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.