Today is the first day of the 3rd Annual Flats and Hand-washing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper laundry! Although this is my first time participating in this event, I am not a "newbie" when it comes to hand-washing one of my child's diapers.
Over four years ago, shortly after my first baby was born, the washing machine broke. At the time, my baby was being cloth diapered in pre-folds and vinyl pull-on style covers. My husband and I were unemployed, so we did not have the extra money to buy another washing machine or launder at a laundry mat. For a week or two, I washed my little guys pre-folds and covers in the bathroom sink after each diaper change, and hung them in the bathroom to dry. Thankfully, my in-laws gave us a donated washer, so I did not have to continue to wash my baby's diapers by hand anymore.
Four years down the road...I now have a blog centered around my family's mission to live an eco-friendly and self-sustaining lifestyle. That being said, I am quite passionate cloth diapering and am thrilled to educate others whenever I get the chance.
When I heard about the "Flats Challenge" being mentioned in my blogging groups, I thought "why not?". After all, I have experienced first hand what a blessing my son's cloth diapers were during a period of time when my husband and I were literally rummaging through our house to find money for groceries.
My Reasons For Participating In The Flats and Hand-washing Challenge Are :
* To prove that cloth diapering is a practical money saving option for ANY parent or caregiver - even if they do not have an electric washer!
* That the time and preparation of washing is not as drastic as some may think
* By deciding to cloth diaper, not only is a smaller carbon "footprint" being created, but a healthier diapering option is being offered to the baby.
Please come back to my blog tomorrow as I discuss the costs involved in cloth diapering on an EXTREMELY small budget , making my own cloth diaper detergent, and how my first full day of the Flats And Hand-washing Challenge went!