View Full Version : Does anyone else....(*vent*)
get treated like they are some kind of weirdo for using MCN's?
I use MCN's most of the time, but sposies at night and sometimes when we go out. Personally I love my MCN's, so cute and cuddly, and I don't find the extra washing a big deal. I also see benefits in sposies though, particularly for travelling, when other people look after bub or when you're out and there is huge poosplosion ;)
Anyway. It seems every time someone notices I am not putting a sposie on my DS they make some sort of comment. Going on about the extra washing, or implying I must be extremely enviornmentally conscious (actually I do it to save money ;)), or generally just seem astounded that I would actually CHOOSE to use cloth nappies.
It happened today when I dropped my DS at a creche. Usually I put him in sposies whenever someone else looks after him, but today I was on autopilot and forgot. The creche worker seemed put out that he was in a cloth nappy, even though I had a huge supply of sposies in the bag for when he needed a nappy change, so she wouldn't have to fiddle around with MCN's. Needless to say when I picked DS up he hadn't had his nappy changed.
Just wondering if anyone else out there has similar experiences.
Yeah, im the only one out of all my mummy friends that use cloth. Like you, i use sposies for night time and sometimes out. I must admit i do get the old...'oh that must be so much work'. Recently i got 'isnt that unhygienic'. I get annoyed that people would think id put my bub in something 'unhygienic'. Get a clue...cloth is actually better for bums!!
Im with you...i say next time some one says the old 'isnt that heaps of work?' we start saying...'so that makes you laxy then!!!' :laughing:
Be proud you are using cloth, its GREAT!!!:yes:
:laughing: Great response jennibear!
Can't believe people would think it's unhygienic :confused: Disposable nappies haven't actually been around that long...cloth nappies have been used for generations!:rolleyes:
I haven't *used* MCN's yet.... But when I tell people I want to use cloth nappies, they give me a look like I am a nut job....
Even trying to convince DP when he was like.. "why create more work for yourself".... I basically said it would save about X amount per year, AND if we BOTH got in the habbit from the start, it would just feel normal.....?
Its just societies views about what is normal and what isn't!!
Oh, and ... OP... How long was your DS at creche for...? I find that strange that they didnt change his nappy at all...!!!! If he was there for a while I would def say something!!! Surely they have heaps of babies they care for, I'm sure they have had at least ONE other child with MCN's before..? Its not that unheard of is it...????
I find "older" women, around my mum's age, think its fantastic and that more people should be doing it. I'm the only one of my friends who use cloth and they always say "oh, I should use cloth, but I just can't be bothered." I don't find it to be much work at all and I resent having to buy disposables when I need to, as well as feel guilty about how long they'll last in landfill for.
Atlantic Puffin - DS was only at the creche for less than 2 hours...so I wasn't too bothered that they didn't change his nappy as he had a fresh one when he arrived. But in saying that, when I put him in disposables he has always had a fresh nappies when I have picked him up. Grr.
Sniggle6 - I have found more support from 'older' women also, which is nice. I guess it's just not much the 'popular' thing anymore. Like you I don't find it extra work at all. I find that MCN's and disposables both have their merits...but in general I'd rather do an extra load of washing every couple of days than fork out for something I'm going to chuck in the bin. I am much of a penny pincher these days though ;)
I also use cloth during the day and sposies at night.
I have not had one positive comment about using cloth! Even from my mother and MIL! I thought of all people they would be impressed..
Oh well.. i don't give a stuff what people think! It's my baby and i will do what i like! :p
I've never had negative comments, per se. The closest I get to negativity is the snide "oh I wish I had time for that", "oh I love the idea of them, but it's not for me", etc. that I also get for nearly every other choice I make. Seriously, I don't give a crap what you do or don't do people, you don't need to pretend that you would like to do the same thing as me and then come up with some pathetic excuse as to why you don't.
It's like this under the table dig, it's really irritating when you get it for absolutely everything, but at the same time you can only laugh that people are actually that pathetic or insecure or whatever..
I used to think my friend was crazy for using cloth. Now I look back at all the money I wasted, all the landfill I contributed to, and all the ick I put on my child's body and shake my head. All because I thought it would be too hard. :laughing:
I find it really annoying too! I had so many comments when I told people I was going to use cloth. I even had a relative tell me they are worse for the environment than disposables.. I'm not sure how she figured that?! I only know one other mother who uses cloth.
I think people aren't necessarily aware of MCNs, and perhaps as a society we are accustomed to taking the 'easiest' option. I'm proud to be using a product that is better for the environment and better for my baby's little bum! You should be too :)
The only person I've had negativity from is my sister...who has no kids yet and thinks that when she does, she will absolutely do a better job at it than me!! She thinks I'm absolutely mad and some sort of hippy tripper. Hmmm, no as PP said just trying to save some money!!
My mum thought I meant I was going to use the terry towelling with safety pins ones like when we were little. Admittedly then she saw a YouTube clip of how to use the itti bitti tuttos and thought I'd built a rod for my own back but now she's seen the pocket ones that I use and thinks they're pretty clever.
Yes all the time, from almost everyone! Mum sometimes says it's good but other times acts like it's all "too complicated these days"..
My BIL held my daughter (his niece) on the weekend and since it was at home she was in an MCN. He said this doesn't feel like a normal nappy. I was polite and explained what it was but I almost felt like giving him a lecture about what is 'normal' - what did babies have before plastic!!
I use cloth at home but disposables for when out and about.
My mum encouraged me to use them as they are more natural and softer on DD, no nappy rash using them so far after 4 months.
I have mainly Terry flats and use snappies and pilchers with them. I have 6 MCNs that I also love.
My husband wasn't a big fan at first but now loves then. We call them her fat bum nappies as they are still quite big on her as she is little. He loves that the extra volume of the cloth actually helps him hold her which is true.
My DD will go to childcare soon and I am sad she will be in disposables through the day. I will keep her in cloth at night though.
I haven't had negativity per se...but I have had oh thats a cloth nappy not a disposable. You must have alot of time to do the washing. LOL crazy talk.
You put on a wash when DD has gone to bed and hang them out and they dry the next day. Not that big a deal. They seriously don't take that long. I think people have brought into the idea that its time consuming and that sposies are the easier option. Well why not that's what everyone else is doing these days. But they don't realise MCN's are easy too.
I suppose everyone follows suit these days because all their friends are using disposables then they do. It like Avent bottles not the best at all but everyone else is using them so they must be great.
I was always going to do cloth nappy right from the start and I did with terry flats that I used to fold, but quickly learnt DH was having a hard time with them so I brought some MCN's And now he can change a nappy too.
I will say though its hard finding a childcare centre that will use MCNs though.
As for creche I would say something about not having the nappy changed. Especially when its changed if there is a disposable on. Talk to the director.
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