And NOW, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! It’s time to bust even MORE cloth diapering myths! *Crowd cheers* Okay, so maybe I’m over-exaggerating just a tad, but YAY MYTH BUSTING!
Myth #4: Plastic pants and pins
I’ve heard a LOT of people say things about plastic pants and pins. Honestly though, do those even exist anymore? I have never seen or touched either one. Shocking? That’s how far cloth diapers have come! It’s definitely different than the way your mom or grandma CD’ed. Grab yourself an AIO with velcro tabs and WAM-BAM-THANK-YOU-MA’AM! Just like a disposable! Except for the fact you wash it, it’s the same exact concept! And I know there are still people who use pins and it works for them…and that’s fine! Use what you like and what works for you! But by all means, don’t let pins scare you away. You’ve got options, honey!
Myth #5: Cloth diapering is WORSE for the environment
I don’t even get this one, so could someone explain it to me? How could it be WORSE!? Babies use an average of 3,000 diapers in one year. I guess the people who say this are referring to the water used to wash the diapers? I don’t think that even begins to compare. 2-3 extra loads of laundry a week seems really insignificant compared to an extra 57 (approx.) diapers a week. Right? Right? Did you know it actually uses more water and other resources to manufacture disposable diapers than it does to wash cloth diapers?
Myth #6: Disposables are simply easier than cloth
I decided to use disposables for a few days to try and think of key differences, likes and dislikes, etc. How do you disposable diaper users do it!? Every morning that I was using ‘sposies I had a blow out. Up the back, all over, all on my daughter’s clothes. So not only did I have to change a diaper, but I had to wipe down (or in one instance, bathe) my daughter, change her clothes, and add to my laundry pile. Easier? I think not. I don’t have blow outs or leaks with cloth. So while is may be “extra work” or “harder” to have to do a couple loads of diaper laundry a week, I think it’s worth it. The extra time spent cleaning up my daughter and changing her entire outfit was a lot harder to me than changing a cloth diaper.
If you’re finding yourself a little on the edge about trying cloth, just do it. But beware! You might become addicted!
Are there myths that are scaring you from trying cloth diapering? If you think I’ve covered the big ones, then good. You should be well on your way to CD’ing. If not? Let me know what’s keeping you from using cloth and I’ll be happy to do another post to BUST IT OUT!