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Old 05-17-2018, 02:35 PM   #5
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Default Re: Flats and Handwashing anyone?

Im not sure how well known the challenge is, so I'll go back over the prompts from the last few days, if tiny people will let me.

Day1- Why?
The flats and handwashing challenge is in response to the increase in hygiene poverty/diaper need. 1 in 3 families in the US and a similar number in the UK struggle to afford nappies/diapers for their baby. This challenge started when Kim of the Dirty Diaper Laundry blog read about families having to keep babies in their nappies far longer than recommended, or even trying to dry them out on radiators to reuse, because they simply can't afford enough of them. Kim figured that cloth was a solution that would help a lot of these families, but the start up costs of modern cloth can be prohibitive for a low income family, and not having a washer and dryer can be a complicating factor. So Kim decided to see if it was possible to diaper her baby with just simple flats and covers, and to only hand wash and hang dry, before she starts recommending it to people. This year hundreds of families are taking part to 1) raise awareness of diaper poverty, 2) raise awareness of cloth as a potential viable alternative and 3) create a varied resource of information for families who take this option. Families on all forms of social media use the hashtags #flatschallenge and #bringingflatsback

I decided to join in because I love a challenge, because if we had to pay out for disposables every week I don't know how we would manage, and because I think knowing how to improvise a nappy in an emergency, and how to hand wash, are important skills that every parent should learn.
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