Yesterday I hosted a segment on CBS' Eye On Parenting about cloth versus disposable diapering. It is embedded below. I pitched this segment based on Nathalee's post on why she elected to use cloth diapers with Baby Nic.
Nathalee's post made me really want to go this route. I went as far as to interview a few local diaper services in New York City. In the end, I elected to use disposable diapers because we have a small one-bedroom apartment and nowhere to store our soiled diapers for even a few days in between pick ups. Also, our washing machine is the absolute pits so I did not feel equipped to deal with the clean up. If not for those hang ups, I absolutely would have followed in Nathalee's footsteps and gone the cloth route. My husband wanted to as well.
The segment below was meant to discuss the pros and cons of both methods. It was CERTAINLY NOT intended to promote one way as better or worse. Each parent has to make their own decision about this and none of us have any right to judge. This is human poop we are talking about. We are all doing our best to keep it together.
Despite all efforts to present both sides of the story, this segment elicited more venomous comments than I have ever had from any segment I have done in over 10 years as a reporter - 164 comments and counting. My husband, who has worked in broadcast news for longer than I have, likes to joke that if you want to incite viewer comments on a segment, report on pot or pit bulls. I am going to add poop to that topic list. Nothing makes viewers write in more than pot, pit bulls, or poop.
Let me just say that a lot of this segment was edited for the purpose of keeping it short. I also know that we did not demonstrate the more modern cloth diapering equipment that Nathalee mentioned in her post. Despite that, I think we did have a sufficient conversation about the preliminary questions you should ask yourself when considering diapering options. Would I have liked to have discussed it further? Sure! I have a 3 month old. I can talk about poop until the cows come home! Unfortunately we only got to say what we said here. Does that mean I didn't do my research? Don't know about this subject? Deserve the nasty comments on my personal Facebook account about this?
Come on people! We are PARENTS! We are trying to raise amiable and decent human beings. Shouldn't we lead by example? Would you accept it if your child marched up to me and ordered me to redo the segment with rude indignation? Then why is it okay for you to talk to me like that? Now go sit in a corner and think about that for a minute. If you are still steamed after that minute, think about what you tell your toddler when they don't get their way: Be nice!