Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Cloth Diapering 101 - Flat Diapers

Cloth Diapering 101 - Flats
Flat cloth diapers (Flats) are THE ORIGINAL cloth diaper.  This is what your grandmother, great grandmother, or great great grandmother might have used.  Flat diapers are the simplest of the cloth diaper options.  By simple I mean in construction and not in use.  Flat diapers are essentially a large square single layer of absorbent fabric.  Typically they are approximately 28" x 28", but can come in a multitude of sizes and customized to any size if you make your own.  Most flat diapers are constructed of Birdseye weave cotton, but can also come in several other fabrics such as bamboo and hemp.  In order to use flats, you fold the flat into various configurations based on you baby's size, gender, and soaking habits.  One, two, or even three can be combined to create more absorbency.  Some typical flat folds are the padfold, origami fold, and the kite fold.  In order to fasten your flat diaper to your baby you will need a fastening device vsuch as pins or a snappi, or you can use a tight fitting wrap.  A cover is needed to make flats waterproof.


Very Inexpensive

Easy To Clean

Fast Drying

All Natural Materials

One Size - Fitting Babies From Birth To Potty Training

Multi-Purpose - Diapers, Doublers, Inserts, Burp Cloths, Cleaning Rags, Swaddle Blankets, Etc.


Folding Can Be Complicated To Put On

Natural Fibers Are Not Stay Dry And Might Irritate Your Baby's Bum

Requires A Cover

Not As Many Cute Options As Other Cloth Diaper Types


Green Mountain Diapers Cloth-eez Square Birdseye Flat Diapers

OsoCozy Birdseye Flat Diapers (bleached and unbleached) ...  *Sweetbottoms*

Hemp Babies Flat Weeds ...  *Kelly's Closet*   *Sweetbottoms*

Orange Diaper Company Bamboo Terry Squares

Swaddlebees Flat Cloth Diapers ...  *Kelly's Closet*   *Sweetbottoms*   *Diaper Junction*

Diaper Rite Birdseye Cotton Flat Diapers ...  *Diaper Junction*

Gerber Flat Fold Cloth Diapers

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  1. He is so cute. Lovely smile. Have a great week. Greetings from Romania.

  2. Speaking of Flats...are you ready for the challenge? It has begun:-)

  3. Hey Chana, I just started reading your blog and I love it!! I do have one question though... I plan on doing a full stash of flats, and I was wondering what my wash routine should be... I have a top loader machine and I plan to hang dry, I just don't know how to wash them haha, any advice would be greatly appreciated :) Thanks!

    1. I have a post that details out my wash routine. http://adventures-in-fluff.blogspot.com/2012/02/my-cloth-diaper-wash-routine.html

      Just make sure to prep first. I boiled mine for 20 min with a drop of Blue Dawn and then washed them with the same routine I posted above. (make sure to prep hemp, bamboo, & cotton separately)

      As for hang drying just eliminate my drying routine and hang dry. They will be slightly stiff though so either shake them out a lot or throw them in the dryer for 5-10min after hang drying.

      Good Luck!!!!

  4. Hey, I tried ordering the orange diaper company terry flat, its only offering a preorder. Is there a way to order it now or do they always have a wait? I'm not patient! Lol

    1. Haha! Yes, I'm sorry. They do usually have a wait. They're pretty awesome though. :)


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