You’ve seen the writing on the wall. You’ve drunk the kool-aid. You’re prepared to sell grandma’s antique brooch. You are 100% sold on cloth diapers.
But, Dad? Not so much.
Oh, trust me, I know you’ve tried. You’ve shown him the cute prints, the nasty gel beads and the landfill pictures with sea gulls and disposable diapers galore. And all he’s thinking is, “You want to wash a dirty diaper in the same washer as my clothes??”
So, what’s a gal to do?
Most likely he’s given you the go ahead as long as you fully understand that he will never change one. And you’ve probably agreed.
But, life works much better when both parents are on the same page when it comes to major parenting decisions. I happen to think what you put on your baby’s bum is a major decision.
Well, worry no more. I have a slam dunk way for you to convince your husband that cloth diapers are the best choice. No, I’m not talking about that method of winning over your sweetie. I’m talking dollar signs.
Show a man (most men, but not all, are the “nerds” in the family) where you can save hundreds, possibly thousands, of dollars and you’ve got ’em.
Amber Roy, author of the blog Empowering Ellie, sent me a Cloth Diaper Savings Calculator that her and her husband developed.
On her blog, Amber tells how they came about developing a calculator of their own when there are many on the web already:
The problem for us was that we wanted an accurate assessment the difference between the two options. There are TONS of numbers thrown out there about the THOUSANDS of dollars you save using cloth, but we wanted to know how these numbers were calculated. The few more detailed calculators we found were just not detailed enough for us. Therefore, we developed our own calculation and at that time saw that cloth diapering would save us money.
Here’s a helpful hint:
To see how small changes can sway the savings, leaving disposable as the cheapest option, use our calculator to simply add one disposable diaper a day to your costs (as some people do at nighttime). It quickly adds up and wipes out the cloth diaper savings.
For more information on the benefits of cloth diapers, check out these articles:
The 5 W’s of Cloth Diapers – contains many links to other articles about health, budget and environmental reasons to cloth diaper