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Posted by Becca on 3/9/2015

Cloth Diaper Show and Tell

In my experience, most people who use cloth diapers are inspired to do so by someone they know. In person.

I was interested in using cloth diapers because my mom used them on myself and a couple of my younger siblings. I didn’t pursue it much further because the Gerber prefolds in Walmart and Babies R Us didn’t impress me. But then a friend told me about the pocket diapers she used and another friend gave me a couple and I was sold. I didn’t actually do any further research and I’m glad. There are SO MANY modern cloth diaper options that when someone tries to figure out what they want from online research, it can be rather overwhelming. Because I was only told about pocket diapers, I only looked into pocket diapers. Later, I discovered other diapering options. I discovered them gradually and got into using them gradually.

So, what can you do for a perspective cloth diaper user who is interested but overwhelmed by the choices? Well, you could direct them to one of many blog posts and articles (a couple of useful ones can be found at Diaper Junction) that introduce a newbie to the different cloth diapering options. If you have a brick and mortar store near you, that’s also an option for in person education about cloth diapers. Bring your friend over there and together you can talk through the different options. I don’t know many people who have an actual store near them, though, so the internet is their only option for buying cloth. cloth diapers

But even better than that is inviting them to come over and peruse your stash. Some of my friends have only one system in their arsenal. I have a friend who has used the same set of Flip diapers for both her kids, and nothing else. Another friend of mine only uses pockets. A third friend mixed in some fitteds with her pockets (she was the one who introduced me to fitted diapers!). Friends of people who have one diapering style will often end up choosing the same or similar style because it’s what they’re most accustomed to it and because they have a reliable source to talk with about it.

Because I’ve been writing about cloth diapers and reviewing them since my daughter was born, I have managed to get at least one of every type of diapering style: all in ones, all in twos, prefolds, flats, fitteds, and pockets. I even have a hybrid disposable insert somewhere, though I’ve never used an AI2 as a hybrid even once in my life. A lot of people have designated me “the girl who uses cloth diapers,” or so it seems because whenever a friend gets pregnant and is interested in cloth diapers, I get a text, an email, or a Facebook message asking me about them: where to buy them, what kind to use, or even how to make them. I’ve found that when I try to explain to them the different types, it’s overwhelming. It is a lot to process! I can see their eyes glazing over and I feel frustrated from trying to give them the shortest version possible while helping them to understand. It was nice to just have a bag with a bunch of different diapers in it to show my pregnant friends the last time I was asked for cloth diaper advice.

So, the next time a friend wants to use cloth diapers, invite her over to your house for a little “Show and Tell,” or better yet, bring as many kinds of diapers as you have over to her house so she can put her feet up in the comfort of her own home and learn all about them while relaxing with a tall glass of lemonade.

Comments

Date 3/11/2015
Keara B.
I completely agree with this. I was on the fence about cloth diapering, but was able to take a CD class while I was pregnant with my first. I got to see all the different types of diapers (and how to use them) and was hooked! I'm currently trying to get a friend of mine to my house for a playdate so I can show her my fluff and get her to use cloth. :)
Date 3/13/2015
Maggie M.
Awesome. I know it took me a little while to figure out all the different kinds of diapers after starting. It can be pretty overwhelming when first introduced. I like to think that I have influenced a few friends, but I don't know for sure. It is so much better when you can be in person and have examples to show them. Especially when they're cute examples. lol
Date 3/13/2015
Heidi Salisbury
I never personally used cloth diapers when my children were younger but if I could go back I definitely would do so.
Date 3/14/2015
Eunice S
I think this is a great idea! I mostly just talked to a few friends who I knew did cloth, but I think it would have actually helped to see the different kinds and try it out. I looked at various websites, and I admit that it was completely overwhelming with all the info and different types of cloth! I would love to simplify it and help someone else get started!
Date 3/14/2015
Ashley Hensley
I agree. It's much better to see them in person and to be able to explain each style and how they work with a visual. So many people get the idea that they're complicated.
Date 3/15/2015
Elf
I had to figure it out on my own from the internet, but I was at a Meetup group for mothers last week, and there was some curiosity when I was changing my son, so we had impromptu show-and-tell. I'm not much help on the modern options, though, I started with prefolds and I'm gravitating toward flats!
Date 3/19/2015
Rachel Keuler
I wish I'd had someone with a show-and-tell bag of diapers to show me! I was pretty overwhelmed when I first learned about all the different types of diapers, but after doing a lot of reading and perusing the cloth diaper message boards, I decided on the types that I wanted to try.
Date 3/19/2015
Kim
I had a friend whose DH had been out of work for 2 years when their baby was born. Their financial situation was dire and I was able to help them get into cloth diapering by sharing my experiences. :) Love the idea of sharing with others
Date 3/20/2015
griffs_4life
thank you for spreading awareness about the ease of cloth diapering.
Date 3/21/2015
Erin B.
Love show & tell with cloth diapers! It is really overwhelming and confusing to just read about the various types and styles of diapers. I have intentionally left my diapers out when pregnant friends come over so they can become a conversation piece without me pushing them on them, lol!
Date 3/21/2015
Stephanie BF
It probably never would occurred to me to use cloth if my older sister hadn't with my niece. But boy has it changed in the last five years alone!
Date 3/23/2015
Julie
I've done show and tell before- once for my cousin who was interested in cloth and pregnant with her first child, but she worked full time. I know my cousin. She's a wonderful person. She's so much fun and she was one of my best friends growing up. But she's a bit of a perfectionist. The thought of having the extra laundry of a baby and then cloth on top of it put her off. She never tried cloth but she did enjoy seeing my stash and the cuteness of modern cloth. :) I also did a show and tell for a friend who was pregnant with her third child (first rainbow baby). She was already seriously considering cloth and had done some research but was still somewhat confused by all the choices. My show and tell helped clear up a few questions but I could tell it wasn't all crystal clear yet. I bought her a couple of diapers, gave her a newborn pocket and a wool soaker I had made and won some for her in giveaways. She got more at her baby shower (along with some discouragement from some older moms. >:( ) but she was set up for a decent start and she came to love cloth. She still cloth diapers her toddler and has settled on mainly pocket diapers. :) I was pretty lucky because when I started cloth diapering my third child 11 years ago, there were only prefolds, covers, AIOs (but they were thick and hard to dry back then) and pockets were somewhat new. I completely disregarded flats because no one was talking about them online and I couldn't imagine a single thin layer of cloth absorbing anything at all. lol. Silly me. Choices were a lot easier back then, especially since I could only afford prefolds and covers. I love that I got to see cloth evolve into what it is today and I secretly wish I could go on having babies forever so I can continue to follow it's path into the future. XD
Date 3/25/2015
Mandie
Love this! I'm the first of my friends to have a baby so I'm definitely hoping that they'll see me doing cloth and remember it for their own kids.
Date 3/26/2015
Amy Moore
Im expecting my first in July and I got interested in cloth from a friend. Im a hairstylist and love telling my clients about cloth diapers because everyone still thinks its diaper pins and rubber pants!
Date 3/26/2015
Aimee Place
This is great. I really wished that I was able to see the different styles and brands of cloth diapers when I was first starting out instead of just looking at internet pictures and youtube videos. I did help out a new mama by letting her look at and try out a few of mine before she committed to buying a few and she said it did help her.
Date 3/26/2015
Emily Johnston
I feel like their is so much to learn when you first get into the cloth diapering world! When I finally came up for air, I am pretty sure I had a PHD…lol. It is so nice to have someone that you can talk to and try the different diapers before you get a WHOLE stash full of something that doesn't work ( I purchased a whole system of gDiapers and I didn't prefer them, although they were always so stinkin cute!
Date 3/27/2015
Jennifer Justice
This is so cool. I know that if someone hadn't showed me their stash I never would have gotten into cloth. I started with basic pocket diapers and now I use so many different kinds!!
Date 3/27/2015
Christina Ohland
Good idea! I wish I had lived close enough to a few friends to do this when they were starting out. But at least I could text them answers to any questions they had!
Date 3/27/2015
Jo Barrett
Ive tried to reach out to those close to me about cloth diapering. Im hoping one day i will have someone who comes to me for advice!
Date 3/28/2015
Amy Hall
I've thought of doing this very thing a few times, though a little more discretely. As in, come over for X reason, then casually pull out the stash, lol. For a few mom friends who I think would latch onto it. I started doing it, though, because of friends I've never met from car-seat.org.
Date 3/28/2015
Jessica J
I knew I wanted to CD when I was pregnant with my first (the $ savings and environmental factors inspired me), but there wasn't a lot of info online years ago. I looked at a few varieties at consignment shops, but had so many questions that went unanswered. I ended up buying pockets wholesale online to fulfill my stash, and learned as I went! now that baby #2 is using the same dipes (and there are a ton of blogs and support groups), I'm beginning to expand the styles that we use and further grow my stash!
Date 4/4/2015
Melissa Gooch
I started looking into cloth way before I was pregnant so it fave me plenty of time to figure it all out but it was definitely overwhelming at first. I am glad that I did get to see cloth diapers in use from a friend before my LO arrived, it helped to clear up some confusion.
Date 4/4/2015
Camille W
I wish I had to friend to help me with this. I went to a store in my area and they did a show-and-tell of the different types and brands of diapers that they carry. However, I am always wary of getting this kind of info from stores as I'm never quite sure if they're just trying to up-sell. It would have been much more comforting to have a trusted friend deliver that information.
Date 4/10/2015
Diana Mo
I wish I'd read this in the beginning of my cloth distorting journey. I was completely overwhelmed at first. It took my about month to get started after I had bought my first set of cloth diapers. I don't know anyone who uses cloth diapers, so I was on my own, during the internet. Thankfully the cloth diaper community is welcoming and helpful.
Date 4/13/2015
Alicia C
Before I decided to cloth diaper, I didn't know anyone who did except my grandma, and my mom said I was crazy for even thinking about it; disposables were do much easier. Because of that, I did (way too much) research online and bought a few of everything to try it out. I wish there was someone in my circle who could have done a diaper show and tell for me - would have saved me so much time!
Date 4/25/2015
amy Richardson
I attempted to try the Gerber prefolds and definitely was not impressed. I am just starting out with cloth diapers (2nd child & fed up with the wasted $ and tired of contributing to the already packed landfills). I definitely love reading any and all information I can find on cloth diapering because it's so helpful to us noobs.
Date 4/30/2015
Jessica Martinez
I totally agree. It is so much easier to show someone how easy it is and "what do you do with the poop!?" I feel like going pantless and showing off the diaper in public is great for strangers to ask about it, too. Older moms usually aren't aware of how much cuter and easier it is than it was "back in the day," my mom was shocked at how easy our snap-in AI2 best bottoms were. So great!
Date 7/2/2015
Dandi D
This is a great idea--there are a lot of my friends who I would like to convince to cloth diaper.
Date 7/5/2015
Laura
I totally agree with this! Most people, I think, simply have NO IDEA about cloth diapers. They see me and say "Wow! What are those things?" I'm like, "Let me tell you!!" :)
Date 8/19/2015
Jilliann M
I knew a friend of mine cloth diapered so I asked her about it one Sunday at church. The next Sunday she brought me a whole bag of the diapers she had and explained them all to me. It was super nice and definitely got me pumped up to use cloth!

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