3.21.2017

Favorite Folds for Flat Cloth Diapers

Flat Folds Cloth Diaper Revival

Flats! The ultimate old school cloth diaper. Flats are a great option if you're looking for cheap cloth diapers. I know they sound intimidating, but trust me when I say they are much easier than you think and a viable option for diapering your baby! Here's some of my favorite flat folds.

PAD FOLD

The pad fold is a great option if you're in a hurry or want a super simple way to use flats! This is also a great way to make new inserts for your pocket diapers. A pad folded flat is a great alternative to microfiber inserts.

Pad Fold Cloth Diaper Revival

Pad Fold steps:

  1. Fold your flat in half.
  2. Fold in half again the other way, making a square.
  3. Fold in your square piece a third of the way.
  4. Fold in the rest of the way.
  5. To fasten onto your baby, pull up the front. No pins or fasteners needed!

ORIGAMI FOLD

Origami fold is probably the most popular and used folded way to use a flat. It's super easy once you get the hang of it!

    Origami Fold Cloth Diaper Revival

    Origami Fold steps:

    1. Fold your flat in half. 
    2. Fold in half again the other way, making a square.
    3. Grab the top layer corner and pull it over to the right until you have created a triangle in the center.
    4. Flip the whole thing over.
    5. Fold in your square piece a third of the way.
    6. Fold in the rest of the way.
    7. To fasten onto your baby, pull up the front and wrap the wings around the sides. You may need to roll in the wings around the thighs to make them come up higher on the legs. Fasten with a Snappi, Boingo or diaper.

    HAPPY ANTEATER FOLD

    Similar to the Origami fold, the Happy Anteater fold is my favorite. It's just one step more than the Origami, but helps to get the wings in the right place on your baby's thighs.
    Flat Fold Cloth Diaper Revival

    Happy Anteater Fold steps:

    1. Fold your flat in half. 
    2. Fold in half again the other way, making a square.
    3. Grab the top layer corner and pull it over to the right until you have created a triangle in the center.
    4. Flip the whole thing over.
    5. Fold in your square piece a third of the way.
    6. Fold in the rest of the way.
    7. Fold up your wing making the side flush with the center. Repeat on the other side.
    8. To fasten onto your baby, pull up the front and wrap the wings around the sides. Fasten with a Snappi, Boingo or diaper pin.

KITE FOLD

The kite fold is a another great option and a super popular fold! The best part is that there's only a few steps!

Kite Fold Cloth Diaper Revival

Kite Fold steps:

  1. Make your flat a square by folding down one of the longer sides. 
  2. Grab a corner and pull it to the middle seam, repeating on the opposite side. This should look like a kite!
  3. Fold down the top triangle.
  4. Fold up the bottom triangle.
  5. To fasten onto your baby, jelly roll the sides (roll them in to create a barrier) and pull up the front. Wrap the wings around your baby's waist and fasten. 

MINI KITE FOLD

Very similar to the kite fold above, but a smaller version! This is perfect for newborns and preemies.

Mini Kite Fold Cloth Diaper Revival

Mini Kite Fold steps:

  1. Make your flat a square by folding down one of the longer sides. 
  2. Fold in each corner to the middle making a smaller square. 
  3. Grab a corner and pull it to the middle seam, repeating on the opposite side. This should look like a kite!
  4. Fold down the top triangle.
  5. Fold down a couple of inches at the top. This will create a blowout blocker and can help make the fit a bit smaller if needed.
  6. Fold up the bottom triangle to the size you need.
  7. To fasten onto your baby, jelly roll the sides (roll them in to create a barrier) and pull up the front. Wrap the wings around your baby's waist and fasten.

NEWSPAPER FOLD

The newspaper fold is a great for boys because it creates more absorbency in the front!

Newspaper Fold Cloth Diaper Revival

Newspaper Fold steps:

  1. Fold up 5 or so inches at the bottom. You can adjust this depending on how big or small you need your finished product to be.
  2. Fold in the two bottom corners, meeting in the middle. 
  3. Fold up the bottom triangle. 
  4. Pull up the left and right side, meeting in the middle and creating triangular peaks at the top.
  5. Tuck the top triangles down into the space between the layers.
  6. To fasten onto your baby, jelly roll the sides and pull up the front portion. Wrap the sides around your baby's waist and fasten.
Do you have a favorite flat fold? Share it in the comments!

Flat Folds Cloth Diaper Revival


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3.16.2017

Wool Diaper Covers - The perfect diaper cover! | Giveaway!

There are many reasons to choose cloth diapers, but many families choose cloth after their babies sensitive skin can't handle the chemicals in disposable diapers. But just like disposable diapers, some babies can have sensitivities to some of the fabrics used in cloth diapers. PUL sensitivities can be particularly frustrating for cloth diapering families. PUL is a very popular fabric used in cloth diapering and a sensitivity to the material can limit your cloth diaper options significantly. Wool to the rescue!

Wool Diaper Covers Cloth Diaper Revival

Wool diaper covers are excellent alternative to PUL covers and a great way to keep your baby in cloth diapers when PUL sensitivities are present! Wool diaper covers, also referred to as wool soakers, are a great solution! They are most often used in the cloth diapering community as an overnight diapering solution, but wool isn't just for overnight! Wool can be used for daytime too. Despite what you may think, wool is incredibly breathable and a perfect solution for cloth diapering in any season, summer included! 

Wool Diaper Covers Cloth Diaper Revival

Wool diaper covers are available in covers (shown in these pictures), shorties and longies. Replace your babies pants with wool pants that work right over your fitteds, prefolds or flats! To make wool waterproof, you will need to lanolize the wool. While this process can sound daunting, I promise it is much easier than you think! And wool has antimicrobrial properties and is incredibly easy to care for! It only needs to be washed every 2-3 weeks! 

Wool Diaper Covers Cloth Diaper Revival


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3.08.2017

Make a Splash with Bummis New Swim Line!

Summer is coming and Spring Break is just around the corner! We love to spend time at the pool and the beach and adorable swim diapers are a must have in my baby's summer wardrobe! We've always been a fan of Bummis swim diapers and are very excited to see the new Splash Swim Line from Bummis!

Bummis Swim Diaper Cloth Diaper Revival

There's something so adorable about these prints! And I love that the swim tops have matching sleeves, but the hat puts this swim line into over the top cuteness! From anchors and whales to mermaid and flamingos, the new swim line from Bummis is perfectly adorable!

Bummis Swim Diaper Cloth Diaper Revival


Each Swimmi swim diaper is one-size and made to fit from 10-35 lbs. For more details and interior pictures, check out my review here. The UV Tee comes in three sizes and provides 35+ UPF protection from the sun. The matching sun hat is perfect for keeping the sun off of your baby's face.

Bummis Swim Diaper Cloth Diaper Revival

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3.01.2017

Affordable, Easy Baby Wearing with the New Moby Ring Sling

Moby Ring Sling Cloth Diaper Revival

I've always been a fan of baby wearing, but when Samuel was born, I was not prepared for such a teeny tiny preemie. My first born, Noah, was 7 lbs. 10 oz at birth and we quickly jumped into the world of soft structured carriers. We loved the ease of baby wearing and being hands free was so convenient! So when we were waiting on baby #2, I fully planned on using my soft structured carriers again. 

Moby Ring Sling Cloth Diaper Revival

When Samuel came home at 5 lbs 2 oz I knew that the carriers I had on hand would have to wait. He'd need to grow a lot. But Samuel was tiny. He needed to be held. He was early and still supposed to be in the womb. He needed to be snuggled in tight. And with adoption, we really needed that bond that baby wearing can help facilitate. So I put my SSC in the closet and started looking into other options for preemie baby wearing. My friends introduced me to ring slings and a whole new world was opened! 

Moby Ring Sling Cloth Diaper Revival

I love how easy and comfortable a ring sling is. Ring slings quickly became my favorite way to baby wear and I was in no rush to pull out my soft structured carriers. When Moby announced their new ring sling in 2016 I was intrigued! Ring slings can be expensive and the price point on this one is amazing! For the price of $49.99 you can purchase an amazing ring sling! I love how comfortable the fabric is, the fit is perfect and I had no issues getting a secure hold on my tiny baby. 

Moby Ring Sling Cloth Diaper Revival


Samuel is 8 months old now, crawling and very wiggly! He doesn't like to be held much because he just wants to GO! But when I put him in the ring sling, he snuggles up and I'm able to shop, clean, and be completely hands free. 

Moby Ring Sling Cloth Diaper Revival

The Moby Ring Sling comes in three different color or print options and is a great buy! If you're looking for an easy, affordable way to baby wear, this is your solution! One of the best things about this ring sling is it fits up to 45 lbs! You won't regret your purchase! 

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Moby Ring Sling Cloth Diaper Revival


2.21.2017

Say Goodbye to Cloth Diaper Stains with the Power of the Sun!

Sunning Diapers Cloth Diaper Revival

Have you discovered the magical powers of the sun? If your cloth diapers have stains, there's no need for bleach or other harsh chemicals. Just a little time in the presence of the sun's magical rays is all you need!


1.25.2017

AppleCheeks Review and Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by AppleCheeks Cloth Diapers. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links may be present in this post. 

I've always heard that AppleCheeks size 1 diapers fit teeny, tiny newborns, but I never actually knew for sure. With my first son, we didn't try AppleCheeks Envelope Covers until he was fitting in a size 2. We loved the fit and swim diapers have always been a favorite! So when my first son came home at 5 lbs 2 oz (born at 4 lbs 4 oz) we were excited to try the size 1 covers on him to see how they really fit.

AppleCheeks Cloth Diaper Revival


While the diaper looks huge on him (he was oh-so-tiny!), it actually was a great fit around his scrawny legs. I didn't have any concerns about leg leaks. We used the cover paired with 2 ply bamboo insert and love the absorbency! One of my favorite things about AppleCheeks is the ruffles. I love how adorable they look!

AppleCheeks Cloth Diaper Revival


AppleCheeks covers can be used as a pocket or as a cover. The best part is that my inserts always agitate out in the wash without me having to pull them out myself. I love that! AppleCheeks covers come in three sizes. Size 1 is supposed to fit from 7-20 lbs, but as you can see above, it definitely fits on smaller babies too! Size 2 fits from 20-40 lbs and size 3 fits at 30+ lbs and is great for big kids! AppleCheeks also has a new one-size cover.

For the newborn phase, I'm a huge fan of size diapers that start fitting on newborns and fit much longer than a typical "newborn" diaper. AppleCheeks size 1 definitely fits this criteria and is a great solution for new babies! At six months old, my son still fits in a size one cover and will for quite some time!

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1.17.2017

Geffen Baby Review and Giveaway!

Geffen Baby Cloth Diaper Revival

Have you tried any Geffen Baby products? We've fallen in love with these made in the USA cloth diapering products and think you will too! Read my review of Geffen Baby jersey hemp prefolds and quick absorbers on The Cloth Diaper Whisperer and enter to win a Geffen Baby prize pack!

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11.17.2016

Cloth Diapers for Preemies

It's World Prematurity Day! In honor of all the little tiny fighters out there, I'd thought I share some pictures of my own preemie and let you in on what cloth diapers fit our preemie. Believe it or not, there are a few newborn and one-size cloth diapers that fit preemies as well!

Our son was born at 36 weeks, 4 days and was 4 lbs. 4 oz. at birth. He spent a week in the NICU and was discharged from the hospital at 7 days old and at 4 lb. 4.8 oz. From there he was transferred to the care of our adoption agency and placed with an interim foster family. At 17 days old he was placed in our arms! He was 5 lbs. 2 oz. when he came home and such a tiny little peanut! I cannot imagine how much tinier he must have been almost a whole pound smaller!

If you haven't read our adoption story, you can find that here.

I had been saving newborn cloth diapers for years, waiting for our next baby to arrive! But when we got the call that our son would be coming home (with only 24 hours notice!) I was not prepared! I hadn't imagined that we would have a preemie and that he would only be 5 lbs! So I pulled out what few newborn diapers I had that would fit. In the meantime, companies like Rumparooz, Thirsties, Softbums, and Sweet Pea Diapers were getting packages in the mail to me ASAP so that we would have enough diapers to get us through the tiny preemie stage.

Rumparooz Lil Joeys - These have to be one of the most adorable newborn diapers out there! They are so tiny and were the best fit for my little 5 pounder! They created a perfect seal around his tiny little legs. When we started to outgrow the absorbency, we used newborn doublers from Thirsties and Geffen Baby to boost the absorbency. Samuel recently outgrew these at 4 months old and 10 lbs. I was so sad to pack them away! Buy them here! 

Lil Joeys Cloth Diapers

Thirsties Newborn - I have always been a fan of Thirsties and was so glad that these fit so tiny! They were a bit bulkier at 5 lbs, but they did fit around his skinny legs! We were able to use both the regular newborn version and the natural newborn diaper. Samuel weighed in at 10 lbs. 11.5 oz at his 4 month check-up a week and a half ago and they still fit, but we're definitely coming to the end of our days with these. I've been using Thirsties and Geffen newborn doublers for a while now to boost the absorbency. Buy them here! 

Thirsties Newborn Diapers

SoftBums Echo - If you're looking for a one-size diaper that not only fits newborns, but preemies as well, SoftBums is your answer! We used these with our son when he was an average sized newborn until potty training and I was thrilled to be able to use them again on our preemie! The mini pods are the perfect insert! Buy them here! 

SoftBums Echo Preemie


AppleCheeks size 1 - Okay, so this photo makes these look huge, but I promise you AppleCheeks size 1 still fits at 5 lbs! We have quite a long ways to go until we'll need to size up to size 2. These work great with prefolds and flats, but we love using them with AppleCheeks 2 ply bamboo inserts. Buy them here! 

AppleCheeks Size 1 Preemie


Sweet Pea Newborn Covers - Thank goodness for Sweet Pea newborn covers! We had a lot of prefolds and flats, but this was the only cover I could get a good fit with at 5 lbs! They are still fitting today at 4 months, but definitely getting smaller. Buy them here! 

Sweet Pea Diapers Newborn Cover


I'll be posting a more thorough in depth post on newborn diapers, coming soon! Did you have a cloth diapered preemie? What worked for you?

This post is not sponsored. While many of the brands sent me free products, these were gifts to welcome our newest addition and they did not ask for anything in exchange. This post does contain affiliate links. 

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