Folding & Using Nappy

There is nothing better than someone showing you how to put on a nappy. It’s good to come and see us for a demonstration or visit us at an event before your baby is born. If that’s not possible, then please follow the below instructions or call us for an explanation over the phone.

Once you've got the hang of using cloth nappies, let us know if you'd be happy to demonstrate to a neighbour — or an ante-natal class.

How to fold the nappy

Usual fold image

The usual fold

The nappy is folded at right angles to the stitching across the middle, so that the folded nappy is thin-thick-thin. (The extra padding in the middle third is not so pronounced on newborn nappies.)

'Runny poo' fold image

New born fold

Lay nappy with seams running vertically. Fold back the front of the nappy – about one third. Fold in the sides towards the middle. Turn out the corners at the back – to look like lapels. When you put the nappy on, bring the 'lapels' round to the front to enclose the bottom making sure the nappy fits snugly round the thighs. This fold can also be fixed with a Nappi Nippa. See our video.

The boy fold image

Boy fold

This fold creates extra absorbency at the front. Lay nappy with seams running vertically. Turn back front – about a third. Turn in the sides.

Putting the nappy on

Putting nappy on image

Now place the folded nappy on the wrap, cover it with a liner sheet and slip the whole assembly under your baby's bottom. The trick is to pull up the cotton nappy between your babies legs and flare it out around the tummy. Then pull up the front of the wrap and close the velcro. Take care that none of the cotton protrudes from under the wrap or baby's clothing will get wet.

Watch these videos:
Using Bummis Cotton Prefolds
How to use Bummis Wraps


It’s good to use liners with the laundry service. We have a thicker liner which works better for newborn poo. A single layer of the liner must be used. Either fold any excess around the nappy or cut the sheets to the size you need. The soiled liner should be put down the loo.

The bin

Use our blue bin bag to line the blue Nappy Ever After bin. When the handle is folded down behind the bin, the lid will open. When the handle is raised or in front the lid is locked.

Used nappies

Put used nappies straight into the bin. If the nappy is particularly soiled, then consider rinsing it off. If not, then simply place the nappies in the bin. The nappies will dry out and the bin will then not smell.