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#FlatsChallenge 2013 - Day 1, To Save!

On the first day of the 3rd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge our topic of discussion is “Why take the Challenge?



Plain and simple... that is why we started using cloth in the first place. Flats were one of the first type of diapers I bought. I have about 30 flats. I bought some from Ross on clearance for $2.99 (6pk!), some from Kmart, on sale for $5 (6pk) and then traded some online for some of my newborn prefolds.

So, as you can see.... Flats are extremely affordable!

Flats are also customizable and so many folds out there to learn. I don't know anyone that used flats back in the day. My grandma used prefolds and my grandma actually gave me one of the prefolds used on me when I was a baby! I gotta share that pic some day. I think it's on my twitter feed.

Anywho, so you can just use a flat with a snappie, boingo or pins. And then cover the babies bum with a water proof cover.

Tada! You're ready to go!

I would estimate that it would cost about $45 to diaper a baby with flats! Lots of people would think it would cost tons for washing diapers, but in fact according to many reputable websites it won't cost you more than $130! And it actually costs less for us because we line dry our diapers 80% of the time! We may go to the laundry mat once or twice a month.


I also am taking the challenge as a way to educate and inform readers and others about using cloth diapers and that we may, especially in the southern states, that are suspeptiable to natural disasters. Although they aren't something that we are always prepared for, hopefully this challenge may give us the tools that we'd need.


Here is what is leftover from Day 1.... I used 4 flats and econobum, thirsties cover today! Ready for DAY 2!
Now gonna go wash... got a poopy diaper of course, so gonna soak that for a bit :)


Check out Kim's blog for more info, sign up and check out all the other bloggers that have linked up! Who will complete the challenge?! CLICK HERE


  1. Flats are so affordable! I wish I would have started out with flats when we started cloth diapering and saved even more money!

  2. you are a saint for using cloth diapers, I could never stick to it even with a diaper service.

  3. I bought a bunch of prefolds and PUL covers when I was pregnant. Love them. Dh doesn't care to figure them out, so he uses sposies on her. I'm not gonna complain, he's changing diapers! He loves that I'm saving us money using the cloth, though.


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