Originally Posted by mehndi mama
Anyone using flats? ......... I like how super-trim the flats are, too.
I will be! I agree they are trim & really effective! I think this is THE way to diaper on trips where you'll be having access to who-knows-what washing machines (it's a no brainer to wash a 1 layer piece of fabric supa' clean in one hot cycle as opposed to a thick fitted, which you need to be familiar with the water and the machine to get your wash routine just right with multiple cycles and rinses ) and you may or may not want to pay for dryer cycles if it's coin operated, or even if you do, they'll dry, like, instantly. The insanely fast drying time (MUCH faster than a prefold) means you don't have to lug around your whole stash to get you through a long wash/dry routine....just maybe enough for the day and do a fast wash/dry once a day (they dry fast even hung up indoors!).... I could even see washing in a tub & hanging up in a hotel room overnight if there were no machines, or stopping at a laundromat near a diner for lunch on a road trip and gettin' your dipes washed and dried while you ate.
Flats are THE DIAPER around finland. Crunchy mamas 'round here use them exclusively mostly because they are easy to wash and fast to dry (most people dry on a rack, not in a dryer), and just wrap them around baby using the oragami fold and use a bumpy velcro wrap to hold it on in place. Of course without pins or a snappi, the cover gets messy, but they just have a lot of PUL covers on hand. They think my fitteds are bulky and complicated in terms of care and don't understand my love of pretty diapering.... :LOL
I just ordered 6 flatfold diapers from Sunflower Derrieres, a 30"x30" single layer of hemp fleece, dyed in pretty colors. I think I'll be able to snappi the smooth side. The oragami fold I use is exactly the same as on Stell's tutorial, even the end part where she folds the wings thinner (creates a gusset) and then folds the wings shorter before finally wrapping them around baby and securing them in the middle. Very neat looking, trim, and effective. Creates about 10 layers of fabric in my DS's wet zone, too. --plenty! She can make the flats out of organic cotton, too--one of mine will be made of that to try out. I think I'll get more of these to be my traveling stash so I will feel brave enough not to use sposies due to my confidence in caring for the dirty diapers so easily and quicklym as needed. For ease of putting them on, they could also be pocket stuffers!!! Same benefits of quick care, no learning curve with the folding.
Anyone else want to share experiences, comments, questions about flatfold diapers? Do you use the same folding technique?