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Day 2 – What is your challenge?

Flats Challenge 2021

May 17 – 23, 2021

Day 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 brand for me because if you follow you know I’m a no rules kind of cloth diaper advocate.

Who says you can’t hand wash prefolds or all in one diapers? Logically, handwashing an all in one is not likely to work, but that’s really just information passed down. I challenge you to do this challenge in whatever way works for you. If you think we can do this with preflats, then do it with preflat cloth diapers.

I look forward to seeing your stashes, your challenge, and what you hope to learn from this week in the coming days. 

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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 https://www.clothdiaperpodcast.com/flats-challenge #FlatsChallenge

Why am I hosting the 2021 Flats Challenge?

Two years ago, Jenny from Cloth Diaper Revival, said ‘hey, I think this would be a great event for you to take on.’ And she’s right, as a longtime participant, I was excited to become the host of this event for the cloth diaper community.

The Flats Challenge was once this big incredible coming together of the community – but over the years, participation has dwindled. I don’t get big requests for sponsorships, or large numbers of participants like the early days of cloth diapering.

But that’s okay, because I know that this challenge is the reason that Meaghan is doing great things, that Pam is doing great things, and that it inspires all of us to reconsider the narrative of cloth diapering. And these few participants are making such large strides in changing how we support families locally and continue to advocate for the accessibility of diapering.

What are we doing differently this year?

New questions, and less rules.

I changed up the questions to give us a broader scope of conversation because when reading through the answers last year, I felt that we all repeated each other. I think that there is so much room to create amazing conversations with our non-diapering friends and family to encourage them to consider cloth diapers.

I look forward to this change and hope that we can remember to focus on the accessibility and affordability of cloth diapers.

What have I learnt from the Flats Challenge?

As an admin, blogger, and cloth diaper author, the Flats Challenge gave me the opportunity to learn how to handwash cloth diapers. For years, I just repeated this rhetoric that I learnt from my mentors and other bloggers – but with the Flats Challenge week, I was able to put that into action and see how it worked in real life.

This is a huge privilege that I recognize because for many flats and handwashing is not an option, but a reality.

 I do think it’s important that leaders in the cloth diaper space are well versed in understanding what they recommend. It’s why I often refer people to other bloggers or parents when I don’t know the answer.

  • The Flats Challenge taught me that some of the cloth diaper rules passed down from one generation to another don’t always work.
  • The Flats Challenge taught me to trust the lived experiences of others when making recommendations to other people.

This week, I hope to learn…

There is so much more to learn from the Flats & Handwashing Challenge with each passing year. This year I look forward to learning about better ways to support diaper need in our community and working with diaper banks to support advocacy from within the cloth diaper community.

I have scheduled plans to chat with diaper banks, but some of these interviews will not be released until June due to delays. I encourage you to stay subscribed and watch for their release. I look forward to sharing with everyone how we as a cloth diaper community can play a more active role in supporting Diaper Banks and changing the lives of families in our local community.

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.

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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.

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