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Newspaper Fold

Short of using a tranquilizer gun, I couldn't get either of my kids to stay still enough to get clear pictures of the first part of these folds, so I've used a much more cooperative and furry model. The first thing to do is lay the prefold flat under the baby, with the back edge lining up with their navel. Then fold a few inches of the front of the diaper up. The amount you fold up depends on the size of your baby and how you want the diaper to fit. I prefer sort of a bikini fit that goes under their belly buttons. I find that the diaper stays up better this way.

Fold one side over, then the other, tucking the second side into the pocket formed by the first fold (this is obviously where pictures make all the difference)

Now bring the center portion of the diaper up between the legs and pull it up nice and snug.

Pull one corner around from the back, and then the other, holding both down while you look for that darn snappi. Hook one side of the snappi, then pull it over to the other. Finally, pull the bottom hook down to grab the center portion of the diaper. If you're pinning, this is actually a little easier, because you can pull one corner over and pin it before you deal with the other corner. You don't have to go through all the layers of the diaper when you're pinning. Just catch the top layer and some portion of the bottom layer (see Julia's diaper pics for an example of a pinned, newspaper folded diaper).

You'll get a much more secure fit if you start the prefold high (navel level) in the back, then wrap the corners around your baby's hips and back down towards the front. I hope that makes sense.

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