Thursday, December 8, 2011

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Sticks and Stones

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but cloth won’t hurt my baby. I’ve gotten used to people saying “Eww” when I mention that I use cloth diapers for my baby. I don’t blame them at all since that was my reaction the first time I heard someone talk about them. In fact, I was horrified at the visions that popped into my head of stringy, stained, sopping-wet nappies. I’m thankful that my curiosity about the cost savings led me to navigate the world of cloth diapering since it has been a great experience.

My opinions about cloth diapers and disposable diapers have completely flipped. Like many other Moms, I truly love using these on my baby! I know that they are clean because I care for them myself. I also know that she’s dry because I change her right away. I have no fears about questionable chemicals since there aren’t any in her diapers. For all these reasons, I am happy to let anyone know that my cutie patootie has cloth on her booty.

Maybe I’m one of the lucky Moms that hasn’t encountered serious resistance in conversations, or maybe I just lead with the important detail that changes the whole idea. These diapers are cute! Braced for any reaction, I play the rest of the conversation by ear. Parents of grown ups will hear about the modern changes to cloth diapers (snappis, AIO, wetbags.) I tell Moms and Dads-to-be that it’s worth researching for the cost savings alone. I encourage parents at the current playgroup to check out her spare diapers so that they can see how soft and comfortable they are.

I have yet to find a modern cloth diaper that isn’t adorable. Even the plain ones add a pleasant plumpness under a set of PJs that is irresistible to look at! So suit up your sweetheart in the cutest fluff you’ve got and spread the word. No need to force the message, just share why it works for you. Using cloth diapers is all about making the world a better place for the next generation and we can do that by helping other Moms find out the benefits and switch, too!

BIO: Jeannette is a budget-conscious mama with a degree in Design and Merchandising from Drexel University. She's transitioning to stay-at-home Mommyhood and loving it! Her blog, www.ecoincognito.com, is full of eco friendly household tips that are perfect for the suburban lifestyle.

1 comment:

Tiffany Law said...

I would like to apologize for every rude person who "eww"ed you. What people fail to realize is that even if you don' t agree, don't judge and get more facts. Open your mind. Thanks so much for the article.