Thursday, November 20, 2014

How to Defend Cloth Diapers *and* Keep Your Friends

The holidays are fast approaching!

For many of us, this means time spent with friends and family members we may not see regularly. And for many of us (cloth diapering parents), this means discussion about our diapers.

I remember many a family gathering where my diapers took a verbal beating. ("But why would you want to do that?" or "It's gross... you reuse those?") The funny thing is, much of this talk came from moms and grandmas who had cloth-diapered their own kids! (Tell me I'm not the only one.)

I thought it'd be helpful to remind us all why we chose to cloth diaper (and perhaps help us communicate that nicely to well-meaning-yet-critical-souls). Of course, if your friends and family are supper supportive (yay!), it's still helpful to be reminded once in a while! 

Here, in simple terms, are the reasons many of us chose cloth diapers:

  • They Save Us A Lot Of Money. The average American household spends $2,000.00 on diapers per child (according to Consumer Reports). A full stash of one-sized all-in-ones will cost under $500 (and that's one of the most expensive ways to do cloth)! These can be re-used for multiple children, making the savings even greater.

  • We Care About Our Planet. No, we're not all tree-huggers and not all of us use baking soda deodorant or clay toothpaste (If you do, rock on). BUT did you know that one disposable diaper can take up to 500 years to decompose (EPA estimate)?  Honestly? Cloth Diapering is Good Stewardship of the Earth. 

  • It's Good For (insert baby's name here). Wouldn't you rather have this on your bum than plastic? Plus, my kid is less likely to get diaper rash, and more likely to potty train sooner! I love having the soft, natural fibers against his/her skin! 

In all things, remember to speak kindly, with grace and lots of encouragement! You just may find that some of your more critical relatives will soon be asking you how to get started with cloth (true story)! 

Have a happy, cloth-diaper-filled Holiday season!