Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Day two of flats and handwashing challenge

24 May 2011

Day two of flats and handwashing challenge

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Confession: I did not attempt to put my daughter in a flat diaper last night.  Instead, I put her in a BabyKicks prefold and covered her with a Sustainablebabyish knit wool cover and put fleece pants on her.  This morning when I woke up, Charis was completely dry.  This thrills me!!!  Normally, I put a disposable diaper on her because I have not found a cloth diaper that has worked for me at night.  Tonight I put her in a BumGenius 4.0 One-Size Stay Dry Cloth Diaper and have a combination of the insert and a flat diaper in the pocket.

When I woke up, the diapers were not completely dry; they were outside.  Thankfully, I had about five clean diapers that were not used yesterday.  By the time I was ready for the diapers used yesterday, everything was dry.

Overall, today went well, but I had two leaks and therefore two outfit changes.  I don't know if it's because I didn't get all the detergent out last night or what it could be.  Is there anyone else who had this problem today?

I also was able to use a flat diaper as a bib.  My parents, Charis, and I went out to Red Lobster for lunch to celebrate my dad's birthday.  I forgot Charis' bib.  So, I just pulled out a flat diaper and tied it around her neck.  In fact, it worked so much better than her regular bib because there was more of it covering her.

I am currently soaking the diapers in cold water and will handwash them in hot water.  Afterwards, I will rinse them with cold water, wring them out, and hang them out to dry.

Hopefully tomorrow, I will have better success with Charis's clothes staying dry.  Stay tuned to find out what happens tomorrow!!!

Note: I do NOT know Spanish, but my husband studied Spanish for his undergraduate and graduate work.  Cotton Babies, BabyKicks, and Sustainablebabyish have NO idea who I am.  But, I want to let my readers know what I have used in the challenge.


  1. We had a leak today but I think it is because the cover is too large.

    Are you diapers prepped? Did you wash and dry them a few times before use? There might still be some oils on them if they were new out of the package. Just a thought.

    And we use flats as bibs all the time - they are the only ones we can keep on her.

  2. Yes, I did prep the diapers. First, I boiled them in water for 20-30 minutes. Then, dried them. After they were dry though, I still thought there were oils in the unbleached. So, I washed and dried the flat diapers 2-3 more times at my parents' house before the challenge started.