What am I about to write is my opinion, which I have a right to. If you don't agree with me thats fine, and feel free to state so, but lets be adults and play nice.
Ok so if your on Facebook you've probably heard about the "Cloth Diaper Wars" that have been swarming the net. It started out with a short segment on CBS. If you haven't seen the video, go here. When I watched it I was shocked. I do think it was not very informative at all, or not correctly informative I guess. They had gerber prefolds as examples of modern cloth diapers lol.
So the cloth diaper community spoke up and complained! And the host, Natali Del Conte-Morris listened to the complaints and accepted a challenge to cloth diaper for 30 days! How cool is that! But from what I have read and heard, these comments from the cloth diapering community were not the nicest. Her husband does a podcast called Daddy On Board when he shares his experiences as a dad and he basically said she was bombarded by the cloth diaper community and his co-host even went as far as to call us Cloth Diaper Nazis!!
Now I think the nazi thing was a bit harsh, but I am not suprised one bit that some of these comments were not so nice. I know how moms can get! We can me mean!! We are all about our own little way of doing things and that is the right way and everyone else is wrong! You know what I'm talking about. We go haywire over these debates of cloth vs disposable, breastfeeding vs formula feeding, rear-facing vs forward-facing. We do it..all of us...including myself. So yes, I completely believe that this community I consider myself a part of said some mean things to that lady and I am ashamed!
What ever happened to "to each his own"? Why are we so worried about what other moms do that we have to say mean things to each other just to share how we do things? Yes, the segment sucked, but there are plenty of ways we can say that without being mean! I mean heck, give the girl major props for giving cding a try!! I know plenty of people who won't even consider it! It just bugs me to no end that moms (not all, but a lot) feel like they have to be mean and force their opinions on others. I cloth diaper and love it! But did ya'll know Noah was in disposables until he was 7 months old? And he's ok! I have friends who use disposables, and their babies are just fine too! Yes, cloth is great and yes it is better for the environment and baby, but its not going to work for everybody. It just isn't.
I just wish we could all be nice and let people do their thing. As long as a parent isn't neglecting their child or putting them in fatal harm I say we mind our own business (I know some of you will argue putting a baby in sposies is harm but you know what I'm saying). If someone asks me about cloth I LOVE to tell them about it, but I don't push it on my friends who use sposies and I am definately not mean to them because they do! So yea, thats my little rant for the day. We're all just doing the best we can as parents, and putting your kiddo in sposies doesn't make you a bad parent. I just wish we could all play nice and mind our own business when we need to.
** Here's the link to Natali's blog where she shares her cloth diapering challenge if your interested.