On Monday, May 23, I’ll begin the Flats and Handwashing Challenge. All of my diapers have been prepped and ready for a few days now, which was really just the beginning of my preparation.
After washing my first dozen flats, I timed how long it took them to dry:
- Indoors: 3 hours
- Outdoors, slightly breezy/not particularly warm or sunny: less than 1.5 hours
- I also timed the dry time in my dyer, which isn’t allowed for the challenge, but it was a mere 15 minutes.
The most important preparation that I have done for the Flats and Handwashing Challenge so far is the actual testing of the diapers. I have tried out a few different folds, and will probably be using a combination of the kite fold, and pad fold for the challenge. For those times when we need extra absorbency, such as naps, we will use two flat diapers.
I plan on using a bucket-style washer to wash diapers. Ideally, I will be washing one load of diapers per day, but I absolutely must wash diapers at least every other day. We will be on-the-go more than normal over the next week, so I should gain a good idea of how well using flats and handwashing works for a busy family without much extra time at the least.
Although I will be better able to say how well I like flat diapers in a week, my response so far is positive. While there is a slight learning curve to the different folds and using a snappi, the execution is quite easy and only marginally more time-consuming than using all-in-one or pocket diapers.
I’ll be updating frequently over the coming week on how the Flats and Handwashing Challenge is going for us.