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The terry nappy folding art - how to fold terry nappies for fitted fun with no fuss for newborns

Updated on February 21, 2011

How do you get it so neat? Oh, practice, and then habit, will be your cheerful friend.

Secured with a Snappi or Nappy Nippa, a terry nappy is all you need to nappy/diaper baby from birth to potty training.
Secured with a Snappi or Nappy Nippa, a terry nappy is all you need to nappy/diaper baby from birth to potty training.

Keeping the nappy folding art alive

If you think origami, the Japanese art of folding paper is astonishing you’d be dumbfounded by the noble (in Mummylandia) art of folding cloth nappies. Paper in the hands of an origami master is nothing compared to cloth nappies in the hands of a mom with a wriggly (and maybe wailing) baby waiting to be changed. If you think nappies can only be folded in one boring way, then think again, as you’re about to be amazed off your rockers.

For veteran moms or child carers, it’s no surprise that cloth nappies can be folded in more ways than one. Newbie moms however would soon discover that they’re soon to become nappy folding artists.

There many ways to fold a cloth nappy. There’s one called the Basic Angel Wings which requires that you fold the left and right sides of a square terry nappy to slightly overlap in the middle. You fold the bottom side towards the middle, and flip the top corners of the left and right edges to form the “wings” to which you would attach the nappy fastener to. Another one is called the Triangle which suits tiny babies or newborns. Simply join two opposite ends of the nappy to form a triangle and then join the two ends of the triangles to form a smaller triangle. Place baby on the folded nappy and join the three corners with a pin or nappy clip. You can do these with square muslin, microfiber or terry nappies. For the triangle fold though, you can skip the second step if you’re using tiny terry nappies.

There are still other folds that you can try like the Box Fold, Poo Catcher, the Kite and many more. Flat terry nappies or muslins are considered to be the most suitable for these folds. Other moms make their own style of folding nappies, whether they use standard terry nappies or those made of other materials. Some consider certain ways of folding nappies better for girls than for boys and vice versa. You can jump in the artistic bandwagon and go crazy yourself by designing a nappy fold that would suit your own particular individual baby.

Folding is really just basic origami - anyone can do it

Chinese Fold is popular for babies past the newborn stage

Once you've seen it done a couple of times, honestly, you'll be set.  I can do this one in less than 10 seconds.
Once you've seen it done a couple of times, honestly, you'll be set. I can do this one in less than 10 seconds.


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      7 years ago

      I forwarded this to my wife. She loves doing this.


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