Baby clothes are soft and adorable, but folding them is not always the easiest thing to do—especially when trying not to wrinkle them. New parents often feel stressed when they fold their baby’s clothes, only to have them come unfolded again almost immediately.
This article will show you how to fold baby clothes using six methods. At the end of this article, you will have the confidence to tackle any baby clothing project. First, let us look at the benefits of folding your baby’s clothes.
Benefits of Folding Baby Clothes
There are multiple benefits to folding baby clothes. For one, it is a way for parents to keep track of their babies’ clothing and ensure they are always in good shape.
Another benefit of folding baby clothes is that it helps with storage space when packing up for travel. When you are packing up a diaper bag or suitcase full of baby items and clothes, if they are not folded properly, they might get lost or damaged due to being squished into a tight space where nothing else fits well with them inside.
Folding baby clothes also helps to save space in drawers and makes it easier to find the items you need. It also helps keep clothes organized and wrinkle-free.
When you fold baby clothes properly, there will be no need for heavy lifting. This makes it much easier for parents with arthritis or other impairments since they will not have as much stress trying to hold everything up themselves at once.
Folding baby clothes is a great way to bond with your child and teach them about organization and responsibility. By folding baby clothes with them, you can help them learn how to fold their own clothes later on and teach them about the importance of neatness and organization.
Folding baby clothes also helps combat one of the biggest challenges new parents face: exhaustion. It may seem like a small task, but it can make all the difference in helping you feel more prepared and ready for another day of parenting.
Being able to fold clothes can be a great way to get your mind off other things and help you relax. And with all of the work you’ll be doing as a parent, it’s important to take advantage of every moment that gives you time for yourself.
Six Easy Ways to Fold Baby Clothes
When folding baby clothes, there are different ways you can do it. You also have to consider that different kind of baby clothes also require different folding methods. But whatever you choose, you will want to ensure that your clothes are folded without any wrinkles or creases that could cause irritation or discomfort.
The most interesting part of folding baby clothes is that you do not necessarily have to have done it before; you can follow the steps outlined below to get started:
1. Folding Bodysuits and Onesies
It is common for you to have a ton of onesies and bodysuits, and it is most likely that your baby will outgrow them quickly. Before they do, using this method to fold them will help keep them organized and easy to find in the drawer.
- Lay out all of your onesies/bodysuits in a row.
- Smoothen them to get rid of any wrinkles
- Fold the onesie in half
- Fold one edge of the onesie to the middle so that it makes a triangle, then take the other side and fold it again so that you have two triangles
- Take each open side of the triangle and tuck them into the middle panel of your folded onesie/bodysuit, forming an accordion-like shape that looks like a puzzle piece.
- Repeat with the remaining baby onesies/bodysuits.
2. Folding Pants and Shorts
When folding baby pants and shorts, it is a good idea to follow a few simple steps. The goal is to fold them into a compact shape that can stand independently.
- Start by laying your baby pants or shorts out flat on the table.
- Fold the left leg of the pants over to the right side so that they look like they’re standing up on their own.
- Fold the bottom of the pants so that it’s right below where it meets with the top.
- Fold down one edge of the bottom of the pants and then repeat with another side of the bottom until you have an even-looking pile of folded fabric.
3. Folding Baby Dresses
One of the most common problems with baby clothes is that they can get wrinkled. A baby dress is especially prone to wrinkling when folded and placed in its storage drawer, but this folding method minimizes wrinkling.
To help prevent wrinkles in your baby’s dresses, it is particularly important to lay the dress as flat as possible before you begin.
- Lay the dress flat on a table or any other flat surface with its tail facing up and its sleeves facing down.
- Fold the dress half lengthwise down the middle of its body, ensuring that both ends meet at the center front of the dress.
- Fold each side of the dress into thirds, ensuring that both ends meet at the center front of the dress.
- Fold each corner of one side into thirds, then repeat on the other side so you have an equal number of folds for each side of your garment
4. Folding Baby Socks and Underwear
Folding baby socks and underwear is simple and will help keep your baby’s sock drawer tidy. You might consider storing socks and underwear in drawer dividers to keep things organized.
One of the great things about this folding technique is that you won’t stretch out the elastic. Here’s how:
- Fold each pair of socks into halves.
- Lay them flat on the table with the bottom folded to make a half-circle shape.
- Fold each half over itself to form a triangle.
- Repeat this process for all pairs of socks.
For folding Underwear;
- Lay a pair of underwear flat on a clean surface and fold the bottom to the waistband, making a rectangle with even edges.
- Fold in half vertically two times.
Bonus Tip: To get the underwear to fit your baby perfectly, keep the underwear folded flat and let them breathe before you put them on.
5. Rolling Baby T-shirts
Another easy way of folding baby clothes is to roll them. When folding a baby t-shirt, it’s always best to start with the sleeves. This method is also helpful if you are running out of storage space.
- Place the shirt on a flat surface with the front side facing down.
- Fold in both sleeves straight across the back of the shirt.
- Fold the shirt vertically in half.
- Roll the shirt into a cylinder, starting at the bottom and rolling toward the collar.
6. Folding Footies, Coveralls, and Rompers
To fold baby garments like these, follow these steps;
- Place the shirt on a flat surface with the front side facing downward.
- Each sleeve should be folded so that it rests on the back of the garment.
- Fold both legs up. They should be positioned on top of the sleeves on the back of the garment.
- Fold the garment in half by folding it from the bottom to the top.
- Flip the garment over and start folding another.
How to Store Folded Baby Clothes
The best way to store folded baby clothes is in a plastic container with some air holes and a lid. This will keep the clothes from getting matted or wrinkled. You can also use a plastic storage bag with a drawstring closure, but make sure it is big enough to fit all of your baby’s folded clothing. Other methods to store the clothes include.
- Start With Your Drawers:Pull out your drawers and look where you keep your baby clothes. If you find it disorganized, you can easily avoid the chaos of the mess if you know how to group and fold. It is simple: grab a stack of folded t-shirts and place them neatly into the drawers, backsides down and front sides facing up. Fill the drawer with other stacks of t-shirts and tops, lining the stacks up side by side. Open another drawer and do the same thing for the remaining groups of garments.
- Use Containers to Store Your Folded Clothes: You can use Rubbermaid bins or any other type of container that’s easy for you to access when you need to get something out of it. If you have more than one baby, consider getting a storage bin with multiple compartments so that each kid has a designated place for storing their stuff. It’ll make things easier for everyone involved in this process.
- Use Drawer Organizers for Socks and Small Baby Items: If you are tired of digging through your sock drawer to find that perfect pair of socks, you might want to consider investing in drawer organizers for socks and other small baby items. You can buy drawer organizers at big box stores -like Walmart, Ikea, and Costo- or even online. These organizers fit into the drawers and divide each drawer into small sections. You can then store socks, underwear, hair accessories, bibs, and any other small items in these tiny sections, therefore keeping your drawers neat and organized
- Use Vertical Storage Compartments: Stackable plastic containers can make your storage space more efficient and save time. These plastic containers should be transparent; you can see where things are and grab them quickly. If the storage compartments aren’t transparent, label each of them so you can easily recognize the content inside. Look for stackable bins with drawers that allow you to access the lower bins without completely removing the top drawer. Also, ensure that the clothes are folded correctly before placing them in the container (this will prevent wrinkled clothing).
Things to Keep in Mind when Folding or Storing Baby Clothes
Although folding baby clothes may seem easy enough, there are a few things you should keep in mind when organizing them.
- Wash and dry your baby’s clothes before folding them up for storage. If the clothes have any dirt or stains on them, it may affect how the folds look.
- Use a laundry bag when storing laundry in the dryer. This will keep the clothes from getting tangled up with each other when they’re folded.
- There are also special techniques for folding garments with buttons, zippers, and other closures like cuffs and collars. Each of these garments requires different folds because they have unique features that require extra attention during the process.
- Folding baby clothes may be challenging at first for new parents, but you could consider starting with some practice folding baby socks, then moving on to other items like diapers and bibs before moving on to larger items like blankets and pants.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are There Other Ways to Organize Baby Clothes?
There are other ways to organize baby clothes, and aside from the ones listed in the article, a hanging organizer is one of them. This is particularly helpful if you have limited space on your wall. You could also consider using a shoe organizer or shoe rack, which would help keep clothes organized and neat.
What If I Don’t Know How to Fold My Baby’s Clothes?
The first step is to find the right folding technique. There are many different ways to fold different types of baby garments. Once you have found the best method for your outfit, practice it until you can do it easily.
How Long Does Folding Baby Clothes Take?
Baby clothes are much smaller than adult clothes but can take more time than you might expect to fold. The size of the clothes and the number of layers and fabrics involved will determine how long it takes to fold your baby’s clothes.
Folding and storing baby clothes is pretty simple once you get the hang of it. You just need to know the right folding techniques to get the perfect folds to get clothes organized.
It is also a great way to bond with your child, and before you know it, your baby will be able to help you get through all of the folding and storing and go on to doing it themselves.
We hope this guide helps make getting through this task easier. If you have any questions about the process, kindly leave them in the comments, and we’d be glad to respond.