I am taking part in the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry. For 7 days I will be using only flat cloth diapers and handwashing them in an effort to prove that cloth diapering can be affordable and accessible to all. You can learn more about the rules and why this challenge was started by visiting the announcement post. This year there are over 450 participants from all over the world!
So as you may know (from yesterday’s post), I am using (rather crudely) homemade cotton flannel swaddling blankets as my flat diapers. And, in yesterday’s post, I pretty much told you how I am using them. But let’s take a closer look:
*This is one method of using the blanket-diapers. I have to tweak the method depending on the blanket because they are inconsistently sized.*
I have a large square of fabric. I fold it into quarters, placing it with the edges at the top and one side.
I fold the front corners over so that the wings in back are still at full length(/width?) and the front corners touch the other side at an angle.
I lay the baby on it, and fold the front flap up between her legs.
I gather the sides so that they overlap in the middle, and pinch the flap and wings together between my fingers and thumb.
I use the other hand to put my super awesome, super sharp, locking diaper pin in (I have been holding it in my mouth this whole time). I secure the pin, through all three sections (12 layers of flannel), and voila!
I pull the wool soaker over it all and we’re done. 🙂