Once you've decided to cloth diaper, planning the baby shower can get difficult. Although cloth is becoming more and more mainstream, many baby showers still have a focus on disposables. Bring a pack of disposables and get entered in a raffle. In lieu of card, bring disposables. Forgot to buy a gift? Go grab disposables. Disposable cakes, castles, baths... you get the point!
While we are grateful for any gift we receive, it's nice to receive a gift that will truly be used. Party guests can understandably make the mistake of assuming you will be using disposables if you don't put a little effort into letting them know your wishes to cloth diaper. If you aren't careful you could end up with mountains of disposables and nothing to do with them. But have no fear! There are a few easy ways to avoid this dilemma.
1. An effective way to avoid disposables as gifts is through word of mouth. Make sure your baby shower hostess is well aware of your intentions to use cloth diaper. It's important you emphasize you will NOT be needing disposables. In this way, it would be easy for he or she to casually let guests know that a disposables diaper cake will not be needed.
2. Registering for cloth diapers is another way to inform guests of your decision to go a little greener, or save a little green... or whatever your reasons for cloth diapering are! The best registry solution right now is Amazon's Universal registry option. It allows you to link to other sites such as Babies R Us and Target (for those wanting a brick and mortar option), or websites like SoftBums, Kelly's Closet and Lil Tulips. This way you can register for all your CD and newborn needs without leaving your favorite brands out. Don't forget to register for more than just shells! Inserts, CD-friendly diaper cream, wet bags and cloth wipes are items to add to your registry!
3. While the above options will hopefully help your guests get the cloth diaper hint, adding a blurb to your baby shower invite is a less subtle approach. Just tell people you are cloth diapering and do not need any disposables.
- We're excited to help make the planet a little greener with cloth diapers. Disposable diapers will not be needed at this time. Thanks for your support!
- We plan to use cloth - no disposable diapers or wipes please!
- Baby S will be using cloth diapers. In lieu of disposables, check out our baby registry at www.registryaddress.com
All of these ideas will hopefully leave you with a disposable-free shower, but there is still a chance a few may slip in. So what should you do with them? Some parents keep them just in case. You never know when you may need them! Still, some cloth diaper newbies do not want mountains of disposables around. Returning disposables is an option for these families. Many stores such as Target and Walmart do not need a receipt to return for store credit. Not able to return? Donate them! Drop them off to local women shelters or salvation armies. They would appreciate the donation!
While disposable diaper cakes are adorable, they just aren't practical for everyone. Don't be afraid to let people know about your decision to cloth diaper. Think of all the cute shells you could get instead. Who knows, you could end up with a CLOTH diaper cake!