Flats Challenge Day 7


Seven days of using, and hand-washing, flat nappies instead of using disposable nappies or more expensive modern cloth nappies and using a washing machine.

I did it.
I can get the t-shirt that says “Been there. Done that.”

Today was spent moving more stuff from our old home to our new home. Driving there and back and there and back again. It was pad-folded birdseyes in covers on the bum until just after lunch when an unexpected monster poop put our last clean, dry cover out of action. So I went back to using coverless origami/bat folded bamboo flats with a snappi for the rest of the day.

As I’ve said before, we’re used to using flats, that wasn’t an issue. Hand-washing those flats, that was a challenge (as was blogging about it every day!). But I imagine it would become less of a challenge if I had to continue hand-washing every day.

Our new home has a dishwasher. I’ve never had or used an automatic dishwashing machine before. I am the dishwasher. I use my hands and wash dishes throughout the day in the kitchen sink. Not much of a chore. I’m used  to it. I guess it would be the same with hand-washing nappies/clothes instead of using a machine. If you’re used to hand-washing, for whatever reason, it wouldn’t be much of a chore.

What have I learnt over the past week? I’ve learnt that hand-washing requires a LOT of water and effort and time. I’ve reconfirmed my view that flat nappies are easy to use, especially when using birdseye flats: thin cotton, perfect for pad-folding and easy to wash and so quick to dry.

Will I continue using flat nappies after the challenge?
Of course!
Will I continue hand-washing those flats?
Hell no!!

I will embrace my washing machine in the morning, cover it lavishly with kisses, and joyously throw in baby’s flat nappies with the rest of the laundry.


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