5.21.2012

Flats Challenge: Reflections on Day 1

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 survived day one of the flats challenge! Woohoo! Today was great! I just finished my second load of diaper laundry today. And I'm considering myself done for the day. Unless of course my son wakes up screaming because he is soaked. Fingers crossed his nighttime combo holds up!

Here are some thoughts from today...

I started the flats challenge this morning as soon as Noah woke up. Luckily he slept really late, 9:30, so we got a late start! I used two folds today, the pad fold and the anteater fold. I'm in love with the anteater fold, but the pad fold is great when he is extra squirmy and not up for a diaper change.

Anteater fold
I stabbed myself with a Snappi first thing this morning. I bled and it was very unpleasant, but at least I stabbed myself and not sweet Noah!

We had no leaks today! Hooray!

I was pleasantly surprised with the one tea towel I have. I have no idea what brand it is or what store it came from. It is really large, larger than all my flats. I didn't expect it to be very absorbent because it is so thin, but honestly I think it may be the favorite out of all my "flat" diapers!

I prefer the Swaddlebee flats over the Osocozy. Mostly because of size. I don't really see a difference in the absorbency or softness, but the Swaddlebees flat is just bigger, by about an inch or so on each side, and just seems to fit my 20 lb, 9 month old better.

Hand washing diapers really isn't that bad! I did two loads today instead of just one. I didn't want to bombard myself with a lot of work tonight and honestly, I was anxious to see how it would work. So at nap time today I did the first load and I washed the second load as soon as he was in bed and the kitchen was clean.

I don't wish I had a camp style bucket washer. I'm using hot water in my bathtub and scrubbing them by hand (or feet). It doesn't take very long, 10 minutes tops and isn't very hard. I'm surprised by how easy it is to clean them.

Wringing out diapers is going to give me calluses!

Snapping diapers outside gets out a ton of water! I suggest you do this if you ever need to dry them quickly! I'm surprised by how much water I can get out of the diapers by doing this. It's like walking through one of those mist sprayers at a water park!

I expect to have amazing arms at the end of this week. Between wringing them out and snapping out the water, my upper arms are sore!


Today, we used 10 diapers, including the 2 flats he is wearing to bed, 3 covers, and both Snappis. I was too afraid of the pins to even try them. It took about 4 or 5 hours for my diapers to dry in the sun today. Thank goodness for no rain!

Noah is asleep in a Swaddlebees flat folded with the anteater fold and an Osocozy pad folded inside, all covered with a Flip cover. I'm really hoping he wakes up with dry pajamas and sheets in the morning!

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