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April 23, 2013

Breaking Records, Raising Awareness, Helping the Earth

The Great Cloth Diaper Change is the highlight of cloth related events for me. Its proximity to Earth Day just makes the whole weekend feel like a crunchy mama holiday! In case you don't know what the Great Cloth Diaper Change is, let me tell you.

It started in 2011 as an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously. That first year there were 5,026 diapers changed! Last year saw a huge jump in the numbers, as more people heard about the Change and more locations decided to host. There were 8,251 cloth diapers changed in 189 locations on 4 continents in 2012! The first two years of the Change the diapers were all changed at the same moment worldwide, resulting in some people in Australia changing in the middle of the night. Now that's dedication! This year they were able to do the same time locally so that more people could participate, so every change was at 11 am local time. As of the beginning of April there were 285 locations registered to host the Change, so it looks good that the record will be broken! One unfortunate thing is that a location needs at least 25 diapers changed in order to qualify towards the total, so the real number will be higher than the Guinness number. As of yesterday (April 22) the unofficial total for this years change is at 7,972 with 182 locations reported. Since there are 103 locations left to report, the record should be easily broken! The Great Cloth Diaper Change has become a really big event for cloth diaper families, and is a great way to spread the word about reusable diapers.

Ava and I attended the Great Cloth Diaper Change in Holland, Michigan which is hosted by our local cloth diaper shop, Ecobuns. If you are local, follow the GCDC-Holland's Facebook page to keep in the loop for next year's change! For the change, everyone has to hold up the diaper they will be changing into for a picture, and then after the change everyone holds up their newly diapered baby for another picture. Here are some photos of the 30 diaper changes we had at our location! (Photos courtesy of the GCDC-Holland Facebook)

Diapers up! 
Hold those babies up!

The Ecobuns team made this a really fun event, with giveaways, raffles, and even Fluff Photos with a local photographer: Little Lamb Photography! We got a Fluff Photo session for Ava, and I had so much fun getting some adorable diaper shots and even some neat breastfeeding shots!

The Great Cloth Diaper Change has really been a great way of sharing with people about cloth diapering as a sustainable option, and Ecobuns had a great announcement at our GCDC. Ecobuns is partnering with Nestlings, a local diaper bank, to provide cloth diapers as an option to low income families! Previously, Nestlings had done solely disposable diapers for low income families, but with Ecobuns' help they will now be offering cloth diaper kits! The timing of this announcement was just perfect for the GCDC and Earth Day.

In the spirit of Earth Day and of raising awareness, I have an announcement for our blog! In the blog article I linked above, Nestlings points out that many low income families have limited access to laundry facilities. Well, a couple years ago Kim, of Dirty Diaper Laundry, set out to show that even with no access to a laundry facility you can still cloth diaper. She started a really cool event called the Flats Challenge to raise awareness about flat diapers and how manageable it can be to hand wash your diapers! I will be taking part in the Flats Challenge this year and blogging about it here and linking up with many other bloggers to talk about flats. Leading up to the Challenge I will have some Saturday posts with flats reviews and information. As I learn how to fold and hand wash them I'll share my journey with you. The Challenge itself is going to be from May 20-26 and during that time I will only be using flats and covers and will be hand washing anything I use! I hope that my series will be an inspiration and a helpful resource to be shared.

This shows the steps to doing a Kite Fold with a flat.

Let's hear from you! Did you attend the Great Cloth Diaper Change? How many babies were changed at your location? Do you have a local cloth diaper store whom you could encourage to work with a diaper bank? Have you heard of the Flats Challenge? Have you done the Flats Challenge before? Are you thinking about doing it this year? Do you have friends who could benefit from a series on how to use flats to diaper affordably?


Marissa said...

What a great post! Thank you so much for covering this great event!

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