Earlier today, we were at my youngest son’s four-month checkup. Afterward, I thought it would be a good idea to write a little post with some of my tips for cloth diapering at the doctor’s office. They’re pretty basic, but read on to find out what they are!
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4 TIPS FOR USING CLOTH DIAPERS AT THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE
When you go to the doctor with a young baby (at least this is the case at our doctor’s office), they begin by weighing your baby naked. Next, they do head circumference and height. When you see the doctor, he or she checks the baby’s genitals for lumps, tenderness, etc. (signs of an infection). This whole ordeal usually means removing the diaper, putting it back on, taking it off again, and putting it back on. Although this is not a huge deal, a mom who is still learning to cloth diaper may feel stressed out from the whole situation (especially when someone is watching you). Personally, I wasn’t able to change a cloth diaper (or any diaper for that matter) quickly without a little practice. Below you will find some tips to help you feel more at ease.
1) USE HOOK AND LOOP (IF YOU HAVE ‘EM)
While snap diapers are amazing, in some situations it’s nice to use hook-and-loop (Velcro) closures instead. They are a little more user-friendly because they are similar to disposables, so they can be a lot easier for beginners to change quickly. This is also helpful if your doctor is the one undoing and redoing the diaper, as he or she may not be a pro at using snaps.
2) HAVE YOUR SUPPLIES READY TO GO
Sometimes, when I get baby undressed for his weight check, he has a dirty diaper. This means I’ll need to put a clean one on him somewhere between the baby scale and walking to the exam room. It’s always a good idea to have your wipes, wetbag, and fresh diaper easily accessible in your diaper bag. With two kids, it’s easy for me to be in a rush and just shove things into my diaper bag on the way out of the house (with little to no organization). But, if you take the time to put these items right at the top of your bag, it can be very helpful. Also, try to have your diapers assembled ahead of time. This way you aren’t fishing for a cover and a prefold (or whatever pieces you may use) right when you need them.
3) IF YOU’RE REALLY STRESSED, DISPOSABLES ARE A FINE ALTERNATIVE!
While some people are really against using disposables, even once, it is my opinion that using disposables every now and then is okay. Cloth diapers are not an all or nothing situation. It is okay to use them whenever you feel that you need or want to. If you’re really stressed or worried about changing a cloth diaper in front of someone, or you aren’t confident yet with it, it’s alright to bring disposables to the doc’s office.
4) DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT!
This one is important. Don’t worry about what anyone is thinking. As moms, we have enough things on our plates. Take your time, change your baby, and embrace your decision to cloth diaper. You’ve got this, mama.
When I just started cloth diapering, I was not fast at it. Even if the office is busy, it’s okay. Most likely nobody is judging you. Whoever is waiting for you to finish putting on that diaper might be thinking about how cool it is that you cloth diaper. Or, they might be wondering how you manage it. Most of the time when we go, I get lots of compliments on how cute my diapers are.
Even if someone is annoyed or thinks cloth diapers are dumb, who cares? It’s your baby. You’re doing what you feel is best for your baby and your family. You have every right to choose how you diaper. Own it!
What do you think? Do you have any tips for cloth diapering at the doctor’s office? Or, do you have any tips for cloth diapering in public in general? Let me know in the comments!