Flats require a waterproof diaper cover
and are a one size fits all diaper that requires folding to properly fit baby. Wrap the diaper around the baby (check out this Intro to Flats post by Dirty Diaper Laundry for folding instructions
) & fasten with a Snappi
, or simply pad fold and lay inside a snug fitting cover
. You can also use pad folded flats as an insert for your pocket diapers - you will virtually never have stink issues with them and because they are only one layer thick they dry incredibly fast, even on the clothesline! If you have a little bit of patience and a pioneering spirit, using flats is by far the least expensive way to cloth diaper your baby.
These diapers also multi task to make great dish towels, cleanups, burp cloths , lap pads, changing pads, bibs, wash cloths and baby wipers, not to mention optical cleaning cloths, CD & record cleaning cloths and for shoe shine polishing rags!