Cloth diapers? It's the latest trend in parenting

Adam MacInnis, The News
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Great Cloth Diaper Change seeks to set Guinness World Record

Get ready for a change – diaper change that is.
This Saturday  at 10:30 a.m. the Great Cloth Diaper Change event will be held at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

It is being hosted by the East Coast Diaper Supply and the Pictou County Centre for Sexual Health and is part of an international effort to break the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive cloth diaper changes. The current record is 8,301 which was set last year at a similar event.

This event is also a way to promote cloth diapers, which is one of the hottest parenting trends right now and is being promoted as a more environmentally friendly and child friendly form of diapering.

Sarah Yantzi, is executive director of the Department of Health and has a six month old daughter herself and is excited to help bring this event to Pictou County. She uses cloth diapers for her daughter Olivia.

“I started in cloth diapers with her when she was two month old,” Yantzi said. “She being my first baby I was ignorant to how easy it was, like most moms are.

“I am recovering. I don’t think I can handle the extra work,” she gave as an excuse why not to use the diapers. But she swears if she has another baby, she’ll start from day one.

“Honestly I wouldn’t change it. Because she hasn’t had any sort of rashes at all with cloth diapers. The health benefits are certainly there.”

She said cloth diapers are more affordable over the course of a child’s diaper days than disposable.

“Realistically you’re looking at from birth to potty training spending $600. Disposables you’re looking at $2,000,” she said.

There are dozens of high-end cloth diaper accessories though that people can get into as well with patterns that create as much of a craze as the Cabbage Patch Kids once did.

She finds Olivia sleeps better in a cloth diaper than she does in a disposable as well.

It also reduces the exposure of kids to chemicals.

While at first it might not seem that cloth diapers and the Centre for Sexual Health go together, Yantzi explained that the United Way funded non-profit is trying to reach out to woman after they give birth.

She said some studies are also showing that chemicals in disposable diapers and the heat from disposable diapers could lead to reproductive problems later in life, which also creates a connection to the centre.

Michelle Scott, manager at East Coast Diaper Supply said awareness of cloth diapering is growing and they’ve seen things pick up at the store. There are multiple types of cloth diapers available.

“There are many different forms,” she said. “It’s trial and error when you’re working with cloth diapers. You need to find the one you like the most. There’s many to choose from. There’s a cloth diaper out there to fit every baby regardless.”

There are also numerous types of lining that can be used ranging from bamboo and hemp to cotton and microfiber.

“It’s amazing the money we save the landfills,” she said.

Anyone can attend the event Saturday and the first 50 registrations will get a reusable bag filled with goodies. Those who aren’t currently cloth diapering and would like to participate will be supplied with a new prepped cloth diaper to use during the event. They can register through the East Coast Diaper Supply website or by contacting the Pictou County Centre for Sexual Health.

 

Did you know:

• 4 million diapers go to the landfill daily in Canada.

• The average baby spends 22,000 hours in diapers and will have 8,213 diaper changes before it is potty trained.

• The average baby uses 8-13 diapers a day.

• In 1940 the average baby was potty trained at 18 months. Today the average for girls is 35 months and for boys is 39 months.

 

Organizations: Guinness, Pictou County Centre, Department of Health Centre for Sexual Health United Way

Geographic location: Pictou County, Canada

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