Diapers are about the only thing in my life that I am borderline neurotic about. In general, I’m pretty easy going. If the laundry has to wait because it’s beautiful outside and we want to play, or we don’t get home exactly at naptime because we’re out having fun, so be it. But when it comes to our cloth diapers, specifically folding and organizing them, I am a different person.
Our wash routine is pretty simple: cold rinse, hot wash with extra rinse then dry on a normal cycle. But when it’s time to fold, my slight obsession begins. The clean diapers start like this:
First, I clear an area to work, usually the floor, my bed or the kitchen counter. Then, I pull out all of the inserts and sort them in piles according to size and brand. I even separate the inserts for our FuzziBunz One-Size from our Perfect Size (smalls).
Then I start stuffing. It works best for me to fold the inserts in half the long way, hold them together with one hand and insert them into the diaper all the way to the top. Once they are in, I straighten and smooth the inserts until they lay perfectly flat side-to-side and top-to-bottom and look comfy (I mean who would want a huge fold or wrinkle up in your business – I want my girl to be comfortable in her dipes!).
The whole process usually takes about 10 minutes (easy to work into my schedule a few times per week). As I’m stuffing and folding, I stack them so that complementing colors are on top of each other. I just love looking at the stacks of colorful clean diapers! Sometimes I put all of the pastels together, sometimes I make a rainbow, and sometimes I just make sure each diaper looks nice next to the one it stacks on.
Then I usually put a couple in the diaper bag (which serves as my downstairs stash) and transport the rest upstairs to the changing table. Ahh, perfection…
Of course, there are certainly plenty of times when it doesn’t happen this way; Plenty of times when my basket full of a mess of clean diapers sits on the floor next to the changing table and I pull out an insert and a diaper at each change. But even then, I sift through to find the “matching” insert for each diaper. Especially if I have new diapers in the load, I make absolutely sure that the white, fluffy new insert goes into the correct fluffy new diaper.
Does everyone have a system like this? Or did I just majorly embarrass myself
Sarah is a mom of two and blogs about her adventures in motherhood, cloth diapering and everything in between. Catch her “Cloth Diapering Unwrapped” series on the FuzziBunz blog every Tuesday.