Flats Challenge

A once year gathering of the Cloth Diaper Community to encourage and support cloth diapering because everyone deserves a clean bum.

May 17 – 23, 2021

Since 2010

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

Diaper Need

Because 1 in 3 american families struggle to afford diapers

Supporting Each Other

This event is one way the community has come together.

The Flats Challenge

Flat Cloth Diapers

For one week

The Challenge is to use flat cloth diapers and handwash for one week. There are no rules, and you can choose how to challenge yourself.

  • Maybe for one week you just use flats.
  • Maybe you use a diaper that you don’t normally use.
  • Maybe you challenge yourself not to use disposables at all.
  • Maybe you challenge yourself to dunk and swish instead of liners.
  • Maybe you try washing diapers every day with a stash of just 5-6.
  • Maybe you do flats and handwash.

This challenge is opening itself up to the community to move past the rules of Flats & Handwashing, and instead focus on curatng conversations of cloth diaper advocacy that are supportive of a wide array of life-scenarios.

I want you to learn something this week. Learn a skill that will help you be a better cloth diaper user.

Yes, you can take the challenge for it’s original rules, or you can make your own rules. This is a week where we come together to chat cloth, the value of flats, potential of handwashing, and the real impact of diaper need. 

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Why Participate?

Share Your Love of Cloth Diapering

The Flats Challenge is an opportunity to talk about cloth diapering and encourage healthy conversations about modern diapering options that can support a variety of families.

Learn a New Skill

Curious about cloth and need a kick to start today? Or maybe you’ve been cloth diapering for years and want to learn how to use flats, or how to handwash diapers. The Flats Challenge is a supportive week to encoruage you to try new things.

Community Support & Encouragement

Connect with other parents, content creators, and brands to find a collective community of supporters in your cloth diaper journey. We are here to support you in all decisions and have the hard conversations.

Be Inspired To Create

Many participants from the Flats & Handwashing Challenge go on to create better content, connect with local charities, or even open their own charities to support diaper need in their communities.


Writing Prompts


Why Cloth Diapers?

Share why cloth diapering is a choice for your family and the impact it has had.


What is your challenge?

Why are you participating and in what capacity are you participating in?


My Local Diaper Resource is…

Share information about your local cloth diaper bank, diapering resource centre, or where families in need of diapers can get them.

If there is nothing local, shout the impact of a national organisation that supports diaper need – either disposable or cloth


Share about your favourite flat fold system.

Share your favourite fold, your favourite cover system, or your favourite accessory that helps make cloth diapering look and feel easy. 

This is a great time to show people how easy it is to fold flats and what you do to keep them in place, and clothing dry.


How do you wash diapers?

What is your wash routine? What tricks have you learnt to make it easier for your family this week.


Open Topic.

Suggestions include: overnight cloth diapering, diapering at daycare, biggest benefit of diapering, budgeting and cloth diapers, tips for donating diapers, how you overcome negativity, your biggest mistake


How did it go?

What did you learn this week? Summarize your cloth diapering experience and any goals you achieved or dreams you want to achieve.


Why Cloth Diapers?



Cloth diapers just need to be washed – they are always available.


Repurposed Material

All you need is absorbent material – receiving blankets, terry towels, or a shirt


Hand Wash or Washing Machine

Washing cloth diapers is similiar to washing any other load of laundry. They can be washed in a washing machine, or by hand in the sink.


Always Available

Cloth diapers are always there for you. Many families share the relief of not having to worry about diapers if income changes or crisis happens.

About US

The Story

In 2011, Kim Rosas hosted the first Flats & Handwashing Challenge with over 400 participants. In 2020, less than 200 participants joined the challenge.

Cloth diapering has changed in 10 years – more brands, more options, and more confusion. The industry is still struggling to educate and inform.

Diaper need is still very real, and perhaps impacting even more Americans than ever before.

How do you create more inclusive conversations and continue this conversation all year?

How do you we make this challenge not about the tokenism of poverty, but address the very real struggle of parents around the world to diaper their children?



What Participants Say

I participate because I was low income and struggling to afford diapers.  I didn’t learn about cloth till my third child – and I was so angry because cloth would have saved me from so much stress with my first two kids. I want to make sure people know that cloth diapering is an option. And a doable one.

Blog Posts

Previous Content

Flats Challenge 2021 Day 7

Day 7 - How did it go? Flats Challenge 2021 May 17 - 23, 2021facebookinstagramyoutubetwitterfacebookDay 7 Topic: How did it go? Share in your success or failures today. I couldn't even keep up with blogs and emails... so feel free to come back to this in a week or...

Flats Challenge 2021 Day 6

Day 6 - Open Topic Flats Challenge 2021 May 17 - 23, 2021facebookinstagramyoutubetwitterfacebookDay 6 Topic: Open Topic Share whatever story you want to share with the world about your experience this week, with flats, with handwashing, or more.   Share a link in...

Flats Challenge 2021 Day 5

Day 5 - How to Wash Flats Challenge 2021 May 17 - 23, 2021facebookinstagramyoutubetwitterfacebookDay 5 Topic: How do you wash Everyone's wash routine story is valid and deserves to be shared. I love learning what works and doesn't work for people.  As a cloth diaper...

Flats Challenge 2021 Day 4

Day 4 - Share Your System Flats Challenge 2021 May 17 - 23, 2021facebookinstagramyoutubetwitterfacebookDay 4 Topic - Share Your System Share something about this week that you want to share. In past years we've done a day on folds, a day on wash routines, a day on...

Flats Challenge 2021 Day 3

Day 3 - My Local Diaper Resource is... Flats Challenge 2021 May 17 - 23, 2021facebookinstagramyoutubetwitterfacebookDay 3 Topic: My local diaper resource is... If a family in your community struggled to afford diapers, where could they get diapers? I want you to find...

Flats Challenge 2021 Day 2

Day 2 - What is your challenge? Flats Challenge 2021 May 17 - 23, 2021facebookinstagramyoutubetwitterfacebookDay 2 Topic: What is your challenge? The Flats Challenge historically had very strict rules, but this year I'm saying 'out with the rules' - which is very on...

Flats Challenge 2021 – Day 1

Day 1 - Why Cloth Diapers Flats Challenge 2021 May 17 - 23, 2021facebookinstagramyoutubetwitterfacebookDay 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...

Announcing 2021 Flats & Handwashing Challenge

2021 Flats Challenge A once year gathering of the Cloth Diaper Community to encourage and support cloth diapering because everyone deserves a clean bum. May 17 - 23, 2021This Challenge was originally started by Kim Rosas at Dirty Diaper LaundryBecause 1 in 3 american...

Day 7

Day 7 - The End is Here.For some of us, tonight is the last night of the challenge and we will get to return to our washing machines on Monday morning. But for some, this is not the end, but the continuation of their every-day practice. We have read stories in the...

Day 5

Day 5 - Open TopicToday we can talk about everything and anything you want to talk about - you can also take a day off. You are doing an amazing goods.  Curious about the stats from the 2019 Flats & Handwashing Challenge  Not getting emails? - Read Today's Email...

My Book on Cloth Diapering

Ready to take this conversation offline? Or maybe you just want to learn about cloth diapering in one easy-to-load resource. The Cloth Diaper Book is everything you need to get started cloth diapering. This is the cloth diaper book for beginners and covers many topics in a simple to read Cloth 101 style

FAQ on Every Topic

Detailed Graphics & Images on Diapers

Wash Routine Support & Info

Professional Cloth Diaper Educator

Bailey brings 5+ years of cloth diapering experience and conversation to the cloth diaper space. She's not just your every day mom blogger sharing her experience - Bailey is immersed in the cloth diaper community learning from other parents and growing as an individual. She wants to find the cloth diaper solution that truly works for you.

Bailey believes we need to stop and listen to cloth diapering parents. We need to recognize our own bias and preferences and focus on solutions that work for you, not us. The Cloth Diaper community needs to recognize the privilege of being able to cloth diaper, and provide spaces for more conversations and stories.

Cloth diapering is not about rules but about our own strength as parents to do the best we can for our children with the resources available.

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