Post # 1
I know diapers are a popular shower gift. If you had a baby shower, did you get a lot of disposable diapers?
We have a dilemma because we are only cloth diapering. We won’t be using disposables at all, so how do we tactfully spread the word? I was severely allergic to them as a baby, and my DH has very strong environmental principles that make him dislike them. There is no changing his mind 🙂 I wouldn’t dream of asking the shower hostess to put it on the invitation, but I’d still like people to know somehow. She isn’t around our main social circle often, so it would be hard for her to tell people. I’d hate for people to give us something we can’t use! But I am also extremely grateful for our friends and family who will be celebrating baby with us and do not want to step on any toes.
Post # 3
I have a great idea! Maybe cheesey…
With your invitations send out a photo of a big extravagent awesome gift basket and say for each “________brand” Cloth diaper you bring – you will receive 1 ticket for the gift basket.. that way they know you are cloth diapering and you also will get some diapers too!
Again – maybe cheesey. I feel like it is similar to the book instead of a card ordeal though.
Post # 4
How many you get will depend on your social circle..
For my first shower, I received a diaper cake (from the hostess) and one small pack of diapers. That’s it. This was my side of the family.
The second shower, which was my friends/DH’s side, had a diaper cake/other diaper objects (from the hostess again), and one big box of diapers.
The third shower (joint shower between another neighbor and I – just neighbors invited) I received one big box again.
That was it.. I was kinda shocked as I remember my sister receiving a lot more.
The big thing – don’t register for any, OR register for cloth diapers. I’d be spreading the word with friends/family to let them know as well. If you are asked about a brand, tell them you are CDing.
If someone brings diapers, see if you can figure out which store they came from. For example, if they bought them at BRU, just go in, add the diapers to your registry and marked them as purchased, then return them for a store credit. The other thought is to just hang onto them and regift them for the next shower. I’ve got various clothes hanging up in the closet that I plan to do that with, as I have way too many already..
Post # 6
I did this with disposables and got a ton. Great idea.
Post # 7
I got some in a diaper cake and so did DH at an impromptu Daddy’s Shower at his work. I don’t have any suggestions, but I definitely didn’t get a ton. I would at least register for cloth diapers (if possible–we don’t have stores like that here, so I wouldn’t be able to) so people see that. Honestly, you’re probably going to get some, but maybe you can donate them to a local home for teen moms or something. That’s what we’re doing with ones that don’t work well for DS or that he grows out of before he can use.
Returning them might work, but if they’re in a diaper cake or something, it’s not going to.
Also, I understand your position against them, but may I suggest not getting rid of them right away and keeping them around for emergencies/travel? I think we went through 20 diapers a day in the first few weeks–you may not be able to keep up with laundry. Just a thought. You wouldn’t be buying them, they’re already purchased, so maybe use them? I also fully respect if it’s just not an option, though 😉
Post # 8
@Cady: I am definitely doing it. What did you put in the basket?? I have people coming from all directions of the state so it cant be a gift card to a regional restaurant or anything like that…
Post # 9
I too suggest what @MrsB1015: suggested. We did the raffle thing (for disposable) for my twins’ baby shower and it worked wonderfully. We received enough to diaper twins for 6 months! It was awesome!
Post # 10
@MrsB1015: My sister works at Starbucks, so she put together a Starbucks basket for the prize.
Post # 11
@Jess1483: I’d be more than happy to donate them at work if I get them. I work in state-run OBGYN so all the mamas and babies I work with are low or no income and I know they could use them.
I’ve only got cloth diapers on my registry so I hope most people notice. I might tell a couple of our closer friends to kind of spread the word as well if they hear anyone ask about what to get us.
Post # 12
You could always return them for in store credit somewhere. At least the boxes of them… Might be hard to refund the diaper cake form lol. Try spreading the word… Or find a nice way to say “ellebeerob & hubby are planning on cloth diapering, please consider against gifting them diapers for their son”
Post # 13
@ellebeerob: My SO’s sister got hundreds of disposable diapers. Your best bet is to just say you are using cloth diapers since you are allergic to the components of disposable diapers.
Post # 14
I didn’t receive any diapers for my shower. All items I had listed on my registery where other things and that is what I got.
Post # 15
I got 3 boxes and only had one shower. I cloth diaper, so those were used at daycare.
Post # 16
@ellebeerob: Why don’t you just register for some cloth diapers? I had some friends that did that (on amazon I think) and that sends the message to everyone that you will be cloth diapering. If they look at your registry they should get the hint pretty fast.