Is daddy on board with your decision to cloth diaper? Is he now an advocate or does he not really care one way or the other?
I'm always curious to hear what other families have gone through with regards to their decision to cloth diaper? I know some families are more eco-conscious than others and that in those families it may have been more of a joint decision to cloth diaper, or maybe even a non-issue.
In my case, the discussion of cloth diapers came up when we realized how expensive it would be to use disposables with twins. Not to mention we had already become extremely aware of how much waste we were producing, the garbage bags were so heavy with diapers that I could barely even carry them out to the trash can. We seemed to be tearing through the disposable packages left and right and saw no real end in sight, the babies were only a few months old at that point.
What was he thinking?
I remember when I first mentioned cloth he thought it was a brilliant idea. I was so excited, "wow that was easy" I thought to myself. Then I brought up the issue of buying them and all the sudden he realized we actually had to spend money! Perhaps he thought I could just make them appear of out thin air? Regardless, he was totally shocked when I explained that even with really good used diapers, I'd need to spend 10-12.00 per diaper, if not more, and for new ones at least $15.00. Those figures were insane to him, but when I explained the overall savings he remained convinced it was the right decision for us.
Did he actually plan on using them?
Well when it actually came right down to it, he didn't have a choice because we didn't keep disposables in the house any more and all he could use were cloth diapers. Granted, I didn't leave him home too often with our breastfed twin babies, but when I did he was in charge of changing their diapers.
I quickly realized that sized pockets and definitely pre-stuffed ones, were what I'd have to prepare for him to use. We had some hilarious incidents where he put pocket diapers on them with no inserts inside, and with the onesize he never tried to make them fit, always just used the first snaps which meant the diapers were always falling off, thankfully the babies weren't mobile at the time.
Did using cloth diapers make an impact on him?
Actually yes! I can't tell you how many times he advocated cloth to his co-workers, who if you can believe it are all men and firefighters none the less. He even took a diaper to work at the fire station every now and then to show them what they looked like.
I'm not sure he was ever convincing enough to convert anyone but he sure tried and I thought it was sweet. If money hadn't been an issue I still think we would have ended up using cloth diapers but I am not sure he would have been so easy to convince.
*So tell us, what did the daddy in your household think? Was he easy to convince? Was it his idea? Does he change diapers? Please share your stories with us.