Updated on September 26, 2016
Folding Flat Diapers: The Kite Fold
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It’s time to introduce another flat fold! Hands up if you love flats! I love flats, and if you haven’t tried them, you really should. Today’s fold is the kite fold. It’s a fold that I struggled to get just right the first few times I did it, but it’s worth mastering because it ends up being pretty trim fitting. This fold will give you six layers of absorbency up front and three layers through the middle and back of the diaper. Although fewer layers than the other two flat folds I’ve covered already (origami fold and airplane fold), the kite fold is great when you want a trim fit or when you want to fold in a booster without adding a lot of bulk. For this flat folding tutorial, I’ll be using the Geffen Baby Fladdle flat diaper again. Here’s how to do it!
To start out, you’ll want to lay the flat out in front of you in a square. This time, you want that square to be turned so it’s like a diamond (with a corner pointing at you). If your flat diaper isn’t perfectly square (and my fladdle is not), you’ll want to fold in one edge to try to square up the flat. This isn’t critical, but it does make this fold a little easier if your flat is squared up first.
The next thing you’ll do is fold the bottom corner of the flat up to the centre. You’ll want to flat edge to line up with the centre line of the flat from left to right.
Then you’re going to repeat the same fold with the top corner. Fold it down to the middle being sure to line the straight edge up with the centre of the flat from left to right. Now the flat will look like a kite!
Fold the left corner of the flat, or the tip of the kite shape in. You’ll want it to fold right along the line where the top and bottom corners came together.
The fifth step is to fold the right corner (or the bottom of the kite) in. You don’t need to fold it all the way in to meet the point on the left, but if you’re folding this for a small baby, you can fold it farther in than what I’ve done in the picture below.
At this point, I find it easier to turn the flat so that the wider side is away from you and the narrow side is closest to you. You’re going to fold that bottom (narrow) edge up. This will determine the height of the rise of the diaper. You can fold it up more for a smaller rise or less for a higher rise.
Now the flat is ready for baby. If you’re not putting it on baby right away, you’ll fold the bottom edge up so that it lines up with the top edge. Then you’ll fold the side wings in and store the diaper until you’re ready to use it.
To put the kite folded flat on baby, you’ll line the wide end of the flat up with baby’s belly button. Then you’ll pull the narrow end of the flat up through baby’s legs. It helps to roll the leg openings in while doing this in order to create some edge leak protection. Then you’ll pull the wings around the front and secure.
I really love how trim the kite folded Geffen Baby Fladdle flat diaper is on Petit Prince. I found it easy to get a nice snug fit over him, and I didn’t struggle to find a cover large enough to get all the way around this fold. It’s great to be able to fold a booster into the kite folded flat and not end up with a super bulky diaper. This makes it an ideal choice for daytime use with a booster when you still want baby’s regular sized pants to make it over the diaper!
Do you have a favourite flat diaper fold? Which fold is it that you find best for your baby?