This is the response to WhatToExpect.com’s article Entitled “Essentials for Diaper Changing Stations” dated May 13, 2011.
I am very disappointed in your recent article “Essentials for Diaper Changing Stations” You specifically mention the use of disposable diapers and products, but no where do you address the different needs of a Mother using cloth diapers for her child.
As a Mother of FOUR children and one more on the way I would expect “What To Expect” to address issues that are not only geared toward a consumable society, but also (if not more so) geared for mothers trying to do what is not only best for baby but the environment as well. Especially with the “Green Movement” in more than full swing in both the US as well as the rest of the modern world. For example you refer to purchasing diaper wipes in bulk with low-packaging refills to save money, but never refer to how you would manage reusable cloth wipes or the multitude of solutions for using them. In regards to diaper rash ointments you mention hypoallergenic, fragrance-free but don’t point out to new mothers who very well may be unaware that if they cloth diaper they will need something that is free of zinc-oxide as petroleum products to avoid ruining their diapers; let alone you assume that you need ointment with all changes which of course in inherently indicative to disposables but rarely ever needed with cloth diapers due to the breathability of fabric against baby’s tender skin verses the chemical laden paper and plastics of disposables. Your article refers to hand sanitizer and DOES warn to keep out of reach of children as they contain alcohol (thank you), but doesn’t mention more ECO friendly options as Hand sanitizers that DO NOT contain alcohol or other toxic chemicals that could pose at threat to baby if accidentally ingested.
Going forward I would be much more comfortable referring your site to my customers should more Eco-friendly practices be more readily embraced. I do of course understand the fact that you are sponsored by products such as Destin and Pamper’s. But with the “Green Movement” as it is and becoming a larger population of mothers every day I would think it would be wise to be aware that the days of thinking every mom wants Huggies and Pampers for baby shower gifts are gone.
-The Diaper Lady