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Why are you taking the Flats and Handwashing Challenge | #flatschallenge Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the 2019 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?

Flats Challenge Cloth Diaper Revival

This year over 100 families have committed to the Challenge. Each family is facing different situations. We have single parents, parents who work outside of the home, parents diapering multiple children at once. And we even have families that are already using flat diapers full time. Some of them even handwash their diapers regularly!

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 hindrance 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.

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. I encourage you to find a diaper charity in your area! National charities include Jake's Diapers and Share the Love. No parent should have to worry about wrapping her baby in clean diaperes each day. Can you help?

If you are participating in the Challenge, be sure to share your thoughts on your social channels using the #flatschallenge hashtag. 

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