your baby's legs

    Step 3: Pull the end up over your baby's tummy.  The twist should be right between your baby's legs. 

    Pull the diaper wings from behind baby up to the tummy panel

    Step 4: Pull the wings from behind baby up to the tummy panel and secure with a Snappi.