Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Day 2 of the Third Annual Flats and Hand Washing Challenge

 
"I am taking part in the Third 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 400 participants from all over the world!"

Today's topic is: How did I prepare for the challenge?
Fortunately I had everything I needed already. After last year's challenge I invested in some extra flour sack towels from Target to use when we travel. Last July we went to Turkey for a month and I used flats exclusively during that time. The flour sack/ tea towels were almost $5.00 for a 4 pack. I have 2 packs. Seeing how cheap and effective these flats are is really making me regret buying expensive prefolds and pockets.
I also have 6 birdseye flats that I got 2 years ago from GreenMountainDiapers.com and 2 receiving blankets that I am using. So a total of 16 diapers! Not bad.
I have been doubling up since BB is such a heavy wetter lately. But with 16 diapers I can skip a day of washing if I have to.
My only problem is my lack of covers :(.  I needed to retire the Velcro covers I had since BB would not keep them on. So now I am down to only 4 covers. I can make that work.
Don't forget I am giving away a new pair of homemade wool longies size large- x large. To enter please leave a comment. The winner will be announced Monday.  

10 comments:

  1. I'd love to win a pair of longies. I can't believe how bulletproof wool is. I made a soaker for my son awhile back. Thanks for having a giveaway!

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    1. I agree. Wool has always been my go to cover for night time it is super absorbent. Good Luck.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by. Good Luck.

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  3. Trips would be so easy with this hand washing technique... I'm looking forward to our first long trip as a family now that the flats challenge is preparing me ;) Good luck with this year's challenge!

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    1. Thank you. You too! The flats worked great for us camping and traveling. Have fun on your vacation.

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  4. Entering for the new pair of homemade wool longies! I've never used a wool cover before. =)

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  5. Wool is awesome alternative to velcro. I am excitred to see how your adventure turns out.

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    1. Thank you Vanessa. I never really like Velcro either.

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