.....Then comes the comments
"Why wouldn't you just use disposable?"
"Your baby won't reach milestones on time"
"Don't all your clothing will smell like poop!?!?"
Some suggestions to combat the negativity:
First, remember they do not know what they think they know about cloth diapering, don't get angry keep your cool.
Here are 5 ways to help you get over this speed bump.
While your spouse might be motivated by the cost savings, your childcare provider might be motivated by ease of use, and your friends might be convinced with environmentally friendly. Let that motivator be your focus when explaining to them why you are choosing cloth diapers for your baby(also it never hurts to pull out some cloth diapering statistics).
1. Determine what motivates others
It's been estimated that it takes 250-500 years for disposables to decompose in a landfill!
2. Consider a name changeCall them reusable diapers, modern cloth diapers, or call them by brand name (i.e. Soft Bums) when introducing them to others. Sometimes just using a different word or phrase will make people forget about their previous judgments.
I love my SoftBums, they're so reliable and cute!
3. Show them offHaving a sample diaper on hand to explain how they work can help ease most people’s fears about cloth diapers. Remember that most people still haven’t seen all the new varieties of cloth diapers that are available. When people think of cloth diapers they think of the safety pin and rubber pants! Get ready to have their mind blown away with awesomeness!
The future is now.
They are just as easy as disposable diapers. Debunk the common myths like having to swish them in the toilet. Show them diaper sprayers and even spray shields. Let your husband talk about how easy they are, and that he doesn't even have to ask questions when using them.
4. Remember to talk about how easy they are to use
Even Grandma loves them.
5. Ask them to consider a trial period
If you are approaching a childcare facility or caregiver about cloth diapering and you receive any hesitations have them consider a trial period. Chances are that after they see how easy they are to use they won’t object.