Stretchy flats are my favorite! This one is made of bamboo/cotton; there’s a smooth side and a side with teeny tiny baby loops. These flats are thicker than cotton and hemp, but they are more absorbent than cotton. The bit of stretch means it really fits baby well. If you usually pad fold your diapers, these are not for you. Padfolding is sort of a wasted on these lovely stretchies.
I use the origami fold so all the layers end up right in the middle and there are long, long wings to wrap around baby. I don’t even have to use a snappi because the wings tuck under one another. I made this blue edge one.
It looks so pretty I can hardly stand it. This pink one is from Sweet Iris Designs. When I pull in the wings, I sort of fold and twist until they’re nice and snug around her thighs.
The bamboo terry can also be snappi’d if you wish. If you’re doing a fold without long wings, they may need to be secured with a snappi, boingo or pins.
A small yellow-edge prefold folded in thirds.
A small flat diaper, folded in half and then thirds.
You can use a snappi to fasten a prefold around your baby.
There’s a whole category of fitted diapers. Green Mountain Diapers (GMD) makes the most economical fitted – it’s simply one of their prefolds sewn in the shape of a fitted with a doubler tongue added. It’s called a Workhorse, and comes with or without snaps.
You can add extra absorbency into a diaper by stuffing it with doublers. Below is a pad folded cotton flat with a newborn size prefold.
Hemp is very absorbent, and this little doubler from GMD is so soft and thin. Hemp is slower to absorb than cotton, so it’s usually put at the bottom of the diaper, but wrapped inside something else is good, too.
You can even add fleece to the top to wick away moisture. The blue edge of these Malden Fleece Liners face baby.