When I started the Flats and Handwashing Challenge, I mentioned I was a little reluctant to participate. However, I was excited to finally try using some flat diapers. We've actually been using flats around our house for over 3 years: just not as diapers. I had picked up a cheap package of Gerber Birdseye flats to use as spit cloths for our first child. The thin cotton cloths were perfect for wiping up milk drips during nursing or using as burp rags. Interestingly, I had later discovered that my mom used those exact style of flat diapers to cloth diaper me as a baby. Naturally I decided that those were the flats I wanted to try for the challenge.
My original plan was to fold the flats, secure them with a snappi, and use a wool cover. However I immediately hit a snag: the cloths were so thin that I worried the snappi could poke through and potentially scratch the baby. I could have used diaper pins and made it work, but instead I resorted to plan B: folding the cloths into a rectangle and laying that inside a diaper cover. The cloths stayed in place well and were perfect for our 2.5-month-old. I liked how trim the diapers fit, and I was pretty confident that anyone could figure out how to fold a cloth into a rectangle. This method could even be used at daycare: just show the staff how to lay the flat into the cover.
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