I have been reading about the ease and simplicity of flats and it got me itching for a trial run. I wasn’t sure my interest would last if I ordered them online and had to wait days for them to arrive (that’s my diaper ADD).
So I hopped in the car and drove to Target. Someone had mentioned that Target carried Organic Flats and prefolds. When I got there I only saw Organic prefolds and regular flats. I didn’t need any prefolds, especially not gerber ones. They have a polyester batting as the “absorbent” middle. Horrible.
Before I go any further, let me define what a flat is. A flat is a square, single layer of cotton. Basically, think of what your grandma used to use as a cloth diaper. They can be fastened with pins or a snappi. At Target the price for a dozen is $10.29.
I grabbed the 100% cotton flats and off I went. Thankfully I have a couple of Snappis because I have zero interest in pinning! Flats are stiff when you first purchase them but after a few washings they soften up. I tossed them in the wash and thus began my experimenting. I had never used a flat before but I figure it can’t be that hard. Once I got it on my wiggly 16 month old I am beaming with pride.
Making a diaper can be somewhat challenging for those of us that are sewing-machine challenged. However, there is something about putting a flat on your baby that makes you feel like you actually made a diaper.
I attempted to do a sort of angel fold with one flat and used another flat folded together as a doubler.
Can you say TRIM?? I am so impressed! Not only are flats extremely trim but they are suprisingly absorbent. In the soaker area there are 10 layers of material. I usually just let my daughter walk around cover-less. When she is damp, I change her.
Flats are a great choice for me right now because I am really focused on changing my daughter more frequently. It may be easier to let her go a few hours in a Clover or a Baby Beehind diaper due to their extreme absorbency. But for the health of her skin, removing the moisture as soon as possible is a current goal for me.
Plus, having flats available insures that I’m never without a diaper. When the others are in the wash, I can reach for a flat.
Here is a picture of my daughter in a Gerber flat from Target with a red snappi (This picture is from the first time I used a flat. I have gotten a bit better at folding a flat but I look forward to learning specific folds.):