And We Come To The End

First off, let me apologize for not blogging but twice during the week. This has been a rough week. Not sure if it is just stress, or some postpartum issues, or a little of both.

But I can assure you that I kept up with the challenge. I diapered my 4 month old son in nothing by flats (and a few fitteds for nighttime), and I handwashed all of them. I diapered with flats at work and the car dealership while my car was being repaired. I washed 3 times this week in a camp washer and hung everything to dry either in my bathrooms and laundry room, or outside on the fence. (I don’t have a clothesline.)

So what did I learn? I learned a new way to support a mother or father who is wanting to cloth diaper, but has limited funds. I learned a way to help them make it work for them. I learned how I can continue to cloth diaper in power outages and while camping.

 

I plan on still posting about various things I learned throughout the challenge, like my wash routine and such.

 

This week was fun, despite everything, and I already plan on participating next year. πŸ™‚

This Is Why You Read Ahead & Plan Accordingly

DISCLAIMER: I sell cloth diapers for a living. While I am giving retail costs for my stash in this post, I did receive a discount on my diapering supplies.

 

So today’s post was supposed to include pictures of your stash. And I, (being me) didn’t think to look ahead. So…

I don’t have a picture.

I know. I’m sorry. 😦 I would take one, but my stash is currently scattered across my house, drying in various places. I didn’t get to wash until 8pm, so line drying was out of the question. So no picture.

But I can tell you what I have and how much it costs! πŸ™‚

We good now?

Ok, great. πŸ™‚

*whew*

Ok, to start off, for my diapering stash I have:
12 OsoCozy Unbleached Cotton Flats ($22.95 for a dozen)
3 Rumparooz Newborn Covers ($12 each)
2 Rumparooz OS Covers ($16 each)
2 Size 1 Snappis ($3.99 each)
2 EcoPosh Newborn Fitteds ($29.95 each)
2 Hemp Babies Small Diaper Doublers ($2.50 each)

For my washing equipment (supplies?…whatever), I have:
1 5gal. bucket with lid ($4 approx.)
1 plunger ($3 approx.)
Eco Sprout detergent ($24.95 for a large bag. I have been using this same bag for 7 months.)

Wait! I have one pic! Of my washer. πŸ™‚ Shout out to my dad for drilling. πŸ™‚

 

So let’s say I didn’t have the fitteds or doublers. Those were items that I already have that are allowed in the challenge. I could effectively cloth diaper one baby for around $100, depending on what covers I bought. I have Rumparooz, but, if buying my first stash, I could easily go with Thirsites or Kawaii covers for cheaper. I am also lucky to have a boy who is not yet a heavy wetter, so I have used only 9 flats in 2 days (that includes nighttime), so a dozen flats works well for me.

So far, this challenge has been eye-opening for me. Tomorrow I will do a post on using flats while out of the house, and Wednesday’s topic is all about washing. I washed tonight and I will probably wash tomorrow. So I should have plenty for those 2 days. Until then, have fun, learn much, and diaper on!

Giveaways!!!

I am doing a giveaway post in the middle of the week, because we have some really good ones!

Abby’s Lane:
Enter to winΒ 3 bumGenius Elementals in the Tiny Socialite Prints! Last chance!

Diaper Junction:
Enter to win a SoftBums Omni Shell in Nebula.

Diaper Parties:
Enter to win a bumGenius Freetime in…JULES!!!

Green Team
Enter to win a number of prizes in the #SpringIntoGreen giveaway!

Flats & Handwashing Challenge: Day 1-Why Are You Taking The Challenge?

Today is the 1st day of the 4th Annual Flats & Handwashing Challenge! I have never used flats before, so I am excited to do this. πŸ™‚

So why am I taking the Challenge? Well, one, I have never used flats. Two, I need to make myself familiar with one of the cheapest (if not cheapest ways) to cloth diaper. I sell cloth diapers for a living, and this is the one system of diapering that I have not tried yet!

Those are the main reasons. I have a few others. πŸ˜›
They are, (in no particular order):

1. Travel – Even though disposable inserts are better to use then popular-brand disposable diapers, it can get expensive! I recently had to resort to disposables during a bout of yeast (and spores. Yikes!) and used disposable inserts and covers. Let me tell you, I spent some money! I would rather not have to factor in diaper costs when planning a vacation.

2. Versatility – You can do anything with a flat. Though I am only doing the challenge with my 4 month old, I have an almost 2yo still in diapers. I am going to be trying out the flats on her after, as she is starting to outgrow my prefolds.

3. Availability – You can make flats out of anything in a pinch! Cotton towels, cotton shirts, anything that will absorb pee.

Thus far, flats have worked great for my little man. All day I have used flats with a Snappi and a Rumparooz cover. I am not sure what I would call the fold I used, but it worked for us. πŸ™‚ Since little man is already down for the night, I used a flat and a Hemp Babies diaper doubler. So we will see in the morning how that worked!

Tomorrow should prove interesting, as I work tomorrow and I take little man with me. So tomorrow’s post will be about using flats at work! Stay tuned!

My Diaper Washing Routine

I know there is a lot of info out there on how to wash cloth diapers. My husband still has to ask me and we have been cloth diapering for over a year! I made printouts to tape to the cabinet above my washing machine and I thought I would share it here. πŸ™‚

Diaper Washing Instructions

  1. Make sure all messy diapers are sprayed out.

  2. Pull out all inserts from pockets and pull out center inserts of Swaddlebees.

  3. Pre-Rinse:

    • Detergent: None

    • Cycle: Quick Wash

    • Water Temp: Warm

    • Spin: High

    • Soil Level: Heavy

    • Extra Rinse

  4. Wash

    • Detergent: One (1) full tablespoon (big scoop) in detergent drawer

    • Cycle: Normal (NOT Heavy Duty)

    • Water Temp: Hot

    • Spin: High

    • Soil Level: Heavy

    • Extra Rinse

  5. Dry: All diapers can go in the dryer on LOW or line dry.

Stripping Diapers

With Funk Rock: Add four (4) tablespoons in detergent drawer to Pre-Rinse. Once washer fills up and starts agitating, pause and let diapers soak for 30-60 minutes. Allow pre-rinse to finish and wash as normal.

Β With GroVia Mighty Bubbles: Follow wash routine as normal, substituting one (1) Mighty Bubbles packet for detergent.

If you would like, here is a printable version of the above info. πŸ™‚

Diaper Washing and Stripping Instructions

Note: These instructions are based on a HE machine without an agitator.