– Cloth diapering is getting to play “dress up the doll” 6 or more times a day! Every girl’s dream, right?
– Cloth diapering is an addiction you can feel good about because it saves money, cuts down on waste and makes you sort of feel like your great-grandmother (but without the wrinkles).
– Cloth diapering takes baby photography up a few notches. Your child is still a star, but the diapers take center stage.
– Cloth diapering has inspired many mothers to take up sewing. We have zero desire to duplicate plastic diapers, but just stand back and watch us whip up some pockets and doublers.
– Cloth diapering expands your intellect. This is a little known but very useful benefit. For instance, do you think the woman-on-the-street could define what a “double gusset” is and why it has changed Western Civilization for the better? And could she explain what do to about “wing droop?”
– Your social circle will grow exponentially. Birds of a feather flock together. So do cloth diapering junkies. They share stories. They try new products and troubleshoot together. Heck, they even swap diapers.
– Good diaper + good fit = TOUCHDOWN! You will likely see less blowouts, less leaking and less rash than you would with disposables.
Now let’s be fair and talk about the bad. And there is some.
– Because cloth diapering can be addictive, it can lead to impulsive behaviors like binge spending on Black Friday and then frantically trying to sell some of the stuff back on Diaper Swappers.
– Underneath all that cuteness is a reality check with human waste. And it can be unpleasant at times, like when they are sick….or on an antibiotic…or trying out the wonderful world of fruits and vegetables for the first time. And you are too cheap to buy a diaper sprayer. Yes, that’s me.
– Your laundry load will increase. But most mothers are so intoxicated with cloth diapers that they suffer no ill effects from being a slave to the Maytag. They gladly bring their offerings to the great and powerful washing machine, sometimes every day.
And as for the funny business…
– Cloth diapering may get you some weird looks. My husband still shakes his head when I rush to change the baby even though she’s barely wet. But I know all of you need no explanation for this seemingly illogical behavior.
– At the drop of a hat you might suddenly strip your baby down to the diaper when a friend comes over, because you can’t help showing off their cute britches.
– Cloth diapering may cause you say something in public like “so the Monkey Butts are really working for Dana and she is really loving the Hiney Honey.” But you won’t be embarrassed at all.
How’s that for an ice-breaker?