Monday, November 22, 2010

What if you want to use cloth and your significant other doesn't?

I remember it well...I was ready to try cloth diapers. I'd talked myself into it, had decided the cost would be worth it, and I was excited to order. But, roadblock...my husband didn't want anything to do with cloth. One look at his face told me I'd have an uphill battle.

Ultimately I dipped my toe in and ordered just two diapers. Sure enough, once he saw them, he said "THESE are what you want to use?"

My husband, and later my mom, both had the idea of old-fashioned cloth diapers stuck in their heads. My sweet hubby was imagining folding squares of fabric, using pins, dunking poopy diapers, and sweaty rubber pants. My mom used those very things on me, so she was sure I'd hate cloth diapers.

Does this sound familiar? I often get emails from moms (and occassionally dads or grandmas) who want to use cloth, but are facing opposition from someone else in the family. In most cases, I really think they think the same as my husband and mom...old style cloth that our grandmas used.

Good news! Modern cloth diapers are soooo different that they'll be shocked. It might be worth buying just one to show off. Modern cloth diapers are great because they are SO similar to disposables, except reusable. From sized pockets to one-size, fitteds, aio's, prefolds, covers, wool and more, there is a method to suit everyone's preference. There's one thing everyone can agree upon, and that's the fact that cloth diapers have come a LONG way since the days our mothers and grandmothers diapered their children.

So how did it turn out for us? Well, my husband was on board 100% after that and we never looked back. When our diaper sprayer needed a new part, we spent a month dunking and he even dunked diapers (I took this pic for proof!)

And my mother? Now she's such a huge advocate that she's converted lots of new moms to cloth diapers. Some of my best customers and one of my favorite retailers were converted to cloth by my mom. And when we travelled for 2 weeks for my brother's wedding, Mom drove me around a tiny town looking for a laundromat so I wouldn't be forced to buy disposables.

Heather, Owner of Knickernappies & Cloth Diaper Outlet

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