Monday, June 6, 2011

A happy medium

When I first suggested to my husband that we should try cloth diapering, his initial response was, "That's fine, but don't expect me to help with the laundry." I promised that he would never have to wash any dirty diapers and, to this day, I have kept that promise. When I brought home prefolds and covers for the first time and showed them how to put them on the baby using a Snappi, he laughed and told me that wasn't going to work for him. So I had to come up with a solution that would allow me to be able to leave the baby at home and would allow my husband the easiest use of cloth possible. Enter the pocket diaper. If you've read any of my previous posts, you will remember that the reason we started using cloth was because we didn't have the money to buy disposables any more. So I started looking on Ebay and different forums to try to find some cheap pocket diapers. I had heard of BumGenius being a pretty good brand, so I tried to find some used and I didn't know enough about them to be sure that I wanted to buy them without seeing them first hand. So I made another trip to my local (but an hour away) cloth diapering store. I walked over to the BumGenius section and looked at one of the 3.0 pockets they had on display. It was almost like a disposable! I could definitely get hubby to use that. But I still couldn't get past the sticker price. As I walked around the store some more, I overheard a customer checking out saying that she had a coupon for a free BumGenius all-in-one. My attention was immediately caught. So I continued to browse while still trying to pay attention to the conversation. Okay, I'll admit it, I was eavesdropping! But I'm so glad I was. When the customer left, I walked up to the counter and asked the clerk what the coupon was about. She told me that certain pregnancy/parenting magazines were running a special so that when you spent $15.95 on any BumGenius products, you got a free all-in-one. Jackpot! So I said I would be back later with a coupon. I rushed to the nearest grocery store and looked through all the pregnancy and parenting magazines until I found one with the coupon. I snatched it up and raced back to the store. I bought my first pocket diaper that day and got a free all-in-one! I was so happy that Derek would finally have no excuses to not want to help with the diapering anymore. When I got home I showed it to him and told him that it would be just like a disposable! He seemed genuinely impressed with the pocket diaper and said he would use it.
And now, as long as I have "easy" diapers ready for him, he doesn't complain about cloth diapers. So if you are having trouble getting your husband or partner to agree to use cloth diapering, investing in a few pocket diapers or all-in-ones might be just the ticket to convince them to jump on the fluff bandwagon. It worked for me!


  1. I'm glad you found a method that worked for you and Derek. Trey, my husband has been ao great with helping out. It is so funny watching a man use cloth diapers because Trey is not as precise and careful as I am, but I let him do his thing. He use the trifold and I doubt he will use any other folds by choice..the trifold is very easy for him. If I asked him to do the jelly roll...there would be baby crap EVERYWHERE. He loves the pockets too...he will use them more often. My goal is to convert to an all pocket system after baby has passed 15 pockets come with inserts or do you usually buy those separate? If no inserts I could use my prefolds right?

    The coupon hunting you mentioned sounds like something I would fact, do often. Right now I have a killer deal on prints with cvs..let me know I'd you're interested I can send you info.

  2. Most pocket diapers will come with an insert (usually two if it's a one size diaper), unless stated otherwise. They will usually just come with a basic microfiber. So if you're not a fan of that, you'd have to purchase others. But lately, I've been stuffing my pockets with folded flats. I am loving it.

  3. My old prefolds would work well in these right? In trifold?

  4. Yes, prefolds will work really well. They may be a bit bulkier than microfiber or hemp, but they will work.