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Old 03-23-2013, 05:52 AM   #1
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Anyone else...

suck at folding flats and prefolds? I see all these pics of super trim flats nicely pinned/snappi'd/boingo'd on babies, and I want to do it so bad. Then I try and it's a sloppy mess. I kinda just stick a cover on and shove in all the loose pieces. Sometimes I get it on there looking pretty good, but then when they stand up, I realize the back of their legs is halfway down their thighs (know what I mean?), and when I try to tuck it in, the whole thing goes wonky.
Prefolds aren't quite as bad, but they're still hit or miss for me.

It's so sad...I'm a flat failure.

ETA: We should share pictures of our flat fiascos! (Assuming I'm not alone) I'll try to get a pic today to share.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:57 AM   #2
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I don't know all of the folds that people on here talk about, so I do a made up common sense fold. Much like yours, it looks a little weird sometimes, but it works. So if yours works you are not a failure either! :-)
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I don't know all of the folds that people on here talk about, so I do a made up common sense fold. Much like yours, it looks a little weird sometimes, but it works. So if yours works you are not a failure either! :-)
Haha-I agree-as long as it keeps the stuff in the diaper and doesn't let it leak out I would count it success I think sometimes we get so caught up in his cute cloth is that we forget about its primary goal and the reason we decided to do it (save money, help the environment, etc) Plus, pretty much everything on a baby is cute, so keep doing what you're doing mama
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I cannot figure out how to fold a flat into anything but a pad fold. I tried the diaper bag fold but there was only one layer of cloth on his hips and there was to way to snappi it
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:53 AM   #5
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I am 100% certain you can do it!! You just need to practice. Watch some tutorials and practice some more I do what I think is maybe a kite fold and Jellyroll the sides for poop containment.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:57 AM   #6
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Yeah, I suck at it too! I just pad fold or trifold in a cover. I actually do use the fancy flat fold for pad folding in a pocket, it's in a thread around here somewhere. But pinning a fold? Forget it!

My iDevices are out to get me. Please excuse mistakes.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:30 AM   #7
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This is how I figured out the origami fold and Ive been practicing for when LO arrives. I find it the simplest out of all of them for some reason. The tutorial for the Kite Fold I still havent watched but looking at the instructions they dont look that intimidating. Again on the baby and on a teddy are 2 different things . The last site is really nice it has the step by step instructions on ALL of the folds as well as a video if you scroll down the bottom. We will see when the baby gets here.
I used to be a chaotic mess with prefolds years ago, but found out the more you do it the easier it gets.
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The way I learned was by forcing myself to use nothing but flats for a day, and we went cover less so I was changing constantly. By the end of the day my skills had improved a lot!
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I'm miserable at folding flats, and I so desperately want to be good.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:38 AM   #10
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I can pull it off, but I never get it as neatly as I'd like to. That's why I hate 'em!
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