7th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge - Day 1: Why Are You Taking The Challenge? #flatschallenge
Welcome to Day 1 of the 7th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge! If you're new to the Challenge, please read more about what's going on this week as families all over the world will be diapering their babies with flat diapers and handwashing for a whole week. Today's topic is Why? Why would anyone choose to use old school flat diapers when things like all-in-ones and pockets are available? Why would we subject ourselves to handwashing our diapers when we have perfectly good electric washing machines that can do that job for us?
This is my second year taking the Challenge. My first experience was back in 2012 with my first born. I was a mama to one and very passionate about cloth diapering. While I loved my AIOs, I loved the idea of learning about flat diapers. So I thought that Flats and Handwashing Challenge was the perfect opportunity to test myself! Could I master flat folds and handwashing? Well I did and I loved it! It can sound so overwhelming, but I learned that it's much easier than you think.
After my son potty trained and we had a large gap between baby #1 and #2, I've been away from using cloth diapers and flats. But I held onto my stash and I'm happy to be participating this year. I'm also completely honored to be hosting the Challenge this year.
Kim Rosas of Dirty Diaper Laundry started the Challenge 7 years ago as a way to raise awareness about diaper need. Did you know that 1 in 3 families struggles to afford diapers for their baby? Often they must choose between diapers or other necessities. And while cloth diapers are reusable and a great solution for these families, the start up cost of modern cloth diapering can be a hinderence to these families as well.
But a small stack of flat diapers are inexpensive and can even be DIYed for free using old t-shirts or other materials. Access to a washing machine may not be easily available for these families, but handwashing flat diapers is quick and easy. Flat diapers dry quickly due to their single layer, allowing for a smaller stash needed.
The older I get, the more aware I've become of my community and the people around me. Not everyone has the luxuries of life that I have or the ability to provide for their children so freely. I don't want anyone to think they aren't doing enough for their kids. My heart aches thinking of the mom that cries because she can barely make ends meet, if she can make them meet at all.
If you're not taking part in the Challenge and just following along, I urge you, if you are able to help families in need. You can donate new and gently used cloth diapers to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope and help provide diapers for a family that is in a tough spot. No parent should have to worry about wrapping her baby in clean diaperes each day. Can you help?
This is just my thoughts on the Flats and Handwashing Challenge! Why are you taking the Challenge? Bloggers, link up your thoughts on Day 1 below and don't forget to tag your posts with #flatschallenge.