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Thoughts on Cloth Diapering; Mothers Day 2015

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Spring has arrived in our corner of the earth. Spring to me means clothesline season. Every time I hang our diapers on the line, I feel connected to my mother and grandmother.

 

My mother cloth diapered two children. Disposables were just becoming more popular, but she says they were too expensive. She did not have a dryer until her children were out of diapers. She kept life as simple as possible, making many decision based on saving money. We lived in a mild climate and she hung our laundry on the line year round. My, and my brother’s, earliest memories are of playing in our backyard inside the laundry basket.

 

However, my mother has a hard time using my daughter’s cloth diapers. I had a revelation last month as to why my daughters’ diaper is usually crooked, or backwards after a day with her Nana. The pocket diapers that dominate our diaper stash are designed to be similar to disposable diapers. My mother has never used disposable diapers. She used prefolds with pins, covered with rubber pants, for both of her children. Like many aspects of modern parenting, I have taken cloth diapers and complicated them.

 

My grandmother immigrated to the United States (from Australia) after World War II. She was a war bride who grew up on a farm. Her first winter in the Northeastern section of the US was eye opening. When the wash froze on the line outside, she attempted to photograph the frozen laundry. In that era, cloth diapers were the only option.

 

I often wonder what my grandmother would think of me cloth diapering. She was thrifty, yet also practical. The diapers on my clothesline would be unrecognizable to her. Perhaps my colorful pocket diapers and covers would seem frivolous to her.  Maybe she would think I am wasting time my hanging my clothing. Modern conveniences, such as dryers, simply made sense to a woman who boiled water over a fire for laundry day.

 

But when I hang diapers out to dry, I think of her. When I hang cloth diaper laundry on the line, I am carrying out a chore that generations of women in my family have performed. I am the person I am today because of these women.  

 

My life is wonderful, especially because I have choices. I choose cloth. I want to line dry and keep life simple. Maybe I will use my prefolds more to remember how cloth diapering can be simple too.


Lorna Flowers

Real Diaper Advocate

http://www.alwaysbeflowers.com/

 

The Great Cloth Diaper Change 2015 in Belgium

Michelle Dominguez, the RDA’s Great Cloth Diaper Change Event Coordinator, saw something special going on in Belgium and wanted to know more about it. While the majority of GCDC events take place in the US, I encourage you to take a moment to check out our GCDC event map to get an idea of the number of international hosts. You’ll notice that, at a distance, there is such a cluster of pins in Belgium, that you can’t event read this country’s name!

Michelle reached out to José Delameilleure, Belgium GCDC host and owner of the cloth diaper store Klein Spook (which José translates to mean ‘little rascal’) to find out about the magic happening in Belgium…

Michelle: I’m curious to know how you first heard of The Great Cloth Diaper Change?

José: We heard about the first GCDC from one of our Dutch distributors, 'Kaatje Katoen'. But the first one came too early for us, we only started the webshop in May of that year.

Michelle: How common is cloth diapering in general in Belgium? From my vantage point in the US, it seems like cloth is more widely accepted in your country than it is here. Is that true? And if so, why do you think that is?

José: In Belgium, cloth diapering is getting more common than before. In some cities, like Leuven, 10% of babies wear cloth diapers, in our own city, Ghent, it's about 4 percent. The reason it’s more popular in Belguim is that about 40% of cities in Belgium give out subsidies to promote cloth diapering! If you choose cloth and show an invoice to the city council, you can get around 120 dollars as a grant. The city gives out grants to decrease the environmental impact of diapers.

In Belgium, cloth diapering is something we see more often in larger cities with a university or high school. Cloth diapering is typically more common here among the educated middle class, who are conscious about what is happening to our environment. If you go to smaller, rural towns, the percentage of cloth diaper users drops.

Michelle: I know your event is being held in a beautiful historic location this year. Will you tell our readers about it? Will you be holding additional activities throughout the day?

José: Our Antwerp event is in a beautiful 200 year old school! We are keeping it simple. We don't do extra activities, just the diaper change itself.

Michelle: How many attendees are you expecting?

José: We are aiming at 60 in Ghent (last year 55), and around 50 in Antwerp (last year we had 46 participant pairs), as there are more events now in towns not too far from us, we think growth in numbers will be limited. Last year, for all of Belgium we had 285 babies that were changed, and 257 that qualified for the record, so that's quite nice.

Michelle: Are you doing anything particular to reach non-cloth users?

José: In Ghent and Antwerp most participants are our existing clients. I know that at other events they have been able to reach out to families not currently using cloth diapers. At Winona Van Eck’s event in Beerse last year, I think a third of the babies changed were 'non-cloth babies' that tested cloth for the occasion!

Michelle: What do you think has made Belgium so successful with The Great Cloth Diaper Change?

José: All the organizers in Belgium work together! We have a joint press release (sent out by Winona) and my wife made a flyer that has all locations in Belgium on it. And we all distribute it among our clients. So it's great to be working together with our 'competitors' toward our common goal!

We at the Real Diaper Association appreciate José and all of the Belgium GCDC hosts for their inspiring efforts. Simple, successful events with a lot of teamwork prove to be a great way to build success in your community! We thank you and all of our Great Cloth Diaper Change hosts for your efforts to bring simple, reusable diapers to your communities! Best of luck with your events!

-Janice Roodsari

Real Diaper Circle Leader

RDA Board of Directors


In appreciation of Marshall Rosenberg

This week the Center for Nonviolent Communication shared that Marshall Rosenberg, American Psychologist and creator of Nonviolent Communication, died on February 7th, 2015 at home with his wife and children at his side. If you are not an RDA volunteer, then you might wonder what this has to do with cloth diapers....

RDA Founder, Lori Taylor, sums it up nicely:

"By creating a system for learning nonviolent communication and by being an ambassador for compassion, Marshall Rosenberg helped many of us to slow down and look at the real needs underlying our communications. Real Diaper Association has required our volunteers to learn nonviolent communication from our founding 11 years ago because we want those who represent our organization to hear what parents really need rather than getting caught up on the surface of what they say. We mourn his passing and celebrate his work."

Current RDA Chair, Angela Torres adds:

"Marshall Rosenberg's vision has been the cornerstone of RDA since it's inception helping us to become the longstanding support organization our founders intended. As we enter our second decade, we will continue to use the tenants of NVC to reach through every situation to meet the individual needs of every family, virtually and face to face, listening deeply and acting with kindness."

RDA Board member, Angela Imes adds:

"I would just want to express my gratitude to a man whose words and ideas have helped me through many of life's difficult moments."

I wrote a post last June to help people understand how Nonviolent Communication is such an integral tool to the RDA, entitled "What makes the Real Diaper Association special?" I believe the quote pictured above grasps one of the most important aspects of how we use NVC. We are educating to increase well-being and we want that education to be done by helping to meet a family's needs. Relaying that education without coercion is of utmost importance to us because we value person to person connection. Our NVC training, however, reaches far beyond our RDA communications. In my experience, it has improved every relationship in my life.

Thank you Marshall. May you rest in peace. Your work will continue to bring peace and compassion to everyone that uses it!

- With Love and Compassion,

Janice Roodsari

RDA Board Member and Real Diaper Circle Leader


Cloth Diapers vs Disposable

Have you seen claims that environmental impact of cloth diapers vs. disposable diapers is a toss up?

Every time you read that claim, you are seeing the lingering effects of one flawed study published in the UK a decade ago.

Since RDA keeps our claims evidence-based, we have to call shenanigans on the use of this study to prove anything other than one conclusion:

When it comes to environmental impact of cloth vs disposable diapers, it’s no toss up.

On the contrary, even the flawed study says impact of cloth diapers is in the hands of the consumer.

What the Study Actually Says

The study used to make this claim was published by the UK government in 2005 with an update in 2008 (after much uproar). There is plenty wrong with this study. Advisory board of disposable diaper industry representatives with few reusable diaper representatives. Reusable diaper representatives complained bitterly about conflicts of interest and flawed methods. Compared “optimistic future projections” of disposable diapers with two types of reusable diapers. Home-laundered diapers included were not representative but a thick, slow-drying type, and the numbers included were low. Commercially laundered diaper (diaper service) data was provided by disposable diaper industry representatives. Cloth diaper data included ironing. Ironing. Taking a hot iron and flattening out every cloth diaper. You know we all do that. This study did not compare all disposable diapers with all cloth diapers. It compared a lower-impact subset of future, wished-for disposable diapers with a higher-impact subset of uncommon cloth diapers. Given all of these flaws in framing the questions and gathering the data, the worst this study could find was a small overlap in environmental impact between thick terry diapers washed and dried by machine then ironed and the best-case disposable diapers of the future. That’s all. That’s the small area of overlap that is misused to justify a conclusion of similar impact. Since few use terry nappies (a lot like thick hand towels) and none of us irons our diapers, we’re left wondering how that could ever be considered representative of cloth diapers as used in 2005, let alone in 2015. Since no one was using the wishful thinking disposable diapers of the future in 2005, it was a nonsensical conclusion even then. Even with all of the trouble in data, sources, and conflicts of interest, a tiny overlap was all they could come up with. That’s all that was needed to cast fear, uncertainty, and doubt over the common sense conclusion that reusable diapers are better for the environment than single-use diapers. You don’t have to buy into that nonsense, though. We could (and should) continue to argue about the flaws in this study, nevertheless, we can still use the findings as they are to show that cloth diapers have 40% lower impact than disposable diapers. Cloth diapers have 40% lower impact than disposable diapers.

Are Cloth Diapers Better for the Environment?

Cloth diapers are absolutely better for the environment than any disposable diaper on the market today. If parents make an effort, they can easily lower the impact even further. Most of the impact of cloth diapers (about 90%) comes from the energy used to heat water. Wash diapers at 140 degrees, which is hot enough to clean diapers without wasting energy. Have you ever tried handwashing cloth diapers? Because so little water is used and it is not hot, handwashing uses very little energy for lowest overall impact. The rest of the energy used with cloth diapers (12%) goes to the electric dryer. Air dry diapers to lower impact. Other considerations that lower overall environmental impact are detergent choice (avoid phosphate-based detergents, which case nutrient water pollution), renewable resources (like cotton and wool over synthetic fibers), organics (which cause less stress on environment), and reuse for another child. When you talk with cloth diapering parents or new parents concerned about environmental impacts, help them understand that their choices make a big difference. Cloth diapers vs disposable diapers

Speak Up!

If you see a claim that there is no difference in environmental impact of cloth diapers vs. disposable diapers, call shenanigans. I call shenanigans on your claim! Speak up. Comment. Provide reliable information to show that even the study cited doesn’t conclude what it is simplistically claimed to conclude. Remind authors and speakers that the study shows cloth diapers have 40% lower impact than disposable diapers. Repeat that over and over until people get it.

How to Lower the Environmental Impact of Cloth Diapers

How do you lower impacts of reusable cloth diapers? Use Energy Star rated washing machines. Wash diapers at 140 degrees. Air dry. Use washable wipes and liners. Use low-impact detergent. Use organic products. Reuse diapers for the next child, then give them away or sell them to another. For more details on the flawed UK study on the environmental impact of diapers, see a full review on WhatAWaste.info: The takeaway is obvious: wash with care; care how you wash. Join School of Cloth 2014 virtually and blog about our weekly topics! Don't forget to use the hashtags #SchoolOfCloth and #ClothVsDisposables when sharing your post! Please link up your School of Cloth post on this weeks topic or a post you have previously written about comparing cloth diapers to disposables. Blogger details. Why did you choose cloth over disposables?

 

 


Gathering Facts: How Much Do Ethical Diapers Cost?

When families are researching cloth diapers, most of them are looking to save money. Saving money is a huge perk to using cloth diapers! You might think saving the most money requires hunting down sales, shopping bargain stores or joining a co-op to get the best diaper deal. Unfortunately, buying inexpensive, unethical diapers can often lead to spending more money in the long run as well as to several other drawbacks. Don't worry! You can still use quality cloth diapers without breaking the bank. What is an "ethical diaper?" CleanDiapers.org tells us that clean or ethical diapers are:

  • Supported with a warranty and personal service
  • Sturdy with long-lasting value
  • Safe for your baby, tested & proven
  • Sustainable for your community and for the earth

In 2013 the Real Diaper Association researched and created a Cloth Diaper Co-op Report to give consumers a better understanding of how their cloth diaper purchases could effect not only their bank accounts and their babies' health, but also the cloth diaper industry as a whole. Not all diapers are created equal. Some knock off diapers are made in factories where workers are not paid a living wage. These unethical diapers can be made with lower quality or un-tested fabrics and components that could pose a health risk to your baby. If you have a problem with a low-quality knock-off diaper, who will help you? Purchasing poorly made diapers, in an attempt to save money, can result in a diaper that doesn't work well or needs to be replaced quickly. Will you wind up spending more money to replace those diapers or will you get frustrated and give up on using cloth diapers all together? The Real Diaper Association doesn't want to see you go through that. We can help.

Ethical Cloth Diaper Solutions

  • Find a cloth diaper retailer near you. This could mean an online retailer or a brick and mortar store. All of these business owners want to build a relationship with you. They want to be your local resource. Purchase your cloth diapers through a local small business and reach out to them with questions. Many of them have classes on different parenting related topics.
  • Check out 5 Tips for Cloth Diapering on a Budget, a tip sheet from Real Diaper Association, for many ideas on how to cloth diaper ethically on a tight budget.
  • If you purchase through a Co-Op, make sure it's legalRead the Real Diaper Association's Recommendations to Cloth Diaper Co-op Participants.

Cloth diapering done simply will save you money. I've recently had two of my local Real Diaper Circle members tell me how much money they were saving by using cloth diapers, and it warmed my heart to know that the decision to use cloth diapers has helped them to be able to afford other basic needs

Stephanie said:

"(I) Just had a Mom say she spends $200 every 8 weeks on [disposable] diapers for one baby. That would be $400 for twins. And my identical girls... they are 18 weeks today. So, that means we would have spent $900 on diapers since birth. We have spent a TOTAL of $114 on cloth diapers so far. We are using clotheez sized prefolds and thirsties duo wrap covers (we used Pooters newborn covers). So we have saved $786 by using cloth so far and the girls are only 4 months old."

Jen said:

"We have saved a lot of money by using cloth diapers. We received many second-hand cloth diapers as gifts and our water bill only increased by $2 when we started washing diapers in our standard top loading washing machine!"

I hope this helps those of you just getting started!

If you already use cloth, how much did it cost you to get started? Post an answer below or via social media including the hashtags #SchoolOfCloth #clothdiapercost


2014 School of Cloth Sponsor Highlight: Enkore Kids

Recently, we had an opportunity to interview Susan McCarthy, co-owner of Enkore Kids from Boonsboro, MD. Enkore Kids is a sponsor and donated $500 in cloth diaper products to the 2014 School of Cloth event, much of which will be donated to charities who distribute cloth diapers to low-income families.

How important a task is cloth diaper education to your business?

Cloth diaper education is very important to our business. So many people still believe cloth diapers are all about plastic pants, pins, and wet pails. Our classes show them it’s so much easier than they thought. We believe in helping families to save money and to help reduce the environmental impact of having a child. Education helps parents make the best choices for their families without succumbing to misleading advertisements or the latest hype. If a parent is educated from the beginning about diapers, they are more likely to ask for information about other aspects of their child’s life, like with proper car seat installation and use (which is another service we offer).

How frequently do you teach cloth diapering classes in your community? What types of classes do you teach?

We teach families everyday in-store about diapers and offer classes several times a year about diapers. We also offer classes and education in the areas of baby wearing and car seat safety.

Do you have a favorite memory about a class or family that you taught?

I met this particular couple one evening as the store was getting ready to close. I was able to stay late and helped them purchase several diapers and accessories to go with diapers they had been given. The mother was due the next month and I encouraged them to come visit me with their car seat so I could teach them how to properly install and use it. They sent me a picture a few weeks later of their newborn baby girl – I was so happy for them. They called me a few days later with concerns about the baby not wanting to breast feed. I was able to find a couple of names and phone numbers for them and within a few days baby was eating great. They just came to visit recently to show off the baby and to look into getting some cloth swim diapers for an upcoming trip, a car seat poncho for this winter and for me to teach them how to safely travel with their car seat. Since that night that I stayed late to help them, they have been coming back for more and more information and products and they have been now recommending our store to their friends and family.

What’s your favorite piece of advice to give NEW parents about cloth diapering?

My favorite piece of advice to give to new parents about cloth diapering is to not give up- they may need to try several brands and/or styles of diapers before the find the right combination to fit their baby and their lifestyle. Also, as baby grows they may need to adjust their routines and stash again. Cloth diapering is not a one time purchase and your done, even with “one-size” diapers. Its an evolving part of your child’s life.

How else do you support cloth diapers in your community?

Enkore Kids has locally organized and sponsored the Boonsboro Great Cloth Diaper Change, with anywhere from 27 to 46 families each each year. We’ve also used the event to help raise funds for a local cloth diaper closet to help families in need get started with cloth diapers. While it is still a small program, we hope to expand the program next year with our new partnership with the Washington County League of Foster and Adoptive Families

Enkore Kids specializes in new and used cloth diapers, baby carriers, clothing, toys, and baby-related equipment. We offer our customers and community a great way to raise their children affordably in these increasingly difficult economic times. We provide families with a way to get money back for items their children have outgrown or are no longer using and provide a great selection of gently used items at less than new retail prices to help them provide new items for their children. Our large selection of new and used diapers can help a family save thousands of dollars just in diapering alone. We have an ever changing selection of items and take pride in getting to know our customers and being able to spend time helping them make the best choices for their families

You can find more information about Enkore Kids at the following links:

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What is School of Cloth?

 

School of Cloth is a month full of FREE cloth diaper classes provided by participating Real Diaper Circles and Real Diaper Association businesses all across the nation. Participants are eligible for a chance to win a cloth diaper prize package and winners will be able to select which charities a larger prize package will be donated to. To find your local host, please review the School of Cloth main page.


Gathering Facts: A Cloth Diaper Absorbency Experiment

The Real Diaper Association focuses on fact based evidence. Some of that evidence comes from collecting data from our own experiments (like our yeast in cloth diapers experiment), interviews with experts, good old fashioned research, and cloth diaper users like you! This week, we designed a quick experiment for cloth diaper users to measure the absorbency of one or more of their diapers. The more diapers you test and results you submit, the better data we will have to publish!

Experiment:

  1. Measure and pour 4 cups (32 oz.) of water into a large bowl.
  2. Place the diaper or insert in the bowl until saturated.
  3. Lightly squeeze just enough liquid out of the diaper to stop it from dripping.
  4. Measure how much liquid is left in the bowl and subtract this number from the original 32 oz., to find out how much water your diaper or insert absorbed.

*For added information about how well fabric holds on to liquid*

  1. Place your saturated diaper in a casserole dish on a counter or table with a folded towel under one side so that it is leaning just a bit.
  2. Press down on the diaper with your hand to simulate a baby sitting in the diaper.
  3. Lift your diaper out of the casserole dish and measure the amount of water that the diaper released with this moderate pressure.

Repeat the experiment with other fabrics and/or styles of diapers. Comment below with your results and make sure to include:

  • Type of fabric (cotton, hemp, bamboo, microfiber, minkey, zorb, etc.)
  • The style and brand (if known) of diaper or insert (Infant Prefold, OsoCozy All-In-One/AIO, birdseye flat, Happy Heine microfiber etc.)
  • Ounces of water the diaper absorbed
  • Ounces of water the diaper released with moderate pressure

(update) OR complete this form created by Maria of ChangeDiapers who has offered to help us collect your results! You can also encourage others to participate in the experiment and share results via social media by using the hashtags #SchoolOfCloth #clothdiaperabsorbency. What were your results? If you are a blogger, join our School of Cloth Blog Hop and link up for the entire month of November! See blogger details.


2014 School of Cloth Sponsor Highlight: Boingo Baby

Recently, we had an opportunity to interview Stacee Magee, mother of 7 wonderful children, creator of Boingo Baby from Mesa, Arizona.  As a mom who has cloth diapered for over 17 years with prefolds and pins, the Boingo design had been brewing in the back of her mind for a long time. Now her dream has finally come true and we are excited to offer you our Boingo family of products including Boingo cloth diaper fasteners and EcoMax diapers and prefolds.  Stacee is a sponsor and donated $500 in cloth diaper products to the 2014 School of Cloth event, much of which will be donated to charities who distribute cloth diapers to low-income families.

How important a task is cloth diaper education to your business?

With environmentally conscious consumers and the devastating effects of global warming rampaging our planet, parents are looking to save money with eco-friendly options. With a market share that is nearly doubling every year, it seems that more and more parents are switching to cloth diapers. In most cases those parents cant ask their parents for advice on cloth becasue their parents most likely used disposable. Education bridges that gap and teaches a new generation about the benefits of cloth diapers. It is the reason why Boingo started out Cloth Revolution Campaign.

How frequently do you teach cloth diapering classes in your community? What types of classes do you teach?

We are working with our local WIC offices to start a teaching campaign.

What’s your favorite piece of advice to give NEW parents about cloth diapering?

Don’t get frustrated by all the options. Start simple, prefolds, covers, and Boingos are an inexpensive way to get started. From there you can try out and add new diapers to your stash!

Boingo Baby’s™ diaper, the EcoMax©, is a patented one size fits all diaper made from recycled water bottles and gives parents the option of choosing cloth or a bio-degradable disposable inserts. Often eco-friendly products sacrifice convenience for sake of being planet friendly. Our patented adjustable elastic makes sizing simple and easy! When eco-friendly and convenience are combined in one fabulous product, it becomes a must have product for smart parents everywhere.

We are moving to be a completely zero waste company and will be totally solar powered by the end of the year!


You can find more information about Boingo Baby at the following links:

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What is School of Cloth?

 

School of Cloth is a month full of FREE cloth diaper classes provided by participating Real Diaper Circles and Real Diaper Association businesses all across the nation.  Participants are eligible for a chance to win a cloth diaper prize package and winners will be able to select which charities a larger prize package will be donated to. To find your local host, please review the School of Cloth main page.


Fact or Fiction: Cloth Diaper Laundry

 When it comes to cloth diaper laundry, simple is best. You shouldn't need a complex routine. A cloth diaper washing routine that fits on a post-it note makes it easy for any visiting laundry fairy to get your diapers clean without worry! (A girl can dream, right?!?) For evidence-based washing instructions, see the 5 Easy Steps for Washing Cloth Diapers at the Real Diaper Association's Cloth Diaper Laundry Guide page. Our Laundry guide is a great place to start for any cloth diapering family. You may find that your laundry routine needs some adjustments at some point or another during your baby's time in diapers. So where do you go for trusted information?

  1. Reading the Real Diaper Association's Laundry Science page should help you get a better idea of the necessary components of a successful wash routine and may give you insight into what changes your laundry routine may need to best wash your diapers. Once you have an idea about what the problem may be, contact your diaper manufacturer and ask them for their recommendations. They know their diapers best and will be able to tell you if your routine will shorten the life of your diapers or void their warranty, if applicable.
  2. Talk to your local Real Diaper Circle! Cloth diapering families near you will most likely have similar water hardness/softness. Reaching out to local families will help you determine the most effective amount of detergent required to get your diapers clean. They will also know what cloth diaper safe detergents are available to purchase locally.
  3. Troubleshoot with an expert. Who's an expert? Look for someone that has been helping parents get their cloth diapering questions answered for years. Beware groups that suggest there is only one way or one answer. Water hardness/softness, washing machine variability, detergent formulations and your babies age and health status can all play a role in your laundry routine. Experts may be your local Real Diaper Circle Leader, your Grandmother, your diaper manufacturer, your cloth diaper safe detergent manufacturer, a cloth diaper retailer, or a select few bloggers.

Speaking of experts, the Real Diaper Association firmly believes that it is important to distribute science-based information. Our Laundry Science information is gathered from multiple scientists and others from the industry who have knowledge of laundry. Read about our laundry experts or our evidence-based cloth diaper washing directions. What's the best advice you've ever gotten about washing cloth diapers? Share your answers publicly via social media including the hashtags #SchoolOfCloth and #ClothDiaperLaundry and look for a School of Cloth class near you! If you are a blogger, join our School of Cloth Blog Hop and link up for the entire month of November! See blogger details.


2014 School of Cloth Sponsor Highlight: Change-Diapers

Recently, we had an opportunity to interview Maria Moser from Change-Diapers from Middletown, Maryland.  Maria is a business member of the Real Diaper Association and donated $500 in cloth diaper products to the 2014 School of Cloth event, much of which will be donated to charities who distribute cloth diapers to low-income families.

Maria Moser of Change-DiapersHow important a task is cloth diaper education to your business?

Absolutely essential!  Families will give up if they don’t have all the information.

How frequently do you teach cloth diapering classes in your community? What types of classes do you teach?

Since we fortunately have a cloth diaper retailer not far away, I offer classes when asked at local birth & baby fairs (2x or so per year.)

Do you have a favorite memory about a class or family that you taught?

I loved at the Hagerstown B&B fair this year hearing a mom (attending with her expectant daughter) talking about the diapers she used and her amazement at today’s!

What’s your favorite piece of advice to give NEW parents about cloth diapering?

Don’t stress!!  It will all work out.  Washing isn’t as hard as you think.

Maria  started Change-Diapers 5 years ago as she was making her own switch to cloth.  She has been cloth diapering constantly since and has cloth diapers 2 full time at once, and still uses cloth on her 5-year old at night. She has used nearly 200 different brands/styles and has muddled through all the good & bad advice to find a great routine for herself.

Change-Diapers

You can find more information about Change-Diapers at the following links:

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What is School of Cloth?

School of Cloth is a month full of FREE cloth diaper classes provided by participating Real Diaper Circles and Real Diaper Association businesses all across the nation.  Participants are eligible for a chance to win a cloth diaper prize package and winners will be able to select which charities a larger prize package will be donated to. To find your local host, please review the School of Cloth main page.


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