Concerning budget-friendly cloth diapering:
Today marks the start of the 7th annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge!
“Our aim is not to say that every poor family facing the supremely difficult choice of buying diapers or food should use cloth diapers. That would be short-sighted of us to think it’s an answer for every family. The flats challenge is a way to show that for families willing and able, babies can be diapered for less than $100 or even $50 and without owning a washing machine. It is a viable option for families who are in homes without washing machines and an effective one.” ~Kim Rosas, Dirty Diaper Laundry
In a nutshell, we’re raising awareness of, and proving that, cloth diapering can be done for cheap and without access to a washing machine.
So why am I doing the Challenge?
I first heard about it about 1.5months ago and I thought it sounded interesting. At the time I was diapering Doll (then 22mo) and Poni (then 2wo) in Piddly-Winx cloth diapers. I may consider myself fairly well-informed about pocket cloth diapering but in actuality there are many other cloth methods that I know nothing about. Flats are one of them.
So yeah, I was intrigued.
Fast forward to this past weekend. My family is living in a motel. We do our laundry in a laundromat for $5/load (including dry time). Before we moved out of our rental house, I was doing diaper laundry every day and I tweaked the washing settings three times per load to get my diapers clean. These laundromat washers are not “tweakable. ” Therefore both my daughters are wearing disposable diapers.
I despise disposables! I mean, they’re handy and all; They take up much less room and you throw them away, rather than wash them. (In case anyone didn’t know and also lacks the common sense to intuit that from their name . . .)
But they are ugly! I literally cringe when I see a disposable poking out of my babies’ clothing.
I was grateful to not have to do laundry, but I wasn’t happy about not using cloth. So that weekend I decided I would do the Challenge.
After all, we are currently a prime candidate for the purpose of the Challenge!
We don’t have money to spend on non-essentials and I don’t have access to a washer or dryer that I can use for diapers.
So I am doing the Flats and Handwashing Challenge because
- I want to try flats
- I currently cannot cloth diaper otherwise …
- It’s a great opportunity to get my youngest out of disposables
- My experience will certainly prove that a struggling family CAN cloth diaper for cheap and without a machine
Tomorrow I’ll let you in on what I’m using to cloth diaper and what it cost me!
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