My husband is a bagpiper. Sometimes on a weekend night, he and a few other pipers will play at local celtic-themed bars. Saturday was just such a night, and had a most interesting conversation with the other piper sometime around midnight. Did you wonder what those tough guys in kilts do when they walk out of the bars? They talk about cloth diapers. This is how my guy does cloth diaper advocacy. ~Lori
A friend of mine (who has just re-entered the role of fatherhood in his 40s) was telling me about his first few days back in world of babies.
Aside from the usual demands of a newborn, he seemed to be suffering from the sticker shock of having already used 80 disposable diapers before the end of the first week. His family budget is tight, and as we sat and talked in his car he was calculating out loud his monthly diaper costs. Even using the cheapest, generic brand he figured he would be spending at least $40 a month on diapers, and for two more years. This may have been the first time he had the space to do that math since the birth of his daughter, and he seemed quite alarmed.
I was gently reassuring. “You know you only need to spend a fraction of that money, right?” He looked confused. “How is that?” I told him that we had never used throwaway diapers for our children, that I had done 4 years’ worth of diaper laundering, and that it was really easy.
Clearly, the idea that he could use real, cloth diapers had never occurred to him, but as the thought sank in, I could see the appeal growing before my eyes.
“There is a little upfront cost,” I told him, “but once you have 2 or 3 dozen flat diapers and a few covers, the only cost to you is a couple of extra loads of wash per week.” Then I swooped in for the attack. “You already drive a hybrid car – why not go with cloth diapers, too?” (He loves his Prius more than anything, and I knew that would strike a chord!)
Finally, I told him about the very active local group of RDA members and all the resources that could help him get started. I left him mulling over an improved short-term financial future and a better long-term health future for his new baby and his environment.