There are few things that I love more than converting others to cloth diaper addicts. Most of the time, the suggestion to switch to cloth diapers can be met with some resistance. Still, though, I’ve convinced at least four friends to switch to cloth diapers. I suspect that a large part of how I did it was by using my sales background to overcome objections.
It’s Too Expensive to Switch to Cloth Diapers
This is my favorite objection. When someone tells me that it’s too expensive to switch to cloth diapers, I point out that they will spend thousands of dollars on disposable diapers, which means they are throwing away far more money on disposables that they literally throw away! If they can’t afford the initial start up, I’ve been known to help with that, too. I’ve bought some starter diapers for a couple of friends. I’ve also encouraged some of my friends that are struggling to apply with Cloth for a Cause for a loaner stash. While they are using the CFAC stash, they can apply the money that they’d have spent on sposies to build up their own cloth diaper stash. Additionally, if you hang out on your local Facebook buy/sell/trade pages, you can find some smoking deals.
I Don’t Know Where to Even Start!
This one is so very fun, especially if it’s a local mom. When it’s a local mom, I invite her over to my house and we just take a tour through my stash. After she finishes marveling over the beautifully stacked array of colors on Eudora’s changing table hutch, we sit down and go through some of the various cloth diapers. At the end, she has a better idea of what to buy when she makes her switch to cloth diapers. If she’s not a local mom, then I send her links to some explanation posts I’ve done on the subject. I also give her the links to some demo vlogs I’ve done. (I’ve already convinced some that prefold cloth diapers are pretty easy!)
I Don’t Want to Touch Poop!
Ick. Who does? If you’re touching poop, you’re doing it wrong. Really, though, you’re more likely to have to deal with poop in disposable diapers due to the increased likelihood of blowouts. I usually hear from a mom after a switch to cloth diapers about how much less mess she has to deal with!
I know I’ve created a whole lot of cloth diaper addicts this way. I think I’m the most pleased with converting Heather over at The Parenting Patch. She claims that her addiction is all my fault. Hey, I’m totally down with taking the blame for that one. Have you ever created a cloth diaper addict?