For the past 2 years or so, we’ve been using cloth diapers in some form or another. We started with 2 gDiapers and a dozen pre-folds when the boys were 4 months old, washing them every night until I added 8 more g’s and then a few more covers and pre-folds…isn’t this how it starts for all of us cloth diapering Moms? Start with one or two and pretty soon you’ve got a stash that needs it’s own organizing system? I know it’s not just ME!
In the short time I’ve been cloth diapering I’ve gone from full-time CDing to part-time, to using disposables and back to part-time and now to mostly CDing with disposables for school and nighttime. The goal when we move is to get back to CDing full-time (except for when the boys are in school) because we won’t be paying for laundry anymore. Paying to wash cloth diapers every other day is a pain in the patoot and with 3 in cloth, it’s almost an EVERY day thing, so we *mostly* cloth diaper right now.
When I first read that some people were washing their disposable diapers and drying them with hairdryers I really couldn’t believe it. Why would you choose to rinse out a chemical diaper and dry that when you could be washing and drying a cotton diaper instead?
Some cloth diapers are pretty cheap.
You can wash them in your bathtub and hang them up to dry.
Disposable diapers were not made to be used more than once…
Enter the Flats and Handwashing Challenge!
From May 23rd until May 30th, I will be using flats and covers during the day and handwashing them. No machines, no fancy fitteds or all-in-ones. We’re talking the cheapest of the cheap way to cloth diaper. It can be done. If you have enough to buy a box of Pampers, you have enough to get started with cloth diapering. If you’ve got two hands and running water, you’ve got what you need to clean them.
I’ve never used flats before this, but I’m pretty dependant on my pre-folds, so I’m familiar with what to expect for absorbency. I have never used a cloth diaper sprayer, so I have no problem getting my hands dirty (we use a lot of soap in this house)!
I was lucky enough to get in on Diaper Junction’s awesome sponsorship of this challenge. I was gifted 12 Birdseye Flats to use. So far they have been doing great. I’ve used them on all three boys and not had a leak yet.
Any Cloth Diapering Moms interested in joining in?