A guide on overcoming negative reactions to going cloth and ultimately converting non-believers.
I remember not long after I made the decision to go cloth I was telling my Mom about it and the first words out of her mouth were “Are you really that bad off that you can’t afford to buy diapers?”. Immediately, I felt myself get defensive but, I took a breath and calmly laid out my reasons…which were many and saving money was only a part of it. We all know the top 3 reasons to go cloth…
- Better for baby
- Better for environment
- Better for the wallet
Then there are more personal reasons too...
- My daughter had a rash 24/7 in sposies.
- My daughter got a UTI from the sposies.
- I used to be President of the Environmental club in High School…what a shame that I was adding SO much waste to the landfills.
Still, my Mom did not seem quite convinced until the day that she witnessed me changing my daughter’s diaper (a One Size Bum Genius diaper). Once she saw the new way to do cloth she was pretty impressed. However, she remained slightly skeptical of the fact that I would continue to do cloth long term since I had to launder them. (Despite the fact that I assured her that it’s not that much work).She recently asked me if I was still doing “that cloth thing”. My only response at that point was that I wouldn’t do it any other way.It’s common for people from my Moms generation to raise their eye brows when you mention doing cloth because when they had babies, disposable diapers were all the rave and you only did cloth if you were poor or a hippie.However, my Aunt, having done the traditional pins and prefolds w/ all three of her children, because she had too, was more than impressed when she saw our cloth diapers. She thought it was wonderful that there are so many new options that make cloth diapering actually enjoyable and wished she had those options when my cousins were babies. She & I both have even been trying to convert my cousin to use cloth because her son has a constant, painful rash.
My mother-in-law did not seem to sure about the cloth idea until she came over and changed a diaper. She is generally the only one who watches Mikaela if Adam & I go out. She thinks they are great as well and she tells her friends and co-workers all about them.I have even convinced two of my friends to go cloth and one of them is not even pregnant just yet. And of course, I will be referring them to the Diaper Shops for all of their cloth diapering needs.So ladies (and gents too), ultimately, if you share your enthusiasm for cloth diapering with others, you will have less likelihood of raised eyebrows and maybe a few converts too. If however, you come across someone who is just down right skeptical and can’t seem to be swayed on the idea, then you know that they are the ones who are missing out and as long as your happy and confidant with your decision to give your baby the very best, then that’s all that matters in the end.- By: Amanda G