Vicki and her guest, Vashti Wadwell from Nest Nappies, show you some flat cloth nappy folds. Vashti shows us a variety of folds and explains how to customise them and which to use for what stage. This video includes the batwing fold, the jo fold and the Gaynor’s fold*.  Vashti and Vicki work together on the board of the Australian Nappy Association which advocates for cloth nappies in Australia. You can check out their podcast here.

*NOTE* After a bit of googling and discussion we’ve determined the last fold is called the Gaynor’s fold but Vashti learnt it from this video where it’s been called the Pickman fold, which Vashti remembered as Pitakin ?? It was quite a journey solving that mystery!

We currently have a clearance sale on some over-supplied and “seconds” flats. Click here to snag yourself a $1.75 flat nappy, after all, now you know how to fold them. 

Flat cloth nappy folds transcript

– Hi, I’m Vicki from Bubblebubs, and today I wanted to show you some different nappy flat folds. No, I’m joking actually. I’ve got Vashti to come and show you because I don’t know how to fold a flat. So what I’d thought I’d do is bring Vashti along to show me how to fold a flat, and to show you how to fold a flat. And then, I’m going to try. We’ll see.

– We’re going to have some fun.

– We are, we are.

– I’ve got a few different folds to show you today, Vicki, so the first one is the batwing fold. The batwing fold is just done with a square flat. So just got that one. You fold it in half, and then in half again. And you grab the top corner here.

– Ah, this is the only flat fold that I know.

– So you pull it over to make a triangle. And then, you can flip the nappy and this square here you can fold that as thick or as thin as you need. So for a little newborn, just a cute little pad fold. So it comes in the middle, and you’ve got that down there.

– So is that, like when you’re putting this on the baby, is that like here? Oh no that goes down pretty small, doesn’t it?

– It does. So yeah, bubbies bum will go in there. You bring this part up in between the legs. Now, this is the trick, in regards to getting a nice snug fit around the thighs. You want to give it a little bit of a roll when you bring that wing over, to form a nice little gusset around the back of their thigh. And that holds everything in. Now, I get a little bit… pedantic, and I like to fold that in to make it nice and neat. But you don’t have to you can leave that open like that. But that’s it, so nice and easy and trim and snug.

– Okay.

– Do you want to give that one a go?

– So what about bigger babies?

– So bigger babies you would fold it into a bigger pad.

– Yep.

– So that it’s got more room through there. It will still fit a bigger baby.

– Oh, okay.

– Just like that.

– So it’s like a one-size-fits-most nappy?

– It is. Well, my little brother was in this from birth through toilet training. And this is the same fold that I used on my eldest.

– Okay.

– So it’s effortless and straightforward.

– Okay, I tell you what. I’m going to give it a go with one of ours. This is one of our organic cotton muslin flats. Because I, you know, there’s no preparation in my videos. Oh no, I lie. I did wash and prep this flat, but I want to see how nice and trim this is. So okay, so we start like that?

– Yep.

– And fold in, you know what? I think you could probably iron these if you wanted to. Didn’t they do a study with ironed nappies?

– If you wanted to but, who’s got time?

– Okay, so we’re going to, okay like this.

– Yeah.

– This is scary because I know how to do this fold and still can’t do it correctly. Flip it over. Like that. And then, oh no. It’s twisty, twisty.

– Yeah, give it a little bit of a fold and a twist. And then that’s it.

– I’ve got a baby coming in later. I wonder how I’m going to do this on an actual child. Nice. There’s surprisingly not that much trim there is it?

– It isn’t. It becomes a similar size.

– It does, nice. Awesome, okay. So that’s the batwing fold. So do you have any other folds?

– Yeah, so the next one I have is the Jo fold or the pre-fold.

– Okay.

– So that’s basically where you start with your nappy in your square. And this ones good because you can adjust the size of it depending on the size of your baby. It’s pretty much just bringing all the corners of your nappy straight into the centre to make a smaller square. And then, you fold it in three. Making a pad, and doing out the bum. Like you do with a pre-fold, and then bum goes in up in between the legs, and pull those wings over and around. Nice and smooth and simple. So to make it smaller though, what you can do is you bring your corners in. And this is good as well because you can adjust it for a short, fat baby or a tall, skinny baby. So if it’s a short fat baby, you have it this way, and you fold across like that. And as you can see you get much broader–

– Bigger wings.

– Wings there.

– Yeah.

– Or if it’s a tall skinny baby, you can fold it this way. And you get narrower wings, but you get more rise space. But yeah very, very easy and straightforward to do that one.

– I like it. Easy and simple. Righty-o. So we start with a flat nappy. Does it matter, like, which four?

– No, bring them in any way that you want. You’re just making a smaller square.

– Okay. Well, I know how to angel wing fold.

– You’ve got it upside down.

– Yeah, that’s what I mean, and do I? Very experienced in the flat state. Oh, God. Okay, that’s simple.

– That is simple.

– Yep, I agree that’s simple.

– And the thing I love about this is right around the back, you have a very flat front, or like back of the nappy. So there’s no bulk to the back of it where bubbie’s sitting on it. Which is just absolutely fantastic.

– It looks absorbent in here, too.

– It is because you’ve still got all that pad folding like with the pre-fold.

– Yeah, excellent, okay so Jo fold. So what else have you got?

– So the last one, I can never remember the name of this one. It’s like the pitican fold or something like that.

– I’m going to look it up. Maybe.

– So this one is perfect for using overnight when you want to be able to boost your nappy. And it’s just basically where you get your flat, and you bring it over. So not quite making it a triangle. And then, you’re going to bring it back like this. Now, the thing about this one is you need to work in a straight diagonal line. So you want to keep it well. Because this bit here is going to end up being your wing.

– Okay.

– So that is the pad, so that’s through the centre of the legs so you can make it as thick or as thin as you want. But let’s go about there. And then we’re going to grab this wing, and we’re going to bring it over.

– So it meets there, okay.

– So it meets. And then back in the centre, and thus see how we’re still working in that nice straight line through there.

– I’ve honestly never, ever seen a picture of this one, ever.

– This one’s so good. All we’re going to do now is we’re just going to fold it directly in half.

– Oh, wow.

– And so you’ve got your wings there. Now, you’ve still got these flappy bits. You can if you want to be a bit neat.

– Yep.

– And fold them in like that. But it’s just. It’s very similar to the batwing because you’ve still got your narrow wings but all your pad folding in there. The other beautiful thing is you can slide a booster in there.

– Okay.

– And it sits in underneath. So, it’s nice and easy. It’s just bum in, up in between the legs, and then bring your wings over.

– What a great demonstration. I don’t have to do that one, do I?

– But as you can see, it just, it holds its shape well. It doesn’t flap around too much, and you can see that.

– Yeah, it does, doesn’t it?

– Yeah, nice and easy.

– Okay.

– If you’ve got a tall bubby.

– Deconstruct.

– But if you’ve got a tall bubby, you could leave those-

– Out.

– Out so that you’ve got more because you don’t need a tremendous amount of absorbency up there because that’s around the belly. All the absorbency is through here.

– Okay, so, okay. I think you’re right. We start flat, and it goes. Almost, yeah?

– Yep.

– Am I right? And then like that. And then all the way across. That’s right. We’re going to meet in the centre.

– So you’re just going to go, yeah, back to where your fold was.

– And back out like that.

– Yep. So make sure that it still winds up, so you’ve got that beautiful pad through there. And you’re working on that diagonal across there, so you’ve got that straight line because of those–

– Of course, because those are the wings.

– Are your wings.

– Okay so then, fold in half.

– [Vashti] Yep.

– Aw, it doesn’t look as neat as yours, but you know. Keeping it real, isn’t it?

– It takes a little bit of practice this one is a little bit trickier.

– A bit origami-ish.

– Yeah.

– But I can see the value in being able to boost.

– In between the legs.

– In between in there.

– And also all that absorbency in there, think of how many layers you’ve got through the centre there.

– Which is where you need it.

– Yep.

– So how does this one go for containment?

– Containment can be okay because you can still do that little fold there to get that little bit of a gusset.

– Yep.

– But this is the one that I prefer for overnight when you need to boost to get all that absorbency.

– You mean, so we’ve done the bath, you’ve put that nappy on where they poop it.

– Yeah.

– And then we’re in our night nappy.

– We’re in our night nappy. Yeah, so if you’re needing to use a flat, or if you’re cost napping on a budget, and you’re using flats overnight, this is the fold that I would use overnight.

– That’s trim. Look, even as somebody who has been making and selling nappies for 14 years now, I had this preconception that flats are bulky, and that’s not hugely bulky.

– No.

– I guess it’s not on a baby, but it’s not, there are not massive amounts of bulk.

– No, and that’s the thing about flats. There is a preconception that they are big and bulky and they’re not. It depends on how you fold them, so.

– Awesome. I like it. Well, thanks, Vashti. Thank you, I hope this video has helped you a little bit. Maybe you’ll become a flat wizard. And when you do, send me some pictures. I’d love to see them and send them to Vashti. So Vashti is from Nest Nappies, which is Brisbane bricks-and-mortar store in Paddington.

– Yes.

– So, if you ever need, if you’re in Brisbane, and you need some real-life demonstrations from a much more experienced flat user, pop in and see Vashti, and the girls there, and they’ll be able to help you out. Thanks, guys.

– Thanks for having me, Vicki.

– You’re welcome. Vicki and her guest, Vashti Wadwell from Nest Nappies, show you some flat cloth nappy folds. Vashti shows us a variety of folds and explains how to customise them and which to use for what stage. This video includes the batwing fold, the jo fold and the Gaynor’s fold*. Vashti and Vicki work together on the board of the Australian Nappy Association which advocates for cloth nappies in Australia. You can check out their podcast here.

*After a bit of googling and discussion we’ve determined the last fold is called the Gaynor’s fold but Vashti learnt it from this video where it’s been called the Pickman fold, which Vashti remembered as Pitakin ?? It was quite a journey solving that mystery!

??? We currently have a clearance sale on some over-supplied and “seconds” flats. Click here to snag yourself a $2.50 flat nappy, after all, now you know how to fold them. ?