- Appeal to the cuteness factor. You know it’s true; we moms LOVE to talk about all things cute. We buy cute clothes, toys, and baby gear. Have you seen all the designs disposable diaper companies come out with seasonally? Even they know that cloth has something they don’t – pretty prints and colors. Show your friends your cutest fluff pictures. Better yet, pop those pretties on the baby and let the exclamations of, “How cute!” ensue.
- One word – money! Babies can be expensive and appealing to the economical side of a parent is an easy way to convince them that cloth diapers are worth a try. Just a casual mention of, “I haven’t had to buy diapers since before we had the baby,” can spark interest.
- Health, but in a casual way. If another parent ask me what I use for diaper rash cream, I’ll first tell them that we switched to cloth when my oldest was fifteen months and that he has rarely had a rash since then. I’ll explain that the breathability of the cloth diapers really helps prevent his rashes. And then I’ll share with them what brand of cloth safe cream I use. I like to show them one of the creams with various scents as this isn’t something offered in most mainstream creams you’ll buy.
- Demonstration. I’m not telling you to set up a local class or anything super involved. Just use your cloth as you do public diaper changes. This is probably the one big way I’ve gotten strangers to ask me about cloth diapers. I’m not doing anything out of the ordinary, but almost every single time someone will stop and say, “What a cute diaper,” and I’ll tell them that it’s cloth and how much I love them. Once I was changing both of my children back to back and it was funny because we actually had a little audience right there in the restroom. I hadn’t said or done anything unusual, but people were intrigued when they saw the diapers and started asking questions. No one was even remotely negative, just genuinely interested in something they weren’t familiar with – modern cloth.
- Play dates. It is inevitable – someone will forget a diaper at a play date at some point. You could save a diaper style that doesn’t work for you just for this occasion and pass the cloth diaper onto the diaper less babe if the parent is okay with it. Just show them how it works and it might just be enough to get them interested in cloth.
- Advocacy gear. T-shirts, key chains, car window clings…they’re all a great way to spread the love without being pushy.
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