I am taking part in the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry. For 7 days I will be using only flat cloth diapers and handwashing them in an effort to prove that cloth diapering can be affordable and accessible to all. You can learn more about the rules and why this challenge was started by visiting the announcement post. This year there are over 450 participants from all over the world!
Today I was supposed to write about why I am doing this. As I mentioned in my previous post, I am taking the challenge to hopefully reach those who need to save money, or have no money to spend on diapers for their child, but do not think they can afford to cloth diaper. The point of the challenge is to *hopefully* make cloth diapering easy and accessible to the public at large, especially the people with financial difficulties, to help them be able to cheaply, naturally, and effectively diaper their babies.
Using flats to cloth diaper and breast-feeding makes infants much cheaper than using disposable and bottle feeding.
Day one of the flats challenge was… shall we say, challenging? Not because of the diapers. No I took the easy way out there by going with the “pad fold” all day, out of sheer laziness on my part. It was challenging because I had to keep my toddler from sitting on my new-born at least 15 times.
E “helping” mommy fold diapers.
I would have tried to fold the diapers and take cute pictures like the other bloggers but I just did not have the time, energy, or inclination. I did however fold some up tonight and took pictures for your viewing pleasure. I’ll use them tomorrow and let you know how I like them.
I am a very visual person, and I have to say thank you for the diaper folding videos on you tube. I only had to rewind about 12 times per fold to figure out HOW THE HELL they got from step 1 to step 2. I can not tell you how many times I said “What did she say?” “How did she get there?” “Mine doesn’t look like that”. I have come to accept the fact that they will be covered by a cover and they will be peed and pooped on. It made me feel better about my less than savy folding skills.
My lazy way out: The pad fold
It’s just like using a pre-fold diaper only its a flat!
I put the pad in the cover and then BAM baby had a diaper. These Gerber pre-folds are less absorbent than the osocozy pre-folds we use, and cost about the same per diaper so I am not super impressed, but for being lazy and cheap it worked decently well.
Handsome little man don’t you think?
Now I must go hand wash the diapers we used today. This should be fun. I expect this to be about 2 loads in the bucket washer. I’ll keep you posted.
Day 5: Handy Dandy Diapering Tips
How did your first day of #flatschallenge go?
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