Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Fantastic Flats

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.




I was surprised by how satisfied I was with the Birdseye flat diapers and wish I would have given them a try earlier.  We didn't have any leaks with the flats, and I even used them overnight. For overnight, I stuffed two flats into a BumGenius 4.0 pocket diaper.  I may be adding these Birdseye flats to our normal diaper rotation after the flat challenge is over.

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7 comments:

  1. Congrats on surviving day 1! Of course my first flat to wash was a poopy one...my son just had to do that to me!

    It also took him a while to get used to being changed with a flat and screamed at me because I wasn't changing him into his favorite pocket diapers. He now laughs at me like I am crazy and calls his flats "silly diapers". It shouldn't be that silly to him since I put prefolds on him at night, but I think it was due to the fact that I made some of his flats from old t-shirts :-)

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    1. That is so cute! Silly diapers :). My little guy is 11 weeks, so he doesn't say much, but he also graced me with two poops for his first two changes haha! I'll be reading along on your experience during the challenge.

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  2. I love flats, especially the pad fold. Good luck the rest of the week!

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    1. Thanks! Are you doing the challenge too? If so leave us a link :)

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  3. Interesting! I would totally just be folding them and putting them in a cover like this, if I was participating. I am KIND of curious at how well they work, but I'll just live through your experience. ;)

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    1. So far they have been working really well for us! I would definitely recommend flats for young babies. Now, we'll have to see about next year when little guy is more mobile and possibly walking: will the flats stay put as well? We'll have to see :)

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