Cloth diapering can be really simple, it’s great for the environment, and it is also a great way to save money. While there are countless methods to choose from, cloth diapering is commonly thought of as your grandma’s safety pin and prefolds. Today’s caregivers are equipped with cloth diapering giants such as Bumgenius and G diapers. If you would like to learn more about the different ways to cloth diaper, cloth diapering methods, and a one stop shop for all of your cloth diapering needs click here.
Carolina and I have both cloth diapered our children using different methods, picking up a few tips and tricks along the way. Here’s a stained shirt Carolina made into a no sew prefold and here’s how it’s done!
- Choosing a shirt. You want to stick to 100% cotton because it is very absorbant, airy and comfortable for baby, it’s also easy to care for. Any size shirt will do since you can fold down the top to fit your child. The bigger the shirt the more it’ll absorbed.
- Fold the top portion of the shirt inwards, how much you will have to fold depends on the size of your shirt and child. You want the top of the diaper to cover the child’s hips and stop just under the navel.
- Fold the side seams of the shirt to meet in the center of the bottom hem. How muh you fold will depend on the size of the shirt and width of the child’s legs. You want the fabric to fit comfortably between the child’s legs, not too narrow or too wide.
- Place your child in the center of the folded shirt positioning their bottom so that the top of the shrt is completely covering on all sides. Fold the folded bottom of the shirt up and in between the child’s legs covering their crotch completely. Fold the shirt sleeves in and around the child’s hips to meet the crotch portion of the prefold.
- Secure the prefold in place by using a snappi or safety pin. You are alomost finished! All you have to do now is cover the prefold with a diaper cover. For extra absorbency you can fold another shirt, washcloth, recieving blanket and the like into what’s called an insert to line your prefold.
Here’s one year old Gabriel modeling his no sew prefold