Monday, May 16, 2016

Flats and Handwashing Challenge

Hi, I'm Bethany and I will be taking the 6th Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry. This is my first time doing the challenge and my 8 month old son, affectionately called Little Hippie, will be participating with me!

We began using cloth diapers with him when he was 9 days old, however I fell in love with them before he was even born. I spent countless hours on the computer reading blogs like DDL to learn the ins and outs of using cloth in modern times with modern materials and machines. This week though, I'm taking it old school!

Flats are definitely a part of our normal cloth line up, but not exactly like the challenge! I decided just a few days before the challenge to jump in with both feet and participate in order to encourage lower-income families that there is a better option than disposables when you are on a very tight budget.

One box of about 100 of the lower-cost disposable diapers costs $20. If your baby is using the typical 8-10 diapers a day, this will only last 2 weeks at the most. $40 per month for diapers is just a lot of money to be throwing away, am I right? Higher-cost or Eco-friendly brands will be upwards of $60 per month. That's nearly $500 a year, or $1500 over a three year period (the time it took my oldest child to potty train). YIKES! I am sad to say he used disposables because I knew nothing about cloth when I became a mom at 19 years old.

The unfortunate truth is that there is a diaper need in the United States. Babies in every state are going much longer than they should in a disposable diaper, or parents are even reusing disposables. This is unsanitary and uncomfortable to the babies, resulting oftentimes in infection and subsequent doctor visits and time off work. We want to eliminate all of that heartache and headache!! I understand that parents do what they have to to survive and make ends meet. This blog series is so far from judgmental, actually I say all of this with all the love in my heart! I want to see you succeed and to have happy, healthy, hygienic babies.

It is possible to use cloth if you DON'T have a washing machine. It is possible to use cloth if you CAN'T spend $20 on a name brand All-in-One diaper. It is possible to use cloth if you WON'T buy a box of Tide or equally pricey and less effective "cloth specific" detergent.

I am going to pledge that for 1 week, from May 16-22, 2016, I will use ONLY flats and covers on my baby and I will NOT use a washing machine or dryer for the cloth. Pinky promise! No cheating, not even for trips out or special events!

For the official rules and Sign-Up page head over to Dirty Diaper Laundry - Flats Challenge.

For Day One's link-up and a personal story written by one of the participants, check out Day One.

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