My parents are visiting the city in anticipation of their first grandchild. I haven’t seen them in months, so when I saw them, right away, my mom had a few things she wanted to give me, including cloth diapers! She didn’t yet know about my plan to use cloth diapers, so I thought it was amusing. I had no idea she used cloth diapers on us. Anyway, she went into her bag, and this is what she gave me:
…the actual set of cloth diapers she used on me over 30 years ago! She had dozens of them. I was amazed she still had them. They were just pieces of flannel material. I explained to her that cloth diapering has come a long way and I showed her what I had. She had no idea that these “modern” looking diapers were also cloth. Anyway, I can still put these pieces of flannel to use by cutting them up and using them as inserts, since we’ll be using pocket diapers. Oh, I was also impressed that there was no staining whatsoever. She told me she washed everything by hand, immediately after changing. Ha! That won’t be me. Besides, I think fabric technology and detergents have come a long way to prevent as much staining as possible.
I asked my mom why she used cloth. Her reasons: less expensive, more comfortable for the baby, and less diaper rash. My reasons: less expensive, less waste, and promotes earlier potty training.
Another item she gave me was a long piece of cloth to be used to cinch my tummy after delivery. Not too long ago, I just learned about this technique. In Japan, it’s called sarashi, and apparently this technique is well known in the Asian culture. I had no idea. It’s a piece of fabric that’s wrapped around the abdomen, which is supposed to help women get their pre-pregnancy bodies back quicker. This was practiced for centuries.
Again, I explained to her that I had this already — not exactly what she was recommending, but I have what is now available in the market. Today, the Western culture has the same thing: the Belly Bandit or some sort of variation. Kourtney Kardashian actually made this particular brand popular by contributing to the design and making it fashionable.
I asked my mom why she used one. Her reason: to tighten up/get rid of her excess the baby weight quicker. My reason: to tighten up/get rid of the excess baby weight (oh, and now they say it provides good back support while carrying or breastfeeding the baby).
It’s funny how some things never change — they just get fancier and more expensive.