After the segment aired on November 4, Natali says she was inudated with emails and comments about how unbalanced her segment was and how poorly it portrayed cloth diapering. The latest of the 370 comments left says, "Wow, this is a terribly researched and inaccurate piece of journalism. I'm very disappointed. I've used both disposables and cloth so I am well aware of what both involve. They were anti-disposable and didn't mention so many of the great aspects of cloth diapering. I'm quite appalled overall." This comment nicely sums up what moms were saying about this TV spot.
After realizing her error and anxious to make things right with moms again, Natali accepted what she called a "Cloth Diapering Challenge." She agreed to try cloth diapers for one month and then blog about her experiences online. Her conditions:
- She wanted help from the cloth diapering community - CHECK! The cloth diapering community showered her with advice and words of encouragement. The cloth diaper manufacturers showered her to treats to try out at home too! I think her collection might be bigger than mine!
- She asked that no one personally attacks her (we agree, some of the comments were not so professional) - CHECK! Once she agreed to the challenge, the cloth diapering community rallied around her.
- She said she couldn't promise a follow up video - but she would try to make one (more info on that later!)
The comments from this new and improved segment were quite positive. This mother sums it up best when she says, "Thank you so much for re-visiting this and showing the benefits of the different types of cloth! Throughout this trial, you have truly been the "average" woman - one like me who started with disposable and once introduced to cloth, never went back. I wish more women would realize how much better cloth diapering is!"
I think we can all agree that cloth diapering is worth a look and try. That said, we recognize it's not for everyone. The goal is for moms and dads to be open-minded like Natali. It's also important that moms do their homework and take the time to consider each option carefully... doing so will open the door to new and exciting opportunities now and in the future!