07-15-2008, 09:05 PM
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So Monday we will have been cloth-diapering our LO for a whole year! We didn't know a lot of people who used cloth when we started, but it sure has been easier than we expected! Cloth diapers feel much easier than disposables to me, since I've only handled a disposable two or three times, and they seem very unfamiliar. Besides that there are the hassles of having to buy them, and throw them away, and the psychological weight of "stuff" being used. Thinking about why we feel that cloth diapering is easier than disposables led us to the analogy of food. For many people, going out to eat is easier than cooking, if they're tired and had a long day, or whatnot. For us, going out to eat is not something we do often, so it is unfamiliar. That makes it feel harder and more stressful than just whipping up something at home. It's kind of the same thing as diapers--familiarity leads to ease.
So, I have come to the conclusion that familiarity and habit have a lot to do with what strikes different people as convenient.
Not an original thought, I know, but I just thought I'd share.