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Monday, July 4, 2011

How I Convinced My Husband to Cloth Diaper

I knew that convincing my husband to try cloth diapering would take a little strategy. I had to make it appealing financially and as a time-saver.

This is kind of how the conversation went:

Me: So.... can I talk to you about something?

Husband (looking up from his book with a quizzical look): OK...

Me: I think I want to try to cloth diaper.

Husband: *Blank stare*

Me: You know we hate running to the store to pick up disposables when we run out. This will save so much time. I will keep a spreadsheet tracking how much I spend on cloth so I don’t over do it.

Husband: *Blank stare*

Me: There are many articles online that show how cloth diapering can save money. There are a lot of cloth diapering websites that offer trials. We can order a trial, give cloth diapering a try, and if we don’t like we can send back all the diapers!

Husband: *Blank stare*

Me: Please? I will take care of all the laundry.

Husband: *Sigh* Go head and order a trial.

Me: Whoo hoo!

So we ordered a trial, cloth diapered our son for 40 days, and we were both sold. The trial was great, because we could try out many different diaper systems - pockets, prefolds, hybrids, etc. We kept some of the diapers that worked for us and sent the rest back for store credit and try something else! I also ran through several different wash routines with different detergents to find what worked with our water and got our diapers clean.

Cloth definitely has a learning curve. I’m a SAHM, so I was the one that went through much of the trial and error. When I found what worked, I showed my husband and he picked it up pretty quickly.

It was nice not to have to run to the store at 10 p.m. at night because we procrastinated buying diapers (again). It saves money. And even my husband agreed the kid looks pretty cute in cloth.

Fortunately, my husband was an easy sell. But who can argue with a money-saver and time-saver? I’m not sure any rational man can put up much of a fight with that argument.

~ Megan Erickson, SAHM to son, Dane, 8 months old


Nichole said...

Love the *blank stare* hahahaha

I sold my husband by telling him that I would deal with the laundry and ALL poop! LOL

Forgetful Mom said...

My husbands refuses to have anything to do with cloth. I do all dipe changes and laundry. Though its not much different than the first time around with disposables.

Angel said...

My husband's first reaction was, "Are you crazy?" Now his comment is, "We should have done cloth with the first two!"

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