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!
I have to say this whole flats thing is not as hard as I thought it would be. I was so afraid of folding and pinning the diapers that I never would have tried it if not for wanting to help make cloth diapering more accessible to those who could benefit most from it: the financially insecure. Of course we all can benefit from cloth diapering but there are people out there having to re-use disposable diapers because they can’t afford another pack. This is a good solution so far.
For my son (5w2d today) we are pretty much exclusively using Oragami fold with Gerber or Osocozy flats. I like it because I can just tie the ends around his belly around the front part and BAM he is diapered. No pins or anything.
My daughter is a bit more of a struggle. The Osocozy and Gerber flats do not fit her no matter what wrap I do, and the Gerber diapers don’t even work well as a pad fold just to catch pee. I am not loving the Gerber as diapers so I removed the ones I have not used from my flats stash for use in straining infused oils. For this purpose they work wonderfully.
The T-shirt diapers and fleece blankets are working best on E. The “real” flats don’t fit her 27lb frame well at all. She is pretty hippey for a 20 month old. Oragami fold does not fit around her hips and she is a squirmy little girl so we use the pad fold during the day unless I expect a poop, then we use kite fold, which I don’t love but it works. We also used kite fold with an extra flat pad folded for extra absorbency. This works well at nap time but the first night she leaked and the second night she woke up. This is no good since she has been sleeping through the night for almost a year, so we decided to put her in a disposable at night (like we have been) just so we can all sleep.
I have been told to try the diaper bag fold. This is on my list for tomorrow. Remind me to tell you how it goes if I forget.
I would say if I just had a new-born this would be a piece of cake. I would use the osocozy flats and T-shirts and call it a day. With the toddler it is a little bit more difficult because she gets in the way when I try to fold the diapers! Its ok though because its cute.
How is your week going? What folds do you like best? Check out Dirty Diaper Laundry for some good videos on folding tips.
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