Switch to Cloth Diapers – How I Create Addicts #clothdiaperhop

Cloth Diaper Blog Hop 2013 (Switch to Cloth Diapers) 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?



About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

Comments

  1. Gina Hodges says:

    The I don’t know where to start was where I was at! I do not know anyone that cloth diapers! So I used your blog and two others to read and ask questions! All were so helpful I switched to cloth 2 weeks ago after 8 months and am so happy I did! I only wish I had done it sooner…also I feel I may be coming an addict as well 🙂

  2. Hii i just stared cloth diaper a week ago with my 2month old and 2 year girl what im consern about is that my baby boy 2 month old gets his legs pretty wide open and im afraid that it will afect in hes walking or something in the future can u please tell something about it or is it just nothing to worried about thanks for ur pronly respond

    • Nope, nothing to worry about. Mine started walking on par. But think about it: disposable diapers have only been around for about 50 years now and have been widely used in the last 35. But babies were in cloth diapers for hundreds of years before that… and they always managed to learn to walk in the end.

  3. Arrakis says:

    My friend that got me into cloth gave me a rundown and how to lesson with her huge stash, she even ran me through how to wash them on my washer at home. Then she threw me a baby shower and gifted me all the newborn diapers I would need and about half the one size I would need! All prepped and of various types so I could decide what I liked. She is working on having her third, so we made a deal that I would giver her back the newborn, and if the new baby is a boy she will loan me all her more girly one size. I think having a sharing community with cloth really makes a lot of sense!

  4. I am so glad that you converted me to cloth diapers! Aside from all the other benefits, cloth has really saved me a lot of money. With my second baby on the way, I am relieved to know that I do not need to spend any more money on diapers. Plus, fluffy bums are super cute!
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