Apr 28, 2011

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Cloth Diaper Flats/Handwashing Challenge!!

It’s time for a Challenge!
I have not  officially announced it yet here on the blog, but SAPsMaMa has signed up to participate in:

Dirty Diaper Laundry’s Flats and Handwashing Challenge!   Whoo!

The challenge is to go one (1) week using JUST flats/prefold diapers and only 5 covers and to handwash them…no diaper sprayers, no flush-able inserts, no modern cloth diapering gadgets that make cloth diapering oh so easy these days, but also raise the price of cloth diapering your baby.

The idea is to prove that cloth diapering your baby is VERY affordable, even if you have VERY little money to spare…and in this economy it is becoming more and more common that that is the case.

Why is SAPsMaMa participating?

I have chosen to participate in the Flats/Handwashing challenge (and convinced my sweet fiance to participate as well!) to bring awareness to the unhealthy diapering habits that many low income families have succumbed to recently.

Fallen on hard times, families have to stretch every dollar…and diapers (cloth or disposable) cost a lot of money!  So they make their diapers stretch.  They leave their child in a diaper longer then they should and children are not only getting rashes and irritation, but are having health issues due to this happening.  You can see an article about this occurring HERE.

How will using cheap flat diapers and handwashing them help these babies?

I feel education to help these families diaper their babies in a healthy way within a very limited budget will prevent this from continuing.  Even though it is tempting to buy the pretty cloth diapers and fancy wetbags and diaper sprayers, it is not always possible to afford such things.  It is possible to cloth diaper your child with cheap and effective cloth diapers, and to be able to wash and care for those diapers very cheaply as well … and so I will prove it during Flats and Handwashing week with Dirty Diaper Laundry!

Lots to Come!

I have A LOT I will be writing about before, during and after this challenge, and I hope it helps many families out there.  This challenge is not just for bloggers, it is open to anyone, and I believe you CAN do it!  Prove to yourself you can if you need to, and prove that families CAN do it too, and can diaper their child in a healthy way on a budget!

So stay tuned to everything coming up!  You won’t be disappointed, I’m working on LOTS of fun stuff!

See Who Else is Participating!



  1. What a great idea! I will join up too. Thank you for sharing this. : )
    Following from Bee Friendly Friday link up

  2. I’ve been hearing about this but didn’t think I’d participate. I didn’t think I would because I didn’t have 5 covers that I can put flats or prefolds in…but I do have 3 gDiaper covers (w/waterproof liners) and 2 other waterproof covers. Do you think that would count? And it is recommended to get the really inexpensive flour sack cloths at target?

    • Melissa says:

      You can use many different covers! yes gdipe covers should count 🙂 Although she suggests flats, you can use flour sacks, prefolds and the like, the idea is to cloth diaper very cheaply and prove it can be done to help spread the word and help low income families! I have not looked at target for the flour sacks but I just might 🙂 If you stay tuned to SAPsMaMa I will be posting on how to cloth diaper cheaply with many types of cheap “flats” such as flat diapers, prefolds, Tshirts, flour sacks, and old flannel receiving blankets! So give it a try, it’ll be worth it! Let me kow how it goes! 😀

      Melissa (SAPsMaMa)

  3. I love that idea! I thought about cloth diapering with our second just to try it out but when I told my husband he freaked and said he would never change a dirty diaper!! lol Not that he really does anyways! 🙂

    • Melissa says:

      It’s not bad at all! I actualy think poo and pee smells a hell of a lot worse in a disposable diaper! PLus my little girl is alot healthier than babies in disposables, it’s worth it! The guys get used to it lol They just need to see that it’s not the old style dipes, it’s the new style diapers now, they’re just as easy to use as a disposable, in fact easier in my opinion!

  4. I don’t use cloth diapers, it’s not for us. Is your fiance going to help handwash them? LOL If so good for him. My hubby would NEVER do that. He barely even changes the diapers.

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    • Melissa says:

      We will be doing the bucket washing method for handwashing so it won’t be all yucky like “toilet swishing”! But yes my hubby will be helping 🙂 He was afraid I was going to make him do it all since he is SAHD, but I told him we would do it together, the cause and information we can give to others will be worth it! We will most likely continue handwashing alot since we will be moving in a month to a place that does not have a washer/dryer, so we will need to save money.

  5. I am doing this challenge and am so excited about it! I teach a cloth diapering class to low income momma’s, at my local pregnancy resource center, and wanted to put myself in their shoes to say “yes” I have done it and “no” it is not so hard!

    I look forward to reading about your experience!

    • Melissa says:

      Awesome Lindsay! I will most likely be giving away some flat diapers at the end of the challenge as well! 🙂 So stay tuned!

  6. Come see why I am doing the Flats Challenge and comment on my post… http://finamoon.blogspot.com/2011/04/flats-and-handwashing-challenge.html

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