Rolling up a diaper to contain stink and mess – Why didn’t I think of that before?!

WARNING: The contents of this post may make you feel like a total idiot.

Or, at least, that is how I felt when I learned about this little cloth diaper tip that has now revolutionized my cloth diapering experience.

It all started when I was doing a review for the Oh Katy One Size pocket diaper and there was a feature listed on the site called the “Wrap n’snap”. Based on the pictures, I thought it just meant you put the lowest snap setting up to the hip snaps and then closed the diaper as usual. It took a lot of extra work, but I just went “Um….OK” and went for it. For those of you who are long-time PTS followers, you may remember that complicated video. Then the owner of Oh Katy wrote me, informing me that it is actually more simple. Just roll up the diaper and then use the overlap snaps to close.

Are you kidding me? Why on EARTH had I not thought of that in my two years of cloth diapering?  You can do this with ANY diaper that has overlap snaps or overlap hook and loop (for example, Thirsties Duo, Oh Katy, Go Green, Softbums, Tiny Tush, Dinkledooz, and the list goes on).

For Hook and Loop closures, it can be done when there is the fuzz on the “back” of it (the part facing you).

On diapers with snap closures, it can be done when you see the snap sewn so it is facing towards you.

So here is how to do it:

Roll up

Once you get to where you can’t roll up any more, bring over the side that has the overlap closure on it (that is the snap facing YOU)

Then bring over the other side:

And snap in place:

Then stick it somewhere so you can procrastinate on spraying it out (but don’t wait too long! You could get stains).

Spoiler alert! Like this diaper seen above? It is actually not mine, it is one YOU can win in a few weeks. I am TOTALLY jealous of you.

Here is how to do it with a hook and loop closure (pretty much the same)

Here is why I love the tip:

1) It decreases stink – I promise you, it does. It doesn’t make it ALL go away, but I have noticed a huge difference.  Consider it like “dutch oven farts“, but in a diaper.

2) It contains the poop. This is just a tidy way to keep the poop from getting everywhere.

3) It looks neater as diapers wait to be sprayed. All right, here is where I am a little embarrassed to tell you about why I like this. You see, with two kids in diapers, I find that I can’t always spray out a diaper immediately. Normally I have to run after another, answer a phone call, write a colleague, or I even just have the odd struggle of keeping my littlest from trying to climbing onto the toilet while I am spraying. So they often lay on our bathroom counter and become a pretty spicy home fragrance for our house. But using this method is a little bit better on our noses and our eyes. It doesn’t look bad as they wait for me to get to them.


Disclaimer: these aren’t all poopy. I am just waiting for my wash to finish so I have a wet bag to put them in.

4) It’s a neat way to “store” diapers until a Wet Bag is done being washed.

5) If you are like me, and don’t really want to pull pee-soaked inserts out of a pocket diaper without gloves, this is a great way to put it off for a little bit until you can do a couple at once so you aren’t putting gloves on and off all day.

My next goal is to get a wet bag (yes, ANOTHER) so I can throw these in it and it can be zipped up and not on our counter. That way I can open the wet bag and tend to them every couple of hours.

Pretty smart, right? Or did you already know this? What are some tips you have learned that made you feel kind of  silly for not having figured out on your own?

Tara Porter

Tara Porter began using cloth diapers in 2011 when she felt that using disposable diapers was costing too much money. The problem was, a lot of the highly recommended diapers weren’t working for her baby. What she finally discovered was that her baby was skinny and a heavy wetter, and that diapers worked differently for those baby types. Because of her professional work with survey design and statistics, she designed Padded Tush Stats as a way to determine how different cloth diapers worked on different babies.

Tara moved on to other career endeavors in 2014 but can still be found online blogging about health and fitness at Fit Baby Steps.