elliebelly wrote:I have to say, the stories i hear about disposables make me coil in horror!
My health visitor was retired and then returned to work through boredom! but she is very pro cloth and also blames disposables for later potty training saying she often sees 3yr old that are still wetting too frequently for their age and mothers who are leaving nappies on for far too long.
Can you imagine the glee as the marketing men at Pampers sat around the table and said 'We have this idea, if we change the nappy so it pulls up and down rather than sticks on, then we can tell the parents their baby is getting ready to potty train. What they won't realise is their baby will still think 'it's a nappy, it looks and feels like I've a nappy on so I'll wee in it anyway'. We can charge double for these pull up nappies - lets just call them pull ups, not nappies, if we advertise them enough people will think they're something special - and our profits will soar. Also the babies will stay in nappies for longer, so we'll do even better for sales'
About a year ago my mum bought "pull ups" for Molly, telling me they'd help her potty train. Of course, Molly didn't know any difference between them and any other nappy, and still couldn't pull them up or down herself. They were useful for the times she refused to lie down for a nappy change, but that was it, and they were a PITA when she'd pooed
So many people have commented on my LO's cloth nappies and said "aren't they too bulky? Can they move around in them?" But its just down to disposable nappy adevertising that parents think fabric-thin nappies are essential
I have a pack of pampers here that my granny bought for me ("it'll save her boiling those terries" she said
) and they're scarily thin. I feel like I may as well be wrapping kitchen roll round Daragh's bum and taping it on! My mum told me she often had 3 or 4 terries on me, and of course I walked just fine.
I sometimes try to point out the disadvantages of sposies to other parents, but it usually sounds like I'm just a pampers hating hippy! I don't want to make out like its unhealthy to use sposies, some people buy brand names because they want "the best" for their baby and they'd probably be very offended if I tried to tell them otherwise