After CBS Eye on Parrenting reporter, Natali Del Conte-Morris, did a one-sided segment last week called The Diaper Wars: Cloth Vs. Disposable, she was inundated with comments questioning why there was such a one-sided slat when presenting diapering options. In the segment she pitted the two diapering types against one another; yet, the expert she featured, Dr. Alanna Levine, gave a very skewed look on these so-called “options.” She showed old-fashioned pre-fold and flat diapers that you pin on baby vs. cute and comfy modern day cloth diapers like those invented by the likes of FuzziBunz and Thirsties. Dr. Levine further shares that she personally uses disposable diapers because, she expertly reports, “I heard from the EPA that this kind of waste [baby’s poop] isn’t the worst kind of waste there is,” and that she “couldn’t imagine throwing that [cloth diapers] in the wash as well” with all the laundry she already has to do. Ms. Del Conte-Morris happily agreed.
More than 360 people commented on the online segment, blasting the journalist for presenting such a one-sided piece in an inaptly titled segment, “The Diaper Wars.” Not only did the comments come in, but both Ms. Del Conte-Morris said she was getting heated emails about the topic. That’s when Ms. Del Conte-Morris realized she needed to do something about it.
Commendably, she is taking on what she is calling, “The Cloth Diaper Challenge,” and will try modern cloth diapers on her baby. She blogged about her acceptance of the challenge here:
She has received hundreds of more comments, this time from supportive moms, along with manufacturers and retailers who all want in on the action (no matter what diaper(s) she tries, we need to support and recognize her efforts!!)
We’ll see what Ms. Del Conte-Morris chooses to try and how her experience goes. For good or bad, all we can ask is that moms like Ms. Del Conte-Morris give cloth diapers a try. Trying before forming an opinion is the best way to be an “expert” and present a fair and balanced looked at “the diaper wars.” We are thrilled that Ms. Del Conte-Morris is going to try cloth diapers – and become a true expert as “the diaper wars” rage on.