When advocating cloth diapers, it's important not to come on too strong.
A simple and easy to understand methodEveryone 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 pictureMost 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