Thursday, October 23, 2008

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Skeptical Dads Give Cloth Diapers A Chance

Changing dirty diapers is a daunting – and sometimes dreaded – task for new dads. So, when Mohammad Suleiman’s wife, Ahna, suggested that they use cloth diapers for their newborn daughter, he was less than thrilled with the idea.

“My initial reaction was ‘heck no." I thought that we would be wrapping our child in the equivalent of a dish towel,” he confesses. “I could not visualize where the waste would go and I thought changing her would be an absolute mess.”

But Mohammad’s wife was persistent and thought that a trial period could put her husband’s mind at ease. “I suggested we try cloth for awhile and if it was a disaster, we agreed we would re-evaluate,” Ahna says. “I selected FuzziBunz diapers, which I read were the most dad-friendly option.”

Kelly Wels, a cloth diapering expert and owner of the online cloth diapering boutique Fuzzi Bunz Online, says that offering a test of the diapers is the best way to get dads on board. This is why she offers a 30-day risk-free trial period.

“It’s understandable that dads are reluctant about cloth diapers. However, once dads have the opportunity to trial the diapers and see for themselves just how easy modern cloth diapering can be, they are often quite amicable to using cloth diapers for the long-haul,” says Wels.

Mohammad says seeing is believing. “When I first saw the pocket diapers I realized that modern day cloth diapers are much different than I expected. I could see that they were form-fitting, that they came in fun colors and that they were indeed very easy to use.”

Amaya Giauque, whose son is 10-months old, agrees that trying out the diapers was how she was able to get her husband, Greg, on board.

“I wanted to give it a test run and if it didn't work out, for any reason, I told my husband that we would switch [to disposables],” she says.

Amaya says that her husband has come around to the idea of using cloth diapers. Wels says most dads are fine with wet diapers, but that dirty diapers are one of the hardest things for a reluctant dad to get over. However, most dads – including her husband – often quickly realize that the benefits of cloth outweigh such minor inconveniences.

“I’ve come around to the idea that cloth diapers are just a better for our son and better for the planet. These two major benefits make it more than worth the minor inconvenience that comes with changing a dirty cloth diaper,” says Scott Wels, who says he has enjoyed using the one-size bumGenius brand diaper available at One Size Diaper Store.

While Mohammad agrees that mess disposal is not his favorite task, he, too, says that there are so many benefits to modern cloth diapers that make it worthwhile, including the benefits to the environment, significant cost-savings and lower incidence of his daughter’s diaper rash.

Dads are more often than not able to overlook the gross-out factor when they realize how cloth diapers are easy on the wallet too, says Wels.

Cloth diapers typically save a family at least $1,500 over the course of three years. The savings are much greater if a family reuses the same diapers for their future children,” she adds.

Mohammad agrees that cloth diapering is helping his family be more frugal, but also says that cloth diapering means they are being less wasteful too.

“We are very intentional about limiting our carbon footprint and feel that cloth diapering is a great way to walk our talk,” he says.

Greg concurs, “My wife and I are always looking for ways to help the environment and for ways to give our son the best. Cloth diapers help us do both and so much more.”

-Jenny L.,-Blog Contributor

10 comments:

Kathleen said...

My husband has been very supportive of cloth diapering, I'd like to say because he's a cheapskate, I mean, frugal, and he hates throwing away $.16 per disposable. Now that we have the Bumgenius 3.0, it's so much easier than the prefolds we were using. We couldn't be happier and cloth diapering is so easy now. I'd recommend it to anyone.

Kelly Wels said...

Yes, my hubby loves the BumGenius too. It is the diaper he always chooses first out of our stash.

Amy said...

My hubby has been supportive too -- although I think at first he shied away because he was not familiar but after a couple of quick lessons he is right on track!!

He did cringe when I said i was not buying any more wipes because it seemed insane ... I am washing diapers anyways, might as well wash wipes!!! But he will come around!

Kelly Wels said...

We love using cloth wipes here. We either use the Thirsties Wipes or the Kissaluvs Knit terry wipes.
I have a small tupperware type container where I fold the wipes in quarters and make a solution with the baby bits. Works like a charm.
Hubby is getting the swing of things too. I have even convinced him to write for the blog!

JGRUMET said...

Kelly, is that solution for before you use the wipes or after? I was curious how people kept their wipes moist. I walk to the sink every time I change him- but if there was an easier way I would love to know!

Kelly Wels said...

Hi jgrumet,
I make up the solution by adding one baby bit to a 8x8x8 tupperware type container, filled 3/4 with water. I then place a bunch of wipes folded in fourths in there so they are all set to go right on the changing table!

Amy said...

My husband is currently a stay at home dad, who is wonderful with the cloth diapers!! We use Fuzzy Bunz and BumGenious and I seem to wash the Fuzzy Bunz before the BumGenious...he prefers them.

Samantha @ Mama Notes said...

My husband is so great with CDing! When we went on our first over night "vacation" he even insisted we use cloth!

Samantha @ Mama Notes said...

Oh, and yep, his fav is BG too!

dirtydiaperlaundry.com said...

My hubby has been great! 2 Days ago he even changed a poopy diaper and sprayed it off. I was in shock. I didn't even hear him gag, which he usually does! His favs are the BG's and the Smartipants. He despises out nighttime diapers (sbish or kissaluv marvel and a cover) but this is the only leakproof solution. Tough!