Monday, May 23, 2011

Flats and Handwashing Challenge Day 1

I started out this challenge (Official Rules) with:
  • 1 dozen Carter's brand flats ($11.93)
  • 1 5 gallon bucket and lid ($5.04)
  • 1 basic plunger, although my husband said to just use ours since it's all poop anyway, right? ($2.47)
  • 1 pack diaper pins because I was afraid Snappi's would snag his skin through the thin flats ($1.54)
  • A tub of Charlie's Soap, which I already had ($11.50)
  • I'm sticking with 3 covers for now, because I'd like to use the smaller ones I've got in order to keep the flats nice and cozy underneath. So 2 Thirsties and 1 Econobum cover: about $30
Total: $62.48.
Damn, if an entire baby's worth of diapering could be done for that much, I think the US could recover from recession and probably buy China.

Monday 5/23 12:57 pm
I took the lazy road and prepped my flats in the washer and dryer last night. Once we got up this morning, I tried my hand at pad folding our very first flat, and have since changed him twice. I guess I got it right, but lesson learned, and take note here, gals, Carter's brand flats (I just went to Walmart) are not the same size as those in the tutorial video, and aren't looking like they'll be the right size for even my 9th percentile 6 month old. We're going to tough it out, though. I am wondering if I didn't read all the preparation info thoroughly enough to find a recommendation for measurements. I wanted to go by my instincts and buy them from Green Mountain, but they were just a little too pricey for what I'm looking at as an experiment. So Walmart it was :(
One positive here - they're super trim under my Thirsties covers!

Alright by me!

Ugh, as I was typing this and holding the baby, my two year old handed him a chunk of blue Playdoh, which he ate and promptly puked up, along with at least a couple ounces of breastmilk and some squash from his lunch. A+ for my Monday.


  1. Receiving blankets also make really good flannel flats for padfolding. And I used the Carters flats for a while padfolded I just had to double them up and figure out my own kind of padfold.

    Good luck! :)

  2. I liked the comment about buying China! lol I only wish I would have known more about flats before taking this challenge. I REALLY think I would have just went ahead and bought a dozen of them instead of buying a bajillion prefolds!

    Glad to be in with challenge with you fellow blogger! ~Mandy

  3. I'm a new follower, keeping up with the Flats Challenge! Please follow back if you have a chance! :)

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