Flat Diapers Flats Flats Challenge

Why am I Voluntarily Hand Washing Flats?

Why I'm doing the #flatschallenge via @chgdiapers

I’m participating in Dirty Diaper Laundry’s 4th annual Flats & Handwashing challenge. One week, no washer, no dryer, no problem. This is the 4th annual flats challenge, and my third year participating. My husband said “umm…didn’t you do this twice? Why do you have to do it again?” I don’t have to, but I want to (sorta.)

The first year, I was newly pregnant and sick as a dog. I gagged changing my son’s cloth diapers, and when it was suggested that I participate in the flats challenge the week of his second birthday, my response was (paraphrasing) “No. No, no, no no, no. No. NO. No.”

In 2012 the challenge was during my son’s third birthday and (woo hoo!) he potty trained right before the challenge began. My little guy was not quite 6 months old, and hand washing wasn’t too bad with a 100% breast fed baby. I learned a lot that year and the next year I braved toddler poop and did it again.

This year I have an almost 2 1/2 year old with disgusting dirty diapers, and an almost 5 year old wearing a diaper at night. I feel like this is going to be even more challenging. You’ve heard the phrase “put your money where your mouth is.” Well, each year I’ve done that by donating to Giving Diapers Giving hope following the challenge, but this year I’m putting my hands where my money and mouth are too. 😉

Wish me luck!

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Maria is an aspiring "fit mom" of 3 children, writing about cloth diapers, going green, and her life as a single mom. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development, and other services.
  • May 13, 2014 at 8:57 am

    good luck. we’ll be handwashing the first week of june (pockets with flats) lol so I’m not doing it twice. my lo is super sensitive as well to wetness so… you know. why make her rashy?

  • Kristen Varner
    May 12, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Good luck! 🙂

  • Sarah Griffin
    May 11, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Good Luck Maria!!

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