Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Back to Basics: the RoPo (RosiePosey) Fold for Flat Diapers, Modified

It's been a while since I've posted anything diaper-related, but as my friends get ready for the birth of their first child, I find myself sharing more diaper information.  So, here is is, the Modified RoPo fold for flat diapers:

Start with your flat diaper laid out neatly.  I like to fold my flats into quarters when warm from the drier and then go back later to fold them up for use. You could do this straight from the drier, though.

Fold in the sides towards the center.  For a smaller baby, fold all the way in or even overlap if you need to.  For a larger baby, leave a gap as shown.

Fold the bottom up to create a rectangle the correct LENGTH for your baby.  This would be the "rise" of the diaper.  I like to add my doubler here so that it ends up somewhat wrapped in the flat.

Fold one side towards the center.  This is a slightly less than 1/3 of the width fold. 

Turn out one corner.  The exact point of the turn out is not critical as this fold will shift when you put the diaper on the baby.

Repeat the previous steps with the other side.

Place the baby on the diaper with the open side at their hips.  I like to pinch the "wad" of the diaper at the crotch before bringing the front up.  This reduces the bulk a bit.

Spread out the front corners of the diaper across the baby's hips.

Tug on the corner of one of the wings behind the hips.  The goal is to loosen the part under the buttcheek so that the fabric will create a pocket to catch poo.  Go ahead and tug pretty hard, you can't pull too much out on accident.

Wrap the wing over the front and secure with a pin.  You could, potentially, use a snappi depending on the diaper fabric.  Personally, I like pins for flats.

Repeat for side 2.

This is how it should fit.  You can create a pretty low-slung diaper for an older baby or a higher-rise for the Poo-Master newbie.  This truly is an all-sizes fold as it is customizable for width, length, and absorption.


Alisa said...

I just randomly came across your blog from a google search, but I wanted to thank you for posting this fold! I am much more excited to use flats now that I've learned it. :)

Michelle Arrington Klein said...

Oh thanks so much for posting this! I had been looking for another fold to use with my cloth diaper receiving blankets. I too enjoy picking them up while thrifting. Found some as low as .50 cents. I am adding this to my list of folds which are: origami, newspaper, pad fold and airplane. This one you show is my new favoritve because it works well for odd sized blankets and I can really get an exact fit.

TheCraftyQueen said...

Glad to have helped! I found that this particular fold made me LOVE flats more than ever before.

Unknown said...

I love this fold! It keeps my wool soakers from getting poo on them with also keeping the absorbency in the middle. I was sharing this page with some other cloth diaper mama's but we can't see the pictures. They aren't loading?? I know they were here recently.