Are you a low income family? Have you ever had to choose between diapers and food? Did you know that you could be using reusable cloth diapers instead of disposables? You can diaper your baby for $50 or less (maybe even free if you’re resourceful) until they are potty trained! You can handwash your diapers safely and effectively at home if you don’t have a washing machine. You can save your money for more important items (like food and shelter) and know that your baby can still have clean diapers every day!
Last year Kim with Dirty Diaper Laundry organized the first flats and handwashing challenge to help educate and raise awareness of cloth diapering and to show that it really is possible to use cloth diapers with limited resources. I am so happy to hear that Kim is holding the challenge again this year. I personally learned so much with this challenge and it opened my eyes to the challenges that low income families face when cloth diapering. It also gave me confidence that it can be done! Regardless of your financial status you can diaper your baby safely without having to spend all of your hard earned money on disposable diapers.
There are a few changes to the challenge this year including a great fundraising opportunity to support Giving Diapers, Giving Hope (GDGH). For every participant who joins the challenge Kim will personally donate $1 to GDGH (up to $200) and other sponsors are sure to join the fundraiser!
Shared from Kim:
How can you help? If you are a business you can do the same. Pledge to donate any amount per participant and to your chosen charity. If you are a Diaper Charity or Diaper Bank you can ask your local store to support your efforts by pledging. Please contact Kim to set this up. These businesses will be listed on Kim’s page as donors along with a link to the charity they are donating to.
You can also sign a petition to get cloth diapers or cloth diaper education covered by WIC– a government funded program that assists low income families by supplying food and other baby needs but not diapers. Sign the Petition. There is also another petition to show support for the DIAPER ACT (H R 3134) that could help get more babies access to cloth diapers (cloth and disposable). Jenn Labit, creator of bumGenius, explains it best in her post. Sign this Petition.
Use #FlatsChallenge on twitter to keep up with the challenge and meet other participants.
For more information on the rules and how to join the Flats Challenge visit Dirty Diaper Laundry.
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