Flats and Handwashing Challenge Day 3: MeeMaw’s Flats Experience

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As most of you know I am participating in Dirty Diaper Laundry’s Flats & Handwashing Challenge. Today is an open topic day, and I decided to see how my Mother liked using flats since she watched our daughter yesterday while we were at work.

Yesterday morning when my Mother got to our apartment I reminded her that we are doing the flats challenge and showed her how to do the Jo fold on the flats. I asked her if she could let me know about her experience using the flats so that I could get a sense of how this challenge is going of other members of our family. My Mother said she was not worried about using them. Most might think that my mom probably used cloth diapers on me when I was a younger, when actually she used disposable. So the only cloth diapers she has used have been modern cloth diapers on our daughter.

I did a little Q & A with my Mother today to find out how flats worked for her yesterday.

Question 1: What was your favorite thing about using flat cloth diapers?

My Mother: I like that they rinsed out so much easier than the other cloth diapers we use. They gave my granddaughter more movement. She could run around so much easier, because they were very trim.

Question 2: What was your least favorite part of using the flats?

My Mother: She did require one extra clothing change, but with a toddler that can always happen!

Question 3: Would you use the flats more when you are watching her or the modern cloth diapers?

My Mother: Now that she is starting to be interested in the potty, I think flats would be a good option. They are thinner and she will start to realize a little more wetness. However, modern cloth for naptime so both would be my answer.

Question 4: What is your favorite part of cloth diapering overall?

My Mother: I like the economic benefit for young families. Cloth saves you so much money. Environmentally, it frees our landfills from waste. I was surprised at how easy cloth diapering is. This old MeeMaw has definitely learned a new trick!

How do others in your family feel about cloth diapering and using flats?

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Taking the Flats & Handwashing Challenge!

I first want to apologize for my absence. There have been quite a few things happen in our family recently and I have not been able to blog for a bit. But I am back now and very excited about my next series of posts that will be coming up.

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I have decided that our family is going to participate in this year’s Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry. For one entire week participants only use flat cloth diapers and covers to diaper their children. Participants will also be handwashing and line drying all of their diapers as well. Yes that means NO WASHER, and NO DRYER!

Why in the world does she want to do this, may be a question that has now popped into your  head. Well I am doing it for two reasons, to show that you can cloth diaper your children without spending a lot of money, and to prove that cloth diapering is something that even working moms can do it is not as complicated as many make it out to be.

The main reason we switched to cloth diapers was to save money. Cloth diapers can seem like a giant investment that in the long run keeps money in your pocket and not in the pockets of supermarkets and chain stores for disposable diapers. This challenge will so that you don’t need to buy an expensive stash of cloth diapers to diaper your baby, all you need is some flat cloth diapers and covers. Think of it as “old school” cloth diapering at its best!

If you think you are too busy and can’t do it, you can! I will be working away from home as always and take this challenge because I know there are other working moms out there that are already doing this every day!

I invite you to check out Dirty Diaper Laundry’s posts on different types of flats that you can use to do this challenge. Even how to make cloth diapers out of old T-Shirts (I will be using about 12 T-Shirt diapers).

So come on and do this challenge with me or at least check it out!

Best Stain Remover & Energy Saver… The Sun!

When I first started cloth diapering I would dry everything in the dryer. This was a fast way to get my cloth diapers dry so that I could use them since I didn’t have very many diapers to start out with. It only took one time for me to ruin a diaper to vow I would never put my covers and shells into the dryer again! My covers and shells are now always hung up to dry either inside or outside.

Hanging your clothes and diapers outside to dry helps save your money, remove stains from whites and naturally sanitize them. The sun has great powers besides just burning your skin on a hot summer day.

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Cloth Diapers Hanging Outside

If you have any tough stains on your cloth diapers I always suggest putting them out in the sun. The key to getting the stain out is to make sure that your diapers are wet. All you have to do next is put them in a sunny area and leave them. It is really neat to take a before and after picture of your diapers to see the power of the sun.  If your stain doesn’t come out the first time, wet your diaper and leave it out again, just repeat the process until the stain has disappeared.

This past weekend I didn’t have any diapers that had been stained, so I don’t have a before or after picture. As soon as this happens I will write an updated post about it promise!

Do you like hanging your clothes or diapers out to dry? How has your luck been sunning your diapers?