Today is the first of 7 days in the Flats and Handwashing challenge. I have only finished making 5 flats so far but I'm not too concerned about that. Crackers uses 4 or 5 diapers a day most days, so as long as I can find a couple of old receiving blankets and wash my diapers every night, we should be okay.
I started using flats yesterday afternoon and am now on flat #4 with 2 on the line. Yesterday and this morning I used an Econobum wrap over my flats, I folded them like prefolds (with lots of extra front padding). For nap I've done a similair fold, but pinned the diaper on the sides and am trying a vinyl Gerber cover (we have a few of these that I picked up long ago and very rarely use.
My goal is to do this challenge as cheaply as possible. So far for the challenge I have spend $2. I bought a big flannel sheet and cut it into 4 squares to make some of my flats. I also have some old hospital blankets that my parents picked up a while back. The price on those? $1 a trash bag (and I didn't spend it). The 13 gallon trash bag had about 10 hospital blankets/sheets with small holes or stains on them that their local hospital could no longer use. I used that flat over night last night and it worked wonderfully!
My big anxiety at the moment? Poop! Crackers made his first deposit for me just before nap time, I am horrified about washing it in the tub on my wash board! I'll get it done and out on the line with the others though so I've got 3 fresh dipes for the afternoon.
Any great advice about washing flats by hand?