Stacy has been writing the “Love For Flat Cloth Diapers Series” on my blog. The first blog post was written about her love for flats. She truly does love them! Between her and Kim of Dirty Diaper Laundry they have really helped flat diapers shine. 🙂 Stacy’s second post was a review of the flat cloth diapers she has used. There really are lots of options from different sizing to different fabrics. Here is her next post in the series:
“The Simplicity of Flats: And You Call THAT a Challenge?”
So, I’ve touted flats as being the easiest diapers to use and take care of. I’ve said that they wash easily and dry quickly, and that they never stink. Well, that is going to be put to the test this week while I take the Flats Challenge! For a week I’ll be using nothing but flat diapers with covers. But I’ll also be doing something I reserve for when the power is out… I’ll be washing them by hand. Why? Because there are a lot of people who are on a budget who’d appreciate the awesome inexpensiveness of flats. And because sometimes people don’t have access to a washer/dryer regularly, so I’m going to prove those mechanical marvels aren’t a necessity for using cloth!
Okay, so here’s my stash for the week in all it’s flat/cover glory.
I have two babies in cloth, so I’m going to be using 9-10 covers for the week between the two of them. And I’m using my variety of flats- bamboo, birds-eye cotton, and flour sack- to see what it’s like to hand-wash each of them.
Well, because my son is a pooping machine even at 2 years of age (what can I say, the boy likes his fruit), the thing I’m most nervous about is that I can’t use a diaper sprayer (ARGH!) and that I’ll be hand-washing the covers. I’m going to share my little trick to combat the “Poopy Cover Phenomenon”.
I normally do a pad-folded flat inside my covers, but since I’m going to want to be using these covers again between washes, I’ll be using the Origami Fold instead. You can Google the fold or look up videos on YouTube if you’re not familiar with it. But here is what it looks like when you get the fold ready to put on your baby. This is one of my favorite flats- the Orange Diaper Company bamboo flat- try them, they’re awesome.
Well, when you put that fold on your baby, the legs are really wide and there’s not much of a gusset created, so the poo is allowed to escape. So here’s what I do: I fold the “wings” up so the flat looks kind of like a butterfly instead. So let’s call this the “Butterfly Fold”. (Maybe I didn’t make it up and it’s already out there… but shhhh, I like thinking I created this). So now the diaper looks like this and you’re ready to put it on your baby- who has wandered away while you were folding this… no wait, there’s her foot in the picture. Gotta grab her before she runs away giggling at her nakedness.
Okay, so now fold the one side over to the middle- the tab will actually be backward from usual because of the Butterfly. Hold it in the middle while you pull the other side over, then Snappi or pin the two sides to the pad of the flat fold. Here’s my petite girl modeling the tabs crossing over.
And see this? That’s what your hard work and labor of getting that fold on your baby rewards you with- a trimmer diaper that will actually contain poo at the legs. This, my friends, is important when you can’t use a sprayer or wash your diapers in the washer. Hmmmm… no sprayer… I wonder if I can go all week so I only have to wash once….
So off I go! I’m out to prove that cloth diapers can still be easy to use without all the fancy machinery and gadgets. And hey, I’ll be channeling my ancestors here- pretty sure Great Grandma never used a Swaddlebees Simplex, and that my viking relatives didn’t have a fancy front-loading washing machine. I love the timeless look of diapers hanging on a line- I’m sure I’m going to love them even more knowing I washed them with my own two hands! 🙂
From blog contributor, Stacy:Stacy is a stay-at-home mom to four kids ranging in age from 1 to 8. She has been cloth-diapering for almost 3 years and is a self-proclaimed “diaper addict”. She loves trying new diapers and discussing all things diaper-related. She’s also striving to live more “greenly” in her home and loves finding new ways to do so. Disclosure: The blog contributor was compensated monetarily for writing this post. The review is honest and written from the blog contributor’s view point.