I wish more people used cloth diapers and wore their baby. I wish it were popular. The cool thing to do. I wish cloth diapering and babywearing were in the mainstream!
Don’t get me wrong, the amount of people that cloth diaper and babywear has been increasing every year. But I wish the numbers would explode. Cloth diapers being the norm instead of disposables. Carriers and wraps instead of strollers!
Disclaimer: Disposable diapers and strollers are not bad. People who use them are not wrong. We all have to do our research and make the decision that works best for our own family. Please don’t judge or persecute someone that does something different from you!
I guess I am just a little tired of getting looked at like I have three heads when I wear my baby. I do get positive comments. But we all know that the negatives tend to be heard a little more loudly. It must be a little weird to see the angles that I contort into to get her on my back. Or even how I swing her around over my shoulder. I guess I would worry too if I had never seen it before. They don’t call it the superman toss for nothin!
Oh, and cloth diapers. I am sure some of you have had a similar experience. You get pregnant…everyone is overjoyed. A few months go by and you mention that you want to cloth diaper. *GASP*
Now the funny glances and comments start. What? Are you crazy? Aren’t they a lot of work? Umm, gross!
Thank God for my Mother. She was the one that always believed in this. She was the one telling me, “Don’t worry, you can do it. Everyone will come around.”
I believe the answer to this is to take cloth diapering and babywearing out of the minority and bring it into the mainstream. But how can it be done?
TALK and SHARE. Tell your friends how great cloth diapers are. Let the strangers know how happy your baby is when they are worn. If cloth diapers or babywearing works for you spread the love!
I remember the exact moment I found out about cloth diapers. (Before this I hadn’t even heard of them. I mean, I knew they used them in the Olden Days!) I was on the phone setting up a newborn photo shoot. My photographer, who had three children of her own, suggested I look into cloth diapers. She used cloth and loved it. And it was easy as that!
Word of mouth really is the best advertisement. I hadn’t ever seen cloth diapers in my local Babies r Us or Target. Of course, now I realize that these stores do carry cloth. But its not like they are as easily found as the 30 foot wall of disposable diapers!
I wouldn’t mind if these box stores or others carried more cloth diapers and additional options for babywearing. Don’t get me wrong; I am a strong believer of buying local and shopping at mom and pop stores. But being available in other places means more exposure, a LOT more exposure. That is good for everyone.
The more people that cloth diaper means the less disposables that are going into landfills. I believe in my heart (and through research) that cloth diapers are healthier for my baby. Finally, I believe that since there are so many Made in the USA diapers and accessories that more people using they can only help our economy and the families that produce these items!
Please help me stop the funny looks and comments! Spread your love and your knowledge of cloth diapers and babywearing to people who just don’t know about them yet.