I will never forget the day I brought my eldest daughter home from the hospital. My husband and I had barely made it through the door and were still basking in the glow of this stunningly sweet bundle of joy when we realized our mistake ...

We had been meticulously planning the birth and arrival of our baby for months ... researching, testing and purchasing all of the supplies we would need to care for our little one. Our nursery was stocked with organic cotton onesies, toxin-free baby wash, and of course, cloth diapers. Not the newfangled "all-in-one" cloth diapers that stock store shelves today, but the old-school flat cotton diapers that have been around for decades. And while we had prewashed and folded each and every one of those little diapers in advance of our baby's arrival, we had yet to figure out how exactly to put the darned things on. Needless to say, our first day of cloth diapering was a trial filled with lots of errors. 

Don't get caught unprepared. Here's a step-by-step guide to folding cloth diapers: 

1. Lay the diaper down on a flat surface and fold in half from the bottom up so that the fold is on the bottom.

2. Fold the left side of the diaper so that the edge overlaps the middle by about one inch. Do the same thing on the right side so that you now have six layers of cloth in the middle of the diaper.

3. Fold the bottom corners of the diaper in diagonally. The diaper should now be pointed at the end.

4. Lay your baby flat on the diaper and gently pull the diaper up between his legs so that it rests on his belly. Pull the wings of the diaper from behind him and around his waist so that they lay on top of the middle section. Fasten with pins or a Snappi and slide a diaper cover over top to prevent leaks.  

Baby pic: iloveozandims


How to fold a cloth diaper
A step-by-step guide to folding "old-school" cloth diapers.