The Great Cloth Diaper Change started with a simple goal: to celebrate Earth Day by hosting a family event. The initial vision of Campbell, California owner of boutique baby shop Tiny Tots, Judy Aagard, transformed into a dream to set a Guinness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed at the same time. It just goes to show how a group of passionate cloth diaper advocates can change the world – and world records! Year over year the Great Cloth Diaper Change has broken the records for the number of cloth diapers changed, not only in North America, but around the globe.
And that's just the qualifying participants – thousands of more babies were changed at the same time (but due to Guiness World Record rules, could not be counted towards a record).
This year's Great Cloth Diaper Change takes place Saturday, April 18 at 11:00 am local time.
Here are 6 reasons that you should take part in the 2015 Great Cloth Diaper Change
Your baby will probably need to be changed anyway
Did you know that babies should have their diapers changed at least every hour? Chances are your baby will be due for a change at 11:00 am – so why not attend and help break 2014's record!
Meet other cloth diapering parents
When I attended the 2011 Great Cloth Diaper Change in Peterborough with my daughter Gillian, I didn't know any other cloth diaper parents. It was great to meet new like-minded moms, some of which I am still great friends with today!
Learn about cloth diapering, even if you're not cloth diapering yet
Starting to cloth diaper can seem overwhelming if you are currently using disposables. The types, the washing and the cost can intimidate even the most curious parent. By attending #GCDC2015 you can ask other parents and the hosts questions about how to get started.
Win great prizes
Most hosts include draw prizes as part of the perks for attending the #GCDC2015, as well as generous thank you gifts and samples from community sponsors.
Learn new ways to take care of your cloth diaper stash
The laundry routine can sometimes be the most challenging part of cloth diapering. Stripping, stains, overstretched elastics and worn out velcro are frustrating, but also really easy to find solutions for! If you are stumped on how to fix up your wash routine or replace an elastic, attend the #GCDC2015 to quiz other parents on what works for them.
It feels really cool to help set a World Record
If the event you are taking part in qualifies, your diaper change will count towards breaking a Guiness World Record, for which you can download and print out a certificate of particpation! As one of the first ever participants, I can confirm that being a World Record breaking participant is a neat feeling (even though the record was then again broken in 2012).