I’ve been on a lot of cloth diapering groups as of late. A lot. Sometimes I’m more vocal than others. I realized today, though, that I can never leave cloth diapering groups. Not because of the brilliant conversation, the opportunity to engage in “spirited debate” over the
virtues horrors virtues of bleach, or the opportunity to find more blog fodder… I can’t leave because I don’t want people to find that being low income is a barrier to cloth diapering.
At least twice a week, I find a post where someone really and truly wants to use cloth diapers… but she only has a budget of like $40 or something. Sure, she could try to buy used cloth diapers. Or she could take a chance on China Cheapies. Or there’s prefolds. (As much as I love prefolds, though, they stopped being fun for me when babies got to wriggly.)
But, really, whenever someone tells me that she has less that $75 to start cloth diapering, I have the same suggestion. I don’t ask if she’s in a low income situation or not because, quite frankly, it’s none of my business.
“I’m not sure what your financial situation is like or where you are, but there are some groups that can help you. If you’re in Canada, there’s Cloth for a Cause. If you’re in the States, you can apply with Cloth for Everybum, Giving Diapers, Giving Hope, or The Rebecca Foundation.”
Being low income is not a reason to avoid cloth diapering. If anything, being of low income is a reason to embrace cloth diapering. Sure, there are crazy people like me who would have spent significantly less on disposables… but reasonable, sane people who aren’t addicted to cloth? Well, the cost savings alone is enough to pay at least one utility bill for a typical family. And those families will not be struggling over diaper need.
With that in mind, I can’t be on every cloth diapering group out there. I just don’t have that kind of time on my hands. This is where you come in. When someone says that they want to use cloth diapers but they just plain can’t afford to buy enough to start, remember this post and remember these organizations. If you’re feeling energetic and ambitious, maybe contact one of them and see what you can do to help.
Have you ever worked with a cloth diaper lending group? (Whether as a donor, recipient, or volunteer?) What was your experience like?