Concerning budget-friendly cloth diapering:
After one final load tonight the 7th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge is officially over. But am I over flats and handwashing? Good question.
If you have been following along this week you may recall that Hubby and I and our two daughters, Doll and Poni, are living in a motel. With our dog. Can’t forget the dog being as he’s the cause of us not being able to find a home to rent (landlords DO NOT like pets around here).
That means we have to do our laundry at a laundromat.
Which means I stopped cloth diapering (I was diapering both babies in Piddly-Winx pocket diapers) because it would cost too much money washing them every day.
Which means we had to start buying disposables. At a time when we can’t afford extra expenses because sometime (soon, I hope) we will find a pet-friendly rental and will need the equivalent of two months rent up front (first month +damage deposit +pet deposit).
So when this challenge was set to start and we were in this living situation it was really a no-brainer to give it a go. What did I have to lose?
So the bottom lines are:
I learned that I can cloth diaper if I truly want/ need to.
And want and need are both applicable to our situation and my personal preferences.
I learned how to use flats and covers (without owning any of either and without buying any).
I learned from reading other blogs that it may be worth the cost to buy some actual flats. But it’s not necessary.
The Challenge was a great success.
I feel I completed it without any cheats, compromises, or failures.
We had zero blowouts. Zero leaks.
It helped me get more in-tune to Poni’s signals for Elimination Communication.
We saved money by not buying disposables and by not paying to wash diapers.
I washed the diapers without any special equipment (bought or made). I dried the diapers without anything but what is in the motel room. Namely a shower curtain rod.
And curiously, for reasons unknown to me, the number of diapers we used each day went down as the week went on. Started at 15-15-13-11-10-10-? (I haven’t tallied the day’s diapers yet).
So what now?
I will continue with flats. Part-time for now. Having them drying all night and day on the shower rod is not convenient when we need to shower. So for now, while we’re living in a motel, I will diaper Poni in flats while we are in the room. When we go out (and possibly at night) I will use disposables. This way I will slowly use up our remaining disposables and make my stash last long enough to where I can wash the dirties with our regular laundry once a week or so.
Once we have a home I will continue flats full-time and even if I don’t wash by hand, I will hang-dry.
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