How To Fold Baby Clothes: The Complete Guide

Knowing how to fold baby clothes helps save you space in the nursery. Usually, most times I found it frustrating each time my drawers are disorganized after a day or two.

Since baby clothes are tiny and adorable, their small size makes folding and storing them quite challenging. Before you know it, your drawers are a tangled mess of sleepers and onesies, and you can’t even find the item you’re looking for.

So I researched and then I learned this new method that works or me, and has made the process much better. I’m going to walk you through the easiest way on how to fold baby clothes.

I’ll also share with you an easier alternative for organizing baby clothes. Hopefully, before you’re done reading this article you’ll feel more confident about the task. Let’s get started

How To Fold Baby Clothes: The Complete Guide

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You’ll get varying answers if you ask any number of moms how they fold their baby clothes. Some moms go full-on “KonMari” and have a super organized dressing area for their baby while others may do a quick fold over to get the job done. But before we show you how to fold baby clothes, let’s talk about these methods and compare them.

The KonMari Method

When it comes to baby clothing, the KonMari method which was developed by Marie Kondo uses a folding technique that allows the folded garment to stand straight up. This is also known as the “filing” method and makes baby clothes more easily accessible and organized.

Many parents prefer this method of folding over the traditional technique. This is because they can see everything they own. However, the folding procedure involved in folding a baby’s clothes is only slightly different when folding your clothes.

Traditional Folding

This is probably the folding method everyone is used to, where clothing is stacked on top of each other in separate drawers. Some people may think this method is better than the KonMari method.

But when you have to pick up a bunch of other clothing just to find what you want, it proves unrealistic. It can be difficult if you can’t find the right shirt to wear without tearing your drawers apart.

I prefer the KonMari method more because it makes clothing way easier to access. Additionally, seeing everything at once prevents your baby from outgrowing them before they can wear it.

However, if you have higher-up shelves, like in a closet, the traditional method can still be useful. So Instead of the clothing standing straight up, you can stack on those shelves so you can see each piece.

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How To Fold Baby Clothes Using The KonMari Method

There are some general rules you have to keep an eye on for this task to be a success. Let us mention those:

  • To support your folding and make it easier, do it on a clean, flat surface.
  • Always have a habit of flattening the garment as you fold. This secret helps to prevent you from getting bulky end products of folds.
  • Have a stand-up test after folding so that after folding, the clothes stand up on its own.
  • Remember, when placing the clothes in the dresser drawer; try to leave some space at the top.
  • Finally, always organize to make more space.

So now let us discuss the folding of each garment separately

Onesies

Long-sleeved onesies are the most challenging but do not worry, I’ll teach you how to fold onesies with the long-sleeved version.

  • Firstly, start by laying it flat.
  • Then, fold the onesie inwards lengthwise, on each side, and tuck the sleeves in.
  • Take your hands and flatten the onesie again to smooth out any bumps or wrinkles.
  • Next, you’ll fold the onesie into thirds, starting at the bottom.
  • Finally, make sure the folds are even and clean. This allows you to place the onesie in the drawer standing straight up, which takes up little space.

Sleepers

Sleepers, or footie pajamas, can be quite intimidating to fold but they aren’t. To get this done correctly simply

  • Lay it flat with the legs touching and start by folding the sleeves in.
  • Then bring the two feet up until they’re almost folded in half.
  • Once you do that, fold over twice to make a trifold, and then it’s ready to be placed in the drawer.

Pants

To fold pants with the KonMari method, simply follow this guide…

  • Lay the pants flat and then fold one leg over the other.
  • Then make sure the crotch is tucked in and fold the pants almost in half, leaving a little space at the top.
  • Once that is done, fold the pants over three times from the bottom upwards to give them the dimension they need to stand straight up.

Shirts

  • Firstly, when folding a shirt, start by folding one side of the shirt over.
  • Take the shirt sleeve and fold it back over the folded panel you just made.
  • Then repeat with the other side.
  • Make sure to flatten the shirt to smooth out any wrinkles and then fold it in half, but leave a little gap at the end.
  • Lastly, you’ll fold the shirt into thirds, and then it’s ready to be put away.

Know that hooded sweatshirts can be folded the same way. The only extra step is to fold the hood over after you fold the arms in.

Underwear

Folding underwear through KonMari is simple. To get this done correctly simply

  • Start by laying the underwear flat.
  • Then, you’ll fold the bottom part up so it makes a long skinny rectangle.
  • Once you do that, fold them in half twice so they make a little square.

Socks

Folding socks over each other can stretch out the ankle and ruin the fit. To fold socks the KonMari way, simply follow this guide

  • Firstly, place one of the socks on top of the other.
  • Then fold them in half.
  • Then place them in a divider box that can fit right into your baby’s sock drawer.

Here is a video showing you how to fold to baby clothes using the KonMari method.

5 Hacks For Baby Clothes

In as much as I like the KonMari method, I understand that some parents might prefer some other technique. These following hacks below will help you in folding your baby’s clothes correctly.

Shirt/Onesie Roll-Up

Another practical way to fold your baby clothes is the roll-up method. For shirts and onesies, simply fold in the sleeves and then roll the cloth into a cylinder.

Bib Roll-Up

Sometimes baby bibs can be tricky to fold. Some parents stack them on the top of the other. Nevertheless, you can roll them up by folding the neck strap down and roll to finish.

Pant Roll-Up

Another effective way to fold baby pants is to roll up pants. To do this, fold them I half and tuck in the crotch. Once this is done, roll the pant legs up into a cylinder.

Use Hanger Bags For Bulky Materials

This method is better if you need to save some space in the closet. To get this done, you have to get a hanger bags for those bulky items like coats and snowsuits. These will help compress the material down and make more space for more storage.

Over The Door Storage

Using over the door storage is good for storing items like socks, mittens, and hats. You can also use this method for any item that seems weird to fold.

Use Hanger Dividers

Consider getting a hanger divider if you want to find things easily in your baby’s closet. More so, you can separate items by size, season, or type of material for easier organization.

However, if you’re thinking about an easy way to organize your baby’s clothes, we’ve gathered a few easy clothing organization tips to help a little with the transition from hospital to home.

  1. Always keep daily-used items close to the changing table.
  2. Use size organizers in the closet.
  3. Drawer dividers can serve multiple purposes.
  4. Organize by item type.
  5. Keep your hamper close by your changing table.

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Conclusion

To wrap up this article, we hope that by now you must have fallen in love with the KonMari method of folding and expect you will implement it when you about to fold your baby’s clothes so that you have enough space for your adorable baby clothes.

KonMari method makes the daunting task of folding a fun activity. On the other hand, if you choose a different method of folding, laundry doesn’t have to be difficult. The solution is to fold them properly and neatly and organize them in a systematic arranged manner.

Finally, the fewer Baby clothes you have the better it is! We hope this article was helpful to you. Let us know in the comments below if you know any other effective way on how to fold baby’s clothes.