Your Grandmother Should Know - Getting Started

Your Grandmother Should Know

Many of us seek cloth diapering support from our peers, from other parents of young children. We reinvent cloth diapers as we start over with every new parent and every baby. Even in the passing era of throwaway diapers, the knowledge of cloth diapers was not lost. There have been women among us all along who know about cloth diapers. Your grandmother should know.

GETTING STARTED STEPSYour Grandmother Should Know Cloth Diapers - Grandmother and mother hold cloth diapered baby together.



Read about the project. Find out more about the Your Grandmother Should Know, a cloth diaper oral history project, and find out what you can do to participate by reading our detailed Project Guidelines. Printed copies of the Project Guidelines are available to each Real Diaper Association member, and the same guidelines are available to all for download and printing.


Make a plan. A quick plan and some serious preparation will help your interview to go smoothly. A Project Plan form, available in .pdf or MS Word format below, will help you keep track of what you will do. As you decide who to interview and what to ask, the Project Manager is available for support and encouragement.


Find local support. You may find that you want help as you research the time period and gather equipment. Several members of a Real Diaper Circle can make a quick job of the preparations if they work together.


Arrange an interview. You need to find someone to interview. This can be your grandmother or anyone else, man or woman, who can contribute to a cloth diaper oral history.


Gather your equipment. Record the interview on a cassette tape or a digital recorder. Buy or borrow the equipment, and learn how to use it.


Interview your grandmother. Your interview is the heart of the project because you are the one collecting the pieces of this cloth diaper oral history.


Organize the interview materials and send them in. After your interview, you will arrange the recording, releases, and other information you have collected and send it to the Project Manager, who will add your interview to many other interviews by Real Diaper Association members. Keeping the interview and information organized makes it more useful to those who will listen to your work in the future.


Tell everyone about it. You can use the project, your interview, or what you learned in the interview as a great story to stir up local interest in cloth diapers. Seek publicity in local papers, on the radio, and through any local channels to reach those who want to know about cloth diapers or oral history.

Start by reading the Project Guidelines today for more details about Your Grandmother Should Know: An Oral History of Cloth Diapers from Real Diaper Association.



Buy Project Guidelines. If you don't want the bother of downloading and printing the Project Guidelines yourself, a printed book of 49 pages is available from our advocacy gear store for $10.95. The book is wire-bound so it will open up flat in case you want to take it with you to your interview. You can get a Your Grandmother Should Know mini button there, too.

Download the entire Project Guidelines.  The Project Guidelines document is in .pdf format.  To read and download the project materials, you will need the most recent version of Adobe Reader.  Update or download your FREE copy of Adobe Reader.

Your Grandmother Should Know
An Oral History of Cloth Diapers from Real Diaper Association
Project Guidelines

[Download pdf file, 36 pgs, 213KB]

Just need forms?  The forms used in the project are available in the full .pdf file above or as separate .pdf or MS Word .doc forms below. The .doc forms can be filled out electronically then saved or printed for inclusion with your documentation materials.


Project Plan.pdf.doc
Research Log.pdf.doc
Interviewer Information Form.pdf.doc
Participant Biographical Form.pdf.doc
Audio or Video Recording Log.pdf.doc
Photograph Log.pdf.doc