Local parents gathered at Mother Nurture this spring to participate in The Great Cloth Diaper Change, joining thousands of other parents to set the world record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously.
At least 200 sites in 11 countries combined for more than 6,200 diaper changes.
The purpose of the event was to increase public awareness of reusable cloth diapers.
Cloth diapers are better for the environment, better for babies, and better for family finances.
In the U.S. and Canada, nearly 90% of babies are diapered in disposable diapers, meaning 60,000 diapers entered landfills during the one minute parents were changing diapers during the Great Cloth Diaper Change.
Disposable diapers take an estimated 250-500 years to decompose.
However, just as people are rejecting single-use plastic water bottles and grocery bags, increasing numbers of parents are choosing reusable diapers.
Modern cloth diapers are growing in popularity because gone are the days of safety pins and plastic pants!
Modern cloth diapers are made from luxurious and sustainable fabrics such as bamboo velour, hemp and organic cotton.
Parents have found that cloth diapers result in fewer leaks, less diaper rash and tre-mendous cost savings with little work.
Also gone are the days of diaper pails filled with yucky water, bleach and other dangerous solutions.
Breastfed babies’ diapers can go straight into the wash, and flushable rice paper liners are available for a formula fed baby or baby on solids.
Cloth diapers usually come in a one-piece or two-piece system.
A one-piece system is an all-in-one diaper in which the diaper and cover fasten with snaps or Velcro. They wrap around the baby and fasten in front just like a disposable.
A two-piece system consists of a diaper such as a prefold or other absorbent material and a cover.
Also growing in popularity are one-size options that have graduated settings so the diaper can grow with the baby.
Parents love the ease of this one-piece, one-size diapering option.
Cerise Bouchard is owner of Mother Nurture, which offers a variety of cloth diapering options and can show you how easy they are to use. Info: 335-5949 or www.mothernurtureky.com.