How to Fold Baby Clothes: Time-Saving Tips and Tricks

How to Fold Baby Clothes: Time-Saving Tips and Tricks

Wondering how to fold baby clothes?

There are so many things for new mamas to think about.

Let’s face it, there’s a lot going on right now — not least how to care for yourself and your amazing little one.

At such a busy time, it’s no surprise little things (like knowing how to organize baby essentials) can make a big difference.

These teeny-tiny clothes present some unique challenges when it comes to folding, though.

So how can you make your life that little bit simpler?

Here’s how to fold baby clothes — the easy way.

In this article: 📝

  • How do you neatly fold baby clothes?
  • How does Marie Kondo organize baby clothes?
  • How do you roll up a baby onesie
  • How do you roll kids clothes for packing?

How do you neatly fold baby clothes?

Most of us hang our clothes in a wardrobe.

It’s a tried-and-tested method, after all.

But this is not necessarily the best option for baby clothes.

They’re just too tiny for hangers.

(Cuteness overload, we know.)

So the secret here is knowing how to fold baby clothes in dressers.

The “traditional” method of neatly folding baby clothes is to organize items of the same type and size, fold into a square (or near enough) and stack them on top of each other.


Well, almost.

If you have to pick up a bunch of neatly stacked clothes each time you’re looking for something, things can get disorganized — fast.

Drawers get messy.

And putting away newly folded clothes often means reorganizing each time.


Luckily, there is a solution to this problem.

It’s the “KonMari” method, popularized by the legendary Marie Kondo.

How does Marie Kondo organize baby clothes?

Marie Kondo has taught so many parents how to fold baby clothes to save space and time.

The KonMari folding method is all about maximizing your dresser’s capacity, minimizing wrinkles, and making things easy to find.

By folding clothes tightly and securely, you “file” each item in your dresser rather than stacking them one on top of the other.

That way, everything’s visible.

To start, you’ll need to empty out your drawers and lay each item of clothing out on a flat surface.

Then you have to get specific about how each piece is folded (or rolled).

Let’s begin by tackling one of the most common baby garments — a onesie.

How do you roll up a baby onesie

If you’ve got a long-sleeved onesie, follow these steps:

  • Fold the onesie in half vertically so that the two sleeves stick out to the side.
  • Fold the sleeves back in so they sit on top of the main body of the onesie.
  • If your onesie has legs, fold the legs right up to the collar.
  • Then, fold the onesie in half horizontally and then again — or go for thirds if the thickness of the fabric allows.
  • Each piece of baby clothing should now form a stand-alone square that you can then “file” in your drawers.

And that’s it — you’ve folded your baby onesie the KonMari way!

Marie Kondo also has a step-by-step video showing how to fold a short-sleeved onesie.

How do you fold bibs?

No doubt — bibs are awkward.

Some are rigid, which means folding just isn’t a possibility.

In this case, just stack them one on top of another.

If you’ve got fabric bibs, rolling them up is a great method.

Just fold the neck strap down, and roll the bib all the way up.

You can then “file” them just like all your other KonMari-folded clothes.

How do you roll kids clothes for packing?

Finally, let’s chat about how to fold baby clothes for travel.

KonMari folding is great, but if you’re wondering how to fit baby clothes into a very small space — it’s all about the roll-up method.

For shirts and onesies, fold the sleeves in and roll your clothes into a tight, tiny barrel shape.

The same goes for pants.

Fold them in half first and then roll the legs into a cylinder.

Rolling is perfect for traveling because it reduces wrinkles and saves space.

It’s speedy too.

If “filed” neatly, rolling also makes it easier to look for clothes without getting everything out of your case.

So there you have it!

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