How to Use Cloth Diapers for a Baby

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    • 1). To fold a flat diaper, lay the diaper down and smooth it out completely. The short sides of the diaper should be at the top and bottom and the long sides should be at the right and left. Fold up an inch or two of the bottom to form a crease.

    • 2). If using a diaper that has seams in the middle, fold the sides of the diaper in at the seams toward the center so that they touch each other. If there are no center seams, fold the right and left sides of the diaper in toward each other until touching.

    • 3). Take the top inside corner of the flaps that you have just folded and fold them back out to open the top of the diaper. This will create a v-shaped opening at the top of the diaper.

    • 4). Lay the baby down on center of the diaper so that the top of their rear end is aligned with the top edge of the diaper. The rest of the diaper will be underneath the baby's legs. Grasp the bottom edge of the diaper and pull up between the baby's legs until the edge of the diaper reaches the baby's waist.

    • 5). Pull the top flaps around and secure. You can pin the diaper, or some diapers come with Velcro closures.

    • 6). Once the diaper is soiled, place the diaper(s) in a pail with a fabric liner. If the diaper is poopy, swish it in a toilet first to remove the poop before placing the soiled diaper in the pail. However, if the baby is breastfed, breastfed poop is water soluble and does not need to be rinsed before washing. Babies who are fed solids or formula have stool that should be removed from diapers prior to washing. When the pail is full, you can pick up the liner with the diapers in it and toss the whole thing into the washing machine.

    • 7). Run a cold water wash first to remove stains and then wash the diapers with a gentle, scent-free detergent. Do not use fabric softener, bleach or any other laundry additives as this reduces the absorbency of the diapers and may irritate baby's skin.

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