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About Prefolds

On this page you will find information about prefold diapers as well as how to prep them and how to fold them. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to send me an email.

What Are Prefolds: These are diapers that have been 'pre-folded' and sewn into 3 panels of differing thicknesses. The number of layers in each panel is referred to as the ‘ply’. The outer two panels usually have anywhere from 2 to 4 layers (ply) of thickness. The maximum absorbency is found in the center panel – anywhere from 6 to 8 layers. So if there are 4 layers on the two outer panels and 6 layers down the center, the ply would be 4x6x4. You can use baby-safe pins or a Snappi to close the diaper. Prefold diapers always require a cover (although some choose to let their babies go coverless to help air out the bum and to change them as soon as they pee).

Prepping Prefolds: When you first receive your prefolds they will be very flat, thin and stiff – this is normal. You need to wash AND dry them a few times prior to first use. The first wash I generally recommend using laundry detergent, but subsequent times it is not necessary. Make sure you wash AND dry each cycle before starting again. Once you start washing them you will notice that they fluff up, become soft, waffle in appearance, and shrink in size. The more you wash them the more absorbent (and soft) they will be!

Getting Ready: Lay your diaper out flat on a safe changing surface. It should be lengthwise with the serged edges on the top and bottom. If you are using an insert or doubler it will go in between the baby and the diaper. If you are using a liner (with or without an insert/doubler) it will go closest to the baby’s bottom. Make sure you have your pins or snappi at hand, as well as your cover.


TIP: When using any of the below folds. Remember to pull the diaper snugly around your baby and always hold tight. The more tight and snug you make the diaper the trimmer the diaper will be AND it will better contain leaks and messes! Practice, practice and practice and have lots of patience!


FOLDING PREFOLDS

The Tri-fold: This is the easiest type of fold. It is designed to be used in your cover without the use of pins or a snappi.

1. Lay your cover down flat.
2. Lay your prefold on top of the cover.
3. Fold bottom edge of the prefold up 1-4” to adjust the rise
4. Fold into thirds, lengthwise (left panel on top of centre panel, right panel on top of left panel).
5. Place baby on top of prefold centered top to bottom. Lift bottom of prefold to baby’s belly button.
6. Close cover securing with snaps or velcro. Make sure that there is no prefold peeking out of the cover!

The Newspaper Fold (also called The Angel Wing Fold): There are slight variations to this fold. You will find with practice what works best for you.

1. Lay prefold flat – (I generally prefer NOT to work on top of the cover and put it on at the end).
2. Fold bottom edge of the prefold up 1-4” to adjust the rise.
3. Fold into thirds, lengthwise (left panel on top of centre panel, right panel on top of left panel).
4. Spread open the top portion of the prefold so it is wider than the bottom, creating wings.
5. Place baby on top of diaper. Bring bottom edge up to baby’s belly button.
6. Grab left wing and bring around waist and place on top of prefold, do the same with the right side.
7. Fasten with pins or a snappi.
8. Close cover securing with snaps or velcro. Make sure that there is no prefold peeking out of the cover!

The REVERSE Newspaper Fold (or reverse Angel Wing): Personally, my favourite!

1. Lay prefold flat.
2. Fold into thirds, lengthwise (left panel on top of centre panel, right panel on top of left panel).
3. Spread open the top portion of the prefold so it is wider on top creating wings.
4. Place baby on top of diaper. Bring bottom edge up to baby’s belly button – pull tight!
5. Fold excess edge down to adjust rise.
6. Spread out the bulky material so it wraps around the baby’s waist.
7. Grab left wing and bring around waist and place on top of prefold, do the same with the right side.
8. Fasten with pins or a snappi.
9. Close cover securing with snaps or velcro. Make sure that there is no prefold peeking out of the cover!

Personally when I use the Reverse Newspaper Fold – I start with my pre-fold completely open and flat and lay baby on the pre-fold. I then take the edges just under the bum and either roll or fold them in tapering to the bottoms (although the bottom edge remains a good 4” wide. Then I pull up to the belly button and fold down and finish like above.


The Bikini Twist: Most people really like this fold and it seems to be recommended more for girls seeing as the extra bulk of the prefold is in between the legs.

1. Lay prefold flat.
2. Place baby on prefold so the bum is in the slightly higher than the middle of the prefold.
3. Twist the diaper once by taking the right edge and bringing it over to the left edge. Take the left edge (which should be on the bottom and bring it underneath the pre-fold so it is now on the right side).
4. Take bottom edge of the diaper and bring towards the belly button.
5. Fold down excess to adjust the rise.
6. Tuck edges around the baby’s waist.
7. Grab left wing and bring around waist and place on top of prefold, do the same with the right side.
8. Fasten with pins or a snappi.
9. Close cover securing with snaps or velcro. Make sure that there is no prefold peeking out of the cover!


I have tested these instructions on my husband! I hope that if he could follow them, that you can too! I do intend to post pictures of the steps as soon as I can. In the meantime if you have questions, please ask!!


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