Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Cloth Diaper Evangelist

"I think that you think that a certain something is not all that it could be, when, in fact, it is all that it should be... and more!" - Jerry Seinfeld

Cloth diapers, in some circles, have such a bad reputation. In all reality, it just comes down to peoples' misconceptions and misunderstandings about it all.

When I first started cloth diapering I vowed to myself that my decision to cloth was my own decision and that I wouldn't for one second judge people who made decisions otherwise. Wrong! I judge. Whenever I see the three inch white, plastic sticking out the top of a baby's pants, I cringe. It takes all self-control not to get on my high horse and start lecturing the parents on the adverse effects of disposables and the wonderful benefits of cloth. I give them the benefit of the doubt, however, and tell myself that they need a little education. So, I tug my daughter's pants down just enough so that her cloth diaper is exposed, thinking it may spark the interest of those around me and prompt them to ask questions. Wrong again.

So, let me digress as if someone had asked me a bunch of questions about cloth diapering...yes, I wash my diapers myself and don't have a diaper service. No, it really isn't that much more laundry. No, I don't use pins and rubber pants. Yes, I can throw breastfed poopy diapers right in the wash. No, I don't own a separate washing machine just for diapers. Yes, I'm saving much more money. Yes, I'm leaving less of a carbon footprint on this beautiful earth (while also teaching my children the same). Yes, my baby's cloth bum looks cuter than your baby's plastic, chemical bum. End of discussion.

I'm so pumped to be opening up Mulberry Street Diaper Co. My husband calls me the "Cloth Diaper Evangelist" so it seems fitting to start my own company doing something I'm passionate about and truly believe in. Thanks for following me along this exciting journey. Yes, you can ask me any questions you might have about cloth diapers. No, I won't judge (really, I won't).