Diapering_: Washcloth diapers

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, September 25, 2008 | 0 comments
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How to fold - step 1Thanks to Patti for this Frugal Baby Tip!

The wash cloths I use (instead of diapers) are made of white towelling, fairly thin, about 30cm (12") square, from Ikea for £1.60 for 10 (I am English).

I keep them in a stack, and when I want to make a diaper I grab a pile of four cloths.

How to fold - step 2I lay the pile on the floor, and line up the edges at one side, and then move two cloths a couple of inches towards me.

Then I fold the lined up side of the pile in about ten cm, and then fold the other side in on top.
How to fold - step 3
This makes a long pad with a thick middle section (12 layers of towelling) and thinner front and back sections (6 layers). I wrap a liner around the pad as with a normal diaper and put it into the cover.

Then I put it on Felix - no problem!! I have experimented with having a thicker bit at the front rather than the middle, but have found I didn't need to. This diaper system works out as less than a third of the price of any prefold diaper or English nappy that I have seen, and it is ultra absorbent.

At night I sometimes wrap an extra cloth around the pad but I find this isn't really necessary. Of course if Felix was younger - he is 2 years - I might fold the cloths differently or use fewer of them.

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