First of all, what is a flat diaper? It’s basically a big square or rectangle of cloth that you fold and then wrap or pin around your baby. It’s your great-grandmother’s cloth diaper. After 4 years of cloth diapering, I thought it was high time that I went back to the basics and gave flats a test drive. But what kind to buy? Well, I wanted them to be soft and economical. Although the flour sack towels that you can pick up at Walmart or Target do work as flats, I know that they aren’t quite as soft or quite as absorbent as “real” flats, and that they have a seam at the edges that can create annoying bulk when folded up. And while receiving blankets can also be used like flats, they are typically made of flannel, which is not as absorbent as cotton.
And muslin flats, although very soft, are just too expensive for me, averaging $5.00 to $8.00 each.
So what kind of flat diapers did we decide on? I turned to my friend Michelle at My Tajo’s for help because there was a 6-pack of small cotton flats for sale on her site for $12.50. Here’s what Michelle told me about the edging/seam on her flats: “It’s a turn fold and stitch and is much thinner of an edging than, for example, a prefold or even other brands of flats…. with these the thickness of the edge is almost half of what others are…” As to softness, Michelle said “I have tried bleached and I have tried unbleached and these organics truly stay soft wash after wash whereas others don’t. Others I have feel more stiff and almost scratchy in comparison.” The verdict from other mothers? “I’ve had nothing but good feedback from these products so far…. everyone has come back for more.”
Yep, she sold me! I very excitedly ordered my first set of flats and the day they arrived I prepped them with multiple washings and dryings. Before prepping they measured about 27×29; afterwards they shrank to 24×26.
And were they soft? Yes! And they feel as light as air. Very different from my thick and heavy prefolds. I can see why mothers say flats are so easy to wash and dry and get stains out of. I would estimate that drying time for a flat as compared to my Chinese prefolds and Flip organics is 50% less. This is my guess because it always takes a full cycle to completely dry my prefolds, but the flats are done about halfway through. That’s a huge difference and a hefty savings in energy!
Here is a comparison between a Flip organic cotton insert (trifold) and the Eco Dia flat (pad folded).
Are they hard to fold? Is it really time-consuming? Honestly, no. I had this impression that flats were complicated and required expert folding techniques. Nothing could be further from the truth when you start with something super easy like the pad fold. Here’s what it looks like. For a modified newborn flat diaper fold click here):
This takes about 10 seconds. No big deal. And then you can lay in a cover or use pins/Snappi/Boingo to secure.
I truly love these flats! We have used them both day and night and the absorbency level is impressive. Because they aren’t too bulky, it’s easy to pair them with other inserts, to stuff them in a pocket or even to double up!
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