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If you want the simplest of diapers for backup, that are really easy to remove for pottying or to change, there is nothing better than a diaper belt.

Toddler wearing prefold belt

Toddler wearing prefold belt

A diaper belt keeps a diaper on in a ‘sumo-wrestler’ style. This is the most popular cloth diapering system among EC’ing familes because it is fast and easy.

A diaper belt is used instead of pins or plastic fasteners, to hold a diaper in  place.  You can use a diaper belt without a diaper cover for easy awareness of when the diaper is wet, which allows a caregiver to make a cue sound and talk to the child about it, and to quickly change the diaper.

To change a wet diaper on a standing child, you simply pull the wet diaper out from the diaper belt, and then tuck a folded prefold diaper into the front or back of the belt, pull it between your child’s legs and then tuck it into the other side. For a younger baby, you tuck the back in first and then pull the diaper through to the front just as you would with any other diaper.  It may be easier to tuck the back side in when you are holding your baby up to your chest.

Many toddlers hate laying down for diaper changes, and parents hate the power struggle. Diaper belts effortlessly remove that obstacle and make diaper changes quick and easy.

diaper belt holds a prefold diaper securely in place

Diaper belt holds a prefold diaper securely in place

You can add a waterproof diaper cover on top of the prefold and the diaper belt, when you need to go out of the house to run errands, or when a caregiver comes “on duty” who doesn’t feel comfortable with non-waterproof diapering or any other reason.

Diaper belts work great for infants and busy toddlers, during the daytimes or at night. Sometimes called prefold belts, because most people use them with prefold diapers, these belts can hold on any flat diaper or even any old towel or receiving blanket for those being very frugal.

You can even change your toddler’s diaper while he is walking away from you, as demonstrated in this video by one of our retailers, Metro Minis in New York City.

Shop for Diaper Belts Next in our EC Clothing Guide: rECtangle Diaper Covers
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