14 May 2018

Flat challenge 2018: Day 1, Why?

This is my first year officially participating in the Flats and Handwashing challenge. The challenge was started 8 years ago by Kim Rosas from Dirty Diaper Laundry to show that flats and handwashing can be an inexpensive and reliable diaper option for many families.

So why am I doing the challenge? I'm part of the SACNU (South African Cloth Nappy Users) team and we're passionate about helping parents cloth diaper successfully and showing that cloth nappies are accessible to everyone. There is a type of cloth nappy for every budget and every family. The benefits of using cloth nappies reach further than just the savings, it's a big positive for our environment (keeping our kids future homes clean), it's far more gentle on children's skin and it's also more comfortable than disposable diapers.

I'm hoping by participating that I can encourage some other moms to try cloth nappies and create awareness of the cloth nappy options available. Any absorbent fabric can be used as a flat nappy, even old t-shirts (and it works just as well as a high end modern cloth nappy).

On the lighter side? I really enjoy all things cloth nappies and I'm always up for a challenge, so why wouldn't I jump on a cloth nappy related challenge? This week is going to be quite a challenge as I'm traveling for work and will be away from home for a few days too. Keeping things interesting!

Let's do this!

This is part of a 7-day series of blogposts for the 2018 Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge. Learn more about this initiative on the Cloth Diaper Revival page. This is my first year taking part in the challenge and blogging about my experience. However, check out Marisa's experience from previous years doing the flats challenge - Flats Challenge.

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