Cloth diapering wasn’t an easy sell for my husband. He seemed to be so turned off by it that I eventually decided to not really discuss it with him and went ahead and bought some cloth diapers to use myself. He could either use them or not, but I wanted to use them so I did.
I wrote earlier this year how cloth diapering doesn’t have to be an all or nothing proposition and it doesn’t. There is no reason you can’t use cloth and he/she can’t use disposables. Every bit helps; a few dollars saved, less trash in a landfill, and less exposure to chemicals.
But what if you feel very strongly about using cloth diapers full-time? The above strategy worked for me because I was fine with possibly using cloth part-time and it turned out that my husband didn’t want to go out and buy diapers so it led to us using cloth full-time. However my strategy won’t work for everyone so here are some talking points.
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This is often the biggest factor for a lot of people. My husband was amazed by how much diaper laundry I do and he was able to see with his own eyes how much money is (literally) thrown in the garbage when you use disposables. Crunch some numbers. Show your partner how much you would spend in just six months of disposables and how much you would spend in 2-3 years of cloth. Also, point out that there are fewer diapers in a package for the same price as you size up with disposables.
Introduce your partner to all-in-ones and pockets. Even try hook and loop so they’re even more like disposable diapers. Show your partner that today’s cloth diapers are just as easy as disposables.
If it’s the poop that your partner is afraid of, be sure to point out that before your baby is on solids (if you breastfeed) then you just throw the soiled diaper in the pail without rinsing. After they start solids (or if you formula feed) get a diaper sprayer and even a Spray Pal to make clean up easier or use flushable liners if your partner is that squeamish.
Tell your partner that cloth diapers leak far less than disposables so instead of a designated load of dirty diapers, you will instead be washing soiled onesies and clothes in your regular laundry. This will be a regular occurrence, maybe even daily like it was for us before I made the switch to cloth.
Okay, this might not be a huge selling point for men but not all cloth diapering advocates are female and not all couples raising children are of the opposite sex. If you are trying to win a male partner over then maybe showing him a WAHM diaper of his favorite sports team, hobby, or movie will win him over.
If you are a cloth diapering parent already did you have to sell your partner on the idea? How did you win them over?