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Does the Southeast LOVE cloth diapers more than the rest of the USA?

Posted by Julie on 4/8/2014 to Cloth Diaper Humor
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Do people in the Southeast have more LOVE for cloth diapers?

The United States can be divided into approximately FIVE regions, for the purpose of this post we're using this map as our guide.

Lately we've gotten to wondering, according to who shops at Diaper Junction for cloth diapers, which region seems to contain the most cloth diaper addicts, more than any other region?

The obvious leader, according to our customers and where we ship their orders, is the Southeast! Can you believe it? Despite the fact that Diaper Junction is located in Virginia Beach, we ship more cloth diapers to the Southeast than to the Northeast!

Don't you wonder why?

The results have us curious, could there be reasons why cloth diapering is more popular in the Southeast?

Possible reasons...
  • Weather? Could it be that warmer weather makes cloth diaper case and use easier? Babies wear less clothes, sunning and line drying is easier, and laundry situations may be more convenient.
  • Population? Of course there are more populated areas in the US and this does have an impact on results.
  • Shopping? We know not every single person in the USA shops for their cloth diapers at Diaper Junction, although that would be awesome if they did, so we have to take into consideration that other regions shop at other retailers.

    Our results are based solely upon customer orders placed and shipped via Diaper Junction.
  • Is green living more popular in certain regions?
What other reasons or conclusions can you make based upon the map, regions and our findings? Are you in the Southeast? Comment and share your thoughts and location with us!

Comments

36 Comments

Emily Leggett
Date: 4/8/2014
I got into it through the encouragement of several friends in the area (Mississippi) and one of them introduced me to Diaper Junction! Maybe it's because people are so social here? We literally speak to just about anyone. I've been to different parts of the country where people seemed like they didn't want to be spoken to and chatted with. Maybe that's the difference? What do you think?
Stacey
Date: 4/8/2014
I live in Florida, minutes from Disney, and I have yet to find any local cloth diaper stores in my area (other than the limited choices at babies r us, target, and one other baby store) that have enough options to get my needs I'm cloth diapering. Essentially, I'm left to only buying from oine stores, diaper junction being my go-to! :)
melissa
Date: 4/8/2014
I live in Texas and love diaper junction and recommend it to my friends all over the country. I don't put my diapers outside often so I don't know what the reason is for southeast being most popular but it is interesting...i figured your largest region would be the one where you are located. Cloth isn't all that popular where I am but it is improving. I know of two cloth stores in an hour radius but I would rather shop from you!
Erin
Date: 4/8/2014
How interesting! I associate cloth diapering with other "green" or "crunchy" practices and I know I'm stereotyping, but I would not have predicted the Southeast as the region to do those things the most. I wonder if it comes down more on the budget side of things. I do generally think of Southerners as being thriftier and I would believe there are more mamas dedicated to saving their families money. I live in Texas so I'm not really counting my neighbors out of these descriptions, even though we fall in the Southwest grouping.
Dana P
Date: 4/8/2014
Um, I have shopped with you guys on numerous occasions and I'm in MO. Yet I see nothing representing me or any other customers in my state. I know of numerous CD mamas in MO but I'm not sure how many of them are your customers.
Rebekah
Date: 4/8/2014
Living in the Southeast myself, its more than likely to do with cost efficiency AND lack of local stores that sell them.
Caroline Marin
Date: 4/8/2014
I don't know that this is the best way to determine where CDs are most common. I live in the Midwest and almost all the women in my local CD groups (hundreds of women!) shop at stores that are much more local to us, also located in our state or our region. People develop allegiances to different stores for different reasons - mine have shifted over the 4 years I've been in the CD community - so this probably isn't the most statistically relevant way to determine popularity by locale.
Krysta
Date: 4/8/2014
I'm from MS. I shop at DJ because of availability. Finding CDs in stores here is impossible. So online is the best option.
Colleen C
Date: 4/9/2014
I am from Illinois (the Chicago suburbs) and the only diaper stores I know of are closer to Wisconsin or further south in the state. I don't think I know anyone around me who cloth diapers. I don't see Illinois on the map so maybe I am the only one from Illinois who shops at Diaper Junction!!!
Danett
Date: 4/9/2014
That is interesting. Im in Denver, CO and work at a local cloth diaper store. Our store alone has 3 locations and there are many many more.
Jill Shoemaker
Date: 4/9/2014
got another Illinois/MO here. your 'midwest' is a little too far west! ohio, il, in, mo, are all midwest.. further over is the plains states.. and the rest are the northwest. lol.
sarah
Date: 4/9/2014
from wisconsin!!!!!! but i don't order alot from the internet..... i've made a lot of mine
Kim H
Date: 4/10/2014
I'm from Nebraska and shop through Diaper Junction because there are no cloth diaper stores locally. I wonder if the availability of a local boutique has more influence than anything else on your orders?
Diana Matlock
Date: 4/10/2014
I live in Kansas and am on baby 6 and never knew of anyone who did this. Giving it a go and hoping for the best!
judith martinez
Date: 4/10/2014
CO has multiple B&M stores that sell cloth diapers. We have 3 right in the Denver metro area, one in the Boulder area and another up North.
Irene Sommerfeld
Date: 4/11/2014
This is an interesting map. I wonder how it would change if all online retailers were included?
Lizi
Date: 4/11/2014
This is interesting! Would be cool to see how the states match up too!
Becky Regnier
Date: 4/11/2014
I'm in Texas, but we're military so we'll move eventually. I'll definitely take my cloth with me and try to educate more people about it. It is nice to be in a place where it is more popular though!
Breanna
Date: 4/11/2014
I'm in Texas, but culturally belong to the pacific northwest. There are a lot of other cloth diapering moms around here though!
Chelsea
Date: 4/12/2014
This is very interesting. I now live in Texas after living in Wasington for my whole life, and I felt like there were way more people who CD in Washington than in Texas. I think the people in Washinton did it more from a "green" "save the environment" perspective, whereas down here more for a cost effective way of diapering!
Rebecca T
Date: 4/23/2014
I live in the frozen upper midwest, and the cold doesn't seem like an impediment to cloth diapering to me! Although it is difficult to line dry outdoors much of the year...
Maggie M
Date: 4/26/2014
I'm in Idaho and while I know of a few people who use cloth, I know of no retail stores here or based here. I wish we had more resources out here or that I knew of them more anyway.
Brittany Garza
Date: 5/3/2014
That's really interesting! I have found a lot of ppl that use cloth in austin!
Chelsea Hill
Date: 5/11/2014
awww :( no Michigan cloth love!
Cass
Date: 5/17/2014
Kinda surprised there's not more here in WA. I feel like it's a very "green" or eco friendly area, at least in Olympia, where I'm from.
Laura Richardson
Date: 5/24/2014
I'm in NC and I have a few friends who cloth diaper, but really, it just doesn't seem very popular. I have a lot of "crunchy" friends, but most don't cloth diaper. It is interesting that your map shows the southeast as being the most cloth-diaper friendly.
Krystal lee
Date: 6/1/2014
I live in Erie, Pennsylvania where the sun shines about 3 days a year and snows for the other 362 days! I wish we had more sunshine and warmer days! It makes it a lot easier to clean and dry diapers and I don't often get to show of all the cute diapers with my little ones sun dresses :/.
Krystal lee
Date: 6/1/2014
I live in Erie, Pennsylvania where the sun shines about 3 days a year and snows for the other 362 days! I wish we had more sunshine and warmer days! It makes it a lot easier to clean and dry diapers and I don't often get to show of all the cute diapers with my little ones sun dresses :/.
Rachael Newman
Date: 6/5/2014
I'm in MS and we have ZERO cloth diaper retailers. I agree with the person above who said we in the Southeast are more thrifty than "green." Ha!
Katy Baird
Date: 8/3/2014
I live in KY & can't give you any insight on the popularity of cloth in the Southeast. I know just a couple of people who cloth diaper. Maybe because you can use the covers as an impromptu swim diaper for about 1/15 of the cost of buying the disposables all summer.... the southeast has more summer?
Sara Josleyn
Date: 9/5/2014
I live in Kentucky, and know a pretty good handful of people who cloth diaper. The Southeast is usually pretty poor so I think more people will be drawn to the economical options. Also in the summer it's cheaper to use a cloth diaper than buying several disposable swim diapers that if they don't use up, they have to toss since baby won't fit into them next summer.
Mara Davenport
Date: 11/14/2014
I live in North Carolina and for me it is because the nearest cloth diaper store is 2.5 hours away so it is way easier to shop online!!!!
Peta-Gaye Daniel
Date: 12/23/2014
I'm in NYC, and I'm new to cloth diapering and excited... but, honestly, although I know they exist, I don't know many (or, really, any) people who cloth diaper in NYC. Many NYC residents live in apartments/condos/coops and may not have a backyard in which to hang diapers to dry... they often have a shared laundry room for the entire building or go to a laundromat. Others, like my family, live in a house and have a backyard, but with weather changes, etc., we don't use our backyard to dry our clothes, we use the washer/dryer. We have also hung close to dry inside the house on hangers and drying racks. Those things certainly don't prevent cloth diapering, but may make it much less convenient... and, of course, there is NYC's reputation of being fast-paced/hustle-and-bustle/go-go-go... it's true... so the ease of disposables in such an environment tends to trump cloth diapering. That all being said, I will be cloth diapering :-)
Danielle G
Date: 4/30/2015
This is a really interesting read. I'm in Pennsylvania and I think cloth diapering is becoming much more popular here than it has been. I'm certainly trying to spread the word!
Ashley
Date: 5/20/2016
This is an old post, but I'm pregnant with my first and planning to cloth diaper. I live in Louisiana now and don't know a single person of my many mom friends who ever even considered cloth diapering. I also don't know of any stores in my area that sells them. My theory, like other mentioned, would be that states in the Southeast shop online more because they have no other options. And also that cloth diapering in general stems more from a desire to be cost efficient than to save the planet.
PAMELA JONES
Date: 3/26/2019
I wanna know the current stats lol

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