You got to know when to fold ’em {Flats and Handwashing Challenge Day #6}

This post is part of the 5th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, an education and awareness campaign designed to highlight the benefits of using cloth diapers even in less than ideal financial circumstances.

I admit it– the number one reason I have steered clear of flats even after 7 years of cloth diapering is folding. Looking at online diagrams, even watching tutorial videos … it all seemed so involved.

Give me a prefold in the super-simple Angel Fold any day, I thought.

Turns out, it’s not such a big deal. If you can fold paper, you can fold a flat. It just takes practice– and trial and error on your baby– to get it just right.

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I started out the week with the mini-origami fold. While it did a great job of consolidating the bulk of the diaper where Jude needs it most, it was also just a touch too short rise-wise, and I never quite mastered extending it to where I was happy. That put me on the hunt for a different fold. After a few pad fold disasters (do yourself a favor and don’t try that one with newborn, EBF poo if you’re trying to reuse covers more than once), I found the perfect fit for Jude: the mini kite!

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It’s trim. The rise is adjustable. It can even accommodate a little pocket in the back for added protection.

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It took me all of five minutes to master the fold.

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And about ten minutes after that, Jack was asking if he could give it a go. Believe it or not, folding flats is kind of fun.

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Because I’m a “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” kind of girl, I haven’t dabbled in other folds as of yet.

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But as Jude grows, and his habits change, I’m looking forward to figuring out how to make flats fit his needs. With so many fold options, I know something will work.

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