If you are using traditional flat cloth nappies, then you may be wondering how you will fold them before placing one onto your baby's bottom. There are many different ways to fold a nappy, with essentially no way being better than another. You may be shown one method by your caregiver or the hospital midwives, and another by a relative or friend. Irrespective of how you fold your cloth nappy, as long as it does the job of catching everything, you have folded it and put it on correctly!
The most common way to fold a cloth nappy for a very newborn baby is the triangle fold. This folds the nappy from one corner to the opposite corner, then doing this again, to make a small double triangle. Nappies folded in this way only require one safety pin or fastener.
Image 11-89 shows how a nappy can be folded as a double triangle.
Image 10-19 shows a triangle nappy fastened in place.
As your baby grows, the tringle fold may not be big enough to fit around your baby's waist. You will then need to start folding the nappy differently, usually using 2 nappy pins or fasteners (or one T- piece fastener) to hold the nappy in place. The most common fold to use for older babies is the kite fold.
Image 11-90 shows how to fold a nappy into a kite shape.
An alternative to the kite shape is folding the nappy in a parallel box shape. This also requires the use of 2 pins or fasteners (or one T - piece fastener) to hold the nappy in place.
Image 11-91 shows how to fold a nappy into a box shape.
You may use one of the above, or devise your own personal fold. It is purely up to you. Remember, so long as it does the job, then you have folded it correctly!
Updated August 2006