Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cloth Diapers at the Doctor’s Office

Day 30 Something that makes you sadToday Nolan is sick.  So we loaded up the stroller and made the 10 block trek to the doctor’s office.  We found a break in the rain, and it was a balmy 65 degrees outside.

Today my doctor had two medical student’s observing her visits with patients.  They didn’t say anything, but they were probably wondering what exactly my son was wearing.  A robotronics Rumparooz diaper isn’t what they usually see when you strip the baby down to clean diaper.

I went through several doctors before I found one who appreciated – rather than demeaned – my choice to cloth diaper my kids.  I actually changed doctors after I was told that Elaine would need to wear disposables until she was potty trained – because of one allergic reaction diaper rash. 

My pediatrician in Virginia (when Elaine was born) was also cloth diapering her baby, so we immediately had a connection.  But while my doctor likes Nolan’s cloth diapers and always comments on them, the nurses are not so sure.  Invariably the comments are something like, “What kind of diapers are those?” Or, “I’ll let you fasten it back on.  It looks complicated.”

I usually try to say something along the lines of cloth diapers save me a lot of money, and they are better for my baby because they don’t contain any chemicals.  But they still look skeptical.

How about you?  How does your doctor and the nurses treat you for choosing cloth diapers?  Maybe soon cloth diapers will be just as frequently seen in the doctor’s office as the disposable diapers.  Maybe soon.

10 comments:

Rachel said...

My ped has never commented, but nurses have. One asked if it was disposable - she was older though. Others have commented on how cute they are, asked what I thought of cloth diapering... It's been pretty good reactions. :)

Kayla P. said...

Our Dr. and Nurses have made several comments on how smart our choice is but we still get the "I'll let you put it back on" because they just aren't sure of it. We've had a ton of incredibly positive comments though every time we take our daughters to the WIC office. the nurses in there wish more of their clients used cloth, because most of them could use the savings.

Elaine~ Honey Pie Accessories said...

First off, I love your daughter's name :) Secondly, my pediatricians & nurses are usually fascinated by our cloth diapers, although I do have to re-snap them correctly! Hope your little guy feels better!

Zephyr Hill said...

We've never gotten any comments from the doctor or nurse. Mostly they are just interested in how cute my baby girl is, not what's on her bottom! haha

nicole said...

one doctor told me to use cloth diapers. our #2 wasn't in cloth during weekdays b/c he used to use disposables at daycare (this was b/c they threw away 2 of our cloth within 2 weeks). Apparently our #2 was allergic to disposables.

Nobody really asks.

Janelle said...

Wow! I guess we're lucky. Our doctor asked what brand of diaper it was and said she thought it looked really nice.

Rheanna said...

lol, I love the complicated line...really? it looks and acts just like a regular diaper....i mean, even if its the snap one the concept is still the same :) LOL. so funny.
We've only been cloth-ing for six months and I've finally got the hang of cloth out and about and am not nervous about it, so we haven't experienced the dr yet. Where in Virginia were you guys? we just moved to NoVA

Andrea said...

@Rheanna -
We were in Virginia Beach.

It is funny to me the posts that I get the most comments on. This post was more of an afterthought - just spilling my thoughts a little. But I got more interaction on it. That's the fun in blogging!

Brandi Elam said...

My doctor always comments on the cloth - I feel like he sees me as a more conscientious parent because I use cloth! He's made remarks about how healthy they are for the baby. He always fastens them back himself. The nurses always comment and ask questions about how they work and one told me she was going to tell her daughter about them!

Adin B said...

I have two kids now and I regreted not thinking about or even knowing about cloth diapering when I first had my baby boy. So when I was pregnant with my little girl I researched about it and decided to go CDing. On our first day of her well-visit to the doctor, the nurse and the doctor never said anything about it and never complained about it. I always let her wear the ones with velcro so it is easy for them to fasten back. The nurse who we really like thinks it's cute. :)

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