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 overlapping closures (either snap OR hook and loop).
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.
2 – 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).
3 – Then bring over the other side.
4 – And snap in place.
5 – Then stick it somewhere so you can procrastinate on spraying it out! (But don’t wait too long! You could get stains).
Here is how to do it with a hook and loop closure (pretty much the same).
Here is why I love this 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 (particularly if you’re putting a poopy diaper in a wet bag when you’re out of the house. This way when you get home and need to take the diapers out of the bag, you won’t get poop all over your hands!).
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.
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?