Age old question: how to use a prefold on a newborn

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Baby #3 is due 3-1-11. I CD'd DD2 since she was about 6 weeks old and grew into her small pocket diapers, and that's all we've ever used. (Didn't CD at all with DD1)
I've been fretting about what to use til #3 is big enough for the pockets we already had, but didn't want to spend a fortune. Thankfully, a friend of mine passed me along some newborn covers, and I've got plenty of prefolds already.
I got 2 Snappi's yesterday, and have been researching ways to fold them. I think the 'twist' method will work best for a newborn for the narrow crotch, but after practicing on some dolls- (I exclusively breastfeed, so we have those huge sudden exploding poops) I had a couple of questions. I know once the baby is here and I'm practicing on a real live baby it'll be different and I'll find something that works, but in the meantime I'm obsessing over it.
With the narrow crotch on the 'twist', I can't see how that's going to contain poop? What are your thoughts/experiences? Is there another way of folding the prefold (or the big flat ones, I have some of those too) that will work better? I'm having another girl, if anatomy sometimes determines how well a fold will work on a baby. So far my other girls have been a consistent weight- 6 lbs 13 oz, and 6 lbs 14 oz.



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Leigh - posted on 01/10/2011




I concur with all the previous posts that recommend the flying angel wing. I used it exclusively with my daughter. Once Snappied, I would adjust the fit around the legs by tucking the edge under and tugging up on the front corners so the diaper would hold poo even better. I am using this same technique on my 2.5 mo son and it works just as well.

Aislinn - posted on 01/10/2011




I agree with previous posters about the angel wing fold. I've tried the jellyroll too but, in my opinion, is a little more difficult to pull off with a squirmy kiddo.

The biggest thing to remember with the angel wing is to get it as tight as you can around the legs to contain that EBF poop.

Ingrid - posted on 01/10/2011




I used prefolds on both my kids as newborns and the so called Jellyroll fold wins hands down for explosive BF poop. It takes a bit to get the hang of but is really easy once you know how. Oh and most definitely use a Snappi-without them your covers will need frequent changes. I generally alternated 2 covers and let the one not in use air out until the next change. They went into the laundry at the end of the day or when poop got on whichever happened sooner.

Suzanne - posted on 01/08/2011




My DD came home at 5lbs 14oz. We started to CD at that point. I just used the cheap cloth diapers from Wal-Mart. They are small and not real good quality, but they worked fine for a tiny baby. Cheap to, at about $12 per dozen.

User - posted on 01/04/2011




i used a perfold kite fold for newborn and it worked great for newborn poop

Tricia - posted on 01/01/2011




Honestly, just used infant sized diapers on my newborn. They came up almost to my LO's armpits, but he didn't seem to mind, and they're not mobile at that point, anyway, so it didn't prevent him from doing anything. But then, I'm a pretty lazy mama, which is why I CD in the first place.

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I wouldn't do the twist on a newborn -- you will have poop everywhere. Do the standard fold where you lay the diaper flat, put the baby's butt down on it, bend the excess around the legs inward (to contain the poop) and then pull it up between the babies legs. If it is too long at the top, fold it down and the Snappi it on the fold. It's called the Flying Angel Wing Fold. See the change for some good pics.

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