I did it!
Today is the last day, and I survived! Two additional kids this year, one in diapers, and on solo parenting duty most days.
Overall, the challenge was what I expected it to be. With the added personal challenge of only washing after work hours, that put a lot into perspective. I’m not sure if working parents or a working single parent, would be able to cloth diaper full time without a washer and dryer. I’d like to think it would be possible, because, after all, my mother-in-law did it (out of necessity). Knowing that inexpensive cloth diapers options are available and could be handwashed, allows parents to make an educated decision for their families. A back up stash of flats and diaper covers could be an option for those families who have diaper needs, even if they only used it part time…which alleviates funds for other necessities.
This was my third year that I participated, and here’s what I’ve learned:
- If you want your kid to poop, decide to handwash for a week
- If you want your kid to poop more than once a day, decide to handwash for a week
- If you need rain for 7+ days in a row, decide to handwash for a week
- Men’s cotton t-shirts work GREAT for overnight options (and don’t cut them)
- My baby uses less diapers than I thought — approximately 6 or 7 per day (at 10 months old)
- Don’t underestimate the power of a good soak
- Keep your hands slathered in olive oil, gold bond, or petroleum jelly if you decide to skip the gloves to wring out your diapers
Honestly, we use Flats regularly. I don’t mind handwashing occasionally, and will do so for my ‘pre-wash cycle’ before tossing them into my washer.
I really hope that everyone learned something this week…and if so, I’d love to hear in the comments below!
Here’s a recap of the week-long challenge:
Day 1 – What and Why?
Day 2 – My Stash / How Much?
Day 3 – Fave Fold
Day 4 – Wash Routine
Day 5 – Open Topic ~ CD Banks
Day 6 – Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down
I’m participating in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Cloth Diaper Revival.