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RDA just sent out Volume 19 of its E-Newsletter since its launch in August 2004 with Volume 1. Did you get it? If not, we'd love you to join our list. The RDA E-Newsletter is a monthly publication. You can sign up on any page of the Real Diaper Association website in the lower left hand corner of the left-hand navigation menu. For our E-Newsletter publication, there are several areas of interest you can request to receive information about, ensuring you do not receive information you do not want.

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  • Website Updates
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real diaper advertising

Advertising at the Real Diaper Association Advertising on the Real Diaper Association website will be valuable to those businesses who would like to take advantage of RDA search engine ranking and access to a vital advertising market. As an added benefit, business members will receive a discount of 50% off advertising costs. Beyond the business benefits, advertisers will know that they are putting more babies in cloth diapers through local communities working to spread awareness and use of cloth diapers. RDA is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers, and volunteers will continue to give of their time to manage this program. All money generated by advertising, minus PayPal's fees, will be used to fund RDA's mission of putting more babies in cloth diapers.

Q: Will funds spent on advertising be tax deductible?

A: No. Real Diaper Association is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, but money spent on advertising is not considered a donation because the advertising on the website is a service rendered by RDA. Two banner placements will be available: 468x60 at the top and 120x60 at the side of both the Real Diaper Association and sites. Please note that we reserve the right to refuse any advertising.










Real Diaper Events is the portal for Real Diaper Association members to post cloth diapering related events happening in their local communities. All posts are read by a moderator, checked against our database of members, and then released within 48 hours.

Are you holding a Real Diaper Event?
Tell RDA members about it!

What events can be listed?

  • Real Diaper Circle meetings
  • Local cloth diapering class
  • Farmer’s market with a cloth diaper vendor
  • Baby fair or LLLI conference with a cloth diaper vendor
  • Earth Day event with cloth diaper information
  • Interview on radio or television about cloth diapers

Don't have an event? Post with a Purpose!

  • Share YOUR cloth diapering testimonials.
  • Inform members of cloth diapering in the news!
  • Excited about your local advocacy? SHOUT IT OUT to the community!
  • Nominate members for the RDA REAL DIAPER GIVEAWAY!
  • Want to meet other cloth diapering advocates - tell us who you are - where you live.
  • Advocacy Tips? Put them here!
We look forward to hearing from our membership! Not a member of RDA? Not a problem! Join RDA as an individual or a business member and take part in our REAL DIAPER EVENTS blog!

real diaper giveaway - get involved!

Real Diaper Association is sponsoring an ongoing Real Diaper Giveaway. The program has several steps:

  1. Advertising on the RDA website and blog, which will fund the program.
  2. Nomination of families and organizations who need cloth diapers.
  3. Selection from the nominations for the Real Diaper Giveaway by member vote.
  4. Giveaway to nominees of cloth diapering supplies bought from RDA business members


Real Diaper Giveaway Details!

Click on the following text links for program details.

  • What will the program accomplish?
  • How much of the money goes to give away diapers?
  • What sort of advertising will be available and how much will it cost?
  • Will funds spent on advertising be tax deductible?
  • Who can make nominations?
  • What does RDA need to know about those nominated?
  • What kind of supplies will be given away?
  • How will Giveaway recipients be chosen?
  • How will diapers be distributed?
  • What if I would rather make a direct donation to give away diapers?


The Real Diaper Giveaway spreads more cloth diapers to more babies who need them, and the process of nomination and give away encourages Real Diaper Circles as well as business and individual RDA members to seek local publicity for cloth diapers through stories of their charitable giving. This is a great project for Circle members as they build their local foundation.


Click here for more information on the REAL DIAPER GIVEAWAY!

(Update: This program is no longer active.)


local events

Real Diaper Circle - Washington

Post about your local events in this category! Having a Real Diaper Circle meeting? Post it here!

The following picture and description is follow up from a Real Diaper Circle Meeting in Washington state. Maya Keithly, Accredited Real Diaper Circle Leader and RDA Board Member, led this meeting.

Maya Comments: "Well, this meeting was one of the best yet - new parents who don't even own cloth diapers came on down.

They tried a bunch on, and got feedback from the 5 mamas who advocated like wild.

I actually like the boring table shot, because it is true to the 'look' of our diaper circle ~ cookies, toddlers, slings, nursing, & piles of diapers.

Liane, our EC mama was helping the new family with Snappis & a prefold. We also spoke of reactions to certain fabrics and laundry soaps, and we saw EC in action!"

TAKE PICTURES! We want to see pictures. If you DO take pictures, please send them as .jpg attachments to We'll optimize and upload them to the RDEvents server and send you a URL to place in your post. Posting a picture with your description of your event really helps others to not only READ, but SEE what they can do locally!

advocacy SHOUT OUT!

From time to time we get requests from organizations in need of diapers, testimonials, images of babies in CLOTH diapers, and other needs that directly relate to the RDA Mission.

This is the place where we'll shout it out to you, our community of cloth diapering advocates. Please check here for ways you can help other organizations, local communities, and/or fellow members in their work to make cloth diapering accessible and acceptable to U.S. parents.

Children of the Promise

Hello. My name is Katie Smith and I am part of a resource group for Children of the Promise (COTP) orphange in Haiti. Because of the non-existent waste system in Haiti, COTP uses cloth diapers. With 62 children in their care, ranging from newborn to 5 years old, you can imagine how many diapers they go through! And of course this is an ongoing and never-ending need for them. The sizes we need are mostly medium, large and x-large.

I am currently looking into ways to refurnish their diaper and cover supply in a more cost effective way.

If you would like to learn more about the ministry and work of COTP, please visit their website at

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Katie Smith


cloth diapering in the news

Cloth diapering has never been a thing of the past - it is NOW and it is the FUTURE. Cloth diapers are all over the news and here is where you can post your most recent finds. As you do, we'll grab them and put them on our Cloth Diapering in the News page over at Real Diaper Association as well as consider them for the e-newsletter. So post YOUR cloth diapering in the news links here!

Frugal Baby Care
Common Sense Care for your Baby
From Pat Veretto
Your Guide to Frugal Living.
"It's not necessary to sew your own diapers, but it is necessary to use cloth diapers unless you have more money than you know what to do with. Do the math, as they say. A dozen cloth diapers cost around twelve to fifteen dollars and they last until the baby is potty trained. So what if it takes four dozen or more? How many times could you reuse a disposable diaper?"


cloth diaper testimonials

Upon joining, RDA members are asked to respond to the question,"Why did you choose cloth?"

Follow the above link to literally pages upon pages of testimonials. And? If you didn't post your testimonial there upon sign-up, do it now. Log in to your membership area and update your files. Then, come on back here and post it on the blog as well! Let us know why you chose cloth THEN and why you are choosing cloth now! Cloth diaper testimonials are collected and may be used monthly in the E-Newsletter, as well as in the printed Quarterly!

Here are a few testimonials from our newest members.

Business Member, Christy Perce wrote:
"I began cloth diapering because I wanted the best for my children and the environment. We were on a tight budget and I was tired of throwing away money and diapers, it seemed like the obvious choice. It didn't take long before I was hooked. Also, once I started cloth diapering and realized the chemicals that are in disposables, I was so glad I made this healthier choice for my children."

Individual Member, Melanie Vonfange wrote:
"Because it is better for the enviroment, my pocket book and my baby!"



We know that you may have questions. If you don't find your question below, please feel free to contact us with your queries.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Why can't I see my post?

A: If you can't see your post it is because ALL POSTS to are moderated for relevancy and to check membership status. For more information read our posting policies. A volunteer administrator moderates RDEvents, so although posts should be approved in a timely manner, please contact us if you feel your post has been delayed.


Q: How long before a post is approved?

A: Posts should be approved within 24 to 48 hours, please contact us if you feel your post has been delayed.


Q: Where do I log in to get an account?

A: The account login is a text link at the bottom right-hand side of the home-page navigation menu.


Q: Who can post?

A: Current RDA Individual and Business Members can post to the RDEvents blog. Interested in joining RDA?


Q: Who can comment at

A: Comments, though moderated upon first post, can be made by any interested party. Please feel free to ask questions and interact with our membership via the comments field. You do not have to be logged-in to make comments at


Q: How can I find out more information about RDA?

A: Please visit the Real Diaper Association website. You can read our mission, check our Local Resource Directory for a cloth diaper retailer or Real Diaper Circle near you, learn about becoming a Real Diaper Circle Leader, or even read up on Cloth Diaper Facts or take advantage of the various other Media for the purpose of advocating cloth diapers.


Q: I want to receive the e-newsletter, how do I sign up?

A: Glad you asked! Visit any page of the Real Diaper Association website and in the bottom left hand corner of the side navigation is a sign-up text box for the e-newsletter. Read previous e-newsletters in our archives!


Thank you for visiting; we're pleased to have you here. Please let us know if you have any other questions.


posting policies

Though we intend to be a lightweight, friendly atmosphere of fellow cloth diaper users and advocates, we do have a few posting policies for this community.

WHO CAN POST: Only RDA Individual and Business Members are allowed to post on these forums. We ask that when you create your account, you mimic your RDA username to expedite the moderation process.

POSTING CRITERIA: All posts should fall within the subject matter of the Categories we have provided and align with the RDA Mission. If we feel your post does not meet this criteria we reserve the right to not allow it to be posted.

POSTING IMAGES: Pictures are a valuable way to catch the eye of our visitors as well as add depth to your posts. We are HAPPY for you to post relevant images of your cloth diaper events; in fact, we encourage it! We will host the images on our server if you will send the images in .jpg format to Your image will be optimized, uploaded, and then a URL will be sent to you to use the image in your post. Our preferred image format will be sent along with the image's URL.

The current categories are:

If you see a need for another category, please contact us and let us know how your idea for a category would serve our community.