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3rd Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge- Day 1: Why Take the Challenge?

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flatschallenge2013buttonOn 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.

32315_4387509698706_100847751_n“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


“I am taalyssaking the challenge because I love to challenge myself. I want to be able to teach others how to cloth diaper on a budget and have experience in it. I am also interested in learning an alternative to using disposables or hybrid diapers on the road.”

Allyssa Streeper – mom of a 7 month old and owner of Crunchy Canadians from B.C., Canada (


me“…to prove to myself (and hubby) that I can be ready in any situation and to have experienced it firsthand! I am blogging about it to share the experience and raise awareness that cloth diapering can be done on any budget!”

Melissa Alexander, part time working mom of 3 and author of Teen Toddler Newborn

20130103_162609“…for reasons two : 1. To spread awareness that cloth diapers are a viable option for low income families and
2. To remind myself that I decide to cloth diaper to save money.  There are so many beautiful fancy diapers available, it’s hard not to want them all, but I don’t really need them.”

Jessica Dunn, mother of one

kayla dusseau pic“I’m taking the challenge for the 1st time this year to show that moms working outside of the home can cloth diaper their children and save money for other family needs.”

– Kayla Dusseau @kaylalorri Blogging @

SC20130516-124459-1“…to have the knowledge to tell others from first hand experience that cloth diapers don’t have to be expensive and intimidating.”

-Heather Lucas, mommy of two munchkins, @HeatherLucas777

13877_10151417300833391_1040619364_n“…to learn something new and to raise awareness than anyone can cloth diaper no matter what their income or situation.”

-Michelle Ferguson of The Not-So-Secret Confessions

IMG_0133“…because many people with low incomes can realize how easy is to get savings, happy baby butts, and most of all, healthy conditions of life only with a cloth and a bucket.”

Elena Santoyo, Full time mother of a chubby baby in cloth diapers, and blogger.

evalepe-1366757133_600“I’m taking the challenge because I want to demonstrate the ease of cloth diapering, how fun it can be and how great it is for both baby and the environment.”

Eva Lepe mother of two and the writer of  @EvaLepe

imagefb“I’m taking the challenge because I was afraid of using flats and my competitive nature is stronger than my fear. Plus, I wanted to find a better way to cloth diaper while camping.”

-Crystal Ferguson


“…I could do that! I could do that ANYWHERE!” and I immediately considered how easy it would be to wash flats and a couple covers in a sink on a cruise ship or motel room. I could hang them to dry just inside the open door of the balcony or simply take advantage of the AC. I could still use her adorable little covers and know that I’m doing what I feel is best for my baby even in unusual situations.”

-Lara Jackson, contributor for

My Headshot“I’m participating in this challenge for the third year because I want to be more diligent about noticing my daughter’s cues for when she has to go potty.”

~Sarah McKelvy, Mother of 1, Blogger at


steph“I am taking the challenge to help show parents that when money is tight, they have options. You don’t have to spend your hard earned money on expensive disposable diapers that you are going to use once and throw away. Cloth diapering is a very realistic option!”

-Stephanie Beck, Mother of four and owner of:

Now take a look at the blog posts from today about why others are taking the Challenge.

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Kim Rosas began Dirty Diaper Laundry in 2009 out of a desire to help more parents understand modern cloth diapers. She lives in Florida with her husband of 5 years and her two boys. Even though none of her boys wear diapers anymore she is still just as committed to promoting them. In her spare time Kim enjoys video editing, photography, and coffee.
  • Jessica Long

    I would like to wish good luck and patience to everyone doing the challenge this year! I personally plan on trying to use flats and handwashing once or twice a week when the baby comes, and look forward to doing the challenge next year!!!

  • Dalia Sierra

    I am taking the challenge because I like flats, my mom is my sitter and its super easy for her because thats what she used on us. And I dont mind hand washing.

  • Desiree Tatro

    This is new for us. I was always scared of flats. Now I want to go buy some pins. My mom was seriously laugh at me and ask why I would do it.

  • Sarah McKelvy

    Thanks for posting reasons for participating in this challenge from different people. Also, thanks for the shoutout. :)

  • Ashley Kling
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