This Saturday, April 18, proud parents and caretakers will attempt to break last year’s Guinness World Record of 8,459 babies changed at one time, during The Great Cloth Diaper Change, now entering its fifth anniversary. Held last year at 188 sites in 18 countries on six continents, the event seeks to highlight the use of cloth diapers as a healthier, more environmentally friendly alternative to using disposable diapers.
“Each year billions of disposable diapers enter landfills where it takes hundreds of years for them to decompose, if ever,” said Heather McNamara, Executive Director of the Real Diaper Association, in a statement.
The Great Cloth Diaper Change is an international initiative organized with the assistance of the nonprofit organization Real Diaper Association. Judy Aagard of Tiny Tots in California said she came up with the idea in an effort to host a family event in celebration of Earth Day and of course, to show the world that cloth diapers are a viable option for families.
Natural and Holistic Baby Expo (NAHBE) and Tiny ecoUrbanite will host the local diaper change at MADE in Long Beach at 10:30AM. The official change time will be at 11:00AM. In addition to the world-record setting attempt, attendees will be given gift bags, giveaways, kids activities, snacks, beverages and an opportunity to browse all the local, eclectic products at MADE. Last year, The Great Cloth Diaper Change was held at Zen Baby Shop on 3rd St. in Long Beach.
Kawani Brown, founder of NAHBE, going into its third year in August, said, "We are very excited to be a part of the cloth diaper world record attempt this year. Each year the number of participants grow and with that comes more awareness about sustainable and toxic free living."
For more information or to participate in The Great Cloth Diaper Change in Long Beach, click here. To register for the event, click here.
MADE in Long Beach is located at 236 Pine Ave.
Photo of Kawani Brown and Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal at last year's event courtesy of Kawani Brown.