Adventures in Cloth Diapering – Part 3

After being given a Birth to Potty pack before Iggy was born, we knew we had to give cloth diapering a try.  Since his birth five months ago, Fran and I have become cloth diapering pros and try to push it onto anyone who’ll listen!

Thinking back to before Iggy was born, it would have been helpful for us to have had a step by step photo guide to reference, so I figured I’d slap something together something to show how cloth diapering works. Our brand of choice is Real Nappies and we’re stoked that they’ve finally come to the US, having traveled all the way from the fair shores of New Zealand.  Theirs is a prefold system using a 100% cotton diaper, a PUL cover and a biodegradable liner.

Step 1 – Take one baby and one diaper

Baby model may differ from the one advertised

Step 2 – Fold the bottom of the diaper to about 1/3 of the way up

Boys need a fold with more absorbency in the front.

Step 3 – Fold the right side of the diaper to the middle

It doesn't have to be exact.

Step 4 – Fold the left side of the diaper and tuck into the flap formed from right side

Make sure you tuck into the fold, otherwise it'll come undone

Here’s what the fold should look like:

If yours doesn't look like this, start your foldin' again

Now, get your cover ready

The second vital ingredient to this cloth diaper recipe

Step 5 – Put the diaper in the cover

Fits like a glove

Grab your liner (the third main ingredient)

It slices, it dices, it captures your baby's poop for easiy flushing, tossing in the trash or composting!

It slices, it dices, it captures your baby's poop for easy flushing, tossing or composting

Step 6 – Put the liner on top of the cover

This liner is a KEY part to the cloth diaper equation

Here’s the up close and personal view:

Thank God this thing is doing all the hard work for you!

Step 7 – Place bubs on top of the diaper

Step 8 – Fold the velcro tabs to the middle of the diaper

We're almost there

And before you know it, your baby and his fluffy butt will have rolled over and be crawling away from you….

Wait, where are you going?

But don’t worry, he’ll be back before you know it, with a hungry belly and a full diaper

Change me, feed me

(DISCLAIMER – No babies were harmed in the making of this cloth diapering tutorial.)


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lori on February 18, 2010 at 3:04 am

    Iggy is adorable and I had quite a few giggles during your tutorial..
    🙂 Lori


  2. Posted by Fiona on May 26, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Hi Lucy
    I saw your post on Baby Centre Cloth nappy thread. I have been looking into nappies and seem to think that the prefold cover systems seem to work just as good as BBH and all the other brands. Have you tried the other types of nappies?
    Thanks FIona


    • Posted by mynaturalbaby on May 27, 2010 at 1:35 am

      Hi Fiona! I’ve tried TONS of different brands and pf’s and covers are just as good as the fancy pants brands. I’ll send you a quick email now 🙂


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