I’m participating in the 2017 Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Cloth Diaper Revival. This event focuses on the very real and viable answer to cloth diaper your children. This post is in response to todays posed question: What’s working for me? What isn’t?
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Not All Flats are Equal
Not everyone loves every product, and my experience cloth diapering is a true reflection of the subjective experience of cloth diapering. There are parents and bloggers who thrive on Flour Sack Towels because they are better than what they’ve tried and meet their children’s need.
- 7 Reasons I’m Obsessed with Four Sack Towels – ModernBottomBabies
During the past week of using my flat diaper stash and hand washing, I learnt the value of a quality absorbent flat diaper. Flour Sack Towel are a giant waste of my time.
My experience with Flour Sack Towels for Cloth Diapering
I don’t consider my daughter to be a heavy wetter, but a moderate wetter based on her liquid diet of breast milk. An average one-size AIO is sufficient for a 2-hour period. The flour sack towels I’m using in her diapers were like mere tissues. She quickly soaked them in an hour, and two were drenched before we hit hour two.
Over the past week of using FST for cloth diapering I felt I was in a constant state of changing diapers. And like any small child, she doesn’t like sitting in a wet diaper. So, when one or two gets quickly drenched, I have a small angry child on my hands. And that is far from a pleasant experience. The more diapers I change, the more diapers I have to wash. The more diapers I have to wash, the more tired my body gets.
Say No to Flour Sack Towel for Diapers
1. Not Enough Absorbency: Unless I used two flour sack towels for diapers, she had to be changed within an hour. The FST was max saturated and at risk of leakage.
It’s just not worth it, and while they may be thin, two together is fiddle some and fluffy. And just a pain in my time.
On average, a FST holds about 6-8 ounces of liquid. This is comparable to most microfibre inserts without the compression. However, because it’s a loose weave material it is still prone to compression and lacking some of the density needed for high performance absorbency.
2. Cost Comparison: $6.94 gets you 5 Flour Sack Towels for diapers at Walmart Canada. This works out to $1.38 per FST; but I needed two to last two hours and thus costing me $2.76 per diaper change. For $2.69, I could buy an Osocozy Unbleached Cotton Flat from LagoonBaby (Canada) . Just slightly cheaper, but one flat diaper is less of a nuisance to fold, and slightly less bulky overall. AND IS ONE FEWER DIAPER… actually thats like 7 fewer diapers at the end of the day. Thats almost an ENTIRE load of laundry.
- Check Out Nicki’s Diapers for a great selection of budget-friendly cotton flat diapers in the United States.
3. Forget about birth-toddlerhood: Flour Sack Towels for diapers fit little newborns GREAT, but they just aren’t long lasting to meet the needs of growing baby, and forget about trying them on a full bladdered toddler.
4. Better Options: There are better options for diapering a child than using Flour Sack Towels. These options are more absorbent and absorbency is key.
5. Warped Shape: After a week of washing and drying, my FST are a funny shape. This is minuscule, but it drives me batty. I also hate how my edges all curl after line drying.
Enough of the negative Nancy — 3 Reasons FST are awesome… 1) They dry super quick; 2) They rinse clear really easily; 3) Snappi/Boingo Friendly.
Other Affordable Flat Cloth Diaper Options
1. Receiving Blankets: Receiving blankets as diapers any day over Flour Sack Towels as diapers. Receiving blankets are easily double the absorbency and can meet a growing child’s needs.
Dislike: They hold onto the soap/detergent better, and take longer to dry.
Like: If bought off parents used, receiving blankets are an affordable price point. Plus, they often come in fun prints and colours that give your stash a little boost of creativity.
Guess who bought a stash of receiving blankets off a local mama? This girl. Those are going straight into my camping stash/emergency bag/next year challenge bag.
2. T-Shirt Diapers: Do I need to explain how awesome t-shirt diapers are? Go check out my blog post and report back.
Dislike: I find my t-shirt diapers do not wash up in my hand wash routine as nicely as the other flat diapers. This is especially true for uncut t-shirts. They also take forever to dry. Furthermore, the T-shirt diaper requires creative folding to shrink down for Little Miss. (But you can do it, and perhaps you have 100% cotton kids t-shirts ready for recycling, those would be great for a newborn.
Like: T-shirt diapers are dirt cheap, and T-shirt diapers are a great overnight cloth diaper for my toddler.
3. Flat Diapers: There are commercially available brands of flat diapers on the market. I love that when you purchase these products you are supporting a small or locally owned business. I love that there is a standard size and expectation that comes from flat diapers.
Final Thoughts on Flour Sack Towels
Saying no to flour sack towels for diapers, is saying yes I want a better cloth diaper experience.
- Opt to reuse receiving blankets or t-shirts for diapers as a strategy for repurposing and rising products.
- Opt to purchase new flats, and you are saying yes to small business.
Just say no to flour sack towels for diapers, and say yes to something better.