A lot of people think that I’m crazy. Not because of the way I dress, not because my home is a total mess (it’s not…ever), not even because of my personality (I’m pretty quiet). Instead, it’s how I choose to diaper my baby that gets to them.
I frequently get the question, “So…what kind of diapers do you use/recommend?”
I reply, “We use cloth diapers and we love them!”
That’s when I get the “you’re crazy” look which only gets stronger when they find out that I have been breastfeeding for 13+ months AND I still use a sling to carry my toddler around. But, for that, I don’t mind being crazy! What I’m doing is what is best for MY child, and I’ll take all the looks people have to give me. It’s worth it.
After realizing that cloth diapering is a lot easier than it was when I when I was a child, I decided it was something that I wanted to do. My husband? That was a different story. Just think, you’re getting ready to have your first bundle of joy and there’s so much that goes along with it– clothing, cribs, bedding, nursery decor, swings, bouncers, NAMES and that’s the fun stuff; let’s not forget the spit-up, the late nights and lack of sleep…the poop. I knew I’d have some serious convincing to do, and I’d like to share my, “honey, this is worth it” list with you.
So, obviously the first thing you want to do when trying to convince your husband to hop on board (with anything, really) is to go and turn on a ball game. Get him a cold drink, hand him the remote, give him a kiss and let him know you won’t complain one bit during the game that he’s not spending time oohing and ahhing over all of the stuff you got at your baby shower- so long as you can have some undivided attention when it’s over. I find that 10 times out of 10 this works. When the game is over, give him 5 minutes to get over his excitement or disappointment and then sit down with him. Start with reason number one (this was the biggest reason for us):
1. “Honey, cloth diapering will save us a lot of money.” No one is ever opposed to saving a good dollar or two….or several hundred in this case. Cloth diapering is a very cost effective way to cover your baby’s (or babies’) bottom(s). While you’ll be putting out a good amount of money up front, you’ll be saving a lot of money in the long run- especially if you’re planning on having more than one child. When we purchased our set of cloth diapers (22 bumGenius One Size 3.0′s) we spent a little over $350. I know… deep breaths. That’s a big number. Ready to keep going?
So, on average, for the first 7 months of your baby’s life, you’re going to go through 7-10 diapers a day. Doing some quick math, that’s close to 1,600 diapers in 7 months! If you spend $7 (the cheap brands) per 32 diapers, then by month 7, your baby has gone through about In the first 7 months you’ve spent $355 on just diapers!
Now, if you invested in the one size cloth diapers, you’d have already broken even! Amazing, isn’t it? By month 9 we were saving money! Interested in finding out how much you’d be saving? Go here and do your own calculations. This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of your savings if you keep it up with baby number 2, then 3… Imagine if you put the money you’d be using towards diapers into savings–what a great start to a college fund!
You may be able to stop your convincing right here. The money saving may very well be enough of an incentive for your husband to want to go ahead with it (it was for me). If it’s not, well, keep going….
At this point, you’re pretty set on cloth diapering. You’ve gotten past the money reason and while it’s piqued his interest, your husband may not be sold yet. Remember, there are a lot of preconceived notions about cloth diapering that make it less than appealing to most mommies–imagine how the dad’s feel about it. Don’t worry, there are plenty of other reasons to grab him! Onto reason number 2:
2. “Poop is gross.” Stay with me, now. I’m going to tell you what I tell anyone who wonders why I do cloth – poop is gross no matter what. If it’s in a disposable diaper sitting in a trashcan gathering stink or if it’s sitting in a diaper pail waiting to be washed–it’s gross. I highly recommend (if you do decide to cloth diaper) a diaper sprayer. It will save your life…or at the very least your hands from having to spend a lot of time in the toilet cleaning diapers. Definitely worth it.
Obviously, the laundry aspect of it isn’t too fun. In fact, if we’re being honest, those are some of my least favorite moments of the week…I think I’d rather clean toilets in a frat house. If I felt this way about it, I knew when I spoke with my husband that this could be a potential deal breaker. So, I went in also knowing that when he asked, “Who’s going to be doing the laundry?”, if I was serious about it, I needed to suck it up and say, “I will.” You may have to do that, too. The laundry isn’t fun, but when I see my little girl waddling around in her pink bumGenius…it’s worth it.
3. “Cloth diapering has come a long way since we were babies.” And it has! It’s incredible how much like a normal disposable diaper some cloth diapers are. If you’re going for the super money savings, you may want to just go with the prefolds and snappies, BUT if you’re going for the ease and convenience in cloth diapering, the world is at your finger tips! There are all kinds of brands out there, many of them you can find at Mom’s Milk Boutique. You can find all kinds of different things that float your boat- velcro or snaps, one size fits all or all in ones, washable liners and/or disposable liners–the list goes on and on! So, do your research- make sure you do it together because he’ll be changing diapers, too, and you want him to get something that’s going to be comfortable for him. As I mentioned above, we chose to use the bumGenius 3.0 one size diapers and not only is my husband comfortable with using them, so are the grandparents, friends and babysitters who have come over.
At this point, take a deep breath, smile and gauge the reaction. If it looks like he’s convinced then you need not continue, you don’t want it to start to feel like a lecture! If it looks like he may need some more convincing, there are several other great reasons to cloth diaper. It’s much better on the environment (for all you mommas with “green” hubbies); it’s much better for baby’s bottom– less diaper rash = less money spent on diaper creams (again, with the money saving) AND less diaper rash = less tears and pain; it’s easier to potty train a baby who has been cloth diapered because they’re used to having that kind of fabric on their bottoms (the cloth diapers are more like a pull up and less like the bulky disposable diapers) and so it’s not quite as big of a transition.
Will people think you’re crazy? Probably. Would it be easier to buy disposable diapers, throw them away, and not think about it? Definitely. Is it worth it to save the money, do the laundry, and protect your sweet baby’s bottom? Absolutely. Start the conversation with your husband, and hopefully he will see, like mine did, that it’s worth it.
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