Diaper Origami: What’s Your Favorite Diaper Fold?

I used to think I lacked diaper origami skills. All I did was fold a prefold into thirds lengthwise, stick it in a Velcro or snap cover like this Thirsties diaper cover or this Bummis super snap diaper cover (ooh, or this Thirsties duo wrap snap hoot cover) and put it on the baby. It turns out, as a reader informed me, that I was actually employing the newspaper fold.

This is a Babykicks fleece prefold. But don’t ask me what the name of this fold is. Newspaper?

Good old diaper pins. Never used them myself.

I just folded a prefold in thirds (newspaper style–yeah!) and placed it in a diaper cover like this one.

Diapers 101: How Do You Put on Chinese Prefolds?

Question: How many ways can you fold a diaper? Answer: Let me count the ways. . . . There’s the newspaper fold, the bikini fold—the list goes on.

But both Joy and I always just folded a Chinese prefold in thirds, placed it on the diaper cover, and used the Velcro tabs to hold everything in place. (If the previous statement was Greek to you, check out our book, the Eco-nomical Baby Guide, which includes an illustrated guide to putting cloth diapers on babies!)

When we were writing our book, we thought about including the various folding instructions for prefolds and flat diapers—and quickly decided against it. We know that some parents fold the diapers up into complicated patterns and use a Snappi or good ol’ diaper pins to fasten the diapers in place. But we have to admit, this still has us puzzled. Isn’t it more work to bring origami folds and pins into the mix?