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7th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge Survey Results

It's been four months since the 7th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge took place! FOUR. Where has the time gone? Time flies when you're raising babies! I intended to publish the results from the final survey months ago, but life totally got in the way. Between birthdays, spending summer with my oldest before dropping him off for his first day of Kindergarten and other big things coming my way (more on that in a later post), I've been a bit busy!

But I've finally found the time to tally up the results for you! If you're new to the Flats and Handwashing Challenge and would like to learn more, check out this post explaining things in detail.

Flats Challenge Cloth Diaper Revival


Almost 200 of you signed up for this year's Challenge! I was so encouraged as this was my first year hosting. Following the footsteps of Kim at Dirty Diaper Laundry was an honor and I love how you all kept the spirit of the Challenge alive this year! For a week we stuck together proving that using a minimal stash of flat diapers was possible. And not just that, but hand washing our diapers as well! You did it and I couldn't be prouder to be a part of this community! 

Of the 198 families that signed up to take the Challenge, 138 of you filled out the final survey, giving me your feedback. That's about 70% of those that signed up. The data provided on the grapics below is complied from those 138 families. Thank you to those of you that participated and provided feedback! 

Check out the infographics below for detailed results from survey participants. To view the text larger, click on the graphic to enlarge it. 

Flats Challenge Cloth Diaper Revival

Flats Challenge Cloth Diaper Revival

Flats Challenge Cloth Diaper Revival

Is using flat diapers and handwashing them a viable option for families? 

82% of you said YES! While another 18% said yes, with modifications! 

Here's some feedback from this year's participants:

"Once I figured out simple but huge time savers, it became a piece of cake to incorporate into daily routine, even with two in cloth. Preparedness is key, and it only took less than a day to figure out what worked and what didn't, so it became easy FAST...which was surprising to me. I really expected more of a struggle to learn to use flats but in less than a day I felt like a champion. " - Pamela J. 

"I came in to this challenge nervous that I would succeed, but I did it!! Yes there was minimal labor for the washing but it was easy! It was truly eye opening to see how much water and soap I was saving. Being a family on a strict budget and water usage this was a great option! I believe this would work for so many families on many different levels. I loved my flats before the challenge but now even more. So much that we will be switching to full time use of flats and hand washing as much as possible." - Michelle S. 

"I enjoyed learning about flats more. They are definitely something that I will be adding to my stash. I now prefer them over prefolds, because I can fold specifically for my child. I was very scared of them before, thinking that they were waaay too much work, but in the end I enjoyed using them. I did not enjoy hand washing as much, but I am grateful to know that if I needed to hand-wash I could in a pinch." - Christine K. 

Thank you for following along with this year's Challenge! If you missed the Challenge or were unable to participate this year, we'd love to have you join us in 2018 for the 8th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge! 

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