Quick Update: I’m giving this old post a fresh update because once again I’m participating in the 2018 Flats and Handwashing Challenge now hosted by Cloth Diaper Revival. This challenge helps showcase real solutions for parents struggling with diapering. This fold continues to be my favourite a recently updated video on how to pad fold can be found on my YouTube Channel and the bottom of this post.
Today’s topic for the Dirty Diaper Laundry Flats & Handwashing Challenge is Techniques: Performance: How You Make Flats Work For You.
Let’s talk my super simple daytime technique for how I make flats work – the Padfold. I love a padfolded flat.
When I signed up for this challenge, I had ZERO experience using Flat cloth diapers. I knew about Flats and advocated for cost effective FST/receiving blankets for stuffing cloth diapers, but never actually used them. This whole experience has been a learning curve. And so far, I’m loving it.
Naturally some diapers are more absorbent than others and some times of the day require more absorbency than others. Therefore , I do plan which flats for which occasions. If it’s nap time, mid-morning, or I have an inkling we might push the 2 hour mark I go for a recieving blanket. Whereas the flour sack towel (FST) is great for shorter trips and occasions.
I’m Team Padfold.
I’ve received a bit of slack about this from friends and family. They don’t think I’m actually doing the challenge. But the challenge isn’t about going back 100 years, it’s about real, practical diapering solutions for the modern day parent
What is Padfolding? Basically you just fold the flat into a pad (long enough or short enough) and lay it in the diaper and call it good. It just looks like an insert. This is great for diaper covers that have front flaps inside the diaper but you can
Why no fancy folds… Because my 9 month old could care less for a diaper change and runs away. Sure snappis make things easy, but honestly, just Padfold. This should be easy.
Even when I do baby oragami the poop still ends up on the cover. So, whatever. Padfold all the time – well except at night time.
How to Padfold
Honestly, I wing it.
The basic steps is to fold the diaper in half, and in half, and then into thirds. But you can do any combinations of these steps.
Why I don’t Padfold at Night
I gave up padfolds because nights require TWO flats.
TWO Padfolded flats = BULK & Leaks…
#teampadfold for the win! Join me on instagram if you are Team Padfold