Last year we did the Flats and Handwashing Challenge for the first time; it was an awesome experience! I’m excited to get going again on Monday May 14th for our next Flats Challenge. For one week I will pare down my extensive cloth diaper stash to just Flat Diapers and Cloth Diaper Covers. And most importantly, for that entire week I will forego my whirlpool front load washer and dryer and use only a Bucket, Plunger, Detergent and a Drying rack!
You can follow along on social media (especially Instagram) with the hashtags #flatschallenge and #bringingflatsback And, if you’re participating, please use the tags to share your journey!
If you are interested in joining the flats challenge, head over to Cloth Diaper Revival to sign up! And be sure to follow along my blog during the week, because I’ll be posting each day about my experience as well as linking up with other cloth diaper bloggers who are doing the challenge.
Why do the challenge at all when you have a massive stash of expensive cloth diapers?
The point is simple. It’s to raise awareness to the idea that cloth diapering can be accomplished even on smaller budgets and with no access to laundry facilities. Many families struggle with the overwhelming cost of disposable diapers- as a single mom with my oldest son in 2004, I knew that struggle first hand. I wish I had known that cloth diapering was an option for me back then.
As we all commit to a week of handwashing, we can help share the journey with anyone who is curious about cloth diapering but just can’t figure out the logistics of washing.
I’m also hoping to remind families that help us out there in the form of an army of cloth diapering caregivers who are eager to answer questions and share wisdom. Even if you just switch to cloth diapers for a few changes each day, you can keep a great deal of disposables out of the landfill and money in your pockets.
Are you going to participate?
I’d love to hear from you! Drop a comment below letting me know if you are doing the 2018 Flats and Handwashing Challenge! And don’t forget to share this article to spread the word.
If you’re a fellow blogger, influencer or YouTuber, drop a link here too and others can follow along your journey!
Need some more reasons to get excited? Check out my blog post 5 Reasons to Try Flat Diapers!