Why do you do that!?

Posted 06-22-2012 at 01:57 PM by whitneywalters

“Oh my gosh, why would you want to do that!!”

That is what someone I know said to me when they learned I cloth diaper. They were totally repulsed by the thought of cloth diapering a baby. I was a little taken back by their reaction, I had people have negative reactions before but no one acted like I was actually doing some thing so repulsive before. She told me it was not as sanitary has disposable diapers and she thought is was gross.

I of course told her all the reason why cloth diapers are the best option. I told her that cloth diapering is so much cheaper in the long run, you can use the same diapers for more then one child, it is a lot  better for the environment, better for babies sensitive skin and how much I loved cloth. They are so cute, why wouldn’t someone like them? She just could not understand why I would be okay with putting poop and pee in my washing machine on a daily basis. I tried telling her it was not that bad, baby clothes get poop and pee on them and we still wash them. She did not agree and I knew she would not change her mind about my diapers but I was okay with that.

Before I started using cloth I had a friend that did. I also thought washing them was going to be gross but she really changed my mind about it. I always thought they were cute but it took some warming up to the idea of cleaning them.

Now I love them and would not want to diaper any other way.

I was just surprised how negative her reaction was, she had no desire to learn about my cloth diapers at all. Anyone else had someone they know react that way to cloth diapers?

Filed Under: Cloth Diapering, Mommy Talk

Comments

11 Responses to “Why do you do that!?”

  1. adhaincroi on June 22nd, 2012 4:39 pm


    I live in Louisiana (but I am from the UK)and I am trying for my first child..plus I sew and was at work in my own office at lunch time one afternoon with brand new just washed cloth layed out on a cutting board on my desk (with the door closed)I was using a small pattern and cutting out shapes to make my own mamma cloth and some prefitteds….the person that came into my office to “gawk” complained to my boss after I told her what I was making that I was doing unsanitary things in the office…and that was with brand new cloth etc…some people need something to dislike and if your friend is even slightly grossed out by a bit of bodily fluid I can see how she would be appalled about cloth diapers…you just cant educate those who do not wish to be educated…I pity her poor babies having to sit in all those chemicals and nasty paper pants…I have no baby yet to put any of my sewing on..but my own bum is well pleased with the mama cloth I sewed so I know I don’t like the nasty paper kind and would never go back..why would I choose anything else for my baby

  2. menthomas on June 22nd, 2012 9:48 pm


    I had someone I know react similarly as you did. She worked at a daycare and said that they had a boy with special needs that used cloth diapers and they were constantly cleaning up poop from him. Like it was just popping out of his diaper and other kids were finding it. (eyeroll) And she also said that it was completely unsanitary to use them. Everytime she saw me and ds1 she would make comments. I almost bit her her head off one day! Thankfully she has slowly come around and doesn’t make the same stupid comments anymore. Will she ever use cloth? I highly doubt it, but at least she has stopped saying that the poop just flows freely from them!

  3. Deanie on June 24th, 2012 10:19 am


    Yup. When they are that rude (and I’m sorry, I find it rude when their tone has a condescending tone to it and they insinuate that you put your baby in filthy cloth), I focus on their attitude rather than the logical argument to cloth diaper. For instance, many times I try to put in into historical perspective to remind them that sposies are “new” historically speaking: “Well, it’s a good thing we aren’t living in the Victorian period or you’d never survive with that attitude!” (with a smile on my face). “Or the colonial period, or… well, I’m just glad you’re born today when live is easier.” Or I flat out say “I assume you haven’t researched cloth diapering since you are obviously ignorant of all aspects of it. You really don’t need to be so rude.” But then, I’m pregnant and pretty irritable.

  4. NorwexMa on June 25th, 2012 10:16 am


    I have people react that way around me too. Funny part is, we live in a farming community- so most of them wash their family and/or hubby’s clothing that has animal feces on it in the washer, and they don’t bat an eye at that. And guess what, their family wears those clothes again after they are washed!!!! They still don’t get how this is no differnt than diapers tho….some people are just close minded.

  5. RechnitzMama on June 25th, 2012 12:52 pm


    I mentioned this to my sister and mother in law. Both said, Sick! That is gross! My sister in law’s response: If you would like to spend less time with your baby, then I guess go for it. As if I would be spending all my time on my hands and knees at a creek scrubbing my cloth diapers.

  6. jocelynicole on June 25th, 2012 8:05 pm


    I am ashamed that I was once one of those people. I work at a daycare center and one little girl wore cloth diapers and I thought they were so repulsive. Their poor diapers did reek of ammonia and smelled bad before they even were worn so obviously they needed stripped. But I did not know that then and just assumed all cloth diapers smelled that way. Then I did some research and found out I was totally wrong. I love cloth diapering and wish I started sooner! Fluffy butts are way cuter than paper butts!! :)

  7. MrsAsh on June 25th, 2012 9:21 pm


    Yep. Once upon a time I would have thought the same, though I was nice and just left it at “I will not talk cloth as a option for our family”. But behind cloth diapering people’s backs would have said it not so nice. :( I just got home from a short weekend trip of using sposies and I am SOOOOOOO glad to be back to our clothies!! :D And I had fluffy mail waiting for me!! YAY!! Some day she may come around too and have to eat her words like I have. :)

  8. jmoon on June 26th, 2012 11:04 am


    As if I would be spending all my time on my hands and knees at a creek scrubbing my cloth diapers.

    Lol to this!!! Since I have been pregnant, actually my DH has been doing most of the diaper laundry! It takes so little time, it is just silly to use that as an argument!

  9. abunchoflemons on June 27th, 2012 9:08 am


    No comments like that but I try to be open to those that may be interested. I was curious once too now living in bigger town. If I would have known with my first I would have been cding longer. Now that I’m expecting another can’t imagine going back unless just 4 colostrum poo. But excited to continue cding. I use at pool & see them there on others. So easy & no blowouts like with d’sposies……. I cd on road too…..

  10. mrs.dwalton on June 27th, 2012 8:03 pm


    So interesting, because I always get more curious reactions than anything else. I guess some people are just looking for someting to be critical of. I live in the south and I have not met one single person (aside from myself) that cloth diapers. I am pretty positive that my MIL thinks I’m crazy as a loon, but she’s too polite to say it. But I know everyone thinks twice about it when they see how cute my daughter’s little butt looks!

    @jmoon – It really takes SO little time! After getting the hang of it, there’s nothing to it. I think more people would cloth diaper if they would research it.

  11. amb2j on June 28th, 2012 2:19 pm


    I love my cloth! Even if I had to spend hours on my hands and knees scrubbing them in the creek Id still use them lol! When I think of the environmental benefits, and health benefits for my babe, it is the best choice I feel I can make for Mother Earth and my family :-)

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