Recently I participated in our local Great Cloth Diaper Change, it was held at a local park, right next to a really busy playground in fact. We had about 27 babies cloth diapers changed, and at least fifty adults in our group.
There were canopies set up selling and showing cloth diapers and other products, I had brightly colored cloth diapers and accessories hanging from clotheslines as a decoration and our group was as friendly as can be.
I had assumed that there would have been more public interest in what we were doing, and at least some people from the playground, that would have come up to check out the diapers and see what all the commotion was about.
After spending at least three hours there for our event and seeing tons and tons of the general public come and go, I can tell you that only one person came up to look at our event and ask what we were up to.
This makes me wonder, with the diapers all on the clotheslines, all the breastfeeding and babywearing going on that the "public" had to have noticed that it was a cloth diaper or at least somehow "natural" parenting type of gathering. Did they assume we were snooty or snobby? That perhaps we think we're better than they are because we cloth diaper? Did they think we were all cloth diaper snobs?
It's pretty hard to fathom, knowing how passionate and friendly the cloth diapering community is and how much we like to spread the cloth gospel around, that maybe, just maybe, outsiders think we come across as pushy or snobby.
Where I had assumed there'd be tons of curiosity and opportunity to talk about cloth with the disposable diapering crowd at the park, there turned out to be no outsider interest. Parents kept their distance, were they afraid we would try to convert them?
What do you all think? When you're out in public changing a cloth diaper or doing anything cloth or natural parenting related do you feel that others can be stand-offish? Do you think that you're sometimes perceived as a cloth diaper snob among your friends or peers? I'd love to read your thoughts.
-Julie, The Cloth Diaper Geek