I think we need to clear something up, I feel like everyone is getting up in arms about my less than amazing reviews of cheap diapers I ordered from the internet.
This is my response to many of the YouTube comments from my Cloth Diaper Podcast Channel I’m getting that say I’m too harsh on cheapies.
First, can we stop calling them China Cheapies?
I know this is the popular lingo in the cloth diaper community but it’s really a terrible term. Not all diapers are made in China. Not all diapers made in China are cheap. Isn’t the term a little derogatory? I know some bloggers and Chinese people feel that this is distasteful.
I am making a conscious effort to just call them Cheapies – a term I’m using for cloth diapers that come under $15 and they can be made anywhere. Cheapies are just cheap diapers and their cheap cost is going to be associated with impacts on the cloth diaper community as well as potentially have quality issues.
Second, not everyone has to like everything.
Just because you love your Elf or Elefant or Wish Diapers doesn’t mean I have to. I’m really trying to provide my honest first impressions after a few years of collecting, hoarding and being immersed in the cloth diaper world.
My hope is that my impressions of these diapers and experiences with them will help show people why these often set people up for failure. Yes, you might have been successful with cheapies, but most people I know in real life who tried to cloth diaper and failed started with cheapies. The people I know who are still cloth diapering today have shifted their stash to other more quality brands for the consistency they offer and the good fit, the customer service and more.
Cloth diapering has been my life and is my life. I live and breathe cloth diapering and that’s what guides my opinions and perspectives.
Third, I know that not everyone can afford a full stash of expensive cloth diapers.
I truly believe there are better ways to cloth diaper than to order a stash of 24 cheap diapers with microfibre inserts and shitty quality that might fall apart in a year, they also might not (consider yourself lucky).
There is a sinking second-hand market for cloth diapers where you can buy reputable, compliant, cloth diapers for half the cost of new.
You can buy on clearance sales when cloth diapers close their doors due to the crappy cloth diaper economy.
The options for cloth diapering on a budget are not limited to cheap diaper from cheap wholesale websites and would argue.
Fourth, I didn’t realize that YouTube was so international.
I’ve been blogging and Instagramming for years and my perspective is very much ingrained in the Canadian and US-based space that I live and typically engage with.
Fifth, supporting “big brands” is my livelihood
You know what term I hate more than “china cheapie”? “big brands” because a lot of cloth diaper companies in Canada and the USA are tiny little companies with a super small handful of staff who are working their tails off to be successful.
But this blog I earn affiliate sales with cloth diaper brands and retailers, I don’t earn affiliates with cheap diapers. There’s no money in supporting them. Sorry, but blogging isn’t cheap. It’s a fun hobby but it does come with expenses.
Sixth, there’s a lot of complex unknowns around Cheapies that upsets me.
I’m bothered by copyright infringement. I’m bothered by unknown factory conditions. I’m bothered by lack of compliance. I’m bothered by shady behaviour. I’m bothered by a lot of things Cheapies do.
I’m also bothered that they have taken over the industry and the big brands are sinking, there is turmoil right now, and this turmoil isn’t just about the cost of diapers, it’s the cost of people’s dreams. I have a dream, and it’s never going to come true because the cloth diaper community right now can’t support it.
Seven, not all North American brands are perfect either.
Just because I’m harsh on cheapies doesn’t mean I praise other big brand diapers. North American brands have their faults too. We’ll get there, I just now cheapies are popular right now and it’s truly a marketing ploy on my behalf because my cheapie videos are my most watched. Nobody knows or cares about the big brands anymore. See point 5 & 6.
I don’t have to like cheap cloth diapers
I don’t have to give them a glowing review. Trust me my shitty opinions about them won’t make them disappear.