The Amish by my Aunt don't even have garbage pick-up, they burn all their trash that they don't compost. Wonder if they use sposies too and what they do with them?
The only thing I can think of is what you had mentioned about if they don't sew and only find the cheep ones at the stores.
My brother lives in an Amish community, and they don't drive cars and stuff like that. I'm not sure what their "rules" are - I think they have electricity. I do know that they use synthetic fabrics liberally, which I always thought was strange!
Anyway, most of the Mennonites I know (who a lot of people mistake for Amish, soley because of their head-coverings) don't breastfeed because they believe that some women "just can't" (but won't ever come to LLL meetings ), feed jarred baby food, and disposable diaper.
I'll have to ask my brother about diapering in his community.
One friend of mine uses sposies (mennonite) and I took her a ton of velcro wraps to use with prefolds, but everytime I've been back the baby has been in sposies. She was very interested in the pocket diapers I had made. I didn't ask her directly why she didn't use what I gave her , but just shrugs off the option of cloth. They have soooo much to accomplish during a day, particularly during the growing season, that I think the convenience must be the issue. I have noticed flats on the line of some of the more orthodox Amish.
Make no mistake, they are very savy business people that are well aware of the modern conveniences that exist!
amish do not use snaps or zippers either, they pin their clothing and i think they use buttons too. the aplix/velcro thing i am not sure of.
i know, for the families that i knew, it would be hard for them to have quality cloth diapers that worked well and were easy to care for. flat folds are not sold that many places and neither are good prefolds. disposable diapers are just easier when you don't have electricity in your house i suppose. it kind of surprised me at first, but then i thought where would they buy them? and how would they care for them?
i do know that most amish have a foot powered sewing machine, so they would be able to make flat folds and prefolds i guess. ever seen amish quilts? they are absolutely incredible and prefect!!!!!!!!! and they make all of their own clothes, except for shoes and probably undergarments.
Originally Posted by MTBto5
I have noticed that also Every year a girlfriend and myself go to Shipshewanee for a week and they are all amish/menonites(sp?) there and the same thing all in disposables.
We go to an Amish bulk food store in Illinois ocassionally and they always have flats, pins, and plastic pants in stock so I guess I'm at the thought they would pay money for sposies when so many other aspects of their life are so simple.
I have never thought about it before....I just assumed they used cloth.
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Just seems like they'd be the last people in the world to buy sposies.
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I used to live near an Amish community and it's interesting the things they've adopted and adapted for their use. Like, they use tractors but no tires - just the metal wheels. And cars are a no-no, but they ride modern bikes.
i would have thought that strict Amish use flats and wool, but it doesn't surprise me that Mennonites use sposies. They seem to be more 'in' the modern world.
I know that my grandma used flats (basically just a baby blanket) and washed everything by hand because they couldn't afford a washing machine (plus she had six kids). And they were not Amish/mennonite.
Lots of the Amish and Mennonites here use disposables but some use cloth. It's kind of funny how much 'worldly' stuff they can get by with. If I see Amish ladies in the grocery store, often it's not just flour in the cart - it's Fruit Roll ups, chips, pop and all the junk food they can fit in there. I have no idea why. But it's like mehndi mama said, different groups have different rules. My neighbour's son owns a truck for his construction business, but he's not allowed to drive it. One of his employees (non-Amish) does.
The way my neighbour washes laundry (and used to do with diapers) is an ancient washing machine. She hooks it up to their generator. I have only seen it one but it's not anything like a modern machine. They hang everything on the line.
With the Amish, keeping to the status quo is very important. They want to be the same as all the other Amish people. So it's probably area - to- area, church to church whether they're using cloth or disposable diapers.