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May 29, 2011

The final day of the Flats Challenge

Dirty Diaper Laundry Flats Challenge
Today marks the final day for the week long Flats and Handwashing Challenge. My Baby Girl has been in cloth diapers full time for a week and I couldn't be happier! I have hand washed diapers for a week, and I couldn't be happier! I now have more tools to help mommas who could really benefit from using cloth but are too scared for one reason or another. I couldn't be happier! I have loved taking this challenge.
Today I did a load of diapers knowing full well that I will be doing another one tomorrow after the Memorial Day parade that my home town hosts each year. It is going to be pretty hot again and sunny so my diapers can have fun blowing in the breeze.

I am so happy that I have been asked on multiple occasions how this challenge is going for me. I know that my friends that read this blog are really interested in how this all goes. I could have people reading who have never thought of cloth, but taking this Challenge and writing so much about it, has peaked interest.
I know this may not convert anyone on its own, but from what I have learned this week, I KNOW anyone could cloth diaper. You don't need much money (I used old t-shirts cut into squares as some of my flats). You don't need a washing machine. If you have will to save some money and be kinder to the tush of your child, you can do this. I washed diapers in my camp style washer when the kids were asleep. I washed when the whole house was alseep. But, I have also washed when the kids were awake. One day BG sat in her bouncy seat while LJ helped his mommy wash sister's diapers. He loved it and I didn't have to work my arms quite as much. I loved that he was always concerned when I said he shouldn't touch the water because it was very hot. He was scared that the diapers would be hot when I put them on sister.

While, I know that I can go back to using whatever diaper I want and using my washing machine and dryer tomorrow morning, I have found that it isn't holding as big of a draw as I thought it might.
Flats have been pretty easy to use and really hold up well. The hand washing of the diapers helps keep my arm muscles toned. :) Drying my diapers outside is something I like to do this time of year anyway. Sun is an awesome tool for diapers! I had one or two flats that were stained pretty decent from some pretty messy diapers. I hung them out to dry after washing them this afternoon and the sun has taken those stains right out of the diapers.
I am so glad that Kim thought of this in response to the news of moms reusing disposable diapers. I am thankful that Diaper Junction provided me with a dozen flats to use for this challenge. I am happy to have such a great husband who was on board for this and kids that made it pretty easy for me to do this as well (though BG is getting super wiggly during changes now). Thanks to my readers for putting up with these posts too. I hope that these have maybe helped even just one person feel that cloth diapering (and using flats even) is not nearly as bad or difficult as they thought it would be.

Did you take the Challenge? How did the week go for you?
If you don't use cloth, is there something holding you back? Do you have questions or would like to see how things work more?
I love talking cloth! Feel free to ask me!

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