I recently came across a blog post “My Cloth Diaper Dilema” posted on the Babble blog by Amelia Nielson-Stowell. In Amelia’s blog post she writes about her experiences with cloth diapers and the unfortunate judgement that was passed when she posted on a message board that she was going to give up cloth diapering.
For you seasoned cloth diaperer’s out there your initial read might be : “There is no way that she should feel this way about cloth diapering. Cloth diapering is the best choice for your baby.” Quite honestly my initial read of the post was the same but then I stepped back and realized that was MY opinion.
Cloth diapering is a personal choice that a parent needs to make. Just like breastfeeding vs formula, co-sleeping vs not co-sleeping, etc. etc. As a cloth diaper advocate and a Mom that is obsessed with cloth diapers (and spends most of her free time reading about cloth diapers, etc.) I have to continually realize that the rest of the world just might not choose to cloth diaper.
Just like political views and religious beliefs; styles of parenting and choices that parents make need to be respected. It may be hard to do; especially when you are so passionate about something that has to deal with our babies.
Quoting from Jennifer Labit, owner of CottonBabies and inventor of bumGenius, Flip, and Econobum: “….respect and recognize the mom, exactly where she is at.” I think that philosophy is a great way to approach parenting decisions that differ from ours.
To Amelia~ thanks for giving cloth diapering a chance and sorry you didn’t receive support for your parenting decision.