This post is a little shout-out to my hubby, the father of my two precious girls and my cloth diapering partner in crime. There are plenty of husbands out there whom completely resist cloth diapering or go along with it because they have no choice. Yes, my husband “went along” with it, but he was also a large part of the decision-making process. When I first sheepishly mentioned that I wanted to try cloth diapers, he encouraged me. When I complained that I couldn’t give it a true try without buying a couple, okay several, well, let’s just say many different styles and brands, he was on board. Whenever I have been frustrated to the point that I’m almost ready to throw in the towel, he tells me he’s hooked and there’s no way we can go back to disposables. This guy is the real-deal, true CDD (that’s Cloth Diapering Dad).
How do we know he’s a true CDD?
Let’s ask the tough questions…
Does he change diapers? Pah-lease! I don’t even think he asked for a tutorial. He just went for it. No whining, no issues. He’ll use any diaper, any time. I will say he prefers Velcro over snaps, but that’s only because his big, strong hands (you’re welcome, Sweetie) have a tough time with the delicate little snaps. He changes the baby, rinses the inserts and even secures the laundry tabs before putting them in the hamper.
Okay, but does he change poops? Heck yeah. And it gets better…he has been known to walk in when I’m changing a poop and offered to dump it and spray it off with the diaper sprayer, which he installed, by the way. Ya drooling yet ladies?!?
Let’s take it a step further.
Does he color-coordinate? This guy goes out of his way to dress the baby in his own, unique styles and the diapers always match the outfits. In fact, he has been known to suffer through the awkward snapping if a certain diaper is required to complete the look.
Does he do the laundry? This is a tough one. The question is more, do I allow him to do the laundry? In general, I just can’t relinquish control of the laundry room. It’s not really a trust thing; it’s more about my control issues. I’m working on it. However, I have left him in charge of running a couple of cycles and he handles it perfectly. He wouldn’t hesitate to tackle the laundry, but I think there’s a little fear and apprehension…of me! He knows the cloth diapers will be forgiving, but his wife? Not so much.
Does he make purchases? Technically, no. But, he has waded through incessant research with me to determine the next fluff buys based on colors, styles and needs. He may not be the one to press the “place this order” button, but he is the one that says “let’s buy both” when making a tough decision. That’s when I fall in love with him all over again!
By Jennifer G.