Category Archives: Choosing Cloth

Flats and Hand washing Challenge

I have signed up to officially take part in the Dirty Diaper Laundry 6th annual flats and hand washing challenge.

Flats Challenge Info

So what does that mean for our nappies this week?

Well are there are some official rules which I will be sticking to. I have copied them below form the Dirty Diaper Laundry sign up post here.

Materials Allowed

The following diapering items can be used:
• Any flat cloth diaper, store bought or handmade. A flat should be only 1 layer of material for easier handwashing and faster drying.
• 1 night time diaper per night of your choice although you are asked to make flats work for you (this diaper must also be handwashed)
• Doublers (not inserts meant to be absorbent enough to stand alone) if you absolutely must.
• A diaper sprayer.
• Wet bags/diaper pails for storage.
• Handmade “washing machine” for diapers such as the camp style washer 
• Non Electronic Portable washing machines (must be powered by you and cost less than $100.
• Commercially available or handmade covers.
• Commercially available or handmade detergents.
• Snappi or other devices for closure.
• Pocket diapers STUFFED WITH FLATS. (note that the potential for repelling on the stay dry lining could make your challenge harder but you can see what happens)
• Homemade or store bought fleece liners.
• Iron (to use in order to expedite drying time or sterilize)

Materials Not Allowed

• Electronic washer/dryer.
• Pockets with inserts other than flats, AIO’s, Fitteds, Contours, Prefolds, AI2’s, etc.
• Flushable liners.

Rules for Everyone

• You cannot use your washer or dryer.
• If for some reason something arises and an exception is made you need to disclose in the Conclusions Survey or on your blog if you are a blogger.
• There is no limit on the number of flats or covers you can use. Should you purchase 100 flats for $100 and go a whole week without washing? No. Use your common sense on this one. As a tip the more diapers in your camp washer/ sink/ tub the harder the washing will be.


This is a photo of my flats and covers stash.

Flats and Covers The left hand column is actually prefolds, and I won’t be using those for this challenge. As the rules state – the flats need to be a single layer of fabric. My flats collection consists of Hemp flats which are 70x70cm square, store bought muslin and cotton receiving blankets which vary in size. Some are square and some are rectangular. I’ll be showing how I fold the various flats for different situations as I go this week.

My covers consist of a variety of brands of PUL covers, as well as a few different brands and styles of fleece covers. If I feel up to it, I’ll try wool over my flats at night sometime. I’m not that confident in my lanolising skills, as I’ve had a few leaks with my wool covers, hence my concern.

My cloth bum is Kyle – who will be 2 at the end of May. He is a bit of a power pee-er, so has been soaking through quite a few of our day time options. He also soaks my super absorbent night nappies. I’m hoping to try use flats at night this week, but will see how it goes. I don’t like using PUL at night as he reacts quite badly to wetness and I prefer that his bum has some air circulating. I might end up using the shells of his Windpro Night Nappies as covers to try and give us a better chance of staying dry at night.

So follow my blog to see daily updated on my challenge this week. I’ll cover things like – different folds, different fabrics and uses, different covers and how they work, night solutions, hand washing options, and lots of photos of what I choose for various changes.

Lets #bringbackflats and #makeclothmainstream.

What do I look for in a Nappy?

Hi 🙂

My name is Bianca and I’m a cloth addict. I buy nappies for their looks and for the prints and for the love of cloth. My son has more nappies that he can wear in 2 weeks!

WriggleBugs I started off my collection with Bam+Boo bamboo nappies. Then I discovered that you could get prints, and started buying loads of those. Then I discovered WAHM nappies – and I found my true love!

I have a growing collection of WAHM nappies, but at the rate that they are popping up, I can’t even keep up. With that said though – what is it that i look for when buying a WAHM nappy? What makes one more special over another? How do you know if you are getting a good nappy?

Here are the things that I look for:

  1. I generally buy from someone who has been around for a while. Some WAHMs were sewing when I first started using cloth. Others were still just cloth moms and started sewing and developed their business in the 14 or so months that I have been in the “in crowd”. I look for someone with experience in using cloth – you can’t make something you don’t use and love yourself. I very seldom will buy in a first stocking – I want to hear the feedback first.
  2. I look for attention to details in their sewing – symmetrical wings, seams, general nappy shape. Attention to how the print is placed – I have a thing about print being upside down on the bum! I feel it’s the part of the nappy that is most on display and so should always be right side up there. I know others feel otherwise.
  3. I look for clear explanations about the construction. Information on the layers of absorption, both in the nappy and in the inserts. I want to know up front whether I will need a cover, how long a nappy will last OTB, what inserts are standard, and if there are other ones that can be added.
  4. I look for someone who interacts with their customers – answering questions, posting helpful information. Someone who is generally active in their little piece of internet.
  5. I look for unique, interesting and fun prints. I know that there are only so many places that a WAHM can buy fabrics, but I find there is so much overlap of prints. I will usually try and buy from the first WAHM who advertises a print. But I particularly love the moms who use prints that are unique to them.

    Tyrilove, Bum Bum Boutique, Poopsy Daisy and Bush Bums

    Tyrilove, Bum Bum Boutique, Poopsy Daisy and Bush Bums

  6. I look for a uniqueness in the offering from that WAHM. I want something to make them stand out from the others that are available. Be that because of experience (uBuntu , Tyrilove & Poopsy Daisy), the type of nappy they make (Nunibunz & BumChiki), or the unique patten (Bush Bums, WriggleBugs & Bum Bum).
  7. Lastly I look for someone who has tested their nappies. Someone who doesn’t come screaming onto the scene charging the same as an established brand in their very first stocking. Someone who takes feedback and continually improves their offering. Someone who gradually builds on their products and as they improve, increases their prices.

Those are some of the deciding factors when it comes to me buying nappies. I’d love to hear your thought on this!

Chat Soon!

The Nappy Baroness.