Correct me if I’m wrong but when a mom comes to her partner and says, “What do you think about….(insert parenting style/baby product)?”, she’s probably already made up her mind. That’s true at least for our family. Pre-baby I was researching EVERYTHING because I wanted to be prepared and know I was making an informed decision. Once baby arrived I was too busy to research anything let alone check my email so I was glad I had done it all beforehand. So when it came down to deciding to do cloth, I had already made up my mind when I first saw a clothes line of brightly coloured cloth diapers hanging in the window of our local cloth diaper store, Nurtured, a few years before babies were even on our radar.
Now that we are elbow-deep in cloth diapering, I wanted to sit down with my husband and get his take on the wonderful world of cloth diapers. What’s his favourite things and not so favourite things and about some common misconceptions about the whole deal. Let’s get started, shall we!?
Stephanie: When I first said, “Cloth Diapers”, what went through your mind?
Husband: Well the cloth diapers I knew were the tea towel looking things you had to fold up and put a safety pin in — I didn’t know a lot about cloth diapering and I figured we would just do it for a month and you would hate it or we would just come to the decision that it wasn’t for us. I didn’t think it would be a forever thing.
S: Do you still feel that way?
H: No. I don’t! Although there are tea towel looking things I’m glad we don’t use. The diapers we do use are easy to put on, easy to clean, and easy on the wallet.
S: Favorite diaper style and why?
H: Pockets! It gives us more choice when it comes to stuffing inserts in. We tend to do 1 during the day and 2 at night time. We use Charlie Banana one size. The very best part is the adjustable legs! I’m not a fan of the rise snaps on some styles.
S: Least favorite part of cloth diapering?
H: There’s nothing about cloth diapering that’s any worse than disposables. The fact is you are still changing a poopy diaper!
S: Best part?
H: Savings, definitely! Even the amount we spent on our cloth diapers is way less than we would have spent on disposables thus far.
S: Any myths or misconceptions you want to bust for any partners who are feeling apprehensive?
H: It’s not any more messy or gross than disposable diapers.
S: Given the chance, would you want to switch to disposables?
There you have it. He’s hooked on Cloth.
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