Flats & Handwashing Challenge Day 7: What did we learn?

flatschallenge2013header-600x269Today was the final day of Dirty Diaper Laundry’s Flats and Handwashing Challenge, and today’s topic is about what have we learned from this experience. We all decided to do this challenge for different reasons, but over all it was to raise awareness that 1 in 3 families struggle to afford diapers for their children. This week I was able to diaper and hand wash the diapers for next to nothing, and do it safely.

Overall, I had a great experience with this challenge. It helped me realize that you don’t need to spend tons of money on “modern” cloth diapers to diaper your child. You can have the same cloth diaper experience by using flats. Flat cloth diapers are not anything to be scared of, just like everyone that starts to cloth diaper their children you have to find out how to make it work for your child. You will have to try different folds, maybe add an extra flat to your diaper, but this is the same thing you have to do with modern diapers to adjust the absorbency for you child because each child is different.

As a mother that works outside of the home, I am also glad I took this challenge, because there are mom’s that believe they can not add any type of cloth diapers into their schedule. You can! Cloth diapers are a great way to save money for you family. Think of all the money you spend on disposables, and all the money you could be saving by switching over to cloth diapers.

I do wish I would have participated in this challenge last year, because if I had I probably wouldn’t have spent as much money on “modern” cloth diapers. I must say I have fallen in love with flat cloth diapers and will be adding them into my cloth diapering rotation. Who knows I might even sell or donate some of my pocket diapers!

Lastly I would like to thank Dirty Diaper Laundry for hosting this challenge for the 3rd year in a row. It has opened my eyes to the world of flats and I am so happy that it has. Thank you Kim!

How was your overall Flats experience? Will you be using more flat diapers?

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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!