5 Tips for getting Dad On Board with Cloth Diapering
Posted by Jennifer Guerin on September 25, 2016.
Initially, dads can be a tough sell when it comes to cloth diapering. It can be intimidating. When they find out they can't just toss a dirty diaper in the diaper pail, some dads freak. Sometimes it can take a little convincing. Here are 5 tips to help get to get dads on board with cloth:
- Savings. Cha Ching! This will be your easiest argument. And let's face it...it's why a lot of us looked into cloth in the first place. If he doesn't just take your word for it, you can always track expenses- average costs of disposables and wipes over 2.5-3.5 years, increases in trash bag expenses, track energy and water costs, account for inflation by the time your little one is potty trained...or you can pull up some comparisons that someone's already done for you. Like here, and here.
- In the interest of keeping things simple, use one type of diaper in your stash. If you have more than one or two varieties of diapers, it can get confusing. It's hard to remember if you're supposed to snap something in, fold something, stuff it, where, with what...you get the picture.
- Use All-in-Ones (AIOs). This also keeps things very simple. You pick the diaper up, you put it on the bum. Just like a 'sposie. You've now killed the argument that they don't understand how it's supposed to work. Easy to take care of out of the laundry. Easy to put on the bum.
- Does Dad take the trash out? Well he's going to have a whole lot more trash to haul if your family uses disposables. That's precious time he's not spending with Junior. You don't want to miss any of those first milestones while you're constantly taking the trash out, do you Dad?
- Notice I keep coming back to keeping things simple? Well it worked for me! I cut Over the Moon Daddy a little slack sometimes, and I don't insist that he use cloth wipes...I let him use the disposable wipes. When we introduced solids, I thought we could hack it with our special bathroom spatula. Well, that led to a lot of poopy diapers being piled up waiting for me to deal with, so we got the Diaper Dawg sprayer, and that was a God send. If that's not in your budget, you can always use disposable liners and just plop the solids in the trash.
As with most things in life, you just have to make some compromises and find a solution that works for you and your family. There's no award for being the most clothy family ever, so if you do it part time or if you don't use cloth wipes, it's ok.
**Bonus tip**: If all of the above fails, you can try to entice Dad with a WAHM diaper with his favorite team's logo. Who wouldn't want to see that on a fluff bum?