Yep, that’s right, I said it.
Cloth Diapers are not only better for the environment and completely adorable, they will make your life simpler.
Well, you’re entitled to your opinion (unless your opinion is very, very loud and you haven’t even tried them, in which case you’re only entitled to a quiet opinion until you at least try them), but, as I myself was a hesitant and very late arrival to the Cloth Diapering Club, I shall hereby undertake a valiant effort at convincing you.
4 Reasons Cloth Diapers Will Simplify Your Life
Reason #1. No Frantic Trips To The Store Or “Rushed Delivery” Online Orders Because You Just Realized You Are Almost Out Of Diapers.
This, for a less than stellar planner like myself, is pretty much a done deal all by itself. A lot of the time, I was doing a lot of the house-things, and thinking about a lot of the baby-things, and…..not remembering to check the stock of the diaper-things. So I would run out of diapers. Or wipes. Or both.
This caused stress. Lots and lots of stress. And even after I switched to an online “subscription order” where they send them to me automatically each month, I could not, for the life of me, seem to use the right amount of diapers for how many wipes I had left, or vice versa, and was regularly “Rush Delivery”-ing one or the other. This caused stress. Lots and lots of stress. And stress is bad. Therefore, I found myself primed and ready for a different solution.
Reason # 2. Decreased Diaper Rash = Happier Baby and Less Buying of Diaper Creams
Enough said? Yes, I think so. Except, you did know that cloth diapering is associated with decreased incidence of diaper rash, didn’t you? Because otherwise, this one doesn’t work out so well. So, in case you didn’t: Cloth diapering is associated with a decrease incidence of diaper rash. *
And babies with diaper rash are less happy than babies without it. I don’t have a link to back that one up, though, so I’m gonna have to rely on your charity and knowledge. Or your imagination. (Like, can you imagine having a persistent rash on your rear parts and being happy about it? Didn’t think so.)
Reason #3. Being Eco-Conscious Makes You Feel Earthy and Close to The Trees and The Song Of The Wind and Just Like Life Is Beautiful and Simple.
I don’t need an explanation for this one. Do you need an explanation for this one?
If you do, you just need to pull on some pants, put on your Birkenstocks, and go outside. Right. Now.
Reason #4. The “Fat Back Room” Principle.
Listen. I know you’re probably already completely convinced by the sensible, scientifically impressive genius of the first three reasons.
How could you not be?
But for the select few of you who may not have been totally won over by Reasons 1-3, (like, you “rational” types….) you will probably like this one best. Because THIS one, Reason # 4, is the one I really came here to talk about.
The “Fat Back Room” Principle is something my husband used to talk about while he was working in retail.
“If your store has a really big, or “fat” back room,” he would explain, “with all kinds of space and places to put things, it is easy to get lazy and put things in wrong places, or leave things out, or let the place generally arrive at a state of disarray. This disorganization and lack of discipline makes it hard to find things, makes it so you don’t know what inventory you have, etc, and we find over and over again that it decreases a store’s overall performance and efficiency.
“A tight back room, on the other hand, is one that is just barely big enough for your inventory. Stores with tight back rooms are required to be diligent about putting things back immediately where they belong, and keeping a close eye on inventory, because there is just no room for laziness. And we find, over and over, that these stores perform much better and have much more streamlined processes.”
Okay, so that was a lot of words to basically just say this:
Even if something seems like more work, if its the right kind of work, it actually makes things easier.
It has been my surprising and delighted experience that cloth diapering functions as a sort of “tight back room” in my life. Sure, it’s a little more work. It requires an extra load or 3 of laundry per week, and an extra step of rinsing with each diaper change. But these actions are much less cumbersome than I imagined they would be, and the overall effect of them is that I just have less room for laziness.
I am more diligent, but not really by choice or major exertion of will power. More so just because the cloth diapering process is a streamlined process.
And the streamline keeps me in line.
I never run out diapers because I own them forever and don’t throw them away.
The rhythm of washing them keeps them clean when I need them, as well as (unbelievably) just kind of automatically organizing a rhythm for the rest of my laundry.
I don’t know why it works. (Although, I will admit that I regularly feel earthy, warm fuzzy feelings whenever I snap them on my girl. Warm, fuzzy, Song-Of-The-Wind kind of feelings. Those are good feelings, and I like good feelings. So maybe that helps.)
But the bottom line is, I think it’s not just something that works for me. After all, Fat Back Rooms don’t only have that effect on the Type A organized store managers. Everybody gets more efficient.
I think it’s kind of a universal cycle of “roots” and “simplification.” Simplifying things causes us to start veering toward reducing waste and streamlining processes. We get connected to the roots of things, which makes us want to live simply and keep things simple.
Cloth diapers are, by definition, just very …..rooty.
And I think they, for whomever is brave enough to try them, just kind of connect us back to simple things and streamlined processes.
If you’re still not feeling the call of the Mother-Earth-Cloth-Diaper vibe after such an organized, well-thought-out treatise on them, I can only assume something is terribly wrong with you.
Just go try them, will you?
*Disclaimer: I do want to note that the decrease in diaper rash with cloth diapers is strictly an anecdotally evidenced “fact” than a scientifically evidenced one. My experience, and that of many bloggers and friends, would indicate it is still fairly reliable. But you should know that the “official studies” by “them” do not confirm any difference. And cloth diapered babies can certainly still develop a rash if left in a wet diaper far too long. So…if you’re needing pure and well-researched science to be convinced, I must accept defeat in my quest to convince… At least as far as Point#2 is concerned. But let’s be honest: Point #3 is absolutely, categorically, scientifically reliable, so you can just stick with that one if you’re on the fence.