Got an email today from Kim Rosas about getting ready for the flats challenge. Can't believe it already starts next Monday! I really think I need to go ahead and make my camp style washer sometime this week because I really don't think I want to be sticking my hands into poopy diapers. I am fine with hand wash diapers that have only been peed on, but the poopy ones I would just rather stick them in a bucket and wash them that way.
So I now have 2 dozen flats that are fully prepped, plus a dozen muslin squares that I won at the Great Cloth Diaper Change. I've been using them for a few weeks now and they work better than I thought they would. I even use two of them for night time and I still can't believe how much pee they absorb. As for covers I will be alternating between a few Econobums, Thirsties, and I just ordered a Best Bottom cover (been wanting to try this one out for a while) from Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique. I will mainly be using the pad fold since I like that one the best, my kids are too wiggly to be using snappis right now. When it comes to washing, I'm guessing I will be doing it every night before I go to bed. As previously stated I need to make a camp style washer this week and practice using it. I will be washing all the diapers in our bathtub and probably will be hanging them over the shower curtain rod and maybe even our balcony.
A lot of people will be donating their flats to a few non profit cloth diaper organizations after the challenge. I however will be keeping ours since I am mainly using them now for day time use around the house. My kids will usually sleep in a fitted and they will wear one for outings a lot as well. But for the challenge I will be using two flats instead for night time and going out. I can't wait to see everyone's response to the challenge and read everyone's blogs. There are over 300 people taking the challenge and I hope this helps a lot of low income families realize that it truely is a better and a cheaper way to go when it comes to diapering your baby. Not to mention healthier! It blew my mind when I heard about families letting disposables air dry just so they could use them again because they knew they had to choose between buying diapers or buying food. You shouldn't feel trapped when it comes to diapers!