It's day five of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry. For one full week, participants from all across the country promise to use flat cloth diapers AND wash them by hand. The purpose of the challenge is to raise awareness and spread the word that cloth diapers are a viable option for families struggling to afford clean diapers for their babies, even if they may not have easy access to a washer and dryer. 

Today we are discussing our favorite folds for flats. Flat cloth diapers can be folded in a variety of different ways to add layers of absorbency right where your baby needs it. There are so many different and creative folds!

Last year, my plan was to learn and use a different fold for each day of the challenge, but my little guy had different plans. He didn't have time for that! He had places to go, things to see. So the entire week, I ended up pad folding. To pad fold, you simply fold the flat into a long rectangle, and lay it in the cover- just like an insert.

It's super easy! Here's how to do it:

 Lay out your flat.


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Either fold the flat up or down in half, which is much easier without a kiddo standing on it ;)


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Fold in half again, this time to the side. 


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 Next fold the flat in thirds...


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then lay it inside the cover and fasten the cover on the baby! 


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If you don't have any pins or a Snappi or you just want to go the easiest route when diapering your babe with flats (really, who doesn't?), using the pad fold is definitely the way to go! Plus you get many layers of absorbency in the wet zone of the diaper.


For the past year, whenever I've used flats on my son, I went ahead and pad folded them. I just assumed that he wouldn't sit still enough for any other folds. Surprisingly, he's suddenly decided to be cooperative and allow me to try out different folds! Head on over to my personal blog, Apron Strings Attached, where I share my new favorite fold! 


Also, follow me on Instagram where I’ll share the good, the bad, and the yucky throughout my week participating in the Flats Challenge! (@apronstringsattached) If you’re participating in the challenge, be sure to use the hashtag #flatschallenge and #bringingflatsback so we can follow you too!  :)



Stephanie Beck is a busy mama of four. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. Stephanie started her blog, Apron Strings Attached, because she wanted to share her experiences with raising kids, breastfeeding struggles and success, and cloth diapering. She now enjoys blogging about life in cloth diapers for TGN.


 *Although I am compensated for my time writing, all opinions expressed are genuine and 100% my own.


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