A couple of up front tips
- Using pins is easier if you distract your baby by giving them a toy or something to keep them occupied. This slightly cuts down on the squirm factor and the reduces odds they will yank the pin out of your hand as you fasten the diaper.
- Storing your pins in a bar of soap decreases the grab of your pins as you pierce the diaper. You can also rub your needle on your scalp and use the natural oils of your hair. You can see below I wrap my soap in a washcloth and fasten it with hairbands.
How to pin a prefold
Place your baby on your pre-fold with the back edge even with the belly button. If my pre-fold is on the long side I fold down the back first. This helps act as a ridge in the back to prevent poo-slosions and keep from haivng too many layers in the front to try to pin through.
I usually use a jelly roll fold. I love that this fold provides a gusset along the legs that make for a snug fit and keep things contained. Take one side of your pre-fold and roll towards baby.
Repeat on the other side and pull up through baby’s legs.
Pull one of your wings to the center. I start with the one on my right. In order to keep a snug fit with pinning you have to pull and keep the wings tighter than you think you need to. I insert the needle from the outside and fasten the pin at the middle. It’s easier to keep pulling the wing taught rather than pinning against the direction you’re pulling. You carefully push the pin completely through the wings and only partially into the next layer. once you have caught the inner layer push parellel to baby a few cm and then hook up coming back through the wings. The pin should not be visibile inside the diaper. Placing your fingers between the diaper and baby helps keep from poking your baby just in case you get all the way through the diaper.
Repeat on the other side. Note in the picture below I am pulling the wing in the same direction the pin is going in and my fingers are behind the diaper.
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