Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Cloth Diaper Conspiracy, Is there one?

Guest Post by Tiffany

I know most of my group of friends thinks that I am completely crazy for volunteering to wash poo out of diapers. I continually tell them that it is not nearly as bad as what they would imagine and if they have a dog or cat then they have done worse things.  When they concede that fact, they usually reply with something about folding diapers. That is about the time I bring them into the 21st century of cloth diapers by telling them about pocket diapers and all in ones.
              
Today I was at my local chain baby store, we'll just call it big purple. While I was there I decided to peruse the aisles to make sure I had not forgotten anything. I stopped at the cloth diaper aisle. Is THIS the reason why nobody really knows about new age cloth diapers? The aisle is full of ANCIENT cloth diapering options - plastic pants, birdseye flats, prefolds and not a snappi in sight. Who are they kidding? Nobody would want to cloth diaper with those as their only options. I know that I sure wouldn't do that willingly or without somebody challenging me to do it.
          
So I started thinking about why is it that there is not a good cloth diapering option available at the big box retailers. Both big red and big purple sell a popular pocket diaper in their online store, but nothing in their retail locations. This is my ongoing hypothesis, the average disposable diaper goes for about .32 each and the average pocket diaper (we'll just use Knickernappies) is $17.00. If you have ever thought about cloth diapering or have ever done the math you know where I am going with this.  Based on the average cost per disposable (-sposie) and the average of 9 diapers a day, 365 days a year, for 2.5 years the average baby costs upward of $2600 to diaper.  Then there are those who cloth diaper, $17 for an average of 20 diapers, $340. So my hypothesis, is that big box retailers are contributing to this cloth diaper phobia by not offering up all the options. They are not offering up all of the options simply because it benefits them fiscally to keep people coming back for -sposies every week.  Not only does it bring you into their store for other potential sales, but it brings you back for more -sposies (which eventually cost more).  If only they knew what every other Work At Home Mom (WAHM) cloth diaper retailer knew, that is if you get 'em hooked they will come back regardless of how big their diaper stash is.

My name is Tiffany Carra. I currently work away from the house in a 9-5 job and balance cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and chasing my infant son while writing my own review blog www.dudsordeals4moms.com and running our family computer business www.facebook.com/tandsdigital. I also have been active with my local chapter of Birth Network National. A non - profit organization that promotes the Mother Friendly Care Initiative.

9 comments:

Crystal Biehl said...

awesome post!! I think you are on to something!! Imagine if people could walk through big Red and big purple and see REAL modern cloth diapers?

Kayleen said...

So true!!! DD is potty trained and I miss the cloth diapers!

Susan said...

I think you are absolutely right. (and it's SO wrong!)

The Trophy Wife said...

Yes!!! It is between the big boxes not wanting to lose that profit of having people in the door. AND it's the sway of the big disposable diaper companies that are fueling it. They have more money for ads and they have the misguided ideas that disposables are easier and cleaner. They are now starting to feel the hurt of modern cloth diapering and starting to make their 'designer' styles. Jean colored disposables? Really? But if we all just work to show how easy and how much better it is to CD...those disposable companies and big box stores will have to change with the times!

Bum Luxury said...

Interesting theory! I believe you could be on to something:) However, if they really knew how addicted people can get to cloth, they might rethink their philosophy!

Anonymous said...

I do think they were the first place I actually saw cloth diapers... G diapers when I was pregnant with first LO 3 years ago... Maybe you just didn't see those..

Jana said...

I completely agree and even sent an email to Big Purple requesting they get more options in cloth diapering. I put it in the people need to save money and we need to save the environment. It's getting more popular to use "green" items and they are starting to stock that sort of stuff. Maybe they will come around. I did see g-diapers there.

Anonymous said...

What?!? You have a cloth diaper aisle? I have yet to find a big retail store near me that even carries cloth diapers in their stores. I found 1 small store that has some but haven't made the 45+ minute drive to it yet :P

funkylindsay.com said...

This is so true - A total conspiracy!! Make it "difficult" for people to buy CDs. Grr... I've sen the occasional gdiaper and kushies covers, but that is it!

Great post.

 
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