Local parents will band together to get to the bottom of things, globally, in an effort to set a world record.
Cloth diaper enthusiasts will come together Saturday, April 23 at the Lady MacDonald Community Hall for the Great Cloth Diaper Change.
With more than 400 locations world-wide participating, event organizers hope to create a world record of at least 10,000 diapers simultaneously being changed.
The event gets underway at 10 a.m., with the mass diaper change taking place precisely at 10:30.
Karen Lord, who is organizing the Canmore activity, discovered it while searching online.
“I’m a stay-at-home mother in Calgary, and I came across this event and was waiting patiently for somebody to do something in our local area,” she said. “Nobody was doing it, so I decided to set up an event in Canmore because we’d be spending the long weekend there.”
Lord hopes at least 25 people pre-register for the change.
“We need 25 registrants pre-registered so that we can qualify for the count,” she said. “We currently only have four or five, and five or six maybes, but we’re trying to push the event as much as we can.”
Less than one in five Canadian families currently use cloth diapers, said Lord.
“It’s basically to bring up cloth awareness,” she said. “I think if people knew just how easy it was, how inexpensive in the long run, how environmentally friendly it is, and how much better it is health-wise for your children, they would use it.
“A lot of people are worried that it’s too expensive or difficult to maintain.”
With cloth diapering, having to make a large, initial purchase of up to $600 may seem daunting for many, she explained, but over two or three years of diapering in a disposable world, a family can easily spend thousands of dollars.
“So out of frustration, these women down in the States and around the world are trying to push the cloth movement,” said Lord. “It’s better for us, it’s better for your children.”
The event is open to all, not just those who are already using cloth.
“We’re trying to put it out there that even if you have a child and you’re using disposables, or you’re pregnant and you want to come and get some information about it, you’re welcome to come,” said Lord.
For this event, homemade diapers will not be allowed; only store-bought diapers can be used. All babies and toddlers must be 39 inches or shorter, and must be paired with an adult participant.
“There’s something like 300 locations in the United States and 60 here in Canada, as well as lots of other countries, and I’m hoping to get more promotion so that more people sign up,” said Lord. “World-wide at this point, the estimate is 10,000 because there are 400 locations with a minimum of 25 each. But there are places in the States that have hundreds listed already.”
For more information and to pre-register for the event, visit thegreatclothdiaperchangecanmore.weebly.com