The first obstacle for many moms wanting to cloth diaper can be getting their husbands to realize that cloth diapering really isn’t that bad–and can actually be FUN!
Having trouble convincing your little one’s daddy to try cloth? I understand! My husband wasn’t so keen on it at first either–but now he touts the benefits to other parents!
I recently surveyed some other mommies to find out what convinced their hubbies to give cloth a try. Check out their suggestions:
1. Show him how much money you’ll save.
On average your child will go through 9,000 diapers from birth until you successfully potty train your child. Now assuming the average case of diapers bought is the 100 ct, that’s 90 cases of diapers per child. At an average price of $40 per case you’re looking at $3,600 in lifetime costs per child. This number is an average and is on the conservative side. With cloth, you can save anywhere between $2,000 and $3,000 per child! The cloth diaper option can be a one time expense (or can be scaled into) that saves you lots of money over time.
2. Show him how easy modern cloth diapers are.
It’s true that many people still use and love traditional prefolds, but modern cloth diapers, such as pockets and all-in-ones, are a viable option for daddies who want the easiest diaper possible. In fact, many daddies feel like these types of diapers are just as easy to use as disposables! My book, Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert, gives details about how to use each type of diaper.
If you think about it, after you change the disposable diaper you have to make a trip to the garbage or diaper genie. With a cloth diaper you either make a trip to the toilet to flush the biodegradable flushable liner or if you have a different type of cloth diaper you empty the poop into the toilet. Either way you have to get up and do something with your diaper.
3. Show him the research on the health benefits of cloth diapers.
Traditional disposable diapers are made of hydrocarbon (i.e. crude oil) based chemicals. Some of these chemicals, more appropriately identified as toxins, include Tributylin, Sodium Polyacrylate and Dioxin. Baby skin is very sensitive and absorbent and simply put the disposable diaper chemicals mentioned above get absorbed by their skin. Studies are inconclusive on the long-term affects of exposure to these chemicals, but why take a chance?
4. Show him how cute and comfy they are.
Now, not all daddies really care what their little one is wearing, but some might! What dad would choose scratchy paper diaper over a blue Superman for their boy or a pink princess diaper for their girl? You might just have a case here!
5. Show him that YOU will do the diaper changing.
So, it’s ideal that dads will pitch in, but sometimes it takes drastic measures to convince them to switch to cloth. If your husband is really, really hesitant, why not volunteer to take over diaper duty during a trial period? Once he sees you doing it and how easy it is, he might be volunteering to pitch in in no time!
What convinced my hubby? The savings! However, since then, he also sees that cloth diapers are really just as easy to use as disposables!
And like I said last week: Poop is poop–no matter what type of diaper catches it!
How did YOU convince your little one’s daddy to make the switch to cloth?
My eBook, Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert, is a 200+-page handbook that will tell you all you need to know to have a successful cloth diapering journey! To read more about this book, click here.