Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cloth Diapers and your pediatrician

Maybe it's not realistic, but I expect pediatricians to be up to speed on the latest and greatest baby products. That's why I'm always surprised that more pediatricians are not familiar with the styles and benefits of today's cloth diapers. You may feel, as I do, that I've had to educate my doctor about cloth diapers.
The first time we went to the pediatrician after switching to cloth diapers, I was really nervous about what the staff would say about them. I fretted for days over which was the best diaper to bring to the office, which would be easiest to take on an off, etc. I wanted to put my daughter in something cute, trim and simple-to show the best of what cloth diapers can be!
I don't know what I was expecting, but I wasn't prepared for the under-reaction. The nurse asked what it was that went over her diaper (it WAS the diaper) and the doctor just said, hmmm, what's this? Not too exciting. I realized that just as much of the general public needs an education in cloth, so does the medical establishment!
Since then, we started seeing another ped in the practice. She's familiar with the fact that we use cloth and asks questions about them, their care, incidence of diaper rash and such. One time a nurse gave me a "good for you" comment when she saw them. I'm not sure, but I think we're one of the few (if not the only) cloth diapering family they see. Hopefully if another parent asks about cloth, they'll remember enough to pass on the information I've shared with them.
What's your ped's opinion and knowledge of cloth?



Lil Mouse said...

Ours never made any comment (we've had 2 since making the switch). A nurse at the health dept. said she liked the diaper cover. I bit my tongue. tell her its cloth or not? Shrug. Yesterday I was proud that I had bought my baby some cloth diaper for christmas last year and she still had them. I told someone (50s ish) and she had zero reaction). then again, she had zero reaction to just about everything I said. Not very friendly. Not sure if I was dissed or she was just oblivious to the fact that I was there wrapping presents for needy kids with MY baby in a stroller meant that I was desperate for human contact...oh well!

Christina's Cookies said...

I'm always curious about the reactions I'm going to get at our pedi's office too about my kiddo's in CD's. I am the only CD'er around my area!

Our old male pedi never even seemed like he noticed anything different- but that's a guy for you! Once I had a young nurse who kept INSISTING I take the cover off my sons diaper so they could get an accurate weight! Lol! I said "This IS his diaper!" She looked really annoyed and left the examination room in a huff. We had to see the nurse practitioner in our office once because all the ped's were booked and we had to be seen NOW. When she saw his CD she said "Oh LOOK! Your mom is an environmentalist!" LOL!

It amazes me how CD'ing is like a whole different world. So many people dodn't even realize that they have another option when it comes to diapering! I know I didn't but thanks to the wonderful World Wide Web I stumbled upon CD'ing and will never go back! :)