I desperately tried to console her "its ok, its just a new diaper, you love new diapers"
"NO! NOT A NEW DIAPER, I DON'T LIKE IT!!" and with that statement she promptly grabbed the flat diaper and threw it as far away from her as possible.
WHAT AM I DOING!
|Sariah in her first flat diaper- I only have 1 snappi so |
for the other 2 I just laid the diapers flat (trifolded like a prefold)
inside of the cover.
Unless you have been living under a rock the past few weeks in the cloth diaper/crunchy mama cyber world you have heard of The Flats Challenge. In case you have not heard of it you can get the details on Dirty Diaper Laundry here.
The basics of the Flats Challenge is to show that anyone, regardless of economic status, can cloth diaper. For the challenge you can only use flat diapers, up to 5 covers per baby and you must hand wash and line dry them.
When I first heard of this challenge I thought it was genius and wanted to participate. The only snag was I didn't have any flats or any money to purchase enough flats for all 3 girls. Thankfully a good friend, Carrie, was willing to loan me some. She sent me 18 flat diapers. They are just the cheap Gerber brand you can get at places such as Walmart BUT Carrie and I both agreed that the majority of people who are in need of cloth, those who must choose between food or diapers, are more than likely going to end up buying the Gerber flats. I figure if I can make it with 3 girls using these anyone can do it with 1.
|Our Flats Challenge Stash:|
18 Gerber Flats, 4 receiving blankets, 4 hooded towels
7 Bummis covers, 4 Econobum Covers and 1 Best Bottom Cover.
Not pictured: 3 fleece covers for overnight and 1 snappi
The hubby thinks I am nuts. When I told him I was participating he said I was a dork. Then, to redeem himself a bit, he said he felt like I had enough on my plate as it is and taking on a challenge like this was only creating more work for myself. I fully understand the extra work involved but again, if I can do it with 3 anyone can do it with 1.
What I did not take into consideration when deciding to do this challenge was how my oldest daughter would react. She is quite the little Fluffy Fashionista these days and has very strong opinions on what diapers she wears. She is not impressed with the flats at all. I finally got the diaper on her but she sat there for a few minutes crying and trying to pull it off until I finally talked her into liking the pretty pink cover I used for the diaper.
I must admit I feel her pain, I am going to miss our pretty diapers too. When we started out cloth diapering last August we had a pitifully small stash. A few covers and about 12 perfolds that were given to us by a friend plus a few more prefolds and covers I purchased gave us 11 covers and about 20 prefolds total. That is what we used, for all 3 girls, for 7 months. I usually had to wash our little stash 2 times a day and even then I had to "supplement" with hooded baby towels, receiving blankets and even old t-shirts. It wasn't the prettiest cloth diaper stash around but it served its purpose.
|1/2 of our CD stash- from the stack of Bummis and Econobum covers |
over to the left represents our original stash. Those covers and prefolds
were all we had in the beginning.
From the pink fleece cover and goodmama's over to the right
are about half of the diapers we use on a regular basis now.
Eventually, through kindness of friends, some cloth diaper reviews/giveaways and work picking up for Ted we slowly built a much nicer stash full of pocket, fitted and AIO diapers. I am now quite spoiled with my diaper stash and never touch my prefolds/covers unless its to use a prefold to stuff in a pocket or a cover over a fitted diaper. So going backwards will take some getting used to.
Even with our little starter stash and washing twice a day I never hand washed anything. I line dried/sunned through November but stopped that once winter hit. So the hand washing side of this challenge should be "interesting". My plan is to wash as I go, we shall see how long I stick to that.
|The other half of our stash-by far the most loved and used half.|
there are still 3 diapers missing that were dirty for both pics.
2 Blissful Booty and A Very Hungry Caterpillar from Two Hip Peas in a Pod
round out our current stash.
All 3 girls are in their first flat of the day. I doubled up each one so they are all wearing 2. At that rate I will go through the 18 flats rather quickly. DDL has said we are allowed to use old receiving blankets and hooded towels as well. I have 4 of each in reserve to use if needed. If I wash as I go in theory I should not need them, but if that does not work out well I may have to throw a few into rotation. Even if I do use them it shows that there is always something that you can use in place of a diaper. It does not have to be a matter of "do we eat today or diaper our baby?". There are alternative out there.
Too often people who are looking to start cloth diapering see the higher end diapers that can cost $20-30 (or MORE!) for 1 and say to themselves "I can never afford that!". I know, I WAS one of those people! The purpose of this challenge is to show that it does not have to cost that much to start. Start out with economical choices such as the flats and then, after awhile, you can start to slowly buy the pricier alternatives if you want.
So, wish us luck, I will keep you all updated as we go through this challenge. The hand wash blog will be interesting I am sure!
this flat diaperin mama,