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Using Flat Diapers | Day 3 Flats Challenge

Posted May 23 2012 7:23pm

I am taking part in the  Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge  hosted by  Dirty Diaper Laundry .  For 7 days I will be using only flat cloth diapers and handwashing them in an effort to prove that cloth diapering can be affordable and accessible to all.  You can learn more about the rules and why this challenge was started by visiting the  announcement post .  This year there are over 450 participants from all over the world!

This challenge has really opened my eyes as to how easy flat diapers are to use.  Not only folding them and putting them on but also washing them.  It really has only been taking me 5 minutes of manpower to wash and hang them.  After removing a soiled diaper, I discard solids in toilet and give the diaper a quick rinse, which seems to save me time in the evening when I go to wash them.  I have to wash my hands after changing the diaper anyway so a quick rinse isn’t a very big deal.

Seeing that I had 7 clean and dry diapers hanging in my laundry room I didn’t go crazy wringing out my clean diapers, just one wringing/squeeze and clipped onto pant hangers.

I’ve been using the origami fold which is working really well for Teagan.  No leaks, no blowouts, just perfect and ABSORBENT!  I love that the Target Flour Sack Towels are larger than my other flats.  It makes putting them on so much easier.  And last night after Teagan ran through the sprinkler at my father’s house, wetting the one and only cover I brought with me, I decided to just snappi a flat on her without cover.  I really think if she would leave the snappi alone she would be fine without cover.  The flats really are absorbent.

I’m also completely in love with our utility “slop” sink.  I always liked having a sink in our laundry room but I just fell in love all over again.

Washing cloth diapers

Before putting Teagan to bed, I filled the sink just high enough to cover the flats and cover. (I have only used one cover thus far – no leaks, no need to change it)  After nursing her and laying her down, I went back to the sink and drained the water.  Hot wash, cold rinse, squeeze water out, hang up…literally 5 minutes.

Drying cloth diapers

And what you see above – the diapers and covers I used during Day 2. One flannel receiving blanket that my snappis don’t want to fasten, 4 Target Flour Sack Flats, and 2 Gerber Flats (doubled as 1 diaper). 6 diapers and 1 cover.

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