Do people get Cloth Diapers when it comes to Baby Showers?

Erin - posted on 08/06/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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Cloth Diapers is like a Secret Society in my area. I feel people will get weird-ed out on purchasing cloth diapers. So I feel I won't get any. How did your Baby Shower go with cloth diapers?

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I didn't get any for my shower even though I emphasized that I was going to cloth diaper. I got lots of disposables and a pack of gerber prefolds to use as burp cloths. I used the disposables when we moved (when DS was 3 weeks old) and ended up using the gerber prefolds until I could sew enough diapers for a real stash. No one thought I would stick with it (they all had diaper pins and plastic pants in their minds).

Lori - posted on 09/09/2010

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Julia - we use Dydee Diaper service too! - they rock! :)

I didn't put any of the diaper covers I wanted (Thirsties) on my list...the website I wanted to buy from was a small business run by a local work at home mom, so there was no registry, and it would have been too confusing to try to send people there themselves. So I just kept the other gear and clothes on the registry, and used some of the money gifts towards the covers.

However, one of my friends put a few Bumgenius cloth diapers on her registry, and I bought them for her - happily! So I know she at least got that starting batch. But yeah, in general I found that people didn't like to buy the practical items, because they'd rather buy something cute!

(Mind you, IMO there are few things cuter than a fluffy cloth diapered bum!)

Alison - posted on 08/23/2010

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This is a funny discussion - only because I was just wondering myself why I didn't get any cloth when that's mostly what I asked for. I also didn't get bottles, or other necessities - only cute frilly clothing. (which was lovely, but unnecessary) I assume it's because people love buying cute frilly things...

Majaliwa - posted on 08/23/2010

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Something that can help to get people on board with the idea is to have your entire shower themed around "being green". For example, I asked that no one use wrapping paper and we used reusable plates and bamboo flatware. And instead of cards, people gave to the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees in honor of my baby. I think once they saw how serious I was about being green, they were more inclined to buy the diapers. Still I had some people just show up with Gerber prefolds (which weren't on my list), but it was cool because I just returned them and used the money to buy the cloth diapers I really wanted.

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Angela - posted on 09/12/2010

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I registered at a local CD store so people knew my intentions. I still thought I wasn't going to get any cloth dipes but I did :) If you don't have a store in your area that carries cloth diapers consider registering at an online store. I was more afraid of how I would politely accept disposables then not getting any cloth lol

Jessica - posted on 09/12/2010

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I wish I would have asked for cloth diapers for my baby shower! I feel that if those sending the gifts understand where you are coming from they will be more likely to get you what you think you need.

Vilate - posted on 09/10/2010

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my sister just included on the invite that she had chosen to cloth diaper and so she didn't want disposable diaper.... I made her a set of diapers and everyone else gave her clothes.
BUT... if you want to get cloth diapers for your shower you can register at a cloth diaper store on line and they can put money in and then you can get what you want. I know that http://littlesquigglers.com does it.
Congrats on choosing cloth!

Rebecca - posted on 09/03/2010

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You know I mentioned it to several people and I even registered for some and my mother in law bought me some but not in the brand I registered for I used them anyway but I have no idea where she found them

Elizabeth - posted on 08/29/2010

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As long as you make it very clear what kind you want at the very least you won't get any. Maybe you can ask for a gift certificate to the website you would like to buy your cloth diapers from... just a thought.

I like bumritediapers.com Angela is a rockstar at customer service!!!

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I didn't. I send out emails to everyone that we really appreciated their thoughtfullness, but we had every material need covered for our 2nd daughter but as we were going to use cloth diapers this time, we preferred $ so that we could order our diapers in bulk and get them at a lower cost than if they were all to buy 1 or 2 individually. I sent them all links to the ones that we picked out so they could at least see what they 'getting' us. All of our out of town family and friends send us $ anyway, and a couple of our 'green' friends that we see often did as well. People didn't buy me any 'sposies though, which was thoughtful though.

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i didn't get any, people that don't cloth diaper think its too confusing so they don't even bother

Kirsten Veronica - posted on 08/23/2010

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I got a TON of cloth diapers from three friends who don't have any children! They went in together to get them from my registry. The then three grandmother's filled out the rest.

Rohonie - posted on 08/23/2010

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I only got a few from one open minded mom. Perhaps if you pick some super cute ones for the oohs and ahhs factor, it may go over better. Mine were plain....You can probably exchange them later if they were'nt originally what you wanted.

Amanda - posted on 08/23/2010

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I registered for cloth diapers on 2 different sites, but didn't receive any at either of my showers (2 sides of the family that don't mix). Maybe asking for gift certificates to your local cloth diapering store might be easier for some people?

Lisa - posted on 08/22/2010

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My family knew it was what I wanted so my sister-in-law bought me quite a few. My cousin also got me a gift card from the store I buy them from. Hopefully your family can be supportive.

Kathryn - posted on 08/22/2010

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Although it was the primary thing on my baby shower list, I got no cloth diapers or covers or anything ... and I would dearly have loved some! I think people have no problem giving disposables but they just get weirded out with cloth. Don't know why.

Selia - posted on 08/19/2010

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I mentioned it was our priority item, but they weren't available locally and the two thoughts were that some of my family don't do internet buying and the rest thought I wouldn't stick with cloth and were getting me more practical stuff. 9 months in and still in cloth. My mom did get me a good amount though, she was the only one who got me any!

Julia - posted on 08/10/2010

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I found the last diaper service in my area (Dye Dee Diaper) so didn't need any diapers, but I just bought my own covers. I searched for the right fabric, quality,reviews, etc. and didn't do it in time for my shower. The service I use offers a limited supply of items to purchase and offered info I could mail to people if I wanted to refer them to buy from the service, but I found easier to do myself. If you have one, the diaper service is great!

Molly - posted on 08/08/2010

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i got no cloth for my baby shower which really is the only thing i wanted. Here's what I did is I asked for 7th gen diapers if they were not going to get me cloth then after the shower i took them back to the store returned them - got a gift card and bought baby stuff i wanted/needed.

Andrea - posted on 08/08/2010

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I ended up having a shower after my baby was born. We had everything we needed (lots of hand-me-downs from my brother's kids), so we told everyone that we really had all of the clothes/toys/items we needed for our baby, but we were looking forward to buying some cloth diapers. People just contributed money to our "cloth diaper fund". I know it feels weird to ask for money, but my family liked the idea of contributing to something we really needed instead of just buying another cute dress that our daughter would wear once or twice before outgrowing it. I also had purchased one of the kind of cloth diapers we wanted (BumGenius Organic. They rock!) and people were really interested in it, and thought it was neat. They got to see what they were buying for us.

Elaine - posted on 08/08/2010

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I didn't ask for any when I had my baby shower, so I couldn't tell you. I DO give a cloth diaper as part of my usual 'baby shower package' however!

Majaliwa - posted on 08/07/2010

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I created a wishlist of the ones I wanted on a cloth diaper website and then emailed it out to friends for the shower. Most cloth diaper sites have either a registry or wishlist that you can create and share with friends.

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I didn't get any from anyone, even my family, despite the fact that it was the first thing I mentioned to people when they asked what I really wanted.

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