Day 1 – Why Cloth Diapers

Flats Challenge 2021

May 17 – 23, 2021

Day 1 Topic: Why Cloth Diapers

In years past, on the first day of the challenge we would talk about why we are participating in the Flats & Handwashing Challenge. As we open the challenge up to include different passions and directions, I want you, the content creator, to take a moment think about why do you use cloth diapers? 

The why to cloth diapers drives our passion and encourages other’s to consider cloth diapering. You can write about your story to cloth diapering, you can write about the benefits of cloth diapering, you can talk about your love for flats, or you can talk about why your participating in the 2021 Flats & Handwashing Challenge.

Share a link in the comments to your content – blog, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, or other. 

Content Creator’s Include:

The Flats & Handwashing Challenge is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness about the accessibility of cloth diapering.

This year’s challenge is hosted by the Cloth Diaper Podcast. To learn more visit #FlatsChallenge

Why Flat Cloth Diapers

The Flats & Handwashing Challenge has always focused on the conversation of the accessibility and affordability of flat diapers. For many years, flat diapers were stigmatized as inconvenient or old fashioned. But it’s not 2021, and arguably, flat diapers are back in style.

What is a Flat? A flat is a single layer piece of material used as a diaper. They are typically about 20-27” square and made from cotton, or natural fibre blends. It is one step in the diapering system, and requires a cover for exterior waterproof protection.

A prefold is a smaller rectangle with 2-8 layers of material.

A preflat is a 2-3 layer rectangle, or shaped diaper contour, for absorbency.

There are three main types of flat cloth diapers: repurposed, classic cloth, and luxury products. This is a diaper style with a wide array of options and choices. You can re-use something around your house, you can purchase Birdseye cotton from Green Mountain Diapers, or you can seek out luxury brands specializing in stretchy custom styles and prints.


Anyone Can Use Flat Cloth Diapers

Flats are extremely versatile product that work well in many different scenarios; especially if you have a less than optimal wash situation.

We used to say that flats were the diaper of stay at home parents and too difficult for working parents, caregivers, and others — but anyone can use flats.

Flats are great for working parents because they wash easy, are super forgiving (especially if you need to wash once a week), and quick to dry. Fold them into a pad, stuff then into a pocket, and you have a ready to go bundle for daycare providers, grandparents, and other caregivers.

5 Benefits To Flat Diapers

  1. Low Cost
  2. Easy-to-wash
  3. Quick to Dry
  4. Adjustable Absorbency
  5. Versatile

The Con’s of Flat Diapers

  1. Require folding and/or the use of fasteners 
  2. Just Absorbency
    needs an additional cover or pocket
  3. May be difficult for caregivers
  4. Not stay-dry
  5. Managing Poop
     fold style influences the ease of removal and if it leaks.

Check out these other posts from Day 1 of the 2021 Flats & Handwashing Challenge:

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This Challenge was originally started by Kim Rosas at Dirty Diaper Laundry

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