I love cloth diapering. I love my local cloth diapering community. Really, cloth diapers are what I am passionate about. Every single mommy friend I have cloth diapers. Many of us have volunteered to help out with repair sessions of cloth diapers for the local chapter of Cloth for a Cause. But what I’m seeing in the internet at large is troubling. I feel like I need to issue a warning to the cloth diapering community at large: Beware of false cloth diaper prophets.
Cloth Diaper Prophets? Really?
I know, right? Usually, whenever you read a warning to beware of false prophets, there’s nothing about cloth diapers mentioned. It’s usually a religious warning taken from the Bible.
I’m not a Biblical person on the web. I believe that religion is a private, spiritual matter… but in this instance, I cannot help but quote Matthew 7:15-20:
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
This sounds an awful lot like the “false diaper prophets” that I’ve run into as of late. Quite frankly, the false diaper prophets are dangerous. They may not lead you on a path of spiritual ruin, but they sure can lead the way to the destruction of your diapers. And they can absolutely lead the way to the destruction of a local cloth diapering community if allowed to fester and spread.
Sure, a false cloth diaper prophet may have some reasonable ideas when you are introduced. It’s not completely crazy and unreasonable to use a mainstream detergent. (Yes, I hate Tide with the passion of a thousand burning suns, but there are people who have only been able to have success with that detergent. If it’s Tide or sposies, then I’d rather someone use Tide.)
The ravening wolf comes out when the false cloth diaper prophet makes her contempt of those who disagree with her known. If someone disagrees with her ideas, then it must be that those who disagree are somehow “threatened or jealous that her diapers don’t stink.” It ends up coming across as anyone who isn’t completely with her is against her.
Know them by their fruits
When cloth diaper manufacturers are coming out and stating that they disagree with a popular recommendation by the false cloth diaper prophet or are asking people to come forward and tell her how the false cloth diaper prophet’s advice has harmed their babies or their diapers, you’re seeing the fruits. While, yes, some of the advice of a false cloth diaper prophet will be useful, just remember that even apples have toxic parts. (Really, not every piece of advice is horrible. Since I don’t have a fruit metaphor for this, I’ll just go with “even a broken clock is right twice a day.) But at large, you’ll be seeing insulting, demeaning behavior that can easily tear a community apart. You will find destroyed diapers laid to waste by bad advice from the false cloth diaper prophet… while the prophet blames the manufacturer or the recipient of her advice “for doing it wrong.”
Those are the fruits of a false cloth diaper prophet. And in this case, I’d recommend casting the tree into a fire (or to be less Biblical, remove yourself from the false cloth diaper prophet’s sphere of influence). And remember, there’s no One True Way of caring for your cloth diapers.
Have you ever been taken by a false cloth diaper prophet?
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