Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Day 2 - How I Prepared For The #FlatsChallenge

Contrary to the title of this post, I wasn't that prepared. I signed up for this event with every intention of making a camp-style washer and fashioning my entire stash of flats out of old t-shirts.

However, the first "flat" cloth diaper that I changed my Leettle into was a cut-up white cotton tank (which worked fantastic!). I took a pair of scissors, cut across the top and cut the seam on on side. Leettle DID NOT like the thought of this at all! He kept screaming and telling my "this not a diaper, this a shirt!". So I just folded the the cloth in thirds and placed in one of his diaper covers.

My Flats Stash :

Colored kitchen flour sacks - on sale $3 for 3 (I bought 3 3-packs for $9 before tax).

Cotton 4 layer cloth diaper shop towels - (3 for $3.50 before tax) I bought these for night use for better absorbency, but Leettle had a rash after wearing...but this might have been due to a food related allergy.

The Covers :

4 Thirsties Duo Wraps - ($51.00 total) $12.75 each on Amazon.com and came with free shipping with Amazon Mom Prime account.

1 Imagine Cloth Diaper Cover - ($8.95)

2 Flip Covers - ($14.00) I bought these for $7 each, including shipping at a recent "seconds" sale at Cotton Babies.

Accessories :

2 Snappis - ($6.00) I am pretty sure that I had bought these for about $3 each quite a while ago, although I use them only with the Thirsties covers since I can simply fold and place the flats in the over covers without the material shifting.

2 gallon bucket and lid - ($2.00)

Pair of non-latex gloves for washing by hand - ($2.00)

The financial damage? Just about $97.00...TOTAL!

Want to hear the best part? Cloth can be used more than once! The Thirsties covers that I am using are actually hand-me-downs from my first child. Those covers are almost 4 years old and are still in excellent condition. In fact, I am going to hold on to them for child #3 (if there will be one) or pass them on to someone else.

Of course, I could have spent far less if I wanted too. For example, when I first started cloth diapering, I used prefolds with the vinyl pull-on style pants that cost anywhere between $5-$7 for a pack of 3 covers. You can also make your own flats from old t-shirts, which don't cost anything at all if you already own them.

Come back to my blog tomorrow, I will be sharing my homemade cloth diaper soap recipe!

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  1. I find it amazing lol. I'm used to nothing but flats and covers with diaper pins growing up as a child. I used to wash my baby brother's "nappy" as we call them back home. It wasn't until maybe 2 years before I came to the states in early 2000s that we got disposable diapers. We used to hand wash them and line dry them. There were no other options ha ha ha.

  2. I admire your dedication and look forward to more on this :)

  3. Awesome! I love that this can all be done with upcycled stuff, and without electricity. Awesomeness!

  4. Wow that's awesome you are taking part in this challenge!!

  5. Reading all your posts about the challenge this year has inspired me to participate in the challenge next year (if I have another baby by then) or whenever I have another. I would love to see how it was for my grandmothers or great grandmothers who had to do this on a daily basis, often with more than one child


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