I mostly use receiving blankets for my flat diaper stash. They are large, absorbent and awesome. However, I recently got my hands on some beautiful work-at-home-mom flat cloth diapers. These flat cloth diapers are ideal for smaller babies as they fold up to the perfect padfold size and into the perfect kite fold. But, I still wanted to try them with my toddler! So, whats a mom to do? She’s going to padfold flat cloth diapers a little differently!
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My typical padfold style is to fold the diaper in half. Then fold it in half again. Now you have a quarter of the flat. I then roll it into thirds and call it a day.
As you can see, with the HumBird Stretchy Hemp Flat Diapers this was too small (and honestly a little bulky) for my toddler. The small padfold would have just moved around, squished, and wrinkled inside the cover.
I really wanted to use the HumBird Stretchy Flat Diaper with him because they were already proving to be AMAZING with Little Miss. Time for some creativity in folding. The nice thing about using Flat Diapers is there is no right or wrong way to do things. As a lover of flat diaper, you have free reign to be creative and fold the flat diaper to your heart’s content. Don’t get caught up that there’s the only way to fold things.
How to pad fold a Small Flat for a Toddler
- Lay out your flat.
- Fold in the corners.
- Fold in Half or Thirds.
- Lay in Diaper, and snap on!
Seriously, it is that simple. This strategy gives me the same awesome flat in a much trimmer and BETTER fitting absorbency for my 30lb+ toddler. Meanwhile, I still much prefer the kite fold for my 17lb baby.