Sunday, May 11, 2014

Flats Challenge 2014

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there!  
I hope your day is full of bliss and uninterrupted potty breaks. 

I have decided to take the Flats Challenge that begins today.

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It was started a few years back by Kim of Dirty Diaper Laundry to test her commitment to keeping her kids in clean diapers.  I know many people in our world, country and even in our county don't make enough to make ends meet.  There is no federal assistance program for diapers (not that I believe there should be) but because of that some people take extreme measures to squeeze every last dime out of a diaper...down to reusing disposables.  This challenge was created to show that where there is a will there is a way.  You can cloth diaper your child from birth to potty training cheaply using things you probably have around the house or can pick up for less than $25 (the cost of a large pack of Pampers).  

We make ends meet, occasionally we use disposables, and have a working washer & dryer...so why am I participating in the challenge?   To show folks you can do it, if you want!  You don't have to reuse disposables or leave a diaper on too long.  Also I feel that I am in a unique situation..many of the moms I have seen are participating in the challenge stay at home, I on the other hand work a full time job outside the home, run an Etsy shop, help on the farm, have multiple volunteer commitments and an older child who has school and extra-curricular activities.  (Please don't think I am discounting the value of a stay at home mom or her time...I'm just in a different situation) I want to someone who feels like they can't to know no matter how much is going on in your lives you can accomplish this.  Even when ends barely meet and time is sparse you can diaper your baby without disposables and modern conveniences.  



So there you have it.  I pledge for the next 7 days to only use flats, no washer, no dryer on this little bum.  Through church, t-ball, work, committee meetings, and a 12+ hour round trip to only use flats.  If we can do this in our crazy family...you can too!  Are you willing?  It's not to late to join...check out the rules here and come ride the crazy train with me!

Until we meet again!

Caci