If you’ve read my posts on Facebook, or my post after I signed up for the flats challenge, you know I was full of excuses why I couldn’t participate. Yet there’s my flats pad folded & stacked! You can see my poor pocket diapers in the background, just waiting for next week!
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.
So what exactly made me decide to do it? I’m not entirely sure. Partly because I was thinking of the old saying: “It’s not brave if you’re not scared.” I was/am pretty freaked out about this whole thing, so if I can complete it, it will feel like a big accomplishment. Also because I kind of wonder what I would really do if I were truly in a situation where I had no washing machine and I couldn’t afford disposables. Would I really want to hand wash diapers for two boys every day? Would I be tempted to leave disposables on a little longer than I should? Would I be willing to ask for help from family? Would I pay a bill late to buy diapers? Would I even be able to use disposables? My older son’s horrible rashes were the reason I finally decided to switch to cloth after looking into it several times.
Just a few weeks ago, my older son daytime potty-trained himself, and I was way happier than I would have been if he’d done it a week after, ha ha.
I think it’s easy to say “Well, if I … I would …” when you’re not actually in that situation.
As Kim of Dirty Diaper Laundry has said, it’s easy for this to almost be a “fun” challenge because you know you are throwing those puppies in the machine the second the challenge is over, and believe me, I’ve been daydreaming about that moment. I’ve been actual dreaming about hand washing flats. For realz. I have been dreaming about it. I’m hoping the dream practice will make me more efficient.
So…here we go!!
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