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Friday, May 18, 2012

Flats and Handwashing Challenge...Ready or Not, Here I Come!

And right now that is leaning more towards the not....

The Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge starts on Monday.  While I am excited to have a full week devoted to flats, I am a bit nervous at the same time.  I decided to do the challenge because I have never used flats and I think it would be nice for Addie to run around cover-less when its triple digits here  in the summer.  But because I'm new to flats, the challenge is a bit scary too.  Finding out which folds will work best for us might be interesting.

Oh and not to mention, I haven't even told my hubby or mom, who is my daycare provider, that I'm doing this.  I plan on padfolding/stuffing pockets for them.  And I'm pretty sure they would think I'm crazy if I told them I was handwashing my diapers.

In regards to the supplies, I guess I'm mostly ready.  I don't have any real flats.  I have about seven flour sack towels and four receiving blankets.  I have the five gallon bucket and detergent, and of course, I have the covers I need.  What I don't have is a plunger.  I guess I'll have to pick one up tomorrow to drill holes in.  Really I guess the lack of plunger is what makes up the majority of not being ready.

I did some trial runs this week to try to figure out a night diaper.  I had success with padfolding a standard receiving blanket with a microfiber doubler inside of it.  I also tried padfolding a flour sack into an origami fold with a wool cover.  That one didn't work, everything was wet in the morning.  I would like to try to only use flats, so I am going to try padfolding the extra-large receiving blankets (They are the same width but longer and rectangular, which will provide extra layers) into a Flip cover followed by the wool.  We'll see how it works.

So ready or not, here I come!  I will make sure I am ready by Monday!

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