We know, you LOVE cloth diapers and you want to shout it from the moutaintops until everyone becomes a convert! The problem, not everyone can be converted or convinced with the same techniques and information.
When advocating cloth diapers, it's important not to come on too strong.
A simple and easy to understand method
Everyone using disposables is really familiar with the cost of disposables and how many come in a package. In fact, most could tell you off the top of their heads how much they spend per week.
My go-to cloth diaper advocacy message for those already using disposables and who seem like they aren't quite all that interested, is to tell them just one diaper a day can make a difference.
If the average family has one cloth diaper they can use while at home when it's easiest, and they can even use it just for wet diapers and not poop if they like and know their baby's routine, then one cloth diaper change will save them the cost of 365 disposables.
In their mind, they should instantly be able to compare the cost of a $12.95-18.95 cloth diaper to the cost of 365 disposable diapers.
The response is usually "Wow, I never thought of it that way and that does sound easy to do!" In fact, if the diaper is only wet and they use a cd safe detergent they can even wash that ONE cloth diaper with their regular laundry.
The BIG picture
Most likely they'll end up realizing they can handle more than one cloth diaper per day and to an extent they'll be thinking of the value, 1 cloth diaper = 365 disposables, who can resist that?
Not only are they saving money of course, they're saving all that junk from the landfill and they're more likely to become at least part-time and often full-time cloth diapering families.
So what do you think? Will you add this to your Advocacy Arsenal? I think you should!
Julie, Cloth Diaper Geek blog
Amanda K. Date 7/31/2013
My question would be, how should someone clean 1 cloth diaper? I would think most folks who aren't sold on the idea of cloth aren't going to want to wash it with their clothes (I love my cloth diapers, but I wouldn't want to unless necessary either).
Jessi Date 11/2/2013
I love the cost savings with cloth, but I find it a hard sell to some people, who just can't get past the ick factor lol!
judith martinez Date 12/11/2013
That is great way of explaining it! I've never tried very hard to convert anyone. I am thinking about doing some kits for women with babies that come to the food pantry at our church.
Mary Date 12/19/2013
I think I can come off a bit fanatically. One of my best friends definitely thinks I'm weird because when asked what I did all day, I get excited about prepping new diapers. She doesn't have kids so she doesn't have anything to relate that to. I'm working on being a more calm, less crazy advocate.
margaret Clarkson Date 12/27/2013
This is an excellent way to convert people. When I explain the cost difference to my friends they always become interested.
Mary Date 1/30/2014
A lot of people are afraid of dealing with poop, but I've had a lot fewer (I think I've had one while using cloth and that was due to user error) blowouts since we switched to cloth!
Bonnie W. Date 2/27/2014
That's how we've started- cloth diapers on the weekends. We didn't just JUMP into it right away. We started with sposies and now cloth diaper on the weekends and at home. At daycare, he is in sposies.
becca p. Date 3/8/2014
We cloth for the weekend for now. We dont have may diapers yet and her daddy isnr ckmpletely sold.
Mara Date 5/24/2014
I definitely get overly excited when talking about cloth. I have had a few friends ask questions from my instagram and facebook posts about my cloth journey :) Hopefully others will join.
Melissa Date 6/3/2014
I am excited to cloth diaper, but a majority of my friends think that im going through a phase and going to give up and go to disposables, but im determined to do it.
Bev Date 2/21/2015
Just tell them that if the baby is exclusively breastfed, they can expect several BLOWOUTS per day in disposable diapers. With cloth? I can count on one hand the number of leaks I've had...cloth diapering TWO, FULL-TIME! I'd MUCH rather rinse out a poopy diaper (Dedicated rubber gloves, anyone?) than have to disassemble, clean, and reassemble a car seat at least once a week. Just sayin'...