Knowing how to fold baby clothes is an essential skill all parents should know.
It might seem simple enough; just fold baby clothes and store them, right? Well, it won’t be as simple once your baby clothes start piling up to the top of your storage!
By the end of this article, you’ll know how to fold baby clothes properly and efficiently. It’s time to make organizing baby clothes a fulfilling experience!
The Two Ways on How to Fold Baby Clothes
Before getting into the details of how to organize and fold baby clothes, there are two main folding methods you can use.
KonMari Method by Marie Kondo
The first folding method is the popular KonMari method by Marie Kondo. As you can probably guess, it’s named KonMari because of her name.
If you’ve never heard of Marie Kondo, she’s a tidying expert and a New York Times bestselling author for her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
The basic principle of Marie Kondo’s folding method is to focus on clothes-organization that “sparks joy.”
There are six basic rules of tidying you should keep in mind if you want to do the KonMari method:
- Commit yourself to tidying up.
- Imagine your ideal lifestyle.
- Finish discarding first.
- Tidy by category, not by location.
- Follow the right order.
- Ask yourself if it sparks joy.
When it comes to the actual folding, the KonMari method uses a folding technique that makes the folded garment stand straight up. This is also known as the filing method.
You can easily see, access, and organize all your baby’s clothes like they’re documents in a filing cabinet!
Many parents prefer the filing method of folding baby clothes and organizing because it saves a lot of time. You don’t have to rummage through a stack of clothes just to find the item you’re looking for.
This is especially useful if you have multiple children or your kid has a lot of clothes to work with.
You can see each piece as soon as you open your dresser drawer, making it a more convenient experience for most people.
This way of folding and organizing also works great for any clothing size. Whether your child is still a newborn, toddler, or already a big kid, this technique will be useful for years to come!
This folding method is probably what everyone is used to. For the traditional method, baby clothes are stacked on top of each other and organized into different drawers.
Some people still prefer this organizing and folding technique, but it has one downside: it’s less efficient compared to the KonMari method.
When you open your drawers and try to look for a specific item, you’ll have to pick up a bunch of baby clothes first before you find it. This can be impractical, time-consuming, and inconvenient.
The KonMari method will save you a lot of time because you can see all clothing items inside your drawers at a glance.
It’ll also be easy to track the clothes your baby has yet to wear. This reduces your baby’s chances of outgrowing some of these clothes before they even get to wear them.
Does that mean the KonMari method is the best folding method for everyone? Not necessarily!
The traditional method could still work well for those with high cabinets with different shelf levels.
You can just stack all the clothes on top of each other, and you’ll be able to see each piece at a glance, similar to the filing method.
How to Fold Baby Clothes for Each Type of Garment
We personally prefer the KonMari method, as we found it to be a more efficient way to organize and fold baby clothes.
Before you start folding baby clothes using the KonMari method, there are a couple of rules you have to keep in mind:
- Have a clean and flat surface for folding – having a large, dedicated space for folding will make it easier for you to get things done neatly and properly.
- Always flatten the garment with each fold – when folding any baby clothing, make sure they’re folded well and folded as flat as possible. This helps save space inside your drawers, allowing more clothes to fit.
- The item should be able to stand on its own – to know if you’re folding baby clothes correctly, it should pass the stand-up test. They should be able to stand on their own to fit the dresser drawer correctly.
- Leave some space at the top of the drawer– make sure that there are 1-2 inches of space at the top of the drawer. This helps ensure the clothes can stand on their own.
- Organization is key – the KonMari method is a way to have more organized drawers. Marie Kondo recommends getting drawer dividers and small boxes to create segments inside your drawers. These are also perfect for smaller items like socks, underwear, and baby accessories.
Following these rules will ensure that you’re organizing, storing, and folding baby clothes as efficiently as possible!
Before we get into the details of folding, you can watch this quick video to help give you an idea of what we’ll be showing you:
How to Fold Onesies
Baby onesies are one of the cutest garments, but folding them efficiently can be tricky.
Here’s how to fold onesies using the KonMari method:
- Lay the onesie flat on a clean surface
- Fold the onesie lengthwise on both side towards the center
- Tuck the onesie sleeves in
- Flatten the onesie and smooth out any wrinkles
- Fold the onesie into thirds by starting at the bottom
- Inspect your folds and make sure they’re even and clean
After you fold the onesie, it should be able to stand up straight inside your baby’s drawer!
How to Fold Pajamas/Sleepers
Sleepers and footies pajamas seem straightforward, but it’s not as simple as you think.
Here’s how to fold them efficiently:
- Lay the pajama flat on a clean surface with the legs straight and touching
- Fold the sleeves in
- Fold the legs upward and in half
- Fold two more times upward to create a trifold
- Inspect your folds and make sure they’re even and clean
How to Fold Shirts
You can do this folding method for shirts, sweatshirts, and baby hoodies. This method is also something you can still apply when your child is already a teenager!
- Place the garment on a flat, clean surface
- Fold one side of the shirt to the center and fold back the shirt sleeve to the first fold
- Repeat this for the other side
- For shirts with hoods, fold the hood over after folding in the sleeves
- Smooth out the shirt and make sure there aren’t any wrinkles
- Fold the shirt almost in half from the bottom, leaving a little gap at the end
- Fold the remaining parts into thirds
The shirt should be able to stand up on its own and be ready to put away!
How to Fold Pants and Shorts
Folding baby pants and shorts are easy and straightforward.
- Lay the garment flat on a clean surface
- Fold one leg over the other
- Tuck in the crotch area
- Fold the pant legs almost in half, leaving a little space at the end
- Fold the pants over three times starting from the bottom
How to Fold Underwear
Once you reach the potty training stage, you should know how to fold your baby’s cute undies!
- Lay the underwear flat on a clean surface
- Fold the bottom part up to create a shape similar to a rectangle
- Fold the underwear half twice, starting from either side. This should create a square shape
The underwear should be able to stand up on its own. It would be best to organize and store underwear inside a divider box inside your drawers.
How to Fold Socks
Socks are the easiest garments to fold! A lot of people fold socks by inserting one sock inside another, but this could stretch out the ankle and ruin the fit.
To fold socks using the KonMari method, this is what you should do:
- Place one sock over the other sock
- Fold it in half (from the toe to ankle)
With two easy steps, you’re done!
Just like baby underwear, it would be best to store socks inside a divider box inside your sock drawer or any other drawers.
6 Other Hacks for Folding Baby Clothes
We’ve discussed how you can fold and organize onesies, baby pants, and other clothing.
However, if you’re looking for more ways to pack or store your baby clothes, there are 6 quick-fix hacks you can do.
Another way to “fold” shirts, onesies, and sleepers is to simply roll them up into a cylinder.
Simply tuck in the sleeves (and legs for sleepers), then roll it up.
You can also roll-up pants in a similar way.
Fold the legs over each other, then fold the pants in half starting from the bottom.
Roll-up the pants until it becomes a cylinder shape.
Bibs can be awkward to fold because there isn’t a lot of fabric to work with.
To properly store them away, you can fold the neck strap down until it aligns with the rest of the bib.
After that, just roll it up into a cylinder.
Use Hanger Bags for Bulky Items
If your baby has bulky clothes that take up a lot of closet space, forget about folding and squeezing them to fit inside your drawers.
The best way to save space is to place them inside hanger bags. Some examples of bulky clothes are coats, winter jackets, poofy jackets, etc.
Use Over-the-Door Storage
Another handy way to store and organize smaller baby clothes and accessories is to use over-the-door storage.
You can store hats, mittens, socks, underwear, bibs, and other small baby items here rather than storing them inside drawers.
This way, you can also free up space in your baby’s room. Instead of getting another set of drawers or containers for accessories, you can use over-the-door storage instead.
Use Hanger Dividers
One way to organize baby clothes by size, season, garment types, or other categories is to use hanger dividers.
You can also buy different colored hangers to indicate the different sizes and types if that would work better for you.
Should You Fold Baby Dresses and Jackets?
If you have a baby girl, it would be best to use hangers for dresses and hang them inside a closet. This also applies to some jackets.
You can also hang hoodies and sweaters, but you can choose to fold them instead if that works better for you.
How to Organize Baby Accessories
Organizing baby accessories is an easy task all moms can do!
Some accessories you might want to organize are cloth diapers, bibs, necklaces, bracelets, pacifiers, brushes, toiletries, and smaller clothing.
One great idea is to use multiple drawer organizers. You can place all small clothing like underwear, socks, and even diapers, in one rectangle. Then, you can place all toiletries in another, so on and so forth.
Another way that some parents might find more convenient is to use over-the-door storage.
Organizing baby accessories is a lot more convenient than organizing baby clothes because you don’t have to spend a lot of time folding!
Dads and moms know this, but baby clothes will pile up fast! You’ll have to do something about all your baby clothes before they fill your drawers up to the brim.
Whatever method you use, remember that there aren’t any secret folding tricks and ideas that will make the clutter go away. Make it a habit to fold baby clothes as soon as you have the time!
We hope this article helped you learn all you need to know about how to fold baby clothes using the KonMari method.
If you’re still looking for safe baby clothes, you take a look at our article on the best non-toxic baby clothes.
August 2, 2021 – added 1 YouTube video, updated article links
July 23, 2021 – updated article links