I’ve written about cloth diapering multiple times, beginning with the how and why behind our family’s choice to cloth diaper. Today, I’m going to switch things up and let my husband, The Median Daddy, tell you his perspective on cloth diapering (aka how I convinced him to jump on-board)…
I can’t say I really had an opinion regarding cloth diapering, when I was asked by my expecting wife, as to my preference in waste disposal for our first born. My only experience with this option, and here I date myself, was of my days in diapers. I do recall seeing all the paraphernalia of my early days, the thick cotton panels, the plastic duck accented safety pins (that made my subconscious self jerk my right leg in a Voodoo attacked manner), and the thick plastic waterproof bloomers. My wife seemed passionate about researching this option and would greet my daily return from work with new information as to the pros of this option. Being the best husband I could be, I gave her full support in the choice of cloth diapering, even if internally I was starting to feel a bit uncomfortable with this choice.
Fast forward to a year later, and I am grateful I had that moment of husband-ly wisdom and let the mother of my child lead us into the land of “Modern” cloth diapering. Scared at first, with how am I ever going to get this piece of cloth on my son without it looking like a butt turban, I am now proud of my prowess in diapering and am on my way to experimenting with pre-fold origami! All other areas of trepidation were always met with a logical solution presented through my wife’s research or product purchase. (No diaper pins…Snappis…specialized fasteners, these cool modern marvels of engineering!) Even the fear of utilizing a Haz-Mat suit, for transfer and cleaning of “dirties,” became a non-issue early on. Actually, on occasion, the need to use a disposable was required and I found that such usage presented a much larger gross-factor in the olfactories.
I am happy to say my son seems very comfortable with “our” decision and he gets to be stylish too boot. No offense to Sesame Street or Disney, but I would much rather have my son rockin’ a cool modern print on his diaper cover, than Elmo or baby Mickey on his disposable.
Oh, did I mention that all this has helped lesson our carbon footprint and actually helped us as a family to build connections on many other levels of what we do and choose to use, which ultimately our son benefits.