I am learning that the cloth diapering myths really are ingrained, even with proof that things have changed. I just had my first experience with someone actively trying to thwart my cloth diapering efforts and it was beyond frustrating.
We were at my aunt’s house for an after Christmas get-together and I pulled out a diaper to change K-Dub. It was my cow print GoGreen diaper so it was pretty obvious that it wasn’t a “regular” diaper and I got a curious look from my aunt’s friend who is about to be a grandmother of twins. I explained that it was a cloth diaper and showed it to her. She then mentioned that she heard about a diapering system that was better for the environment and you could flush it down the toilet. I assume that she was talking about gDiapers so I mentioned that I had tried them but didn’t like them as much as straight cloth or even the GroVia system with bioliners, which I happened to have one in my diaper bag to show her.
As I was showing her the two diapers, my aunt comes over…
She is in her later 50s and remembers the cloth diapers of yesteryear. Flats with pins and plastic pants. She immediately scoffed and started telling horror stories about changing my uncle’s cloth diapers, who is nine years younger than her. He was there too and started joking with her that the scar tissue around his waist was due to my aunt missing with the diaper pins and such. I was so frustrated! Even after showing my aunt the diaper and how it worked, she looked at me like I had three heads and continued to sabotage my efforts and belittle my choice.
Being on the older end of the curve, my friends have older children and aren’t likely to have another baby. I have two friends with children in diapers, but they’re older than K and I think the CD discussion would be a moot point for them. This was my first real chance to introduce modern cloth diapers to someone who was actually open to the idea of a more environmentally friendly option. I can only hope that the seed was planted enough for my aunt’s friend to mention them to her son and daughter-in-law and not pay any mind to my dear old aunt Diane.
Have you ever had a chance to advocate for cloth only to have it sabotaged by someone else? How did you handle the situation?