There are times when everyone needs cloth diaper advice. Heck, I’ve gotten it a time or two myself. Sometimes there’s an issue that we just can’t wrap our heads around, regardless of how awesome we may be at giving cloth diaper advice ourselves. There are, however, some universal truths to cloth diaper advice that should never, ever be forgotten.
There are so darned many variables to take into account when considering cloth diaper advice. While my troubleshooting post for stripping diapers is great cloth diaper advice on the general level, there are times that one will have to go deeper. Every single variable cannot be considered when giving general advice.
Cloth Diaper Advice Can Be Brand Specific
If I’m having problems with getting my diapers to fit, no one can help me unless I give details. Things that will help me get a better fit with FuzziBunz diapers are not the same thing that will help me get a good fit with AppleCheeks.
Cloth Diaper Advice is Largely Anecdotal
There are some very educated women out there who use cloth diapers. I have my university education, but by and large my education has come from independent research rather than classrooms. Heather at The Parenting Patch has a master’s degree. There’s a cloth diapering mom in my town who is also a doctor. That being said, not a single one of us have access to the resources that will allow us to write peer-reviewed scientific studies on what detergent is the best for diapers. All that we can do is share our own experiences… or, in the case of Padded Tush Stats, compile information based on the anecdotal feedback of others.
What this means is that while, yes, we do know how to research, there are simply some things that there are no scientific data compiled by people in lab coats. We have to work together to educate through shared experiences. Or, in the case of the effectiveness of Dawn as a degreaser for stripping cloth diapers, we rely on the data provided by other industries and then apply that information to the treatment of cloth diapers.
Scientifically Generated Cloth Diaper Advice Can Still Have Flaws
Whenever someone asks about a cheap bamboo insert option and Alva comes up, I always say that it sucks because of how poorly it fared in an insert absorbency test that I performed in my kitchen. I did my best to make it scientifically done… but even still, I have to admit that I have one variable that I’ve yet to overcome, and that’s “the human factor.” Even still, though, there are people out there who will love that particular brand of diaper until the end of all time, no matter what any experiment says.
What’s the Conflict?
Simply put, all of this anecdotal feedback can cause meltdowns that would make a toddler tantrum look tame. People sometimes forget that the advice that they give works for them and all of their variables, but may not work for others. The most popular detergents in one town for cloth diaper laundry may be the worst ever in another… all because of the variability in water conditions.
Have you ever found conflict arise over cloth diaper advice? How did you deal with it?