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.
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!
Hehehe, I giggled my way through this one! Captured my feelings on cloth diapers quite accurately! 🙂
Lol. Whoever said prefolds were not all that exciting…CMON! i have been obsessive about my prefold and covers order. They are currently waiting at their destination for a ride up to Canada (3 weeks) and I can honestly hardly stand it. I want to gloat over my stash. I want to wash those prefolds and have a beautiful stack of diaps all waiting for babes. I am so so excited about cloth diapering. My mom shakes her head I think and is totally baffled. Being excited about cloth diapering is so not from her days 🙂
Haha! 😂 What a very enjoyable read! Thank you Marie for sharing it. I cannot be a cloth diapering dad myself since I don’t have any children. However, one of my best friends would definitely qualify as a cloth diapering mom. So I showed her this post, and all she did was laugh and nod in agreement.
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I don’t get the intense love for specific diapers – I use pre-folds and have for all 4 of mine. 15 years ago the choice of diapers was significantly more limited and I didn’t have the $$$ to invest in printed, fitted diapers or AIO’s. Pre-folds aren’t that exciting. 🙂
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definitively the “i get to buy newborn fluff” haha the first time round i just got some 2nd hand newborn diapers i wasn’t sure what i liked or needed or wanted… if i have a 2nd chance…. i’m so excited!!
Haha! Way too accurate
I found myself nodding along with most of these. No newborn stash but do have a NIP stash for future babe. Love the plopable days 🙂
I *may* have bought diapers for a child yet to be conceived 😉 Fluff mail really is seriously addictive!
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Hahaha! Love these!! 🙂
If it was all plop poop!! Lol! I’m happy to have our sprayer and spray pal, with two little bums in cloth I change and wash a lot of diapers! I can never get them all together to et a stash shot though but I’m hoping to get one eventually 🙂
I laughed when I read this. I have been totally bummed when checking my fluff mail tracking and find my packages hung up somewhere. I guess I am not the only crazy one cyber stalking my diaper packages!
I hope they get there before the next postal holiday! :-0
Hahaha ohhhh the joy at that first ploppable poop!!
I can relate to all of these, except newborn fluff, I didn’t cloth diaper right away at first. My husby teases me all the time when I am waiting for MY fluff mail! But I can’t wait for a second baby though so I can by all the newborn diapers!!! 🙂
Oh and this happened an average of 2x a day for 6m.
Starting at 4 months and stopping around 10 months when his diet was becoming more food then Breast Milk, therefore he was having firm poops not bm poops.
I KNOW I do less laundry then sposie mommies!!!
I sposied my first and did nearly double the poopy laundry because of it!
After all, when my 2nd poops his diaper only the diaper is poopy.
When my eldest did, his shirt, pants, socks and often the blanket or sheet he was laying on.
That is a LOT of poopy laundry!
So very true…as well as having those “unicorn” diapers- the ones you absolutely have to have for your child at some point. And then finding a new “must have” when the first has been found! 😉
I can relate to the fluff mail woes. I bought a cover off cloth diaper trader and it should have been here Saturday but was delayed with weather, would have been here today but it is a holiday!!
I lost at least 2 diapers this past summer. I was so sad as one was a favorite! Imagine my joy when they turned back up again about 5 months later (only after I’d replaced one of them!) – along with a bunch of other prefolds that I didn’t realize were missing! Thankfully, they were all clean!
So true. <3