There have been so many articles in the news lately about the “great diaper debate” of cloth diapers versus disposables. The reporters sort through a plethora of statistics and stereotypes to write a story. They examine the pros and cons from every angle of each choice and a lot of focus is on environmental impacts (as it should be!). The recent “green wave” is getting some further media for cloth, but it’s blowing life and cloth diapering out of proportion. This debate is about more than numbers and “going green”…these are real babies and real moms! REAL moms use cloth diapers!
What do I mean by this? Some of these articles might lead people to believe there is some sort of “cloth diapering mold” that cranks out green moms in a giant clique. Honestly, reading some of their words had me picturing an army of moms with babies in cloth strapped to their hips and making hateful shouts in front of disposable factories. These moms are green activists through and through…they don’t ever allow their child to (gasp) drink from a plastic sippy cup, eat a fast food meal, or crawl on synthetic fibers! They are green to the core! They are simply aghast at seeing plastic diapers in public, and ostracize other moms for using a diaper and throwing it away. This army of cloth diapering moms is a snobby, mean bunch!
But STOP the presses! This news story may sound exciting and filled with all the tensions, confrontations, and debates of a good read, but it’s not the true story.
Who are these real moms that use cloth?
Gail was given some cloth diapers at a baby shower, and thought…why not?
Jill is trying to be greener and use cloth, but still likes the convenience of disposables for traveling and nights.
Ashley uses cloth because it’s been handed down for 3 generations!
Deidre’s child has severe rashes from using disposables, and she has no other option but cloth.
Cynthia uses cloth because she wants to save money! ANYTHING for saving!
And me…I first bought cloth because I thought they were CUTE!
The real story is that you can’t get moms that use cloth in a box! Moms from all walks of life choose cloth for reasons as diverse as the individuals themselves! (Even though it’s common to see any cloth diapering mom cite all of the great benefits). It’s been labeled the “cloth diapering clique,” but what is it really?
Cloth diapering moms form a community of real people with lives as varied as the cloth you find in their washing machines!
We have drawn together to share our wisdom and experiences with cloth diapering as a resource and as friends. And we have friends that use disposables, and share with them all the other things that make up this great journey of motherhood! This community has no sentries or gates to keep anyone out. You don’t have to flash a cloth diaper to gain entry or seek the camaraderie of motherhood!
And cloth diapering moms often can’t help but share their excitement for their diapers. There are no judgments attached to encouraging others to try cloth. It’s as simple as recommendations for dealing with behavior problems, potty training, or that new restaurant around the corner….real moms want to share what they love, and what works!
So, this news story isn’t really news at all. Cloth diapers are being used by many moms everywhere, and they love them! Looking around the world our diapers may be different, but inside we are all the same. One beautiful moment of welcoming new life made us a real mom…and some real moms just so happen to use cloth diapers!