How to Get Your Unsupportive Family On Board With Cloth Diapers
Are you considering using cloth diapers but feeling frustrated by an unsupportive family? It can be difficult to get your whole family on board with the idea of using cloth diapers, especially if they are unfamiliar with them, or have some misconceptions about cloth diapering. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to educate your family about the benefits of cloth diapers and help them to become supportive of your choice. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to get your unsupportive family on board with cloth diapers.
Talk about the benefits
Cloth diapering can be a great way to reduce waste, save money and help the environment - all while keeping your baby clean, dry, and SAFE. But when family members are unsupportive of cloth diapering, it can be difficult to make it work. To help you convince your family that cloth diapering is worth a try, here are some of the benefits you can discuss with them.
First, cloth diapering is much more dependable than disposables. With the right fit modern cloth diapers rarely leak and blowouts are almost non-existent. Plus, unlike disposables, cloth diapers do not contain any harsh chemicals that can irritate a baby's delicate skin.
Second, cloth diapering can save your family money. Cloth diapers, when used properly, last for several years. That means you don't have to keep buying disposables every week or two. Instead, you just have to buy enough cloth diapers to get through the week, which will end up saving you a lot of money over time.
Finally, cloth diapering is much better for the environment. Disposable diapers take hundreds of years to decompose in landfills. Plus, manufacturing them releases toxins into the air that can be harmful to our planet. Cloth diapers, on the other hand, can be made from natural materials or recycled materials and can be reused over and over again, reducing their environmental impact.
By discussing these benefits with your family, you can show them why cloth diapering is worth trying. Not only is it healthier for your baby, but it's also more cost-effective and better for the environment. With a bit of education and support, you can make cloth diapering a successful part of your life!
Show them how easy it is
When you’re trying to get your family to support your choice to use cloth diapers, one of the most important things to demonstrate is how easy it is. After all, no one wants to take on a new responsibility that is time-consuming or overly complicated. To start, explain to them that prepping your diapers doesn’t need to be a long process. Depending on the type of cloth diaper you have, it may only take one wash and one dry for them to be ready for use. If you’re using prefolds, you can usually use them after a single wash.
Once the diapers are prepped, it’s time to get down to diaper business. Show your family how fast and easy it is to put on a cloth diaper. Most types of cloth diapers fit similarly to disposables, with a few adjustments. There are also different closure systems like snaps, hook and loop, or hybrid systems, so finding one that works best for you is key.
Using cloth diapers can be just as easy as using disposables if you’ve got the right system in place, and have support from your family to help keep everything organized and take care of those inevitable diaper laundry days. Show them how easy it is to get a snug blowout-free fit, and it's as simple as another load of laundry.
Let them know it's not as gross as they think
Cloth diapering is often met with skepticism due to its perceived icky factor. However, it's actually much cleaner and easier than you might think. A successful cloth diapering routine involves a few simple steps that make all the difference in the world. Once your family understands the process, they won't find it as gross or intimidating. First, you need to make sure that you use a liner in the diaper for easy disposal of waste. This liner also helps keep your cloth diaper clean and free of odors. Second, you want to rinse the diaper off after use. This can easily be done in the toilet and prevents any odors from lingering on the cloth diaper. Finally, you want to store the diaper in a sealed container until it's ready to be washed. By following these simple steps, your family will understand that cloth diapering isn't nearly as gross as they think it is!
Point out the money savings
Cloth diapering is a successful way to save money in the long run, even if it may require an upfront investment. Depending on how often you do laundry and how many diapers you buy, the average family can save between $1,000 to $2,000 over two years of cloth diapering. Not to mention it saves you the stress of having to run to the store every couple of weeks. Additionally, if you use your cloth diapers for more than one child, your savings will be even higher! The cost of disposable diapers continues to rise every year, so with the same amount of money, you could easily save yourself thousands in diaper costs by switching to cloth.