Do you think having a baby takes a lot of money? Well, it certainly can, but it doesn't have to.
This year I am participating in the flats hand washing challenge put on by Kim at Dirtydiaperlaundry.com.
This is my 3rd year doing this challenge. I want to help people rethink the idea that babies are to expensive. Babies are a great blessing from God. In fact I am about ready to pop with baby #5 ANY DAY NOW! (if you feel so inclined, you could pray that maybe it would be tonight, thanks)
Anyway, Diapers are EXPENSIVE! So for this week, I will be using old fashioned flat diapers and covers and hand washing them, to show that you don't need a lot of money to diaper a baby.
We actually use this type of diaper everyday. I found that they are very versatile and easy to get clean.
Sorry for the very short post, I'll write more tomorrow.
Follow me on this great adventure.
Here are the official rules
RULES of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge-
The following diapering items can be used:
• Any flat cloth diaper, store bought or handmade. A flat should be only 1 layer of material for easier handwashing and faster drying.
• 1 night time diaper per night of your choice although you are asked to make flats work for you (this diaper must also be handwashed)
• Doublers (not inserts meant to be absorbent enough to stand alone) if you absolutely must.
• A diaper sprayer.
• Wet bags/diaper pails for storage.
• Handmade “washing machine” for diapers such as the camp style washer I made last year.
• Non Electronic Portable washing machines (must be powered by you and cost less than $100.
• Commercially available or handmade covers.
• Commercially available or handmade detergents.
• Snappi, Boingo, and Pins for closure.
• Pocket diapers STUFFED WITH FLATS. (note that the potential for repelling on the stay dry lining could make your challenge harder but you can see what happens)
• Homemade or store bought fleece liners.
• Iron (to use in order to expedite drying time or sterilize)
Materials Not Allowed
• Electronic washer/dryer.
• Pockets with inserts other than flats, AIO’s, Fitteds, Contours, Prefolds, AI2’s, etc.
• Flushable liners.
Rules for Everyone
• You cannot use your washer or dryer.
• If for some reason something arises and an exception is made you need to disclose in the Conclusions Survey or on your blog if you are a blogger.
• There is no limit on the number of flats or covers you can use. Should you purchase 100 flats for $100 and go a whole week without washing? No. Use your common sense on this one. As a tip the more diapers in your camp washer/ sink/ tub the harder the washing will be.