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8th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge - Day 1 - Why are you taking the challenge? #flatschallenge

Welcome to Day 1 of the 8th 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 year is my 3rd year taking the Challenge. My first year I was a mom of my first baby and really into cloth diapering. I loved my modern cloth diapers and was curious if I could master flats, something I was initially intimidated by. Last year was my second year taking the Challenge (and my first year hosting). I had another baby in cloth and was excited to challenge myself again after a few years break from flat diapers between kids.

This year will be a bit of a different challenge for me as I'll have two in cloth. My toddler is almost 2 and I have a one month old. I'm not going to lie when I say I'm a little worried that I'll be able to keep up! I'm having a hard enough time keeping up with my 2 under 2 during the day and to top that we are in the process of closing on house, moving, and I have many doctor appointments on the calendar all in the next two weeks! I'm a little overwhelmed by life.

But I think that's the beauty of the Challenge. What if my modern cloth diaper stash wasn't available to me? What if I didn't have the funds to just buy a package of disposables? What if I didn't have access to a washing machine? Everyone has times in life where they are struggling and overwhelmed. So my busy month is something many parents face and to top if off they don't have the luxuries that I may have.

The Flats and Handwashing Challenge was started 8 years ago by Kim Rosas of Dirty Diaper Laundry 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.

Flats Challenge Cloth Diaper Revival

I'm thankful for you all joining me to help raise awareness about diaper need and to show that we can make this work! You can take this knowledge that you will gain this week and help someone in need one day.

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, Vloggers, and Influencers, link up your thoughts on Day 1 below and don't forget to tag your posts with #flatschallenge.

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