I don’t mean to exclude Dads in my title, but moms/dads or cloth diaper-ers is a little clunky.
There are some things that cloth diapering families totally get, that would make other people think you were a little cuckoo. Here are 6 things only a cloth diaper-er will get.
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Fluff mail woes You are anxiously awaiting fluffy mail and your heart sinks when you realize it’s a postal holiday. Or Sunday. Worse yet, when your mail is misdirected, delayed (why have my diapers been in Georgia for 3 days?!) or your tracking says “out for delivery” and the mailman drives right by your house! COME BACK! Bring me my diapers!
Newborn fluff One of the first things that crosses your mind when you see those two pink lines it “Yes! I get to buy newborn fluff!” You may or may not have purchased newborn diapers for a child who has yet to be conceived.
Ploppable poop Those dirty diapers that don’t require any scraping, spraying or otherwise. A clean plop into the potty may cause a cloth diapering Dad to do a touchdown dance. You will try to figure out what your child has been eating so you can keep it this way. You may have banned grapes, raisins, corn, juice and mandarin oranges from passing your angel’s lips after experiencing ploppable poop.
Potty Training – “Yay!” “Boo” A side effect of cloth diapering may be mixed feelings about potty training. Disposable diapers get more expensive (fewer in the package) as they get larger, and pull-ups are no better. Most disposable diapering families are thrilled when their child is finally using the potty. For a cloth diapering parent, having two or more children in cloth diapers may have a potty training positive effect on the parental attitude. If the child in question is your last, you will have mixed feelings about potty training. No, not because little Junior is growing up, but because you can hardly imagine not using cloth anymore. After the initial sadness wears off and you’ve gotten used to not having diaper laundry, the feelings will pass. 😉
Stash shots/”On the Bum” Say these terms in public and people may think you’re a kinky drug dealer. If you pull your camera out and your child turns around to show you their diaper, you may be guilty of frequent “on the bum” shots. If you have ever laid your diaperless child on a receiving blanket so you could get a photo of all your diapers, you may be a cloth diapering mom.
“My Diapers” You have favorites, and you may or may not have referred to a diaper/print by name (I’m hoping Jules will come today. Have you seen Albert? I can’t find Albert.) You’re more worried about the cloth dipes in your checked luggage than your clothing when you fly. You may have at least 1 diaper you’d never dream of getting rid of, even when your children are out of diapers. You can’t help but love your…errr…your baby’s diapers. Bonus points if your significant other has ever bought you a diaper as a gift & you were thrilled!
Bonus: You suspect you do less laundry than a disposable diapering family does – no blowouts!