Thursday, April 12, 2012

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Who says fluff and subs don't mix?

I am a cloth diaper dad and I am proud of it. Although this wasn’t always necessarily the case. When my wife first brought up the idea, I looked at her dumb founded and said nope, not happening. Cloth diapering is for hippies. Well she wasn’t ready to take no for an answer and decided it was time to educate me.

First off she realized that my image of cloth diapering was a sheet of white fabric that I would intricately have to fold into an origami diaper shape and secure with safety pins. Not only is that a lot of work I really didn’t want pins near my baby. Especially during middle of the night sleepy diaper changes. So she introduced me to the Fuzzi Bunz one size pocket cloth diaper. I was like, “hey, those look like diapers, actually they look better than diapers they’re like the Cadillac of diapers.” So I was almost sold on the idea now, but what really changed my mind was the numbers. I sat down and crunched some numbers comparing cloth diaper start up costs, plus accessories, to disposable diapers. Using cloth diapers paid for themselves by the time my son was 3 months old.

I’d say that by then I was a fan of cloth diapers, but what really got me was the wipe warmer. When we switched to cloth wipes and the wipe warmer I was 100% all for cloth diapering. That is when I became a cloth diaper advocate. I’d go around asking people I knew who were having a baby soon if they were going to cloth diaper their child, if they said no I’d give them an earful of information, including all about the wipe warmer. If I was a baby I’d want warm soft wipes for my bottom. I believe I convinced a few people to try cloth diapering and I convinced many to think about it, or maybe they just said they would so I would leave them alone.

It was easy talking to couples about this subject, the real test came when I found out a guy at work was going to be having a baby, twins actually. Yep, I brought up the cloth diapering subject at work. Now for your information I work on a fast attack submarine which has an all male crew. It was amazing the first time I brought up the cloth diapering topic, the guy I was talking to was like, “Heck yea we are cloth diapering our twins, we’ve got some buddah bunz wool dryer balls and some FuzziBunz!” Someone else overheard us talking and said he was also expecting a baby soon and his wife wants to cloth diaper but he was unsure. The two of us jumped on that opportunity and I believe we had him convinced in under 15 minutes.

Cloth diapering is definitely becoming more and more popular these days and I am proud to be apart of the movement. I hope this blog and all blogs on the cloth diaper whisperer heps get the word out to both men and women.

I am a father of 2. I have an almost 11 year old and our second is due this summer. I am currently deployed and I am missing my wife and little boy like crazy. I even miss changing his poopy cloth diapers. But I am proud to be serving my country and protecting our rights as Americans, including our right to choose how to diaper our children. I am a proud cloth diapering dad writing this from beneath the sea.

Matthew L. is a proud sailor and cloth diaper advocate of an 11 month old boy and expecting baby number 2 in July.

8 comments:

Tammy said...

I am an active duty Sailor also (mom) & around here, where I live, cloth diapers are or were on more baby bums than disposables. There are a few disposable hold-outs...like 1of my coworkers who thinks washing cloth with pee or poo on it is gross (he had no answer for what he would do during the petty training years & the kid has an accident), but for the most part, Sailors & their spouses use cloth.

Sarah said...

I love this article! Thank you!

I did want to point out that there's a typo--I don't think his son is 11 YEARS old if he's still changing his diapers! :)

Sarah said...

Thanks for posting this! My hubby is in the military too and he was surprisingly all for cloth diapering when I brought up the topic. It's so nice to see you macho men advocating for cloth diapering even to your fellow saliors/soldiers/etc. Thanks for your service and sacrifices!

Anonymous said...

Cloth diapers have been a godsend. I don't understand why more people don't join the club.

- YN1(SS) Adam Davis

Christie said...

It is great to hear fathers advocate for cloth and even convence other dads to use them. Thank you for serving our country. Well wishes to your wife for a safe delivery on your second!

mmatos824 said...

this is sooo wonderful my husband is a marine and is all about cloth too. great to see so many dads a part of cloth diapers :)

Mindy said...

Awesome post from an awesome dad! Thanks for your service!

Lara + Chris said...

Awwww! This is so sweet. I shared this with my husband, who is a reluctantly on-board cloth diaper-er.