I’ve used the origami fold, diaper bag fold, pad fold, and variations of them. I’ve snappid, I’ve pinned (or attempted to), folded under a cover, pad folded in a cover & pad folded in a pocket.
If you’re just “tuning in,” I am participating in Dirty Diaper Laundry’s Flats & Handwashing challenge. I will use only flats for one week, and hand wash them during the week as well!
At a leisurely diaper change, I actually enjoy origami folding and snappi’ing, especially with the stretchy and snug-fitting Orange Diaper Co. flat. This method is great to keep covers cleaner with a breastfed baby in my experience, but it does make more of baby’s skin wet, and can take extra time.
My favorite is probably pad folding & using inside a pocket. Baby stays dry, and while folding the flat is a little extra work, you can customize your absorbency, and putting the diaper on is as easy as a disposable. The thick insert opens up to 1 easy to wash layer whether you’re using a machine or washing by hand.
However, if you have to hand wash, it makes much more sense to use a wipeable cover to minimize your laundry, and make it easier to get things clean (PUL vs. a suedecloth inner.) In that case, I like to pad fold flats ahead of time and stack them up. You can either swap the wet flat out for a dry one, or grab a new cover that already has a flat laid inside, and set the used cover aside to air out until the next change. I also like to fan the back out a bit to catch messy messes, ala an angel wing prefold. Pad folding allows me to put the majority of the absorbency up front where little guys need it the most!
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