Thursday, May 15, 2014

Day 5: The Flats Experience

Today is Day 5 of the Flats and Handwashing Challenge.  Before using flats for the first time a month ago I was skeptical that I would like them at all but I have been proven wrong and actually love them!!  I have found them to be really absorbent (my trial results will be posted tomorrow) and easy to use.  I also have found the handwashing to be pretty easy and not as gross as expected. 

In the beginning I tried out different folds but I honestly just find that padfolding them is pretty trim, very absorbent and the easiest for me.  After they come out of the dryer or off the drying rack I just padfold them right away so that I can put them in my diaper drawer all ready to go.  Having them pad folded also makes it easy to just throw a few in the diaper bad although this is not my favorite style for out of the house.  I love that you can customize flats so easily with the different folds, doubling them up and adjusting where the most layer of material is for your child's needs.
One of the downsides (which isn't really a downside) is that with only 6-7 covers they turn into a utility and not an accessory.  If you have been following my blog or know me in person you know that I love all of the different colors and prints.  I love to coordinate my diapers with outfits or holidays and doing this is part of the fun of cloth diapering for me.  Of course this is not the point of the Challenge but for me it does take some of the fun out of it. 
Overall I have enjoyed the challenge, I love to see how clean the diapers actually get with hand washing and its fulfilling to dump out all of that gross water and actually see the results.  Before we started I was worried that I would be putting diapers on my daughter that were not as clean as I would like them to be and this gave me a little anxiety but I can honestly say that hand washing gets them REALLY clean.  I am already thinking of ways that this skill will be useful (e.g. vacations, hurricanes, etc) and I am also hoping to be able to talk to people about how easy it is to cloth diaper even without a washing machine.
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