Monday, December 3, 2007

How I fold my onesies

Before Rachel was born, I washed a lot of her clothes. Most of her clothes are hand-me-downs from my sister's twins, bestowed upon me in giant garbage bags. They were mixed and mingled with little fistfuls of grass and cookies, courtesy of the twins, I'm sure. They needed to be washed.

So I washed all the itty bitty items, all billion and one socks, every little onesie. When they came out of the dryer, I was in ecstasy folding baby clothes and imagining what our little baby was going to be like.

The million and one socks got stuck inside bigger items I had in the wash and I was picking them out of my t-shirts for weeks. I learned quickly and bought a mesh bag with a zipper. We wash and dry her socks in that now. None get lost in my pant legs anymore.

What I couldn't figure out, for the life of me, was how to fold a onesie. For months I experimented with different techniques, none of which seemed to work. I folded them, I rolled them, but mostly I ended up just shoving them in her drawers. It was rather frustrating for me.

Then Rachel got to a very awkward stage in her growth where she was either too big or too small for all of her clothes. I was forcing her just-born onesies to stretch over her not-so-just-born self in order to keep her from tumbling right out of her clothes. I had 3 0-3 month onesies and it took Rachel about 2 hours to go through that many onesies back in the day.

And so I borrowed some onesies from Kim, which I do need to round up and return. When Kim gave them to me they looked pristine--not a wrinkle in sight! They were folded simply in half at the tummy and stacked on top of each other. I was amazed!

That's what I do now--I fold them in half and stack them in Rachel's dresser. It makes them easy to riffle through, although I'm not sure that they look quite as elegant as Kim's folding job. (I may just have to bust out my iron before returning those onesies, Kim!)

Did anyone else have that same problem, or I am the only onesie-folding challenged among us?


The Buchanan's said...

It took me a little while to figure out to fold them too. I tired so many different ways and I found that just folding them in half was the best.

Crissy Bear said...

That is how I fold mine. That really is the only way they fit. In fact most of Grace's stuff I simply fold in half and put in the drawer...including her jeans. The clothes are just so small that if you don't do it that way you end up with these towers of really tiny clothes.

Bridget said...

I fold in the sleeves and then roll them up. That's always worked for me, and it kept them more organized in her tiny drawers.

Abra said...

I would place them down face first on the floor, and then put a little book that I had that was tiny tiny, fold the sleeves over it, fold the snapped part up, and there you go! Just like using a magazine on a T-shirt! (that makes them all uniformed rectangles and they stack so much nicer. I'd like to thank the GAP for teaching me that...)

Nancy said...

Abra--you make me sick. :)

We probably make you sick though. Half our shirts are folded in a wanna-be gap fashion...the other half are folded the way mom folds them.

Have you seen this?