I'm finally back! This post was meant to be posted over the weekend for you all, but a cranky modem + heading out camping with kiddos meant that it got delayed. But here it is now for your reading pleasure. Part of the fun of a blog is hosting guest bloggers and hearing from other voices. Today we're hearing from brand new blogger, Andrea Brumsey, about her experiences with the Flats and Handwashing Challenge
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!
Hmm...how should I start...well I started my cloth diapering journey in Jan.'09 and have not looked back since. I have cloth diapered 3 of my 4 children and 2 of them are still in diapers. Well I guess one technically as my 3 year old only uses one at nap time and one at bed time. I use to use pocket diapers full time but I was having so much trouble figting the ammonia smell that was lurking in my diapers. I stripped the diapers over and over with little to no success. I then began to do some research on what I could do. I was ready to give up on cloth diapers. But then I discovered flat cloth diapers and I fell in love with them.
I purchased my first set of flat cloth diapers from www.thelittlemonkeystore.com. Swaddlebees Flat diapers is where my journey began. Now I have a cloth diaper stash of flats. I have my Swaddlebees and Flour Sack Tea Towels that Iove to use as diaper, as well as receiving blankets that I use as night time diapers.
I have tried many many folds but they have all failed to work the way I thought that they should. The fold that I find works well for both my 3 year old and and my 17 month old is the kite fold. I find that the Kite fold proves to be very very trim and also very very absorbant. There are many layers which is excellent for both girls and boys.
I am enjoying using flats, even more than I thought that I would. They are super easy to wash and dry very fast. I use to use diaper pins and loved using them all the time but as my DS got older he refused to stay still for more than a couple seconds. Even though I was using pins for months I wasn't fast enough and was scared that the pin would hurt his skin. So, I switched to using a Snappi. I have also switched to using velcro closure diaper covers instead of snap closure covers. The velcro closure diaper covers are much easier to fasten with a squirmey baby. I also find that since switching to flat diapers my son no longer gets diaper rashes.
Before I started The Flats and Handwashing Challange my washing routine consisted of putting the diapers and covers into my washing machine and do a pre rinse with cold water and no detergent. Then once the diapers have been rinsed I add cloth diaper safe detergent anf set the washer on hot water and let it go through a regualr cycle and add an extra rince. Now that I am participating in the Flats and Handwashing Challange I start by taking my wash bucket and putting it in my kitchen sink. I then ad cold water and use my hands to aggitate the water for a few minutes. Then once i see that they are rinsed enough I dump out the water and then add hot water and 2 drops of Dawn dish detergent. I then use my hands again to clean and agitate the diapers. Once I have finished washing the diapers i dump out the soapy water and add clean water.It usually only takes one or two rinses to get all the soap out. I then ring the diapers out and hang them up to dry. I find that washing them by hand reassures me that that my diapers are squeaky clean.
Since I started using Flat diapers I have converted 3 people to cloth diapers and 4 more to give it a try. I use cloth diapers because I want my children to have the best. Cloth diapers are free of all the nasty chemicals that disposable diapers have. I also love all the money I have saved from not using cloth diapers and cloth wipes. With Flats a family can purchase and use cloth diapers for a little less than $40. As little as $40 diapers can get you enough diapers for your baby from newborn to potty training.
Mommy to 4 beautiful children and Navy wife,