Friday, May 6, 2011

daddy dialogues: The Man's guide to Cloth Diapers

Mr. Sandbox here, I've come to think of myself as a cloth diaper pro when it comes to my daughter. At our house, we always had this standing rule, my wife put the food in, I took the food out. Don't get me wrong, I've made my share of mistakes of not fastening the waist tight enough or even attempting to put on a diaper backwards. But all those mistakes taught me a thing or two and now I'm here to share.

Tools you need:
  • cloth diapers 
    • I prefer velcro.  It's easier to use than snaps. Snaps I just can't get right most of the time.
  • diaper pail and liner
    • easy way to toss everything into the washer and keeps the pail dry
  • cloth wipes
    • I'm a sucker for saving money.  If you are going the cloth route, my motto is suck it up and do cloth wipes.  The only difference I noticed is you don't throw away the cloth ones.
  • Diaper Sprayer
    • I know this isn't a must but in my mind it is. It spouts out power super fast and gets the gunk off quick. What can I say, I like tools and this is a tool.
  • toys
    • My daughter is the biggest wiggle worm on the planet. I feel like I have to have a dozen different items ready to hand her so I can get the poop off and clean her bum.
  • patience
    • The first week or so I felt like I was doing something wrong.  It seemed to easy but that was it, it was easy. The more I did it the better I got and wasn't afraid. 

     Overall, I'm really glad I opened myself up to cloth diapers. I think if people just gave them a chance they would be amazed at how easy and efficient they really are. Plus they'll look really cool once you put one on your baby. My goal for 2011 is to educate family,friends, and the general public about the benefits of cloth diapering a child and attempt to break the stigma that can be associated with them.

  What tips would you give to someone starting out?

Mr. Sandbox... out!

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