8th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge Day 6 - What's working and what's not! #flatschallenge

It's the last two days 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 to share what's working for you and what's not working. If this is your first Challenge, you may be surprised by how easy (or maybe hard!) this is. Maybe you've had to change things up half way through the Challenge. Share your expectations vs. your reality!

Flats Challenge Cloth Diaper Revival

This is my third year doing the Flats and Handwashing Challenge. The first year I had no issues and really thought this was totally doable for everyone. The second year I even debated doing it because "I've done it. I know I can do it." But this year really changed my thinking.

I knew when I scheduled the Challenge for this year that May would be a busy month for me. We sold our house and we're moving to a new house this month. I also knew I'd have a newborn and would be adjusting to life as a mom of 3 with 2 under 2. But there's a lot of other things working against me that I didn't anticipate. Call them excuses if you want, but here they are.

My daughter is 5 weeks old. The day after being discharged from the hospital I was readmitted with a very serious infection. I spent a week separated from my newborn and my other kiddos trying to heal. It's been a month since that week in the hospital and I'm still dealing with the infection I had. We're talking lots of doctor appointments, lots of tests, and lots of medicine.

The medicine has brought on thrush for my daughter. A few days into the Challenge I saw the symptoms and went into panic mood. I needed to bleach everything.

I was worried that 2 under 2 would be hard and it is. My toddler is insanely busy and my newborn is, well, a newborn! Those two things alone are stressful enough. But add in the move, my illness, and now my daughter's thrush and I had my hands full.

Then the day after the thrush started, my toddler spiked a high fever. When it rains it pours!

So. What's working and what's not? The Flats and Handwashing Challenge is not working for me. I'll discuss tomorrow about how I feel about that. But honestly I can't handle one more thing on my plate. I needed to switch to disposables. I can't keep up with the laundry of bleaching everything daily and I can't risk not getting rid of the thrush. Even these daily blog posts were hard to fit in!

As the host I feel like such a failure. Like if anyone can do it, it should be me. But that's what I love about the Challenge. Is the Flats and Handwashing Challenge doable? Yes. I've done it twice successfully. Many of you have completed it more than that. Many of you make a month out of it instead of a week!

In a perfect world, I would have been successful. But this year the cards were stacked against me. Be sure to come back tomorrow to find out what I learned and my final thoughts on whether I still think using flats full time and handwashing them when there's no access to a washer and dryer is doable.

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