“You want to do what?” were my husband’s first words when I shared the news with him that I wanted to cloth diaper. Our children at the time were four months old and a newly turned two year old and he had just got into the swing of things with disposables... now I wanted to switch to cloth on him?!? Thankfully, however, he always has a “mommy knows best” attitude when it comes to our boys. Reluctantly, he consented when I told him of the money savings we could have should we decide to switch. Since we had started being very diligent about getting out of debt and building up a savings - I'm certain visions of dollar signs danced in his head.
My first fluff purchase were hand-me-down flat diapers along with a few Snappi's and Thirsties diaper covers. Initially the diapering responsibilities fell solely on me. Folding, fastening and poop scraping were not his idea of a good time! Shortly after beginning our adventures in cloth diapering our two year old decided he no longer wanted to wear diapers (I attribute this to the cloth diapers - an awesome perk by the way). Potty training alone was enough change for daddy to handle at one time. The diapers were for mommy to handle.
As I slowly researched, experimented, and bought new cloth diapering accessories, my husband warmed up to cloth diapering. Using disposable liners to help "catch" bowel movements was a HUGE improvement for him, along with the first WAHM pocket diapers I received second-hand. In fact, once we had a few pocket diapers and All-in-One's in our stash, daddy became a cloth diapering pro! Of course buying a diaper with his favorite college football team on the bum didn't hurt in winning him over either. *sweet smirk*
I'm happy to say my husband is now 100% onboard with using cloth diapers; he even hesitates to put on the occasional disposable. He changes cloth diapers at home and on the road with ease. I am so proud of him! With baby number three on the way - mommy needs all the help she can get.
“They are not that bad!” is his response today, a year later, when curious people ask about our decision to cloth diaper. While I don’t think any daddy is thrilled about diapering in general, a “not that bad” is pretty good!
By Jenney D.