Lately, I have been wondering whether those who choose to go against the grain and use cloth diapers have anything in common. I know only a handful parents who cloth diaper in real life, and besides being of a socioeconomic status that allows them to make a large purchase upfront, I cannot seem to draw a lot of similarities between these parents.
I do have my own theories. I hypothesize that cloth diaper users are probably frugal or green in other aspects of their lives. I would guess that cloth diapering is more popular amongst rural people than city dwellers. I would also guess that the majority of people that use cloth diapers are in relationships, and are not single parents.
There really isn't any way that I can prove or disprove any of my theories from a statistical standpoint, however, I was excited when I was pointed towards the results of the 1st Annual Cloth Diapering Pulse Survey by cloth diaperretailer, DiaperShops.com. In 2011, this company conducted a 34 question survey on various characteristics of cloth diaper users. Although this was a voluntary survey, they recieved 500 respondents, which I think is a good number to be able to make some generalizations. Below are a few of the conclusions that were drawn.
Conclusions for which in agreement with:
- Cloth Diapering Moms are Avid Users: The majority of respondents (79%) said they only use cloth diapers and never/rarely use disposables.
- Round the Clock: The majority of cloth diaper users (78%) use cloth diaper “all the time or round the clock."
A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned. Not surprisingly, the number one reason families chose to cloth diaper is to “save money” (52%) followed by “being more eco-friendly” and “health of baby.”
Decision Come Easy. Sixty percent (60%) of respondents indicated that they decided to cloth diaper either before they were pregnant or during their pregnancy.
We Are Family. Cloth diapering families share similar traits. They breastfeed (93%), babywear (85%), recycle (76%), make their own baby food (71%) and co-sleep (64%).
bumGenius Takes the Cake: The most popular cloth diaper brand is bumGenius (26%). FuzziBunz is the second most popular brand (15%). Beyond that, few diapers rallied a large enough percentage of fans to mention by name.
Variety. Fifty percent (50%) said they own four or more brands of cloth diapers, while 29% indicated they own 2-3 different brands and 21% own primarily one brand.
Diaper Hoarders. Forty-four percent (44%) own 31 or more cloth diapers even though most manufacturers recommend a user only needs about 20.
Conclusions for which I am a minority:
Bragging Husbands. A near majority (49%) said their significant other “loves cloth diapering” and 42% of significant others actually “brag about cloth diapering to family and friends!”Do any of these statements surprise you?
Pockets Rule. The majority of users (50%) indicated a preference for pocket-style diapers over any other style.
Two Snaps Up! An overwhelming majority (74%) said that snap was their closure of choice, only 24% preferred hook and loop (Velcro-like) diapers.