How to fit cloth nappies

How to fit and adjust cloth nappies. There are many ways to use and fit cloth nappies, depending on the style. Getting the right fit takes a little practise, but it will help prevent leaks, ensure your child is comfortable, prevent clothing and linen changes.

How to fit modern cloth nappies

Step 1. Sit the nappy under the bum.

Step 2. Make sure the nappy is high enough at the front.

Step 3. Pull tabs and secure in place.

Step 4. Check that the elastics sit in the leg creases and there are no gaps.

Step 5. Ensure that the excess fabric from the cover is pushed upwards on the side of the cover and not down.

Step 6. There should be enough space for two fingers at the front.

Tips for the fitting and sizing cloth nappies

  • Check that the nappy covers the bum crack to stop poo escaping at the back, and the nappy is high enough at the front, this is especially important for boys.
  • For boys, make sure penis is pointed down, add more absorbency at the front.
  • For girls, add more absorbency at the crutch of the nappy.
  • Squeeze the nappy, so it sits in the creases and undie line.
  • Check that the elastics sit in the leg creases and there are no gaps.
  • Check that the nappy isn’t too tight around the legs and the waist.

Red marks

Gentle pink marks, like sock marks are fine. Anything darker or those which don’t disappear within a reasonable time, mean the nappy is too tight.

See our Why are my cloth nappies leaking? page and Adding Absorbency for more information, advice, solutions and tips.

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Videos which demonstrate fit

9 months OSFM fit video
Newborn fit video