My hubby and I have been married for two years and are expecting our first child at the end of August, a baby girl to be named Noah. I decided after reading a lot of articles and blogs about cloth diapering that it was the choice for us and our baby, but I knew I had to get Chad (the hubs) on board. Chad is a major Type-A personality. He always wants to be in control, and it’s important that things are his idea and that his opinion matters. He is a small-business owner, if that helps describe him at all, he very much has the “I’m the Boss” personality. What’s good for us is that for the most part he lets me make all of the decisions regarding planning for Noah’s arrival, but anything that we will have to spend money on will have to be run by him first. So…I had that working against me, because I was pretty firm in my decision-once I make my mind up it’s been made up. My top two reasons for choosing to cloth diaper our baby were the positive effects it has on the environment and the negative effects disposable diapers can have on the baby’s health.
Attempt 1: My husband could not care less about the environment, there is only one person in this relationship that cares about recycling, reducing our Carbon footprint, and saving our environment and that person is yours truly. So my ‘it’s better for the planet’ argument and the details on the numbers of one use diapers sitting in landfills got some chuckling in return. He laughed at me.
Attempt 2: Chad may not want to save the whales, but he isnt’ heartless. I have suffered since infancy from severe Eczema and skin allergies, so I love that cloth diapers reduce the risk of skin rashes and diaper rashes in babies. The chemicals in disposable diapers have been known to cause a myriad of health problems for babies. Some studies have even been done linking disposable diapers to infertility! As I’m reading Chad my research I can tell he is taking it to heart, he has suffered along with me
through my unexplained monthly full-body rashes and horrible dry skin in the winter. Not only does he have to rub me down with Eucerin a couple times a day, and sit up with me when the Prednisone keeps me up at night, but I may complain a little bit (at least that is what he says). I finish my very passionate speech about the health benefits of cloth diapering and he gives me that look. Darn! Close but no cigar, folks!
As many of you who have cloth diapered babies before know there is another significant benefit to cloth diapering over using disposables. I decide to pull out the big guns and fill Chad in on the financial statistics of cloth diapers.
Attempt 3: I gather together my print outs from all of the websites I looked at that list the prices of cloth diapers versus the money spent on one use diapers over the first two years of a child’s life. I had charts, testimonials, and print outs of some of the popular brands of cloth diapers that I liked. My research showed that the average family could save around $2000 over the first two years by using cloth diapers over disposable ones. One site showed the average number of diapers used in a week for newborns and the cost for disposable diapers and a diaper service side by side. Newborns go through 70 diapers a week on average costing $39.90 a week for one use diapers and only $17.50 for using a cloth diaper service!! That’s less than half of the cost! And I’m not even planning on using a diaper service. My girlfriends are throwing me a diaper and diaper accessory only shower so that I can stock up on the diapers before-hand! And I have no problem washing them myself! Chad looks at me doubtingly. I explain about tools like diaper sprayers and that special detergents aren’t necessary unless you want them. And did I mention the savings??? DING! DING! DING! We have a winner! He looks over the evidence, and he’s in. Sweet, I fist pump the air in victory.
Now that I’ve made my husband a believer we’re both stoked and looking at the precious options from the huge selection of cloths diapers out there only gets us more excited about our little one coming. I guess the next step is to educate our immediate family and go ahead and form a tough shell so we can brush off the laughs we get from other parents and the discouragement from nay-sayers. A baby is going to be a struggle and huge change no matter what you’re putting on it’s tush, but I am so excited to have a house united for cloth diapers.
My research came from:
http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php --- Real Diaper Association
http://www.diapernet.org/whycloth.htm --- National Association of Diaper Users
Cloth Diapers I like:
FuzziBunz, Rumparooz, Happy Heinys - All available from KELLY’S CLOSET!
By: Layne S.