How-to Diaper Naturally – Flat and Prefold Diapers

Welcome to the flat and prefold section of’s special how-to video resource on cloth diapering. Following are videos from Mothering advertisers with helpful information and demonstrations on how to properly use the diapers they sell.

This video resource is a web exclusive addition to the feature article “The Diaper Dilemma” in the May/June 2010 issue of Mothering magazine. To read the article, and accompanying resources, order a digital subscription or a copy of the May/June issue.

What is a prefold diaper?

A prefold is a rectangular piece of fabric with six to eight layers of fabric in the center and finished around the edges in a close, overcast stitch. Fastens with pins, Snappis, or is simply folded around the baby’s bottom before being placed in the cover.

What is a flat diaper?

The original cloth diaper that our grandmothers used, the flat diaper is a large rectangular or square piece of fabric made from layers of gauze. It is folded to fit the baby’s bottom, and is fastened with pins or Snappis.

Visit the other how-to sections for help with other types of cloth diapers.

How to Pin a Prefold from Green Mountain Diapers


About Prefold Diapers from Little for Now


Hemp/Cotton Fleece Prefold from Baby Bunz & Co.


Bleached and Unbleached Prefold Diapers from Happy Bambino


Bummis Cotton Prefold Diapers from Bummis


How to Use Flat Diapers from Little for Now


Cottonclouds Flat Diapers from Baby Bunz & Co.

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