We received a gift card to Babies R Us for Kiddo#4. Some of our small diaper covers are shot by now, so I figured I’d pick up a few more to tide us over until K4 fits into the larger sizes.
Yes, I’m one of those cloth diaper fanatics. I switched over so I could see what our washing machine could really do, and I’ve never looked back. I think cloth diapering is awesome.
All the employees at Babies R Us looked bored out of their minds and stared right through me whenever I had occasion to talk to them. I wasn’t entirely sure they were alive at all. But the upshot was, when I asked where they kept their cloth diaper covers, one was able to show me where the cloth diapers (prefolds) were located, but no covers.
(Incidentally, when I talk about diaper covers, I mean something like the Bummis Super Brite Diaper Cover and when I say “prefolds” these were what they had: Gerber Diaper Service Cloth Diapers (6-pk.).)
They had nothing like a cloth diaper cover, and no pins. Only those lame rubber pants like your great-grandmother used to curse whenever the baby leaked all over her lap.
In other words, Babies R Us sells cloth diapers that you have no effective means of putting on your baby.
The employee tried to convince me that rubber pants were the same thing as diaper covers. She also seemed to think that training pants were the same thing as diaper covers. They aren’t.
I’m a hit-and-run shopper: I don’t browse a store, particularly not with a baby in a sling and a four year old who wants to stop in front of every item in a big box store and say, “And what is that?” When we’d determined Babies R Us no longer sells cloth diaper covers, I decided to leave.
On the way out of the store, I passed an ad saying they were having a “green mothering” day in May, where they’ll showcase their most environmentally friendly products.
I wonder if they’ll hold that in the disposable diaper aisle, surrounded by boxes of diapers stacked higher than the Great Wall of China, while they demonstrate to mothers of infants their selection of precisely two kinds of cloth prefolds that they can’t then change a baby into?