It’s the last day of the flats challenge, and I survived. He peed, I washed, I conquered.
If you’re just “tuning in;” I’m participating in the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry. All this week I’ll be using flats and handwashing them. Learn more about the challenge.
Prior to the challenge, I wondered if I’d really do this. It wasn’t as bad when I was counting down the days until it’s over, but every single day? Actually…yeah. At this point, I would hand was flats before I bought disposables. No, it’s maybe not the ideal situation, but it’s possible. I’m kind of surprised by that since I had major anxiety in the time leading up to doing this for a single week!
I know it would be harder with a child who was eating solid foods, with more than one child in diapers, for a full time working mom, a single mom…it would be hard when mom (or baby) wasn’t feeling well. But knowing you can diaper your baby for next to nothing, not having to put your child’s health at risk by reusing disposables, or leaving them on too long, skipping bills, scrimping at the grocery store, or asking family for help would be worth it for me.
I can’t speak for anyone else, but if it were diapers vs. food, I’d consider disposable diapers a luxury, and if I were going to spend $10 on a luxury, I can think of way better things than diapers. I know that even my hand washing situation was cushy, with a utility sink right off my kitchen. It would be much harder if I had to wash in my only bath tub, getting the diapers out & disinfecting the tub so my kids or I could bathe. I also didn’t have any of the life stress that accompanies dire financial situations (like wondering what you can feed your kids for breakfast.)
My thoughts have been all over the place this week, but I am really grateful that we have all we do, and I’m remembering that every time a blister (from wringing diapers) on my hand hurts!
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