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Flats and Handwashing Challenge Day 7 - What did I learn? How did it go? #flatschallenge

The last day of the 8th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge is here! 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 about your experience. What did you learn? How did it go? Do you think this is a feasible option for families experiencing diaper need? Did you find a new love for flats or handwashing? 

Flats Challenge Cloth Diaper Revival

If you read yesterday's post, you know that this year was a flop for me. The world was working against me. I knew this year would be a struggle for me with a newborn, two under two, two in diapers, and a move to a new house. I didn't anticipate a week stay in the hospital two days after my daughter was born for a serious infection, many doctor visits for said complication, my daughter getting thrush the week of the Challenge, and my toddler having high fevers this week as well. There was a lot of things not working in my favor and I failed. 

Not only did I stop using my flats and handwashing, but I switched to disposables. I just can't take anything else on and getting rid of the thrush is my top priority. I needed to bleach everything and in order to keep her from getting reinfected, I would need to bleach after every wash. So I took the easy road and grabbed the box of Pampers we were gifted. 

It's hard enough being one month postpartum. Life is a struggle and I'm trying to give myself some grace, but I do feel like I have failed everyone. As the host of the Challenge I'm supposed to be able to complete it, right? But the truth is that sometimes you have to prioritize things. And for me I learned the lesson that life dumps a lot more on you than you anticipate. 

Keeping up with handwashing and worrying about the thrush was just too much for me. I'm a stay at home mom with a husband who helps me tremendously. We are fortunate to be able to afford a box of diapers. We have a laundry room with a washer and dryer. I didn't have the added stress of worrying about where the money would come from to pay our bills or feed our family this week. 

I can't imagine what a parent who works full time outside of the home, possibly even two jobs, or a single parent would have done in my situation. It would have been really hard both physically and emotionally to keep up with all of it. I have cried many times this week from being exhausted, overwhelmed and my hormones adjusting. It's hard. 

So do I think that using a small flats stash is doable? Of course. I've proved it the other two years I completed the Challenge. But do I think it works for everyone? Not likely. I mean you do what you have to do to get by, but I can see how that would be very hard in some cases. 

And handwashing? Again, totally doable. But it would be just one more thing on your plate on top of everything else. Some people may not be able to keep up with it. 

While I wasn't successful this year, I'm glad I participated. I really did learn something new and unexpected. Once you complete the Challenge successfully you walk away thinking that it can work for everyone. But this year really threw me some unexpected curveballs and taught me that it would be really hard for some people. 

Thank you all for following along with my journey this week! I hope that those of you that participated for the first time were successful and learned something new that can be useful to someone else. And if this was your second or eighth time participating, I hope you are still learning new things year after year! Be sure to share how your week went in the comments! If you completed the Challenge, feel free to grab this graphic and share!

Flats Challenge Cloth Diaper Revival

Stay tuned for the Flats and Handwashing Survey that will be sent out to everyone that signed up. Results will be posted on this blog this summer.

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