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Do you guys get alot of comments about your babies' not walking properly because of bulky cloth dipes? I keep getting those kinds of comments and it's getting on my nerves. What can I say to people that say that? I don't wanna be rude but I don't want to be silent either....
 

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Just tell them babies have been CD'ed for thousands of years with no problems and you preffer not expose you baby to toxic chemicals. I saw on CNN today that one of the presidential canidates for Russia(Ithink) was poisened and almost died with Dioxin which is in disposable diapers, so you could point this out too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> It sucks when people are igonorant, I used to get lots of comments when DS was younger about his baby sling and cloth diapers would make it so he'd never walk. He walked at 10 months, go figure huh?
 

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I got this too, especially when dd was in a sling. She started walking at 9 1/2 months, so when they'd ask I'd take her out and let her demonstrate how awfully she'd walk around... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mischievous.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="mischief"> Granted, she moved faster without a diaper. But that was just another reason to CD -- so I could catch up! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
You could always tell them that it must've been awful to live in the past, with all those deformed walking people in the world... :LOL
 

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I second pp. My 2.5 yo learned to walk at 10 mos. I carried that child everywhere until one day she just stood up and walked down my friends wood floored hall in her little socked feet (I would have fell). She had on her prefold and her wool cover. Whatever. My friends daughter was a sposie baby and was almost never held. She didn't walk until she was over a year.<br><br>
There is nothing saying that CD kids walk later than DD kids. Most people who CD their kids are AP parents whose kids tend to walk and talk sooner because they feel very secure. JMHO. FWIW. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/kewl.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="kewl">
 

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Thats what i say...i usually mention how people were CDed for thousands of years and they all learned to walk. But they always say that the CDs back then werent bluky becvause they were just squares of cloth...people are so difficult because if CDs were just squares of cltoh ahrdly anyone would do it anymore... and I get that alot about the sling...how she was never going to crawl or anything (crawled at 5 almost 6 months and at 8 months already cruises on furniture)... sheesh.
 

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People are so dumb. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Cloth diapers weren't always little thin pieces of fabric (they're probably thinking of flats). And even if people used flats, they still had to use a cover, and before rubber and nylon pants, people used wool, which isn't as thin as a disposable. Funny how people learned to walk! I was cloth diapered in prefolds, and DOUBLE DIAPERED for naps and overnight and sometimes if my mom didn't want to use a cover, during the day. 2 prefolds are pretty bulky, and I walked at an early age.<br>
My friend uses disposables and her son is SO bow-legged that he walks on the side of his feet and is going to have to have braces to straighten out his legs. He walked at a later age. It doesn't matter if it's cloth or disposable, if a child is going to walk later, or have walking "issues" it's not going to be because of what diaper they're wearing!<br>
People kill me.
 

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I've just learned to smile and nod when strangers give their, ever so helpful, advice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><br><br>
With my mother, I just tell her all the logical reasons I pick up Kylie at the smallest sign of distress, and why I don't cram jarred foods down her throat. She didn't believe me until her nurse friend told her what a wonderful job I am doing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> I called this friend and thanked her from the bottom of my heart :LOL<br><br>
She loves that I use CD's so at least I don't hear about that one. I think living in Oregon is the reason I only hear positives abour CD's.<br><br>
I think nodding, smiling, and changing the subject will give people the hint to back off. Most people, IME, have caught on when I do this. I had one friend (my best friend actually), who wouldn't get it. I finally snapped at her and layed it all out. She argued with me awhile and then finally stopped <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I hope I never have to resort to those means again.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I hope you are able to get those around you to back off. If not, at least you know you are doing an awesome thing for your little one and Mother Earth.
 

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How can they say your dd is not walking properly if she is 8 months and already knows how to walk when most kids don't walk until around 12 months <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> People can be really ignorant sometimes. My dd has been cloth diapered since birth and has been really fast at achieving her physical milestones so far.
 

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Jesus wore cloth and he walked on water <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bgbounce">
 

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"Jesus wore cloth and he walked on water"<br>
Ohh that is good! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap">
 

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A few months ago dh wondered if Alyssa couldn't crawl because of her bulky cloth diapers. Now she crawls as fast as he can walk in those same diapers. She will be walking soon too. Kids walk when they walk, no matter what you put on them. A diaper isn't going to slow them down, although sometimes it'd be nice if it would.
 

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My son walked a lot earlier than his sposie counterparts. SO there :LOL<br><br>
People are so weird. I am glad I live in a city where everyone is a freak so no one cares <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I have only had one person say that to me and ironically it is when I getting ready for a car trip and had my ds in a disposable for that - so when she said "oh look how funny he walks in his cloth diaper" I could honestly say - um, he is wearing a disposable and make them feel like a heel for saying it!! (and she did)<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> - Just ignore them<br>
DD and DS#! wore sposies but DS#2 wore cloth. DS#2 rolled, sat and walked MUCH EARLIER than my first two kids. And everybody has always been amazed at how well DS walks and runs for his age.
 

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Why is this comment so common?<br><br>
I never had anyone be that direct...but they would hint at it. Well, just a few people.<br><br>
Some of the comebacks mentioned are great. I love the Jesus one! :LOL<br><br>
I usually just tell people I don't like all the chemicals that are in disposables. If they pursue it then I tell them more about it. Most people seem to drop it at that.
 

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Like you, I tried to use the everyone used to be in cloth response and the person said that back then they were thin, not bulky like my boys have. I think the best approach is either something they can't argue with like the chemicals you don't like, or something such as "I appreciate your concern but as the parent I have to do what I think is best for my baby's health" and change the subject. They are bulky--and though it obviously doesn't slow them down at all or make them bowlegged (I think both of those things are based on the child--not what he wears on his bum)--trying to educate on that point is a losing battle. Time will prove that wrong.
 

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Slightly OT here, but on the bulk issue - they are only bulky because they are being compared to sposies. When people say they didn't used to be bulky, I'm not sure that's the case. Its just that everyone is so used to they way a sposie looks since that's what is the norm these days.<br><br>
Even more OT - its like calling an intact penis "uncircumcised"...like circing is "normal". Or, like calling bfing past a year "extended" because bfing to a year is the norm <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
Anyway, sorry for the ramble. It just saddens me sometimes to think about the norms in this society.
 

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Both of mine were/are cloth diapered and in the sling, and they both walked at 10 months. You have absolutely nothing to worry about - which I know you knew already - I know the comments are annoying. I had to hear them all too. You can tell people that your online friends who cloth diaper all had babies who walked on time, and some of them walked early. Then if they bring it up again, you can tell them you would rather not discuss it.
 

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Also, when babies first learn to walk, many of them (including disposable diapered babies) appear bowlegged and walk with their legs far apart. That is normal development and NOT caused by diapers. They are have better balance that way.
 
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