Convincing My Husband To Cloth Diaper

Posted 10-9-2013 at 12:26 PM by happysmileylady

Most mamas struggle with convincing their husbands to give cloth diapers a try.  So many things about babies already intimidate new fathers and often the idea of adding the additional work of cloth diapers is scary.  My husband was no different.  Convincing him to give cloth diapers a try was difficult.  I had to introduce it in a specific manner.  I had to start slowly and ease him into it.  But it didn’t take too long before we were switched over to full time cloth diapers.

When my second daughter was born I was mildly interested in cloth diapers.  The cuteness factor was most attractive to me.  But the practical side of me loved the thriftiness of it too.  I started talking to my husband about it, but he was adamantly against it.  I let the matter drop for a while.  We continued with disposables until after my third daughter was born.  We talked about it some more and this time he was less adamant, but still generally against the idea.  When she was about six months old, my second daughter was two, we were discussing ways to save money.  At that point, I told him I was going to give it a try.  I presented the idea in such a way that suggested that he would not have to worry about changing cloth, but that I wanted to just try it myself to see if we can save some money.

I made a few of my own diapers at first, and there were only a few.  It took a while to troubleshoot what wasn’t working for us.  But, I kept most of the cloth diapering to the times when I was the one doing the diaper changes.  After a short time doing that, I then showed him how to pin the diapers.  And every so often, I would ask him to do a diaper change, usually while I was cooking dinner or something similar.  We still kept disposables around for a while though.  As I made more diapers I began to slowly replace more and more diaper changes with cloth.   I would hand my husband a kid, and a cloth diaper and say “she needs to be changed, here.”

By the time I was pregnant with my son, I had managed to get completely switched over to cloth diapers.  My second daughter was not as into the cloth as my third daughter.  She was uncomfortable with the bulk.  This was understandable to me because she started in cloth as a toddler.  But the one who started in cloth as a baby was full time very quickly.  Then the older one potty trained, and shortly after, my son was born.  Other than using up the disposables we were gifted, he has been in all cloth.  And my husband has been great about it.  Now, he’s at the point where he is telling me which diapers he likes and which ones he doesn’t.

However, I don’t keep disposables in the house if I can avoid it, he will still reach for those first.  So, maybe he’s not 100% convinced, but I will take what I can get.

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12 Responses to “Convincing My Husband To Cloth Diaper”

  1. Jen on October 28th, 2013 11:16 pm

    I love when guys get into it! My hubby knows all the brands and lingo – has his own favourite patterns too :)

  2. noledge on November 5th, 2013 7:01 pm

    I am pretty sure my husband is never going to be on board. I have six diapers I bought off a friend and wash them when he is at work. He’s *seen* them on her, but I guess it hasn’t registered yet they weren’t pants? He doesn’t even want me to try them. Saving me the trouble, based on what his friends’ experiences were. Grr. Trying them anyway.

  3. break_into_blossom on November 5th, 2013 7:03 pm

    I feel pretty lucky, I guess. My husband is all about it, no reservations at all!

  4. Nangirl17 on November 8th, 2013 9:17 am

    I only had to show dh the numbers; convinced him right away (before I was even pg!). He definitely has a preference (velcro over snaps), and since he does the majority of changes, I keep a lot of those diapers around (Kawaii HD2 have been our godsend – the velcro is AWESOME!)

  5. mommylifew3 on November 10th, 2013 5:08 pm

    My husband wasn’t on board until we switched to all wool over our diapers. It gave him a margin of error time so he didn’t have to deal with leaks.

  6. ElizasMommy606 on November 13th, 2013 5:47 am

    dh will change them but not wash them

  7. Bot Girl on November 13th, 2013 6:56 am

    I guess I’m lucky, too. DH says what makes me happy makes him happy. Saving money, having a healthy baby, and being kind to our earth all make me happy, so… Smiles all around.

  8. EmilyMae12 on November 14th, 2013 10:20 am

    I must have lucked out. My hubby can use a snappi better than me, washes diapers and has preferences for specific types. Things he has actually said:
    “Don’t sell that one, it is my favorite!”
    “Please sell those, they don’t fit right.”
    “We need more snap diapers, they work better”
    “The weather looks like it’s going to be nice, perfect for sunning!”

  9. thatfoxygoddess on November 18th, 2013 12:52 pm

    My husband was grossed out by them being washed in the washer but once our daughter was born his tolerance for poop changed. We used disposables for the first 3 months but now in cloth 100%. He sees that it saves money and I don’t mind doing the washing.

  10. MrsNacho on November 21st, 2013 1:50 pm

    My hubs was a bit nervous at first, but was all in when he discovered that he didn’t have to pin anything together, it was just stuff and snap (or velcro). He also loves the fact that we have saved beaucoup bucks on sposies :-D

  11. Reagansmama on November 22nd, 2013 9:31 pm

    I guess I’m really lucky…it was my Hubby’s IDEA to cloth diaper…he basically had to convince me!!! Ha ha!!

  12. naturalj76 on November 27th, 2013 11:58 am

    Still could not convince my husband with cloth. I was actually more frustrated at trying to get other family caregivers to cooperate. They will still buy disposables. At least daycare is cooperative.

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