You may think it's a little weird to choose flats and handwashing when I have a perfectly "normal" stash of cloth diapers (a fairly large one, at that). But I'm sure you think it's just insane to choose to handwash diapers for one full week, when my washer is in full working condition.
So WHY? would I choose flats and handwashing for 7 full days? Why would I choose to take the extra time when I am busy planning my soon-to-be 5 year old's birthday party? Why, when I am planning a 5 day trip to visit family? Day 5 of this challenge, we will be in the car for 6 hours. Days 6-7 we will be staying with family. Outside, at a lake, in the woods. I already plan to use a hybrid system (for the 1st time) the remainder of our trip. But the plan is to stay dedicated to the Flats Challenge.
The first reason that comes to mind is so that I am able to share my personal experience with those who could benefit from using flats and handwashing full time. As the founder of the DFW Cloth Diaper Project, I would love to be able to share my own tips and tricks. As with all things cloth diapering, I like to be able to give my own opinion, since it adds a more personal touch. How can I teach someone to handwash diapers if I've never done so myself?
I recommend that people use flats and covers on trips, since they are easy to handwash. Since the last 2.5 days of this challenge will be on vacation, I will also be able to give my personal experience with flats while traveling.
|First Flat of the Challenge!|
Flour Sack Towel, "diaper bag fold", with an organic flat as a doubler.
I only use pins with flats.
My poor little guy was attacked by ants and mosqitoes this weekend:(
Another reason I'm participating is the good ol' Boy Scout motto: Be Prepared! I have been caught out of the house, running errands, with a poopy toddler... and NO DIAPER BAG. I used the spare diaper (a Flip cover and stay dry insert) from the car, but he pooped again. We were at the mall, so I went into a department store and bought some receiving blankets on clearance. I felt so proud that I was able to think of that! I can honestly tell you that if that had happened when we used disposables (we used them for 2.5 years before we knew about cloth) that I would have been poop out of luck (pun intended!). I would have gotten nothing done and just gone home.
We live in North Texas. Tornadoes are not common, but also not rare. Not too long ago we took shelter in our bathroom while tornadoes touched down all over the metroplex (the closest one less than 10 miles away). If tragedy struck our home, I feel I would be well prepared to use items that are easily found (t-shirts, towels, blankets) as diapers. This Challenge will give me the tools I need, so that diapering my child is one less thing to worry about in a terrible situation.
So that's it! The many reasons I want to participate in this Challenge. E was actually dry all morning long in his first flat (though he wouldn't pee on the potty, despite several attempts)! I finally changed him around 1:30, when he welcomed this Challenge with a BANG! Oh, what fun it is to change nasty stinky diapers in the car....