Thursday, July 26, 2012

A post all about Flats!

I've decided to do a series of posts on the different types of diapers. So since it's where cloth diapering started, I'm going to start with Flats!

What are flats?

Flats are a tried and true way to cloth diaper. Some people use receiving blankets as flats (And you can too if you strip used ones first with RLR, blue dawn, or the like.) Other's use birdseye flats, osocozy flats, etc. Flats are basically a big square of fabric that you fold in different ways for your baby. You should use a fastener such as diaper pins or snappis and a water proof cover to make it go from just a piece of fabric to a fully functional diaper! There are many different folds you can try and you should try many to find the right one for your little one. I also suggest washing flats a few times before using them so they are at their maximum absorbency. Flats are awesome because they are easy to wash and quick to dry. They are simple and versatile, flats and covers can take you from newborn to toddler hood without buying new diapers! Flats are the predecessors to prefolds and all other diapers!

I Recommend

OsoCozy flat diapers. You can buy them online here!

Flats may be for you if:
You are short on time or don't have your own washer/dryer. (they dry faster)
You are trying to go the most economical route. (receiving blankets can be found used for less than a dollar, stripped, and used or cheap flats run $1-$2 a piece)

Some Problems You May Encounter With Flats:

They can take more work and time to fold

They can take more time to fasten which is especially difficult with a sqirmy baby

May be difficult to get a tight fit

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