The Great Cloth Diaper Change If you're looking for something earth friendly to do this weekend with your baby and like the idea of being part of a Guiness Book of World Records official record, then find the "The Great Cloth Diaper Change" event closest to your home. On April 21, 305 hosts across America and 15 other countries will bring together parents who are interested in spreading the word about cloth diapering and attempt to break the world record for most cloth diapers changed simultaneously.
This year's event aims to beat the record set in 2011, the first year of the event, which had 5,026 participants at 127 locations in 5 countries (although there were more unofficial participants) so it looks like the chances are pretty strong that a new record will be set this year. In addition to breaking a world record, the event is asking for donations to the Real Diaper Association, a non-profit organization that provides education and support to parents across North America about using cloth diapers. In 2011, the event raised more than $5,000 for the organization.
This event is the culmination of Real Diaper Week which began on April 16 and encouraged parents to promote cloth diapering by doing things such as teach a friend about cloth diapering, discuss cloth diapering with childcare providers, and asking waste management divisions to support cloth diapering to reduce waste.
According to the event's web site, the benefits of cloth diapering include reducing waste by more than 50 percent for families with children in diapers, reducing babies' exposure to the chemicals in disposable diapers, and no worrying about having to run to the store to buy more diapers. Unlike the cloth diapers of decades ago, the cloth diapers of today also come in colorful colors and prints to suit your style. So if you want to learn more about cloth diapering or want to help promote this practice to more parents, consider participating in "The Great Cloth Diaper Change" on Saturday at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
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