By Darla Shelden
One day before Earth Day, communities around the world will gather together in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously. The 2012 Great Cloth Diaper Change will be held on Saturday, April 21, in the Page room at the Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52nd St., in Oklahoma City. Pre-event activities start at 10 a.m. and The Change will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Great Cloth Diaper Change event is the brainchild of Judy Aagard, whose family has run the Tiny Tots diaper service, in Campbell, CA since 1966.
In 2011, a Guinness World Record (GWR) was set for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously with 5,026 participants at 127 locations in 5 countries. The total number of participating hosts (not all qualified for the GWR) reporting were 203 with 6,363 participants from 10 countries.
The event did more than raise awareness that cloth diapers are do-able. It raised over $5,000 for the Real Diaper Association, a national advocate that provides support and education to parents across America for the use of simple, reusable cloth diapers.
Elizabeth Pilgrim, founder of Cloth Diaper Oklahoma and organizer of this year’s event said, “I am a wife, mother of three children, co-owner of The Changing Table and a CPA. My love of cloth began before the birth of my second child.
‘My oldest daughter was plagued by excruciatingly painful diaper rash, most likely due to sensitivity to chemicals in disposable diapers, and I was determined to make changes before my second daughter was born. I was lucky to have a supportive mom’s group who introduced me to the wonderful world of cloth.”
“Parents have been told disposables hold more liquid, but a diaper needs to be changed when wet.” said Morgan Harris, owner of the Green Bambino, Oklahoma City’s first cloth diaper retail outlet.
According to data provided by The Real Diaper Association, a sponsor of the Great Cloth Diaper Change, 92 percent of all disposables end up in landfills, amounting to four percent of all solid waste.
Oklahoma City mother of two diaper-wearing babies, Kristen Montafur said, “I am really excited to attend this event and my hope is that the word will be spread about cloth diapering. With people trying to go green these days, cloth diapering is an eco-friendly, money saving way to start living a more natural life.
“Cloth diapering isn’t done the way your grandma used to do it. This is a great way to get to know more about the process and to also meet other cloth diapering moms in our area.”
Cloth diapers reduce waste for families with children in diapers by more than 50 percent and allow families to save more than $2000 per child. Parents can reduce exposure of their babies’ skin and lungs to the chemicals in disposable diapers.
“We’re looking forward to breaking the records that were set in 2011, on Saturday, April 21. The Great Cloth Diaper Change will be the grand finale of the International Cloth Diaper Awareness Week, April 16 to 21,” said Pilgrim.
A family changing two children must have two adults available to participate, using only a 100% reusable and commercially- available cloth diaper.
“I want to invite anyone with a baby 39 inches or less in diapers to participate. The Changing Table will loan a cloth diaper to anyone who needs one at the event. You just need to contact me in advance if you will need to borrow a diaper. The first 100 families in the door will receive goody bags and dozens of companies are donating raffle prizes,” said Pilgrim.
The event is free with a $1 suggested donation to the Real Diaper Association. Each participant will receive two raffle tickets. Pre-registrants receive one additional ticket. Additional raffle tickets are available for purchase at $2 each or 3 for $5.
“Please join me in “changing diapers one baby at a time,” said Pilgrim.
To pre-register for the Great Cloth Diaper Change visit www.ClothDiaperOklahoma.org. For more information, to contribute diapers, or if you are a family in need, contact Elizabeth Pilgrim at 405-290-8862 or [email protected]