How to (Actually) Cloth Diaper Your Baby in Pocket-Style Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapering is easy – once you learn the ropes that is! Taking time to learn how to cloth diaper will make the journey of doing it much easier. We know that pocket diapers are king in cloth diapering circles (in fact, 50% of moms said they preferred pocket-style cloth diapers, the largest majority preference, over any other style according to the 1st Annual DiaperShops.com Cloth Diaper Pulse Survey).

Here are some step-by-step instructions on how to put an actual pocket-style cloth diaper on your baby.

Step 1: Prepare the Diaper
You need to make sure the diaper is baby-ready before beginning the changing process, as you want the diaper change to move at lightening-speed once baby is exposed on the changing table. To prepare a pocket diaper, for example, you ‘ll need to “stuff” the pocket opening with a microterry insert (or other absorbent material). If you’re using FuzziBunz One-Size diapers, one of our most popular pocket-style brands, you’ll want to also adjust the elastic pulls located on both the leg openings and the waist. You’ll only need to adjust this every few months as your baby grows, but you’ll want to adjust it before putting it on baby to ensure a perfect fit.

Step 2: Prepare the Wipes
If you’re using reusable wipes, you’ll want to make sure you have clean and wet (with warm water) wipes on hand and ready to go. Read this post on how to effectively use Reusable Wipes.

Step 3. Layout the Diaper
Open the pocket-style cloth diaper just like you would a disposable diaper. Lay it flat on the changing table and then put baby on top of the diaper.

Step 4. Fold and Seal
Next, you’ll want to fold the top layer of the diaper over baby. Using either the snap or Velcro-like closures, you’ll want to snuggly secure the diaper on the baby. With Velcro-like closures, simply pull the tabs over the baby’s waist until it fits nice and snug. For snap closures, you’ll have to adjust the snaps into place to get a snug fit – it may take a few seconds longer to do so. Some diapers have two rows of snaps – one to fit over baby’s waist and the other to secure the leg casings.

Step 5: Adjust as Needed
After the diaper is secure, you’ll want to lift up baby to make sure the diaper stays securely in place. If not, adjust as needed. If you notice any red marks on your baby’s skin, you may want to loosen the diaper just slightly.

Step 6: Admire
Yes, your baby’s heiny will look super fluffy and cute in his or her cloth diaper. Take some time to admire you’re baby’s new clothed tush. You’ll be addicted in no time!

There you have it – a step-by-step guide to changing your baby’s pocket-style cloth diaper. It’s like riding a bike: Master it and you’ll never forget how to do it again. Happy diapering!

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3 Responses to How to (Actually) Cloth Diaper Your Baby in Pocket-Style Cloth Diapers

  1. Carolyn H says:

    LOL….LOVE step 6!!! Yep, I’m a fluff addict…I’ll admit it 😉

  2. Jenn says:

    A comment for step 4… I find snapping the “leg” snap (bottom row) first, then the waist snap (top row of snaps) ensures a more accurate & snug fit and is also faster to get the whole diaper snapped into place. While velcro is the fastest and easiest for fastening onto an active baby, the 2 rows of snap offers a more customizable fit and just takes a few seconds more ( plus, you don’t have to worry about tye velcro wearing out or sticking to other diapers in the wash!) For instance, if your baby has a skinny waist but chunky thighs, you could snap the 2nd snap in for the legs, but then the 3rd snap in for the waist. You would thInk you need to adjust the diapers more often but I find that you use the same snap placement for months on end; there is no worry of forgetting what combo of snaps to use after just a few changes. My almost 2 yr old has been in the same combo of snap placement since he was 14 mos old, even though he has grown in height/weight considerably in that time!