Sunday, November 30, 2014

Our Favorite Ways To Fold Flats - A Photographic Guide To Folding Flat Diapers

There are so many ways to fold flats!   It was one of the things that discouraged me from using flats when I first started to cloth diaper my baby.  We went a long time without using them because I was just intimidated.  There were so many ways to do it.  How would I find the right way for me?  Well, after a long time researching and practicing, I found several ways that worked well for us.  I decided to put my favorites together for you in this photographic guide.  I'm a very visual person.  I have to see it done to really get it.  So I hope this photographic guide can help you on your journey to mastering flat diapers!

First and foremost, the key to successfully using flats is to use a good quality flat diaper.  Personally, the only good use for a Gerber Flat is for a spit up rag in my opinion.  If flats are going to work well for you, they have to be a real high quality flat diaper.  My personal preference are the Cloth-eez Organic Birdseye Flat Diapers from Green Mountain Diapers.  They hold up to pretty much anything, the price is fantastic for what you get, I'm supporting a small family owned business from buying from them and they have options!  Options are great!  They have full sized flats and half size.  Half sizes are great for newborns and little bums and for making an extra "insert" to add some extra absorbency to your full sized flat if you have a heavy wetter like my kiddo. Half sizes work for bigger bums too.  They also have white and unbleached flats.   Plus, if you order from Green Mountain, they have tons of other diapering options in addition to flats and also have Snappis and diaper pins if you need them so its a one-stop-shop.  You can get it all in the same place!

But before I get to folding, I have to mention that it is always best to prep your flats according to the maker's prepping and washing instructions. For my photos below, I am using brand new unprepped flats because we don't use a dryer and I line dry everything.  My flats always look pretty wrinkly since they air dry so in order for you to see good clean folds, I'm going to use unwashed flats.  When you do this at home, be sure to use prepped and ready flats for your baby!

Now lets get folding!

Full Fold 1

Full Fold 2 

Half Fold 1

Half Fold 2

I hope these examples are helpful for you!
 If you know of any other helpful flat folding tutorials, leave a link in the comments and share it with us!

I was provided with complimentary Green Mountain Flats to use in this post.
I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own!


  1. I was pretty intimidated by the folding too, but flats are the cheapest so I might give this a try. And thanks fir the great visuals

  2. Thanks for this great tutorial! This will definitely come in handy.