On the fourth day of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge the topic I and the other bloggers linking up will be discussing is an important one- the handwashing part. I think out of this entire event the handwashing is what people find the most terrifying and most curious. Why, WHY would anyone do something so [...]
It is Day 2 of the 3rd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, that yearly even where we only use flat cloth diapers and handwash them for 7 days. Our second day will focus on the diapers and other items we are using. Since flats are so economical it will be fun to see what our [...]
On the first day of the 3rd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge our topic of discussion is “Why take the Challenge?” Rather than repeat my own reasons that you’ve read again and again I asked others who are taking it to see why they wanted to participate. We have had over 400 people sign up [...]
The 3rd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge begins this Monday, May 20 and will go until the evening of May 26. As a quick reminder, this event will involve hundreds of families from all over the world; they have signed on to only use flat cloth diapers and handwash them for 7 days. That’s why [...]
I want to share a little story with you. It all started at 1 am two Sundays ago. I woke up to my son screaming in pain. At the time I assumed it was tooth related. I nursed him what ended up being all night and he was still in pain the next day. Turns [...]
There is one thing everyone has in common reading this story- we were all born of a woman! A point Ina May makes at a speaking engagement she is filmed giving that is shown in Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives. I’ll admit that I’ve been fascinated by The Farm ever since [...]
For a lot of us the issue of diaper need isn’t something we think about, whether you cloth diaper or not. When you are low on diapers you either wash a load or run to the store for a new package. Not everyone can. In fact, according to a study performed by Huggies and their [...]
I can’t help but get excited for a new print release, especially one from a brand I love as much as Thirsties. Their newest print is aptly named “Polka Dance” and is a playful mix of colors on a chocolate background. The colors are happy but these photos make me even happier. This new print [...]
In the spirit of budget cloth diapering this month I wanted to pass on this great tutorial inspired by a reader (Kelly S.) who posted to my fanpage. I’ve seen other t-shirt diapers but, being a lover of flats, I really loved the idea of cutting a shirt down to make flats! And the best [...]
It is now May and we are just a few weeks away from the start of our Third Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge! May 20-26 families all over the world will once again use flat cloth diapers and only handwash them for 7 days. Why? To show that cloth diapers can work for any family- [...]
I’m so thrilled to be a part of the Dirty Diaper Laundry family. Harper just turned five months old (editor’s note- she is 6 months old now) and our experience with cloth diapers has been a learning process but definitely a positive one. I feel good every day knowing our diapers are better for the [...]
We are quickly nearing the 3rd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge which will be May 20-26. Many of you may be curious about flats or want to purchase some to participate. Each year many retailers and manufacturers offer discounts to coincide with the Challenge. This year I have worked with these retailers on spreading the word! [...]
With the release of the new bumGenius Elemental comes, of course, a new video showing the new right next to the old. The Elemental cloth diaper has always held a top spot in my favorites list so I was anxious to see the changes. The video does the best job of showing the differences but I [...]
I realize a video review about flats isn’t exciting… but I know plenty of people want to see particular brands in “person” so I’m happy to have a review of the GeffenBaby flats for you today. They are unique and are made with 60% Hemp and 40% Cotton. They have stretch to them which helps [...]
The 3rd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge is back! This year we will begin on May 20 and end the evening of May 26 to make it a full 7 days. This event aims to bring awareness and educate cloth diapering families and beyond about the benefits and feasibility of using flat cloth diapers, the [...]
The question “Do cloth diapers delay walking in infants” has been asked frequently by new and experienced mothers alike who first see a cloth diaper. Historically cloth diapers were much bulkier in appearance, partly due to the poofy, non form fitting rubber pants, and because they were prefolds or flats that were loosely pinned [...]
After publishing my post about how much I loved my Diva Cup I was surprised how many of you wanted more information about menstrual cups. At the time I wasn’t prepared to answer many of the questions because I had so recently started using one myself. Since then I have tried a few more brands [...]
Sometimes on rare occasions I get to combine my actual college degree in History with my chosen profession as a cloth diaper blogger. When I lived in NC for a few months I seized the opportunity to film an interview with my grandparents and share with the world their experiences with flats and handwashing. While [...]
Cloth Diapering is gaining in popularity and a lot of people want to get involved. Any time there is money to be made the people will come in droves to stake their claim. The Cloth Diaper Wild West has seen a lot of prospectors come and go. Some of them are bringing innovative and worthwhile [...]
Posted on 24 May 2013.
The question, “What is working” for the Flats and Handwashing Challenge also implies that there are certain things that just aren’t. As much as I feel that this event can be a powerful tool to showcase how easy using flats can be,, it is also a way to showcase what doesn’t work. Even better, it is a way to compare notes on things that work better than others to make handwashing and using flats, when necessary, easier. The thing I have heard most often this year in the “chatter” has been how great the flats are working for participants! Several people have decided to sell off their stash and go back to flats. Maybe they will use them with covers, or they might start using them as inserts in their pockets. The reason? Flats work! They are absorbent and wash and dry like a dream. In 2011 I had “I’m [...]
Posted on 23 May 2013.
On the fourth day of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge the topic I and the other bloggers linking up will be discussing is an important one- the handwashing part. I think out of this entire event the handwashing is what people find the most terrifying and most curious. Why, WHY would anyone do something so crazy and what is it like? Is it hard? Is it gross? This is my third year participating in this event and I’ve handwashed my diapers on various other occasions when traveling. Each time I learn more about what works best when handwashing my diapers, pick up tips from others involved, and realize that handwashing is not easy but it is possible. I have a how-to handwash video using the camp-style washer from the first year as well: How to Handwash Cloth Diapers. I store the dirty diapers in the bucket I plan to [...]
Posted on 22 May 2013.
Day 3 means we are almost halfway through our 7 day challenge to use flats and handwash for 7 days. This week there are over 60 bloggers participating who have been linking their posts and today instead of there being a prompt for writing they are picking their own topic. For me I wanted to expand on a tip I shared a few days ago about using this time in flats as a way to start practicing Elimination Communication! *Post contains affiliate links. Before disposable diapers were the norm all babies wore cloth diapers and almost all of them potty trained far earlier than babies do today. It isn’t unheard of for children to still be in diapers when they start school! Each year when I do this Challenge I find myself more inclined to give my baby “diaper free” time or to let him wear a flat with no [...]
Posted on 21 May 2013.
It is Day 2 of the 3rd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge, that yearly even where we only use flat cloth diapers and handwash them for 7 days. Our second day will focus on the diapers and other items we are using. Since flats are so economical it will be fun to see what our other participants have spent to participate! This year I didn’t purchase any new flats for the Challenge since I already had quite a few. My flats- 4 Ikea Flats (2 packs of 2) from last year- $6.00 8 Target Flour Sack Towels (2 packs)- $8.00 9 Diaper Rite bleached flats from Diaper Junction- $13.50 (I have given some away… which is why I don’t have a dozen) 3 t-shirts as diapers- $1.50 total from thrift store 4 flats made from an XXL shirt- $1.00 for all 4! (Tutorial to make cheap and easy t-shirt [...]
Posted on 20 May 2013.
On the first day of the 3rd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge our topic of discussion is “Why take the Challenge?” Rather than repeat my own reasons that you’ve read again and again I asked others who are taking it to see why they wanted to participate. We have had over 400 people sign up from all over the world to participate in the Challenge. At the end of the post you can find blog posts from bloggers who will be writing about their experiences. “I’m taking the Challenge to bring awareness that flats are very much a viable option in today’s modern world. I am using 24 flats and 6 covers to cloth diaper TWO boys!” -Callie Fritts, mama of 2 boys and consultant/blogger for www.diaperparties.com “I am taking the challenge because I love to challenge myself. I want to be able to teach others how to cloth [...]
Posted on 19 May 2013.
Even though I don’t have a newborn to show the fold on, I was able to get a good grasp of how well the Mini-Kite Fold would work on one. The shelf in the back and the jelly-rolled legs make this a perfect fold to hold in those runny poops and prevent poopspolsions in conjunction with a good fitting cover. In the video I am using an Ikea flat (a burp cloth purchased from Ikea that is square and perfect as a flat) and it measures about 28″ by 28″ and is close to square after being washed. I made this tutorial based on the requests of so many who wanted a newborn flat fold tutorial. I have several other flat fold tutorials already and you can find them all by visiting this YouTube Playlist: Flat Cloth Diaper Fold Tutorials. Pin ItPin It
Posted on 18 May 2013.
The 3rd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge begins this Monday, May 20 and will go until the evening of May 26. As a quick reminder, this event will involve hundreds of families from all over the world; they have signed on to only use flat cloth diapers and handwash them for 7 days. That’s why we say “No Washer. No Dryer. No Problem.” On the surface this event may seem like fun and games (well, as much fun as handwashing dirty diapers can be!) but the goal is to prove that cloth diapers are possible in almost any situation. 1 in 3 families struggle to afford diapers for their babies but flats are the cheapest diapering option available and they are easily handwashed and air dried, unlike other styles of cloth diapers. If you have decided you would like to participate but think you won’t have time to get prepared, [...]
Posted on 17 May 2013.
I want to share a little story with you. It all started at 1 am two Sundays ago. I woke up to my son screaming in pain. At the time I assumed it was tooth related. I nursed him what ended up being all night and he was still in pain the next day. Turns out the kid had strep throat, double ear infections, and lymph node infections. (I wrote about Everett’s illness just a few days ago in greater detail and his eventual hospital stay) Let’s just say that the next few days were HELL. I know my kid was sick but holy cow, I was miserable too. He didn’t like sitting down so I walked him around the house all day Sunday. He got as much boob as he wanted but even that didn’t help. I didn’t eat, hardly bathed, and watched far more cartoons that any person [...]
Posted on 15 May 2013.
I have a pretty amazing life, a beautiful home, two incredible kids, and a handsome husband who has worked hard to move up in life and provide his family with everything we have. I don’t have anyone to thank except him, and myself. We made this happen. While, in our lives, I’m sure events transpired that were “lucky” or “fortuitous” that helped us get here but we are the result of hard work. Our lives exist because of that work. Since there have been a few remarks about how fortunate I am, and how “out of touch” I am with those I am reaching out to help with the Flats and Handwashing Challenge, I thought today was a good day for a back story. Kim today is pretty different from the Kim of 20+ years ago. I didn’t live in a house until I moved in with my boyfriend (current [...]
Posted on 13 May 2013.
There really isn’t a great way to write a post about your 2.5 year old son being admitted to the hospital and it is even harder to title. It all started last Sunday (7 days ago) when Everett started screaming in pain at about 1 am. He was awake most of the night crying out and I spent all night trying to comfort him. All day Sunday it was the same thing and my husband and I took turns walking him around to keep him happy. While we first thought it was teething pain related we decided to take him to urgent care since he was grabbing at his ears to rule out an ear infection. Instead we got the news that he had strep, double ear infections, and lymph node infections. He spent the next week in misery. He didn’t walk at all except on a handful of occasions. [...]
Added on 29 April 2013