Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Addictive Nature of Cloth Diapering

Back when I first started researching cloth diapers, I came across one site that warned, "There is an addictive component to cloth diapering. Beware!" At the time, I thought this comment was a little, well...weird. What could possibly so exciting about a diaper? Over three years later, I know better. I've witnessed people stalking diaper brands for new stockings (maybe I've been one of those stalkers), gasped stashes of several hundred diapers and have seen parents selling used diapers for more than they cost new (again with those stalked brands). I'm now the one that gets strange looks when I try to explain that there's just something about cloth diapering that makes it addictive. In trying to explain the WHY of it, though, I fail.
I have seen parents focus on other baby products in a similar way. Some love Gymboree clothing and take great pride in amassing the collections and later selling them. Used Gymboree clothing seems to sell well. Some have a large collection of carriers and slings. It's kind of hard to explain why those would be addictive, too.
Is it the cuteness? The need to try different brands and fits? The "gotta have it" new colors and prints? I'm not sure. I just know that I don't often see parents taking pictures of a baby's stash of shoes or jackets. There may be forums dedicated to baby socks or blankets, but I've never found any. Blankets are cute. I still haven't found a great pair of baby socks. Yet there's no addiction there for me.
So, can you put it into words? What makes cloth diapering so addicitive?



Jill said...

Okay, first of all, what makes people collect anything? It's just something that sparks your attention I guess. Then, you have to think that these are useful. For a lot of them, you can use them (OS) for as long as your baby is in diapers. That makes them inexpensive. Plus, you could plan wardrobes around them, so you know what you could buy to make an outfit, should you choose to. They are items of clothing themselves, in the summer, so you can spend less money on clothes. Of course, there is also the cute factor, and the fact that you want to show them off, and the environmental factor. You can use them for another baby, and sell them. Try and come up with as many uses for shot glasses.