Wife, Mummy, Nurse: What I am doing to help prepare for the flats and handwashing challenge?

21 May 2011

What I am doing to help prepare for the flats and handwashing challenge?

A few of my readers may not know what a flat diaper is, so before I go further I want to answer that question.  When many people think of cloth diapers, they may first think of flat diapers.  It is what my mum used on us (and what our grandparents used on our parents).  I remember my mum put flat diapers (after folding them) on my wee sister.  My mother in law used them as well and brought them  A flat diaper is a square piece of fabric that is a single layer (approximately 27 inches X 27 inches), but after prepping them they are not a perfect square.

Last week, I received a package from Osocozy in the mail (my sponsor for the Flats and Handwashing Challenge) with 6 unbleached and 6 bleached flat diapers.  Thank you for sending them Osocozy.  I will give my readers a review of their diapers after the challenge.

First I had to prep them.  I decided to do this by boiling them.  I brought a pot of water to a rapid boil, then I placed the flat diapers in.  I boiled them for about 25-30 minutes.  After they finished boiling, I put them in the sink and rinsed them with cold water, wrung them out, and hung them on our drying rack.  Note of warning: Even though I prepped the diapers this way, be careful and stay with the diapers while they are boiling.  I was so nervous about something catching on fire.

Pad fold in Flip diaper
Secondly, I have been looking at videos online of how to fold flat diapers and place them on babies.  Thankfully, my daughter has been patient and has not squirmed too much.  So far the easiest is the pad fold.  I simply fold the diaper into quarters and then into thirds and place them in the diaper.  I prefer the Flip diaper for this method.

Four of the soakers
We are only allowed to use five covers.  I have decided they will be:
*Thirsties duo wrap
*Flip cover
*Bummis super whisper wrap
*Knit soaker I am making for Charis (from the Curly Purly pattern-for my night option).  I'm thinking about making a few pairs of fleece pants to put over the knit cover, but I'm not sure if that would be permitted.  Would it be considered a cover or not?
*Sustainable babyish knit wool cover (another night option, if I go to a fitted diaper or a hemp/cotton prefold)

I have four snappis (that I bought to use with my prefolds) and safety pins (that were given to me as a gift at a baby shower).  So far, I prefer using the snappis instead of the safety pins.  My washing routine will be done in the bath tub every night after my wee girl goes to sleep. 

What do I need to do before next week?
  • Practice the kite and origami folds
  • Finish knitting the Curly Purly soaker
  • Lanolize both soakers

Wee Charis in her Flip diaper!!!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you are nearly ready.

    I am using Diaper Rite flats from Diaper Junction. We've been trialing them for a few days and so far so good.

    I look forward to reading more. You little one looks so charming in her diaper. Aren't these trim? (I prefer the pad fold, too.)