Tuesday, May 22

#FlatsChallenge - Day 2 - What?

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!   


Ugh, my camera died again! I've only had it a year and... it's all screwy. I have to manually turn the lens to focus. Anywho, so I wasn't able to VLOG this post, I think I got like 5 seconds, lol.

So today's challenge was to let ya'll know "What does it take?" What does it take to participate in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge. Well, NOT MUCH! If you are new to cloth diapers, you probably already have everything you need in your home! If you're already a cloth diapering family you also probably already have what you need! That was easy, wasn't it?!

As most of you know, this challenge is to make aware that anyone in any condition can save tons of money by using cloth diapers and even more by using flats.

What are flats? (from KellysCloset.com):
Flat diapers, commonly called Flats, are truly the old-fashioned cloth diaper. Flat diapers are large squares of single-layer material; typically made from Birdseye weave cotton. These diapers can be folded a number of ways in order to fit your baby and require fastening with either diaper pins or a Snappi.
Benefits:
  • The absolute most economical cloth diaper available
  • Can easily be hand-washed and dries very quickly (excellent for camping)
  • Multi-purpose uses; due to the softness and texture these make wonderful cloths for facials
 Now what? First, Flats usually come in 27x27 and you just fold to fit around your baby and then use a waterproof cover (optional) and you're done. So as KellysCloset.com mentioned they are the most economical diaper and I can profess to that! If you buy them new from an online retailer you will pay $1+ per flat. But as I mentioned, most of us already have items that we can use or already have flats. My grandma has a whole stash of them that she uses for cleaning and polishing. You can use receiving blankets (which are FLATS), and/or any other type of blankets, sheets, pillow cases and T-shirts and then cut them or just twist them to fit on your baby.

Second, washing and drying is a breeze (excluding the poopy diapers), during a normal week, just throw them in the washer on a cool rinse and then a hot wash and you're good to go. During the Flats & Handwashing Challenge, of course, we hand wash them. Still easy, it's just hard work, but soooo doable!

To wash them I'm going to soak them in a bucket and then add about 1/2 tsp (yes, teaspoon) of detergent (Rockin' Green Detergent) and wash them by hand, drain the water, add hot water and repeat until there are no bubbles.

Below is a picture of my flats drying, it took like less than 10 minutes (well, maybe 15) to dry. I haven't washed them because Eli is potty training and has only gotten one flat wet.


So here is what we're using:

3 Flannel & 3 Flats (fleamarket finds)
20 flats total
  • 4 cotton flannel (home-made) flats, paid $.75
  • 4 printed (receiving blankets) flats, paid $1
  • 12 gerber flats, paid about $7
4 FuzziBunz Pocket Diapers
4 Thirsties Covers
2 Wool Covers
2 Fleece Covers

3 of the covers I won and the others I bought/traded for probably less than $30! How awesome is that! I think it's just totally awesome! lol

That's that for today, sorry it's up so late but I tried getting my camera fixed.... but my sister said she sent me one she bought at Goodwill! Yeah!

Here's a photo of Eli in her Flat and Thirsties cover yesterday! Today she wore a gDiaper with a flat, she looked super cute with her little summer dress but again, broken camera :(



 See ya'll TOMORROW!

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