I’m kind of a control freak. Anyone that knows me will attest to that. But when Jon came to me with an idea for 6 Things Sunday, I couldn’t refuse. And so today, I’m turning the blog over to him.
In Jon’s Words:
So for some reason I approached Erin and said, “Hey, want me to write about my experience using cloth diapers? It’s been pretty good and I’ll bet other skeptical guys might find it interesting.” I was taking a leap there – I have no idea if other guys find cloth diapers interesting. Well, Erin agreed and here I am. So here goes…
I’m a guy and I cloth diaper my baby. 6 Things I’ve Learned About Cloth Diapers.
1. Poopy diapers clean up well. No, seriously!
It seems that the most common response I get if I mention cloth diapers is a look of disgust. I imagine they’re thinking, “Oh man…this guy’s clothes were washed with poop.” No. No they aren’t. Seriously.
Erin’s done a great job selecting the best cleaner and a good schedule so that baby’s diapers get cleaned and it doesn’t affect our normal laundry. The diapers wash out well – very well, in fact. I wish I could brag that it’s because I own a state-of-the-art washing machine but I don’t – it’s a normal, old top-loader and Erin’s know-how that makes it work. I’m the kind of person that washes their hands after washing their hands, so if I’m confident the diapers are clean, trust me, they are!
2. Safety pins? Not for my boy!
Yeah, my mom cloth diapered me and back then safety pins were the way to go. I think many guys, like me, shudder at the thought. However, the future is now! Depending on the kind of diapers you use there are a lot of different ways to hold them in place – safety pin free!
3. No 6 a.m. trips to the store for diapers!
Erin put together a good stash of cloth diapers, we keep up with our wash schedule and you know what? I don’t have to go buy diapers.
Dude. Listen to me. No emergency diaper trips.
4. $$ Investment for $$$ Savings.
Hey listen: some of those cloth diapers can get expensive. Some are pretty cheap but obviously one disposable diaper is cheaper than one cloth diaper. Plus you have to wash cloth diapers which uses water and energy. Sure. Yes. There is a cost.
But most of you probably aren’t using paper plates as your normal dinnerware. Washing and reusing saves money in the long run! Tell you what – check out this site for a second and look at the grand total for disposable diapers and compare that to the other non-disposable options. Yeah.
5. Choices about my baby’s butt affect the world? Surprisingly yes!
Do you know how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose? From what I’ve read, mankind will probably be living comfortably on Mars before that first newborn diaper starts breaking down. Seriously, go to your favorite search engine and type, “disposable diaper decomposition rate”.
Go save the world, dude!
6. There are a LOT of options. It’s like a baby customization kit.
Man…there are too many kinds of cloth diapers than I can even name. I’ll trust Erin to add a few here but there are pre-folds, pockets and fitted and there are different covers and fabrics to choose from. I mean, the designs on store-brand diapers are quaint and all but why should my baby be limited to that?
So there you go guys. Have I convinced you yet? If you’re curious, check out Erin’s other cloth diapering posts here and here and here. You can pick a fantasy team, tune up an engine and cook chili like a boss – why not master the cloth diaper too?
Uh, yep. I’m still in shock over the fact that this was his idea. So, uh… Until next time, Happy Sunday!