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Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 3

Posted: May 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cloth Diapers | Tags: Cloth Diapers, Flats Challenge | 3 Comments »

If you are a cloth diapering mom or dad and you haven’t heard about the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, you probably will this week! Over 450 bloggers have signed up to use nothing but flats and covers for the next 7 days, handwashing and line drying instead of resorting to a washing machine and dryer. The Flats and Handwashing Challenge is hosted by the always awesome Kim over at Dirty Diaper Laundry. Check out the details page and sign up!

Day 3: My favorite way to use flats!

Well, as I said in the last post, I have never really *used* a Snappi. Played around with one? Yes. But then I tossed it into the bottom of a basket to be pulled out every now and again only to toss it right back in when I decide it’s not worth the hassle.

The absence of Snappi use pretty much ensures I am going the easiest route possible:

The Pad Fold.

The Pad Fold couldn’t be any easier. Fold it into fourths, fold it into thirds. Voila. A Pad Fold. Basically if you come out with something resembling a prefold that has been trifolded, you are on the right track.

The Pad Fold enables you to just lay the flat into the cover and then fasten the cover. I have never in my 3 years of cloth diapering had an issue with a flat or prefold moving around inside the cover. Of course I use front closure covers that are quite snug. This might be an issue with pull-on covers, like woolies for example.

Last night we did attempt the Origami Fold with an extra flat pad folded inside and then the whole thing Snappi’d on under a pair of woolies. It worked really well, I was surprised. Tonight I tried to recreate that and try as I might, I could not get the origami fold to stay within the woolies. I’m not sure what the deal was but we ended up using a double pad fold in the Swaddlebees Capri cover. I think we’ll be fine with that combo.

Here is a photo of my flats drying this morning! I love that with the nice brisk breeze, they literally took 30 minutes to dry. Awesome.

Flats and Handwashing Challenge Day 3

What is your favorite fold? What is your favorite cover?

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3 Comments on “Flats and Handwashing Challenge: Day 3”

  1. 1 Jennifer said at 6:45 am on May 23rd, 2012:

    Good luck with the Flats Challenge! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  2. 2 Sarah Jane said at 1:50 pm on May 23rd, 2012:

    I LOVE the snappi, but with flats the pad fold is what I use. It's much easier, especially with a mobile toddler.
    My recent post Folding Flats

  3. 3 Hannah VW said at 5:51 pm on May 23rd, 2012:

    Cool. I was able to hang mine outside for the first time of the challenge today and they dried while we walked to the mailbox.
    My recent post Can I "Kish" Them?

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