Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Flats & Handwashing Challenge SoftBums Style Day 2


Day 2: Supplies; Where to get them, How you made them, How much did they cost?

Here is our list of supplies we are using for this challenge.



Keep in mind, we just used stuff we already had around the house, I love that drying rack & I used it every time I wash diapers. But if you are on a low budget there is certainly cheaper solutions for drying your diapers.  I would just hang them in the bathroom on the shower rod. Also if it wasn't raining constantly here I would of course just line dry them outside in the sunshine which would dry them faster and also act as a natural disinfectant from the sun. Also as far as detergent goes, I just bought a sample size of cloth diaper detergent to use a tsp for each load. It would be much more economical to buy a larger bag or box of cloth diaper safe detergent for everyday use.

Homemade items:

The fleece liners: This is optional but also very handy to have when rinsing dirty diapers. Solids don't stick to them and so rinsing is a snap and your done. They also create a stay dry layer which keeps babies bottom dry.  I picked up a yard of anti pill fleece a while back and I just used the scrapes cut into 3.5x 9" rectangles to use as the liners. If you don't have the money to buy fabric you could also just use old clean fleece blankets cut to size.
Cloth wipes: I was given a bunch of receiving blankets when my first was born. We rarely used them but I kept them anyways. I pulled them out of storage and cut them into 16- 7x7 wipes each from blanket. So essentially these wipes were free. You could also use any soft cloth fabric you have, (old clean t-shirts, sheets, blankets, towels, wash cloths to make wipes)
Flats: We did buy our flats from Target for this challenge, a 5 pack for $4.97, which is about a dollar for each flat. But there are other cheaper ways to make flats from things you already have in your house.
Here is a tutorial on how to make flats from t-shirts:
You could really use any cloth material that is absorbent such as, sheets, burp cloths, baby wash clothes, old clothes, receiving blankets. Tomorrow i'll show you how to fold them into a absorbent diaper.
Plunger Washer: You can easily make an inexpensive reusable & portable "camp style" washer following this tutorial: using a 5 gallon bucket & lid, plunger and some drill bits.

Now that you can see everything we are using, its easy to see $110-$130 could be all you would need to cloth diaper your baby, using & reusing the shells throughout the day and washing every 2 days.

Don't forget to Enter our Flat's Challenge & Giveaway here: http://loveclothdiapers.blogspot.com/2013/05/flats-handwashing-challenge-softbums.html

Check back tomorrow to read about all the different ways you can fold a flat to best fit your child!

5 gallon bucket

flour sack towel

receiving blanket wipes

SoftBums Echo with pad folded FST

Super Cute & Trim!

About the challenge: We're participating in the Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry. This event aims to bring awareness to the challenges that low income families face when trying to diaper their children. There are not publicly funded programs that supply diapers to families in need. Using cloth diapers and handwashing is an affordable way to families to diaper their children. Flats are the most inexpensive of commercially available cloth diapers; receiving blankets, flour sack towels, cut sheets, and t-shirts can also be used as flats making these diapers available to all families.

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